Devonshire Terrace wedding: Andrew & Chantel

When Andrew and Chantel first got in touch with me about their City of London wedding in Devonshire Terrace, I was a little excited as I love London weddings! They were planning a relaxed and stylish wedding with a church ceremony, a quiz and even bagpipes and drums! There is something beautifully haunting but relaxing about bagpipes that I absolutely adore. With all these elements, it was gearing up to be a very good day.

I began the morning at the Devonshire Club, where Chantel and her bridesmaids were getting ready together, before heading to the church with Chantel and her parents in a classic London black taxi.

The wedding took place at the stunning Christ Church Spitalfields, right in the middle of the busy Commercial Street. While Chantel was getting herself ready to enter the church, Andrew was nervously waiting at the altar with his mum and sister. He sensibly had his tissues at the ready as the tears were never far from his eyes throughout the ceremony. After the ceremony, they were showered with confetti as they walked down the stairs of the church before we took the group photos. It was a sunny, cloudless day, which was great as it meant Andrew and Chantel’s guests could easily stroll the five minutes from the church to the reception venue and not worry about parking which is always fun in London!

The wedding reception took place at Devonshire Terrace, which is a high glass-roofed restaurant in Devonshire Square. It’s a quiet little square right in the heart of London, making it an ideal and very unique wedding reception location. While the guests enjoyed canapes and cocktails, we wandered around the venue and surrounding area to take some fun photos with Andrew and Chantel and their wedding party before taking their couple portraits.

When it was time for Andrew and Chantel to make their entrance into their reception, they were preceded by the Black Watch pipes and drums band who played a number of tunes for about 10 minutes to start the reception. I really could have just sat and listened to them all day. Before the traditional breakfast was served, there were a few wonderful speeches, including the groom’s which had lots of laughs and also drew a few tears from Chantel.

Before the cake cutting and the first dance, there was a little interlude so we took the opportunity to take some creative couple photos in and outside Devonshire Terrace. You’ll be amazed how breathtaking a corridor can be with the right posing!

After their first dance, the dance troupe, Afro Unite took to the stage to entertain guests with their high energy moves before the dance floor was officially opened. There were so many fun moments throughout the day and I feel so honoured to have been able to capture it all for Andrew and Chantel. Thanks must go to Dewan Demmer for being a great second shooter as well as fab company.

Andrew and Chantel, wishing you both all the best for a fantastic start to your new lives together.

Devonshire Terrace wedding supplier dream team

Ceremony venue: Christ Church Spitalfields
Reception venue: Devonshire Terrace
Planner: MT Events
Hair stylist: Deborah Lola
Make up artist: Mahina Makeup
Cake: Dolly Dew Drops
Flowers: Miriam Abu
Bagpipes and drums: Black Watch London Pipes and Drums
Love letters: Locke and Busby
DJ: DJ Darkozy
Dancers: Afro Unite

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Here’s their beautifully relaxed City of London wedding!

Bride getting her make up done

Bride’s mother during bridal prep

Bride’s shoes

Bride’s shoes with earrings

Wedding dress hanging up

Wedding bouquet

Close up of bride’s necklace

Close up portrait of bride

B&W of bride

Groom’s buttonhole

Best man helping groom with his cufflinks

Groom looking in the mirror while getting ready

“Close up of groom’s waistcoat

Groomsmen with their gifts

Groom and wedding party walking down the road

Groom and wedding party on church steps

Groom hugging his mother in the church

Bride with her parents in the back of a black taxi

Bride stepping out of the taxi

Bride holding bouquet outside church

Bride entering church yard with mother

Bride and wedding party walking up the steps of the church

Groom watching bride walk down the aisle

Groom and best man as bride arrives at altar

Groom crying

Couple holding hands

Couple exchanging their vows

Couple at altar

First kiss

Couple’s first kiss

Mother of the bride applauding

Groom kissing bride on the cheek

Couple walking down the aisle out of the church

Couple walking down steps of church

Confetti being thrown at couple on the steps of the church

Devonshire Terrace wedding reception set up

Reception tables laid out ready for the wedding

Place setting on table at reception

Guests eating canapes

B&W of couple kissing while holding hands

Couple sitting and talking

Groom kissing bride

Groom with groomsmen walking towards the camera

Bridal party posing for the camera

Brother of the bride kissing her on the cheek

Bagpipers and drummers with couple

Couple entering reception

Bagpipers and drummer playing at reception

Bagpipers and drummer

Bagpipers and drummer leaving reception

MC speaking to guests

Father of the bride smiling

Guests at reception

Father of the bride during his speech

Best man smiling

Guests interacting

Groom during his speech

Guest reactions to speeches

Bride wiping away a tear during groom’s speech

Groom smiling during his speech

Bride and parents laughing during groom’s speech

Guests toasting

Couple portrait

Couple hugging in hallway under lights

Couple cutting wedding cake

“Couple kissing after cutting wedding cake

Couple during first dance

Bride smiling during first dance

Little girls on the dancefloor

Bride tossing the bouquet

Bride tossing the bouquet

Afro Unite dances

Afro Unite performance

Dancers during wedding reception

Dancers performing during reception

Couple laughing while leaning against wall