My wedding took place at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel in London, so when Charlotte and Alistair got in touch telling me that their wedding was taking place there, I was buzzing with excitement. I just love the place. I think it’s one of London’s most beautiful buildings, and it was so brilliantly refurbished before opening as a hotel. It’s such a photogenic location for a London wedding. And the area around the hotel in Kings Cross just gets better and better. Every time you go, something new has popped up. Anyway, enough about the hotel for now!
Charlotte and Alistair are such lovely, friendly people so it was no surprise that their wedding was full of love, warmth and great energy. Their ceremony took place in the gallery connected to the ladies smoking room, and it was beautifully decorated with bright flowers that went along with the wedding’s colourful theme. Just look at the bridesmaid dresses.
Following the ceremony, I borrowed the newlyweds for a few portraits before returning back to the famous staircase. Ok, not that famous, but it was in the Spice Girls video for Wannabe, if you remember that. Not long after a few group photos there, dinner was called and guests headed down from the reception in the ladies smoking room to the main ballroom, Hansom Hall.
Charlotte and Alistair made their entrance, and a party followed with some very funny speeches from best men, bridesmaids, the best men and the groom himself. There was brilliant live music that filled the dancefloor with guests and the energy kept growing right up until the end of the night. Charlotte and Alistair were still on an adrenaline high so we went out of the hotel into the station and onto the concourse of the hotel for a few late-night portraits, which are some of my favourite shots from the day.
More about the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
One of my favourite wedding venues in London, this hotel was brought back to life and reopened in 2011. It used to be called the Midland Grand Hotel and backs onto the beautiful St Pancras railway station. Why is it one of my favourite venues? Well, I did get married there myself, so I’m probably a bit biased! I just love the architecture and feel of the whole place. The facade of the hotel is so grand and gothic, and the hotel is designed with a nod to the railway. And then there is the staircase, which is one of the most famous staircases in the world, as mentioned earlier it was featured in an iconic music video.
Hansom Hall, a lovely big space
Hansom Hall is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s largest room, which is a fantastic and atmospheric place for a large wedding ceremony and/or reception. With super high ceilings and massive windows at either end, it certainly has the ‘wow’ factor.
A grand and gothic facade
There are few buildings in London that have the dramatic imposing effect that the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has. Its stunning red brick exterior and gothic features make it hard to miss as travel up Marylebone Road.
The grandest staircase of all
I tell you what I want, what I really, really want…. an iconic and beautiful staircase to walk down as a newly married couple. This staircase, in part made famous by the 90’s favourite girl band, the Spice Girls, is probably the hotel’s most famous feature. With a stunning painted vaulted ceiling above it featuring a starry night sky, it really is something to behold. If you’re ever in the area I recommend just wandering into the hotel and checking it out!
If you know someone who is getting married soon and is looking for a London wedding photographer or more specifically a St Pancras Renaissance wedding photographer, please do pass on my details, I’d love to capture it for them.