Triona & Manus planned a small London wedding – an intimate church elopement with just 4 guests at St Augustine’s Church, spring wedding photos with the cherry blossom and on an empty Hammersmith Bridge before a special visit to the William Morris Society to make a personalised wedding print.
Triona got ready with at The Landmark London, choosing a stunning coloured wedding dress from Temperley London. One of my favourite hair & make up artists Naomi Benjamin was on hand to create a gorgeously natural bridal look and an elegant up do with fresh roses. As they had a London elopement, they planned to walk in together and so decided to have a first look before heading to the church.
St Augustine’s Church in Hammersmith is a stunning white washed church with a cast iron ‘halo’ above the altar (the church won a Royal Institute of British Architects award). For this small London wedding Fr Gianni suggested that everyone sat behind the altar for the intimate ceremony. Despite having only a small number of wedding guests, the service still included readings, prayers, music (Rachel Somerset’s violin sounded incredible in the church) and the symbolic lighting of a unity candle – and it ended with a group hug!
After the ceremony we walked along the river stopping to admire all the beautiful spring blossom. Hammersmith Bridge had been closed to traffic just the week before to allow repairs to take place and was perfect for portraits. Triona is an artist specialising in print making and loves the art of William Morris. She contacted the William Morris Society who agreed to open especially for them, and allowed them to make a their own wedding day print using William Morris’s original letter press. After this they celebrated with drinks with their witnesses at The Dove riverside pub before calling their families to share the news of their London elopement.
If you love the look of this small London wedding, you might like to see the photos from this gorgeous London Town Hall elopement and see more of my wedding photography. And if you were interested in the symbolic unity candle Manus & Triona lit in their wedding ceremony you can read this about other wedding traditions to consider including family, cultural and symbolic traditions. If you’re planning a London elopement or small church wedding, I’d love to talk to you about capturing your special day to share with family & friends – please send me a message.
• Preparation at The Landmark London
• Dress Temperley London
• Hair & make up Naomi Benjamin
• Flowers Titania’s Garden
• Engagement ring Ardenti Diamonds
• Wedding ring & earrings Browns Jewellery
• Shoes Reiss
• Perfume Chanel
• Groom’s suit Susanna Hall
• Groom’s Shoes New and Lingwood
• Church St Augustine’s Hammersmith with Fr Gianni
• Violinist Rachel Somerset
• Printing Press The William Morris Society
• Reception The Dove