Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding
An Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding is one of a handful of ‘cool’ register offices in London. Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Liam Gallagher and Antonio Banderas thought so. It’s certainly an attractive building in central location. Possibly why Lorna and Phil travelled down the M1 from Sheffield to London. Celebs aside it’s a beautiful grade II listed building. A fine example of early 20th Century municipal architecture. The Old Marylebone Town Hall was designed by Sir Edwin Cooper in 1920. He also designed another favourite building of mine. The Port of London Authority building in Trinity Square.
I digress! Lorna was fashionably late. Fortunately not too late. The Old Marylebone Town Hall is one of the UK’s busiest register offices! The couple exchanged vows upstairs in the Blue Room. Summer sunshine streaming through from behind. It was an emotional twenty minutes. Tears and giggles in equal measure! Following confetti the newly weds boarded a traditional London Double Decker bus. Eventual destination the historic St. Stephen’s Club (unfortunately now permanently closed) in Queen Annes Gate.
First stop the Albert Embankment opposite the Houses of Parliament. You get a great iconic backdrop of London here and lots of love from the tourists.
Second stop. Group photos at the St Ermin’s Hotel. They have a fairytale sweeping grand staircase. It’s rumoured a secret tunnel lies under the staircase. Apparently leading to the Houses of Westminster. The hotel was once HQ for Winston Churchill’s Special Ops Exec and MI6. So perhaps it’s true!
Third stop. Almost there! A quick couples walk into St James’s Park onto the Blue Bridge. Finally Champagne, Canapés and speeches on the garden terrace of the St. Stephen’s Club.
Hailing from Sheffield Lorna and Phil added their own twist on tradition. Instead of cutting a wedding cake they cut a giant Pork Pie! Love it!
Special thanks to the talented Mona Ali of Artomedes Photography for assisting on a very hot day!