One thing that I love about being a wedding photographer in London is that I get to work in such different venues.
Some are very modern and minimal, while others are historic and have an amazing character.
When I got the opportunity to shoot as a Charterhouse wedding photographer with an incredible team of wedding suppliers, I jumped at the chance.
Charthouse London – A Historic Venue for an Elegant Wedding
The Charterhouse London dates back to the 14th century. Since that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys’ school and an almshouse. It is located between Barbican and Smithfield Market, and to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square.
It has recently been licensed for weddings and makes the perfect setting for any history lover. The Charterhouse London provides an extraordinary range of rooms for a selected number of receptions, dinners and other private functions.
Each of these areas (6 in number: The Old Library, The Great Hall, The Norfolk Cloister, The Great Chamber, The Governors’ Room and the Charthouse Chapel) can be used separately or in combination.
Our team set out to highlight the amazing possibilities that Charterhouse offers as a wedding venue. As soon as the team saw the stunning Norfolk Cloister, we knew it would be the perfect setting for an elegant candlelight ceremony and reception table.
Floral Arrangements in the Charterhouse London
Our florist Leigh Chappell Flowers used a selection of white blooms. She teamed ‘Yves Piaget’ roses, white ranunculus and tulips with textural prettiness of ‘Madame Stepman’ lilac.
Hellebores added touches of garden prettiness to create a romantic but stylish look. For the table centres and urns, Leigh added pieris, rosemary, camellia leaf, osmanthus and Jasmine foliage to add texture and movement.
Stationery for the Charterhouse Wedding
Mathilda Lundin created the ceremony banner with fluid calligraphy, so it would act as an organic soft backdrop to the elegant couple.
For the invitations, she chose a modern, yet sophisticated design. She worked with the contrast of modern set typography and organic fluid calligraphy.
The design is offset with plenty of white space for a modern editorial feeling. She added golden highlights to both the wedding suite and menu to tie the design together.
Charterhouse London Table Setting
The elegant botanical runner was hand drawn by Mathilda in gold ink to bring in the textures of the seasonal foliage and gold accents throughout the styling.
Classic Crockery provided the simple tableware and gold geo chairs that echo the monastic doorways.
A New Jesus Peiro Wedding Dress
Miss Bush bridal boutique kindly provided us with the Jesus Peiro 107 wedding dress from their new bridal collection.
Nikki Stark Jewellery provided their hand made gold wedding rings.
Hair & Makeup
Hairstylist Cimone intentionally styled up the bride’s hair in a relaxed and romantic hair-do, so it would help display the beautiful open back and shoulder detail of the Jesus Peiro dress.
Gentle waves helped to frame the bride’s face. MUA Louise kept the makeup natural with an English Rose look of a subtly contoured eye and a rosey lip.
Cakes for the Charthouse Wedding
Vaani of Sugar Plum Bakes created a trio of lemon buttercream cakes. They were all in different finishes to complement the tablescape and the bridal gown.
Firstly, she made a 2-tier cake with textural buttercream, which was ruffled and with uneven edges for an informal look.
Next came a single tier cake with a rustic floral bas-relief effect, which was highlighted with touches of gold leaf.
Finally, Vaani also made an elegant 3 tier cake, which she wrapped with edible hand-illustrated botanical patterns and delicate rose leaf tendrils.
She finished it with gold studs as a subtle nod to the stationery detail.
Charterhouse Wedding Photography
As a Charterhouse wedding photographer, I captured the mood and the beautiful styling that the team has created.
Alongside me, the videographer Handcraft Pictures also captured the atmosphere on the day and put together a cinematic highlights video.
I hope to be back there soon to capture a real wedding in this beautifully historic venue in the heart of London.
Photography – Maja Tsolo,
Videography – HandCraft Pictures,
Venue – The Charterhouse London,
Planning + Design – Always Andri,
Florist – Leigh Chappell Flowers,
Makeup Artist – Louise Lerego,
Hair Stylist – Chevuex Cimone,
Stationery + Calligraphy – Mathilda Lundin Calligraphy,
Cake Designer – Sugar Plum Bakes,
Bridalwear – Jesus Peiro via Miss Bush Bridal,
Hair Accessories + Earrings – PS With Love,
Wedding Rings – Nikki Stark Jewellery,
Tableware + Chairs – Classic Crockery,
Silk Ribbons + Napkins – The Natural Dyeworks,
Brass candleholders + Brass Ring – Workshop