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Tower of London wedding photographers

The historic and world famous White Tower of the Tower of London a world heritage site, ever popular visitor attraction and exclusive London wedding venue

Tower of London wedding photography

HM Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB Tel: 020 3166 6226
 

The Tower of London is a truly unique London wedding venue offering the lucky wedding photographer a rare opportunity to capture some memorable wedding pictures in a wonderfully famous historic Royal English setting.

The Tower Of London – a brief history

The Tower of London's history begins in the time of the Normans when William, Duke of Normandy defeated King Harold at The Battle of Hastings in 1066. Work on a permanent fortress stronghold began in the 1070s and the building of the immense White Tower, which dominated the skyline for many miles and proclaimed the rule of William the Conqueror was completed by 1100 and was to give the castle the name of the Tower of London.

Over subsequent centuries The Tower has played a significant role in the history of England. Henry Vlll expanded the Royal residential buildings especially for his wife Anne Boleyn 's coronation in 1533 but after that it's use declined. Its use as a prison during this period however grew dramatically as religious and political enemies were increasingly incarcerated there and during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) the Tower was literally crammed to bursting point with prisoners. Yet over the centuries only 22 executions have taken place there, the last to be beheaded was Lord Lovat in 1747 and the last ever was Josef Jakobs, a German spy who was shot by firing squad in 1941.

In 1649 after the execution of King Charles l, the Crown Jewels on orders from Oliver Cromwell were broken up and melted down. With the restoration of the monarch in 1660 the use of The Tower as a national prison declined and it changed its role to that of providing military supplies and equipment and so became the Office of Ordinance along with holding the new Crown Jewels.

In 1845 The Duke of Wellington had the foul smelling moat drained and converted into the dry ditch it is today and after the destruction by fire of the Grand Storehouse he also started work on creating a new barracks to accommodate up to 1000 men. The 19th Century was to see many of the Tower's institutions leave such as The Royal Mint in 1812, the animal menagerie in the 1835 and which was to become the basis of London Zoo in Regent's Park (spot the lion, monkey and elephant figures around The Tower grounds today), the Office of Ordinance in 1885 and the Record Office in 1858. During this period Anthony Salvin an architect and leading figure in the Gothic Revival was employed to change the fortress to a more medieval style and subsequently transformed the Beauchamp Tower, the Salt Tower, the Chapel of St John in the White Tower and the Wakefield Tower.

Known officially as 'Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, The Tower of London' it is still officially a royal residence and there is a house inside called 'The Queen's House' available if she should wish to stay. Interestingly the Deputy Chancellor of Nazi Germany Rudolf Hess who was imprisoned there during World War ll stayed at The Queen's House though then it was called The King's House.
 

Wedding photography at the Tower Of London

With over 2.4 million visitors a year the Tower of London is England's most popular paid for visitor attraction so as a wedding photographer working there you have to be mindful that there will at any time be hundreds of paying visitors from around the world milling around. So the sight of a Bride being escorted across the grounds by Yeoman Warders will naturally gain a lot of attention as they try to get their own very special Tower of London wedding photographs.

The Yeoman Warders, also know as Beefeaters are selected from the Armed Forces after having completed 22 years of service live on site at the Tower and are an important part of the wedding day. They begin by ceremoniously escorting the Bride from her final preparations in the building of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers , across the cobbled courtyard past the manned sentry post outside the Jewel House (which houses the Crown Jewels) to the wedding ceremony in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincular. Naturally this makes for some wonderfully unique and colourful wedding pictures.

A chapel has stood in this position before the Norman invasion and was incorporated into the Tower during the reign of Henry lll and has been rebuilt twice, the last time in 1520 during the reign of Henry Vlll. It is used by the Tower's 150 community ( many of whom are residents) and amongst the many dignitaries buried there are three Queens of England, Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey and Catherine Howard. Unfortunately wedding photography is not permitted inside the Chapel though a picture taken from the open door is allowed.

After the wedding service, the newly-weds pass under the traditionally raised spears of two Yeoman, another classic wedding photograph opportunity before being escorted to wherever the group wedding photographs are to be staged and then back across the cobblestones to the reception at the New Armouries Banqueting Suite. Naturally the Bride and Groom must have a wedding picture posing with the Warders who as well as looking resplendent in their eye catching uniforms (the full state dress uniform of a Yeoman Warder with all it's gold thread costs over £7,000 each) are on great form throughout the day's proceedings (you should hear them in full flow when they are recounting the history of the Tower to the tourists) though you wouldn't want to mess with them.

Further Tower Of London wedding photographer opportunities

Further wedding photography opportunities are available on the South Wall where personal wedding pictures of the Bride and Groom come with historic and fascinating backdrops such as The White Tower, Tower Bridge and the The Shard.

Later during the evening's wedding proceedings, usually after the wedding breakfast all the guests are invited to watch the historic Ceremony of the Keys whereby at 9.53 pm the Chief Yeoman Warder sets off with an armed escort of the Queen's Guards to lock the gates to the Tower. This ceremony has taken place every day without fail for hundreds of years and is the oldest military ceremony in the world. Unfortunately for the wedding photographer, no pictures are allowed which is probably a good thing as you do get to soak up the unique atmosphere of the night's proceedings.

All in all being a wedding photographer at the Tower of London is a truly fascinating experience though with so many great and unique vistas there is never enough time in the day to capture all the wedding photography opportunities. We didn't see any ravens on the day, but we did see them a few weeks before as there are at least six there to prevent the Tower crumbling and great harm befalling the nation and we didn't get to see any of the Tower's seven ghosts though whether they would reproduce as digital images is a matter for conjecture.

