Armourers' Hall wedding photography
Wedding photographers at Armourers' Hall
Armourers' Hall - A brief history
The Armourer and Brasiers’ Company has been at the same address for 667 years, since 1346 when it took over from the original ‘Dragon and five Shoppes’. Starting as Craft Guilds for social and religious reasons and then continuing as a way of protecting and enhancing their craft, the various Livery Companies that sprung up to serve the City of London were essentially trade associations which would then eventually receive Royal Charters laying down regulations for controlling their trade. The Armourer and Brasiers’ current charter was granted in 1708 and it combined the Brasiers, who worked in copper and brass, with the Armourers.
Over the centuries the Armourers’ Hall has survived the tests of time being one of the few places to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666 which consumed 373 acres of the City of London, burning 44 company halls, round 13,200 houses and 84 churches. It was enlarged in 1795 but later in 1839 the decision was made to rebuild the whole building at considerable cost. During World War ll on 29th December 1940 it survived a major bombing blitz which levelled all the buildings around it.
Armourers' Hall - Wedding photography opportunities
The Armourers’ Hall is a truly splendid London wedding venue and a dream location for any history inspired London wedding photographers and although not currently licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies, it is a truly unique venue for any wedding reception celebrations.
Entering the front door wedding guests are immediately presented with two full suits of armour that flank the red regal carpeted staircase, the latter of which on a practical note serves as an ideal place for any indoor group wedding photographs. Then as you climb the staircase past the impressive chandeliers and plaque tributes to the war dead, you are presented with walls laid out with ancient glittering armour and weaponry again providing a wedding photographer and the wedding guests with fabulous backdrops for some memorable wedding photographs.
Then into the Drawing Room or Gold Room as it is also called for the pre-wedding breakfast champagne and canapés, a great space for family and guests to celebrate and with many items of historical note to grab your interest and provide you with more souvenir wedding pictures. As well as cabinets displaying ancient crossbows, swords and shields and individual pieces of armour such as gauntlets and helmets there is also the magnificent 14th Century Lee Suit of Armour made by the renowned Greenwich Armoury for Sir Henry Lee, Queen Elizabeth 1’s Champion in 1570 and Master of the Royal Armouries. This rich and opulent room holds two large and impressive pictures, one of Sir Henry Lee and the other of Anne Vavasour, a Gentlewoman of the Queen’s Bedchamber and also Sir Henry’s mistress. The Drawing room is carpeted throughout with a copy of the Ardebil Persian carpet, the famous original of which is to be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum and it can accomodate up to 100 standing guests or up to 50 for seated dining.
After the announcement for dinner the wedding guests are treated to the awe inspiring Livery Hall, the lower half of which is wooden panelled and upon which hang hundreds of historic coats of arms, whilst on the walls above hang impressive 16th and 17th Century suits of armour and weaponry. Three 16th Century George II brass chandeliers along with exquisite Men-at-Arms Candelabra provide evocative candle-lit dining for up to 100 seated guests and providing a wonderfully enchanting celebratory atmosphere.
Further rooms include the elegant Court Room which can seat up to 20 guests for dinner around its Regency dining table and the Library which provides a welcome rest area from the celebrations and which can seat up to 10 people for dinner.
As well as offering plenty of historical backdrops for some truly unique wedding photographs, outside immediately opposite the front door is a pleasant green area with grass and hedges which can be used for further wedding photographs of the newly-weds and which offers a breath of fresh air away from all the wedding celebrations.
All in all the Armourers’ Hall is a wonderful hidden gem of a London wedding venue offering a uniquely historical and memorable setting for the wedding celebrations with plenty of wedding photography opportunities and all run very smoothly and efficiently by a friendly, welcoming and experienced team of people.
Armourers' Hall wedding photographer testimonials
|Alex and Adele, Redhill, Surrey – Wedding at St. Margaret's Church, Lothbury and Armourers' Hall, London|
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