31 Jul Tower of London & Trinity House Wedding
Tower of London & Trinity House Wedding // Nicola & Stuart
I have a confession to make; after almost 2 decades of living in London, not once did I visit the Tower of London. Sure, I’ve walked over the bridge plenty of times, frequented bars and restaurants in the area (including the incredible Lightship Ten in St Katherine’s Docks. Anyone who had the pleasure of eating there will mourn its closing with me). But not once have I joined the queues of tourists and walked amongst it’s ancient walls.
So when Nicola contacted me to tell me she was due to marry her fiancee Stuart, a Captain in the the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, I was most excited. The wedding, which would be in full military colours, was to take place in the chapel housed within the fortress that is the Tower of London, the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vinacula. It is the burial place of some of history’s most famous prisoners, including Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Thomas Moore. Having all been beheaded, as was de rigeur in those days, their headless bodies lie beneath the crypt.
Let’s lighten the sombre mood and move on to the event in question, Nicola and Stuart’s wedding. The ceremony was to be conducted by Canon Roger Hall, MBE, Chaplain to the Queen no less, and a wonderfully kind and accommodating man. Although photography is forbidden within the chapel, he was happy for me to shoot from the doorway and told me I could ‘lean as far in as possible’…!
Nicola arrived on her father’s arm, looking stunning in a beautiful capped sleeved lace dress, with her bridesmaids looking regal in Royal Blue, and the ceremony began. Once the registers had been signed, the couple exited the chapel under the traditional military arch of swords, made up by members of Stuart’s regiment. A few photos in the grounds, then it was on to the majestic Trinity House across the road. I am very fond of this venue, having shot Kate and Indy’s wedding there on a snowy day last March. It is run by the fabulous Zoe who ensures everything runs like clockwork.
Champagne and canapes were enjoyed before a fantastic wedding breakfast, catered for by Chamberlain’s of London. Dinner was interspersed with magic, followed by speeches, the cutting of the magnificent cheese cake and dancing.
A lovely day at the Tower of London and Trinity House with Nicola and Stuart, favourites from the day are below