Megan & David’s Wedding at Tower Bridge, London
Megan & David woke up yesterday morning as Mr & Miss by lunch time they were Mr & Mrs and by the evening they were King & Queen.
They were married yesterday at Tower Bridge in London. Not only had they picked an iconic London location for their wedding ceremony they had also picked a 2nd iconic location for their wedding breakfast ‘The Tower of London’.
There is always a risk for bad weather with a winter wedding however Megan & David were fortunate and it was a dry day with a temperature of around 5º and at times the sun poked it’s head through the overcast clouds. To be honest it could have been a full scale storm outside and it would not have dishearten this extremely happy couple who had a fantastic day – a day that been planned for a long time and which went off perfectly.
The friendly registrar Catherine Stutton held a good service which was conducted in the North Tower. After the service their families and friends were given a guided tour of the tower whilst we went outside to take the portraits. Drinks and canapes were served to the music of harpist Siobhan Swider.
The location of the reception was a well kept secret for the wedding guests and they were amazed to learn that it was be held in the Tower of London.
Taking the short walk to the Tower (which was now closed to the general public) they were greeted by a Beefeater who gave them a private tour. Unknown to Megan David had his own surprise for her – they were also given their very own personal guided tour of the Crown Jewels – wow!
Marianne told me that the private viewing of the Crown Jewels was absolutely amazing. I had gone ahead to the White Tower and also witnessed an amazing sight – the reception room adjacent to an exhibition had only just shut for the public and within only 45 minutes it was transformed into an amazing wedding venue! (picture above) there was a hive of activity with many waiting staff erecting and decorating the tables, florists arranging the flowers, and kitchen staff organising a temporary kitchen in the room below.
Their guests were to be given a further surprise. When they were seated in the dining room Toastmaster Bob asked everybody to be upstanding for the “King & Queen” and in walked Megan & David dressed up as Queen Anne Boleyn & King Henry VIII, they were flanked by 2 Beefeaters that escorted them to the table to the cheers and clapping of everyone.
Their costumes were amazing and had been sewn by a friend who sews theatrical costumes – David could quite easily get a film roll for Henry VIII.
It was a brave Megan that was dressed up as Anne Boleyn on her wedding day … especially to be sitting in The Tower of London.
Their guests were treated to the following menu:
Confit of Duck, Goat”s Cheese and Tarragon Mosaic Flageolet Bean Salad with Roast Pineapple Puree and Charred Brioche.
(V) Poached Pear and Pickled Walnut Sukura and Fennel Cress with Gorgonzola and a French Dressing.
Vodka Poached Loin of Beef Braised Celeriac Cream, Roasted Shallot and Baby Beetroots with White Burgundy Jus.
(V) Herb and Parmesan Polenta Stack topped with Wild Mushroom Fricassee, Glazed with Taleggio and served with a Rich Tomato Passada.
Strawberry Chantilly Triffle with Chocolate Popping Candy and Levender Shortbread.
2007 Doña Florencia Cabernet-Merlot, Chile.
2007 Doña Florencia Sauvignon Chardonnay, Chile.
There was one final surprise left. At 10 O’Clock the Tower was closed for everyone and we witnessed ‘The Ceremony of the Keys’.
The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years.
It was amazing to have witnessed this historical event and to have been part of this day. We said our goodbyes outside The Tower – the wedding party continued on to a nearby hotel to carry on their celebrations – wow! what a day – do we love being wedding photographers? do we love what we do? Yes we do!