I don’t quite know if it’s possible to be in love with a venue, but if it is, I think I’m a little bit in love with the Town Hall Hotel. A pocket of luxury nestled away in unlikely Bethnal Green, it features not only a Michelin star restaurant, breath-taking, individually designed rooms, and hallways dripping with pieces by up-and-coming artists, but it also houses a gorgeous set of unique venues for weddings. (And, word has it, that a certain rock legend did a photoshoot there not too long ago!).
I have to admit, I was more than excited to be able to shoot here….
The venue really called for a vintage vibe, but a sophisticated one. I was thinking Mad Men, 60s film noir, Sophia Loren. Speaking of Sophia’s, doesn’t our model Sophia St Viller look breathtaking? That titan hair is to die for. And this 60’s style shift dress was on loan to us by the lovely ladies at Fur Coat No Knickers – we had so many lovely comments about this dress on the shoot and every bride owes it to themselves to check out FCNK’s boutique in Carnaby Street!
A few weeks before the shoot, I’d met Kate of Kate Ruth Romey, a wedding stationery designer and she was gorgeous enough to not only give us some stationery for the shoot, but she designed a whole set specifically! How lovely was that? But that’s what she’s really good at, finding out what your themes and inspirations are, and transforming it into something just perfect for you. The stationery was not only absolutely lovely, but perfect for our theme!
You might remember I did a jewellery product shoot not too long ago, for Jane Branney, a talented jeweller based in Yorkshire. She was kind enough to lend us some pieces for the shoot. The silver earrings below are my favourite – the silver has been imprinted with vintage lace so it has a unique pattern!
Make up was by Victoria Wallen and Ciara Hatton and I was chuffed to bits when they said they’d be on board, especially as I’ve worked with Victoria before and knew she’d knock it out of the park. Which both her and Ciara totally did! I know our models Sophia and Lara are gorgeous anyway, but the hair! The eyelashes! The eye make up! I would really rather like either Victoria or Ciara to live in my make up bag. Unfortunately for me, they’re busy beautifying actresses for telly and brides for their big day!
Oh, and did I mention the hotel as the most gorgeous indoor pool?
As you can see, the hotel hosts an eclectic mix of architectural styles and decorative influences, but that’s part of it’s charm. It all works together beautifully, and there isn’t a dull corner.