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London wedding photographer at St. Etheldreda's Church

A wedding picture of the fascinating and historic 13th Century St Etheldreda's Church in Ely Place a wonderfully atmospheric London wedding venue with a stunning stained glass window backdrop

St. Etheldreda's Church wedding photographer London

St. Etheldreda's Church, 14 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY Tel: 020 7405 1061  

Sitting in the heart of the City of London in Ely Place, next to the gold, silver and diamonds of Hatton Garden stands St Etheldreda's Church a place of peace and tranquility and a spiritual sanctuary of the Middle Ages. The oldest Catholic church in England, it was the town chapel of the Bishops of Ely from 1250 to 1570 sitting in a palace of substantial grounds and it was then one of the most important and influential places in London.

St. Etheldreda's Church - a brief history

Princess Etheldreda was born in 630 and was an important member of the ruling family of the Kingdom of East Anglia. After confrontation with King Egfrith she fled to Ely where she founded a religious community and built a grand church on the ruins of a former one.

The present church was built in 1290 and with the calling of Parliament in the mid 13th Century the Bishops of Ely required a residence in London and so the Bishop of Ely set out to build a magnificent palace. From 1316 onwards the palace was added along with orchards, vineyards gardens and agricultural land spreading over some 58 acres and Medieval chronicles describe the wonderful fields of saffron and strawberries that grew there, indeed the latter was directly referred to in Shakespeare's Richard lll by the Duke of Gloucester to the Bishop of Ely.

In the Great Fire of London in 1666 under an arch of fire a mile long London lost many of its churches and houses however when it reached St Etheldreda's Church the wind changed direction and it was saved though by the time the fire had finished two thirds of London had been destroyed. The next hundred years however saw the palace let run to ruin and in 1772 after a sale of the property all the buildings apart from the chapel were demolished and the present day Ely Place was built in 1775 along with modernisation of the church.

The area around St Etheldreda's Church provided much material for Charles Dickens it becoming notorious for it's slums and poverty. The Artful Dodger took Oliver Twist to Saffon Hill, Ely's former saffron fields nearby to which was Fagan's Den. The chapel was sold in 1873 and with centuries of past building work removed much of the ancient 13th Century features were restored and are there to be admired today.
 

Wedding photography at St. Etheldreda's Church and The Crypt

For the history appreciating wedding photographer this great historical London wedding venue has a lovely range of wedding photography opportunities starting from the long flagstone corridor that leads into the Church from the main door in Ely Place.

Then of course there is the wonderful Chapel itself. As well as the many coats of arms plaques and inscriptions that can be found on these ancient walls there is the stunning stained glass window which provides a wonderfully bright and colourful backdrop for the wedding ceremony and the wedding photographs throughout. In addition, the organist and choir allowing, there is access to the balcony at the back.

For the group wedding photographs there is sufficient room in front of the church and for some more personal and romantic wedding photos of the Bride and Groom there are a number of gardens nearby that we know that provide a wonderful breathing space for the couple to help them relax and unwind before heading back to the evening celebrations.

The wedding breakfast and reception can be held in the dark and atmospheric Crypt a few metres away which with its candle lit interior provides plenty of interesting reportage wedding picture opportunities.
 

St. Etheldreda's Church wedding photographer testimonials

Happy Bride and Groom wedding photograph taken at St Etheldreda's Church by London Lane wedding photographers

 

Hi Richard and Steve and Tina , Neil and I (or should I say 'my Husband and I') would like to say a massive thank you for Saturday...people have commented on how brilliant you both were (the words brilliant, fantastic and exceptional in reference to you both was used several times). You made our day extra special and relaxed and we are truly thankful. We both loved that you both have a sense of humour, our guests did too, so many wedding photographers are dull and lifeless, but you and Steve couldn't have been further away from that stereotype. We can't stress enough how pleased we are with you both and of course our wonderful wedding photographs.

Karriane & Neil Marking, Bishops Stortford, Herts – St. Etheldreda's Church & Crypt, 14 Ely Place, London

Happy Bride showing her dress wedding photograph captured by London Lane wedding photography prior to going to St Etheldreda's Church an ancient London wedding venue in the heart of the city

Champagne, roses, shoes and rings wedding picture taken before a London City wedding at St Etheldreda's Church in Ely Place a wonderfully old London wedding venue

Bridesmaids' attaching the Bride's veil in this humerous getting ready wedding picture captured the ancient London wedding venue of St Etheldreda's Church

Smiling Bride with her Bridesmaids and glass of Champagne wedding photo taken just before leaving for St Etheldreda's Church captured by London Lane wedding photographers

Lovely happy wedding photo of the Bride and her father in the cab going to St Etheldreda's Church at Ely Place in the City an historic London wedding venue

An excited bride in her beautiful white dress wedding picture taken outside the ancient London wedding venue of St Etheldreda's Church captured by London lane wedding photographers

Apprehensive Bride walking up the stone steps wedding picture taken in the ancient London wedding venue St Etheldreda's Church in Ely Place in the City

Two wedding pictures of an excited beautiful Bride in her stunning wedding dress preparing to walk down the aisle at London wedding venue St Etheldreda's Church

Bride and Groom singing before the stunning stained glass window in this wedding photograph captured at St Etheldreda's Church by London Lane wedding photography

Atmospheric Bride and Groom saying their vows wedding photograph taken before the wonderful stained glass window backdrop of the ancient St Etheldreda's Church in the City of London

An ecstatic Bride and Groom walking down the aisle wedding picture taken at the ancient and atmospheric London wedding venue of St Etheldreda's Church in Ely Place City of London

Everybody waving in this spirited group wedding photograph taken in front of the the historic London wedding venue of St Etheldreda's Church

The happy couple standing on the pavement and crossing the road wedding photos taken by London Lane wedding photography outside St Etheldreda's Church in Ely Place

Bride and Groom joyful with champagne in this delightful wedding photo taken as they walk back to St Etheldreda's Church a London wedding venue with an ancient history

A wonderful caught in the moment wedding photograph of the newly-weds waving to a passing fire engine on the way to enchanting London wedding venue of St Etheldreda's Church

An atmospheric wedding photo of the Maitre d awaiting wedding guests in The Crypt of St Etheldreda's Church a wonderful London wedding venue in Ely Place

Atmospheric wedding picture taken in the candle lit Crypt of St Etheldreda's Church captured during the wedding breakfast in this unusual London wedding venue

Bride greeting seated table guests in this wedding photo lit by candlelight at the ancient and atmospheric Crypt of St Etheldreda's Church captured by London Lane wedding photography

Bride conversing with guests in this wedding photo taken in The Crypt of St Etheldreda's Church a wonderful London wedding venue lit by candles and stained glass windows

Fun cake cutting wedding photograph taken in The Crypt of St Etheldreda's Church a fascinating, historic and truly atmospheric London wedding venue captured by London Lane wedding photography

A Groom grins with joy as he dances with his wife in this wedding photo taken in the disco lights of The Crypt part of the ancient St Etheldreda's Church in London

St. Etheldreda's Church, 14 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY Tel: 020 7405 1061 
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