Bride laughing at her wife's wedding speech

Old Finsbury Town Hall wedding – Anita & Sally

Laughter was the key note at Anita and Sally’s fun-filled autumn wedding at Old Finsbury Town Hall –  it was a joyfully funny event! Read more about nonsense poetry, fine a cappella performances, and a bit of drama with a handbag…

Arrival in a blue Bentley

Brides-to-be Anita and Sally arrived in a blue vintage Bentley, both looking relaxed and beautiful in warm, autumnal colours. With guests ready to welcome them, the smiles and laughter started, and didn’t stop for the rest of day.

The ceremony was held in the council chamber, where the couple were introduced by their best woman, and accompanied by the Bacharach and David love song ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ on the piano. Their 111 guests included Sally’s two sons Josh and Ben, who would have a big part to play in the day. Everyone wore a simple cream rose buttonhole.

Autumnal fascinator with red leaves
Flower detail at the Old Finsbury Town Hall
Wedding guests hugging
Vintage Bentley arriving at The Old Finsbury Town Hall
Brides exiting the car - Old Finsbury Town Hall Wedding photography
Blue Vintage Bentley arriving at The Old Finsbury Town Hall with the brides
Bride hugging wedding guests

A handbag and laughter at Lear

And the giggles continued even when the handbag containing the rings went missing for a few moments. And guests, and the pianist, were in stitches at the best woman’s reading – Edward Lear’s poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. The line ‘But what shall we do for a ring?’ seemed very apt!

Best woman reading during the ceremony
The brides saying their vows with family looking on.
Frantic search for wedding rings and laughter.
Brides exchanging rings at their Old Finsbury Town Hall wedding

Brides exchanging rings at the Old Finsbury Town Hall
Families of the Brides cheering during the wedding ceremony
Wedding guests applauding the nely married couple.
Just married, brides walking down the isle of the Coucil Chamber at the Old Finsbury Town Hall

Confetti, hugs and delicious canapés

Guests showered the newly-weds with confetti before returning to a transformed council chamber for drinks and canapés. The day’s delightful food, which included the canapé buffet and a seated dinner, was created by Boulevard Events Catering. Friends gifted the ‘Here Come the Brides’ wedding cake, dripping with sugary pearls

Wedding guests congratulating and hugging the bride.
Mother caressing her newly married daughter's cheek.
Mother of the bride inspecting the wedding ring.
Son hugs his newly married mum.
Son hugs his newly married mum.
Best woman hugging the bride.

Sunflower bouquet and fairy lights.
Canapes supplied by Boulevard catering
4 rather handsome wedding guests
Wedding guests laughing
Wedding guests during the drinks reception at the Old Finsbury Town Hall
Reception drinks - Old Finsbury Town Hall wedding

Wedding cake with pearl necklace icing and Here comes the brides

Old Finsbury Town Hall an inspiring wedding backdrop

Next came the evening reception in the venue’s Great Hall. Wow, what an amazing space! With a soaring ornate ceiling, mirrors, and Art Nouveau detail, the only decoration needed were the simple red roses on each table. Built in 1895, this versatile Clerkenwell venue is now Grade II* listed. It is an inspiring backdrop for photography, giving a real feeling of grandeur and a sense of occasion.

The bridal table at the Old Finsbury Town Hall
The gorgeous Great Hall - Old Finsbury Town Hall wedding photography
Table layout in the Great Hall - Old finsbury Town Hall wedding photography
The gorgeous Great Hall at the Old Finsbury Town Hall


Honest and hilarious speeches

The speeches were honest and hilarious; I’ve never laughed that much in all the weddings I’ve been to. As part of their speech, Josh and Ben performed a favourite Sade song beautifully  – an emotional moment for everyone.

And the live performances didn’t end there. Ben is part of the talented a cappella group The Oxford Commas, who were on hand to treat guests to their unaccompanied song.

Brides laughing during wedding speeches
Sons of the bride performing on Grand Piano and Base.
Brides laughing during best woman speech
Wife laughing at wedding speech
Bride laughing at her wife's wedding speech

Disco dancing and secret messages

In keeping with the laid-back style of the day, there was no first dance and the splendour of the Great Hall didn’t deter the guests from ‘getting down’ for the disco after dinner, encouraged by the DJ.

Thank-you Anita and Sally for letting me capture the love and laughter on your special day. I hope my photos will raise a smile for many years to come. A lovely secret touch? Engravings inside the rings; on one, ‘You’re coming with me now’, and the other ‘The moment I wake up’.

Where can we get it?

Catering: Boulevard Events Catering

Venue: The Old Finsbury Town Hall

A cappella singers: The Oxford Commas

Poem: ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, by Edward Lear