Tower of London wedding photographer testimonials

Smiling newly-weds in front of Tower Bridge wedding photograph captured at the stunning historic London wedding venue of The Tower of London

 

Dear Richard and Tina, thank you for being so fantastically helpful throughout our wedding – your friendly and stress-free approach was very much appreciated and we are thrilled with the photos from the day

Tracey and Rob, Wandsworth, London – Wedding photographers at The Tower of London

     

 

Groom and Groomsmen walking on the cobbles wedding photograph taken as they pass the ever popular and spectacular Tower of London a unique London wedding venue

Groom and Groomsmen walking towards Tower Bridge and chatting wedding photo taken at the fabulous Tower of London

An excited Bride walks with her Beefeater guards wedding photo taken as they approach The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London

Groom raises an earthenware mug of beer with his Groomsmen in this wedding picture taken to celebrate his forthcoming marriage at the unique and historic Tower of London

A Tower of London wedding photo of a Bride laughing with her Bridesmaids prior to walking across the cobbles to get married at The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula a truly historic wedding venue

Unusual reflected in a mirror wedding photograph of a Groom talking to his brother in a bar on next to the Thames and a short distance to The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at The Tower of London

Two lovely excited Bride descending the stairs wedding pictures taken in the Armouries Building in the unique and fabulous London wedding venue at the Tower of London

A Groomsmen waiting and the colourful Beefeaters talking wedding picture captured in the grounds of this unique and famous London wedding venue The Tower of London

Final Bride's dress adjustments wedding picture taken in the hall of the Armouries Building before leaving for the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in The Tower of London

Wedding part walking along the flagstones past the tourists wedding picture taken as they leave the Armoury for the  Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at The Tower of London

Bride walking with her Father, Bridesmaids and Beefeaters wedding photograph taken on the cobbled courtyard at The Tower of London

Bride and Beefeaters cracking a joke in this wedding photograph taken as they walk along the flagstones towards The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London wedding venue

An excited Bride walks with her Beefeater guards wedding photo taken as they approach The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London

The Bridal party with Beefeaters approaching the chaplain wedding photograph taken outside The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London by The Thames

Bride and Groom entering and down the aisle wedding photographs taken in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at The Tower of London a unique London wedding venue

A discrete view from the door wedding photograph of a marriage ceremony in progress at The Tower of London taking place in the ancient Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula

Wedding photograph of a smiling newlywed couple signing the marriage register in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the unique wedding venue The Tower of London

The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at The Tower of London is the location for this wedding picture of the newlyweds showing their marriage certificate the vicar and a yeoman of the guard

Happy newlyweds captured in this wedding picture as they walk down the aisle of The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at The Tower of London as husband and wife

Joyous hands in the air celebrating wedding photographs taken as the newly-weds exit The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula towards the Beefeaters at The Tower of London

Two wonderful excited newly-wed wedding photos taken as they walk under the Beefeaters crossed spears taken at The Tower of London a truly unique London wedding venue

A happy tender loving moment in the bubbles wedding picture taken after walking under the Beefeaters' crossed spears at this unique London wedding venue at the Tower of London

Hugs and kisses amongst the bubbles wedding photograph captured at The Tower of London outside The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula a unique London wedding venue

Love, kisses, smiles and bubbles wedding picture taken outside The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London at this wonderful magical London wedding venue

A happy couple with their Beefeater guard in this wedding photo taken as they walk from The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London

The Beefeaters await the newly-wed couple in this wedding photo taken on the lawn by The White Tower in the grounds of this fabulous London wedding venue wedding at The Tower of London

Intimate group family wedding photo taken on the lawn at the spectacular London tourist attraction and unique  London wedding venue of the Tower of London

Two delightful and colourful couple flanked by Beefeaters wedding pictures captured at The Tower of London a spectacular and historic London wedding venue by The Thames

The Bride and Groom walk away from the lawn wedding picture flanked by their Beefeater guard at the unique and magical Tower of London wedding venue in the City

The Bride and Groom walk away from the lawn wedding picture flanked by their Beefeater guard at the unique and magical Tower of London wedding venue in the City

Group wedding photo of all family and guests waving wedding photo taken outside the New Armouries building at the unique London wedding venue at The Tower of London

The Tower of London as a wedding venue offers the wonderful New Armouries banqueting suite captured here in this wedding picture all set up ready for the wedding breakfast guests

Unique walking towards the South Wall and an elephant wedding picture taken of the Bride and Groom at the magical and historical The Tower of London wedding venue

Romantic newly-weds on the  South Wall captured in this romantic wedding photograph at The Tower of London wedding venue

A romantic moment wedding photograph taken on the South Wall of the unique wedding venue The Tower of London with the majestic Tower Bridge in the background

A smile and a kiss in these sunset wedding photographs taken of the Bride and Groom as they walk along the South Wall at the spectacular and unique Tower of London

Romantic wedding photograph of the Bride and Groom walking along the South Wall of The Tower of London as the sunsets with the towering Shard in the background

Wedding couple sit on a bench alone wedding picture taken at dusk outside the London wedding venue in the  at The Tower of London

The newlywed couple walk into the  New Armouries banqueting suite at The Tower of London in this wedding photograph taken amidst cheers and clapping from guests ready for the wedding breakfast

Wedding photo collage of speakers and guests taken during the wedding speeches at the unique London wedding venue The Tower of London in the New Armouries banqueting suite

Guests cheering and raising a glass of champagne wedding picture taken during the speeches at The Tower of London wedding venue in the New Armouries Banqueting Suite

 A couple of newly-wed first dance wedding pictures taken in the New Armouries Banqueting Suite at The Tower of London a wonderful and unique London wedding venue

Romantic first dance wedding picture captured under the disco lights in the New Armoury Banqueting Hall at The Tower of London wedding venue

 

HM Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB Tel: 020 3166 6226
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