Brian and Mohan are a pair of wonderful human beings. I was so happy when they let me know they wanted me to photograph their same-sex wedding this summer.
Brian comes from the states but has lived in London for a long time, whilst Mohan hails from Malaysia but has also lived in London a long time. They met four years ago and it’s clear they were meant to be together. Their wedding brought together people from across the globe for a celebration of love. I probably say this too much but I have rarely encountered a wedding with so much love for the couple getting married. There was a tangible warmth and energy in the air all day long.
The newlyweds stayed the night before their wedding at the hotel where the party was to take place, the Andaz Hotel, which backs on to Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London City. If you’re not familiar with the hotel, it’s a funky modern hotel with a great sense of style. I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to shoot there.
I met Brian and Mohan at the hotel and we spent time before the ceremony taking some photos of just the two of them. I love it when I can do couple portraits before the ceremony like we did, because it allows more time for it and means the couple don’t have to do it later in the day, missing part of their wedding reception. Brian and Mohan looked super dapper in matching Hugo Boss suits and bespoke bow ties from FeatherGameBirdsUk.
Following their portrait session, we were picked up along with some close family and friends by a stretch hummer to take us to Old Marylebone Town Hall, where the ceremony was taking place. The ceremony featured some emotional readings which caused a few tears around the room. Like I said, this couple are well loved! After covering the happy couple in confetti, the wedding guests jumped onto a Routemaster bus to take them back to the Andaz Hotel.
Once back at the hotel, the party got going with a flashmob choir appearing from nowhere. The London House Cats really got the atmosphere going. Once the guests were sat down for dinner, more performances followed from Brian and Mohan’s talented guests. There was dancing, sing-a-longs and speeches a plenty. Not a dry eye in the house once the speeches were done. Brian and Mohan then cut the beautiful cake made by Wild Ginger Lily, and then shared their first dance as a married couple.
Then the dance floor kicked into action and it was a wild one! What. A. Party!
I had so much fun capturing Brian and Mohan’s day.
If you or someone you know is having a London wedding, please do get in touch. I’d love to be part of your day too.
Ceremony: Old Marylebone Town Hall
Reception and catering: Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street
Decor: Event Bureau
Music: London House Cats
Cake: Wild Ginger Lily
Bow Ties: FeatherGameBirdsUK
Suits: Hugo Boss
More about The Andaz hotel in London
The Andaz hotel, located right next to Liverpool Street Station, is a really wonderful venue with a variety of different event spaces to suit all kinds of different weddings. The function rooms range from modern and smart, like the Great Eastern Room where Brian and Mohan’s party took place, to the classical, like the 1901 Ballroom, right through to the historical and unique Masonic Temple. It has something for everyone.
The hotel itself is a stylish place to be, with plenty of interesting architectural features like a wonderful circular atrium and lots of modern art adorning the walls. Its location right in the heart of London city makes it easily accessible for people from all over the country.
The 1901 Ballroom
This is a magnificent and elegant space, with light white decor and classic details. It even has an original stained glass dome which is a beautiful focal point. Large enough to seat 150 people for dinner and dancing, it’s a wonderful location for a wedding reception.
The Great Eastern Room
The room featured above where Brian and Mohan’s dinner and party took place is a very versatile space, featuring customisable LED lighting in the ceilings, and enough space for dinner and dancing for 160 people. The room connects to the very spacious and funky atrium which works very well for a drinks reception.
The Masonic Temple
This is a room with serious wow factor. Most people will not have been in a room quite like this one, that’s for sure. Built in 1912, this room features plenty of marble, original masonic chairs and is hidden away – it’s a bit of a secret!