In early June I photographed the wedding of Ruth and Robert at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in the City of London.
Entrance to the venue is gained via a relatively unremarkable door in a relatively unremarkable wall near the Bank of England.
It’s an exterior that belies what is to be found inside. The heart of the venue is the Hall itself – it’s almost unimaginably spacious. When I went there for the recce I was in awe of the place, and spent a while trying to quantify its scale. I figured that you could probably get a small terrace of three-storey town houses within the hall’s space. Thankfully it backs up this vastness with a lovely interior of wood panelling, stained glass and a very handsome organ.
On the big day itself Ruth got ready in one of the many gorgeous rooms that formed part of the complex.
Meanwhile in the library… Robert was getting ready with his brother, who was also his best man.
Ruth’s mother before the ceremony in the Hall
Formals took place in the courtyard.
The wedding breakfast started with this dish – it looked delicious!
Speeches followed the meal. Robert’s brother brought the house down with a brilliant speech.
Robert and Ruth had a change of outfits for the dancing period of the wedding. They had hired a Blues Brothers tribute act and they were wonderful. Not only musically ‘tight’ but also excellent at getting the guests to join in on the dancefloor.