Hannah and Elliot’s Grand Junction wedding was hands down one of the most fun days I’ve had the privilege of shooting, in almost ten years of being a documentary wedding photographer. (Why doesn’t everyone have their wedding reception in a gorgeous converted church, and celebrate with a money dance?!)
Stylish Grand Junction wedding ceremony
It’s not unusual for London weddings to have two venues: one for the ceremony and one for the reception. However, Hannah and Elliot hit the jackpot with their wedding venue, because they chose a space with all of the charm, character and gravitas they wanted, that could work for their ceremony and reception too!
The space is Grand Junction, a stunning Grade I listed church building in Maida Vale. It’s recently undergone a £6m renovation, which means that you get the historical beauty of the building itself, complete with stained glass windows, chandeliers and – of course – the divine architecture, but you also get the flexibility and add-ons of a modern venue.
I spent the morning with Hannah and her bridesmaids getting ready, with the unmistakable chilled-but-excited vibe that only bridal prep can have. Can you believe Hannah’s mum made her outfit? I loved every single element of it, from the puffy sleeves to the delicate bows on the back to the tulle overlay that flowed down the back of the chic, straight skirt. Hannah and her bridesmaids’ Kitty Willow Flowers bouquets were similarly stylish too, with huge anthurium lilies to add structure and bright, bold coloured flowers to add depth. I also loved Elliott’s 3 piece suit in a gorgeous seafoam green colour, a fresh take on a smart grooms’ look.
Ridiculously fun Grand Junction wedding reception
Another great thing about having a Grand Junction wedding is there’s space to host the “in-between” bit whilst the main room is being turned over from ceremony to reception.
Just before we invited guests in, I whisked Hannah and Elliot off for some portraits in one of the foyers – though foyer doesn’t really do it justice, as it’s got jaw-dropping vaulted ceilings and a dark blue ceiling with gold embellishments that look like the night sky. Special shoutout needs to go to the windows and the lighting, too, because the sweet September sunlight diffusing into the room can only be described as dreamy; Hannah and Elliot looked like baroque paintings! We then rejoined their guests in the Undercrofts for cocktails and music, before we were welcomed into the main room again for the meal.
Multicultural wedding traditions
The room had been transformed, with round tables now occupying the space where the aisle had been before. On each table was a flower arrangement and some muted pastel taper candles, and at each place setting Hannah and Elliot had gifted their guests an evil eye amulet to ward off malevolent spirits.
When I asked Hannah and Elliot what most excited them about their wedding plans, they said “To be able to celebrate with everyone and also celebrate each other's cultures (Hannah’s English and Elliot’s Greek Cypriot background)”. This is where the most fun part of the day came in: the money dance.
Intended to help show the newlyweds how loved they are by their friends and family and help set them up for the next chapter in their life, it essentially involves the guests showering the couple with money whilst everyone dances. In this case, it was reams and reams of fake £50 notes, and Hannah and Elliot were practically wrapped in them by the end of the dance; it was just such good vibes!
To be honest, this could be said of the whole day too. In their initial enquiry, Hannah and Elliot said they “share passions of food and music, and don’t take life too seriously” – all of this came through on a wedding day that perfectly reflected them as people.
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If you’re planning a wedding where the vibes are as high as they were on Hannah and Elliot’s Grand Junction wedding day, then I’d love to chat. You can tell me all about your plans so far here – I can’t wait to hear all about them!
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