London family portraits | Islington

I photographed Jo and Manoj’s wedding about six years ago and since then, they’ve had two delightful daughters – Isabel and Ava. We recently did some family portraits of them in and near their London home in Islington.  They had a selection of reportage style photographs of them reading stories and playing games and and some more formal portraits of them in a nearby park.  Here are some of my favourites.

St Mary’s Islington & Finsbury Town Hall wedding | Charlotte and Andy

I’ve just got home from Charlotte & Andy’s wedding – an amazing day. They had been planning it since last year but were actually married in January, so that Charlotte’s very ill father could be present. Today’s blessing and celebration was missing Charlotte’s father, but she just glowed.
Charlotte and maid of honour Pinny get ready to enter St Mary’s, Islington, with summer sunshine behind them.

Charlotte and Andy during their ceremony.

In St Mary’s …

… and arriving at Finsbury Old Town Hall.

We used the former town hall’s vintage windows to show off Charlotte and her dress.


The venue has fabulous features for framing what is going on inside the main hall.

And there were some wonderful outfits and accessories.

Islington Register Office | Nick and Mayumi

Mayumi looked totally stunning in her ivory gown and veil at Islington Register Office. What started out as a dull day weather-wise just got brighter during their ceremony, so they had startling sunshine for confetti throwing on the steps afterwards and their Routemaster bus for the journey into Soho for their reception. Nick was as excited as a groom could be and his mum couldn’t stop beaming. Awwww – what a fabulous Saturday afternoon.

Islington Register Office wedding | Annapriya + Innes

Annapriya and Innes’ Islington Register Office wedding combined elements of their Scottish and Indian family backgrounds, before taking on a distinctly London flavour at East End pub The Royal Oak, in Columbia Road, known for its Sunday flower market and colourful independent shops.

A Scottish piper played for the guests as they waited outside Islington Town Hall on Upper Street. Islington Register Office wedding - Scottish piper

Innes, his best man Johnny and groomsmen were waiting inside the town hall’s council chamber for the ceremony.

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Annapriya and Innes exchange floral garlands as part of their wedding ceremony.

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Islington Town Hall wedding guests wave off bride and groom

Then it was off to Columbia Road’s Royal Oak pub for some East End hospitality.

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Columbia Road pub The Royal Oak

Annapriya had a host of  girlfriends vying to catch her bouquet.

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Annapriya, Innes and I took a few wedding portraits around Columbia Road and its colourful, independent shops such as Rob Ryan’s Ryantown and this wedding themed window display.

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Just look at that late afternoon sunshine.
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Best man Johnny entertained guests throughout the day with his anecdotes – mostly adult only ones!

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The wedding breakfast was upstairs in the Royal Oak’s dining room, decorated with 60 yards of Scottish tartan bunting made by Innes’ mother.

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