As the Tower of London seems to be synonymous with torture, imprisonment and death it’s a wonderful contrast to photograph weddings at the Tower of London and bring a little joy and happiness into what can at times be, a foreboding atmosphere.
When Tom and Ali first got in touch with me about their wedding at the Tower of London, I was both intrigued and enthusiastic. This was obviously a couple who liked to be individual and I could see that we were going to get along just fine! Weddings at the Tower of London don’t come along too often and so there was no chance I would let this opportunity pass me by.
The Tower has not always had such a formidable reputation. It was at first a Royal Palace and residential home built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Since then it has served as an armoury, a treasury, most unusually a menagerie, a records office and home of the Crown Jewels as well as a prison. Within its walls are contained many stories and secrets and hopefully Tom and Ali’s wedding provided a joyful story to add to the collection.
The day itself was a typical winter’s day, cold but thankfully dry. The couple were wed inside the small and intimate chapel at the Tower of London before moving onto the Hilton Hotel for the wedding reception. As the wedding photographer at the Tower of London, I was thrilled to find so many wonderful location shots in and around the tower itself.
What made the day even more wonderful were the unexpected guests (the day tourists) who all cheered the bride and groom and who, along with the Tower staff, gave us such a warm welcome it was as if the sun had penetrated the winter gloom.
This was my first wedding at the Tower of London but I certainly hope it won’t be my last as I had so much fun as a London wedding photographer that day. It’s assignments like this one which make me so passionate about my job.
Do browse through my collection of wedding photography at the Tower of London and if you are planning your own Tower of London wedding – get in touch!