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The Ned London WeddingsA wedding photographer's guide

27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
5 Star Luxury & Elegance with stunning views over the City of London
bride in Gucci dress arrives at The Ned London. The Bride is framed in the doorway of a traditional London taxi

VENUE SUMMARY

LOCATION:
London, UK
ADDRESS:
27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
STYLE:
1920’s glamour
CAPACITY:
60 – 120

WHAT WE LOVE:

A luxury venue, sure to impress your guests in a premier setting with incredible views of London to match.
5 Star Service and luxury on-site accommodation to start the honeymoon experience in style.
A dream setting for our street style wedding photography!
The Ned outside space. Wedding guests hugging.The Ned wedding reception black and white bride holding her bouquet above her head. Bride and groom entrance

THE NED – A LUXURY WEDDING VENUE IN THE HEART OF THE LONDON CITY STREETS – A PERFECT SETTING FOR A STYLE OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY THAT TAKES INSPIRATION FROM STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

The Ned, centered right at the heart of the busy city of London, is a venue that oozes sophistication in every corner and corridor. It’s a venue suited to the stylish wedding, the cultured connoisseur, the bride and groom of impeccable taste. It’s a venue that demands a style of photography to match – sophisticated, understated, timeless – not just a wedding photograph but a piece of art worthy of hanging on its walls.

It would be perfectly fitting to see The Ned’s elegant interior decor adorned with impeccably composed frames of Street photography and it is from this complex art form that we take much of our inspiration. So much so that our wedding images have in fact been finalists in the London Street Photography Festival.
Those street photography influences have long shaped our approach to photographing weddings. It’s why we don’t interfere with the action in front of us but instead use inventive compositional framing to capture the story with a more creative aesthetic. It’s why we layer multiple stories into a single frame and discard any images that don’t meet our exacting demands of clean composition and beautiful aesthetic.

Our wedding photography style was really born out of the much-travelled avenues of London, and with the Ned at the centre of those busy London streets, there’s no more fitting venue for us to photograph your wedding.
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ABOUT THE VENUE – THE NED, LONDON

Right in the centre of London’s financial district The Ned, itself a former Grade I listed bank, could scarcely be better located and boasts some extraordinary views of the city of London, including St Paul’s from many of its rooms, especially the rooftop terrace pool – an incredible place to unwind before and after the wedding celebrations!

The Ned has been lovingly and creatively restored from its original Edwardian styling with many of the original bank features repurposed throughout (although the bowler hat cabinet remains just as it was!) This includes bank teller’s screens transformed into room separators and the old vault a private room for some quiet drinks (the vault door, still in place, apparently actually inspired the vault of Fort Knox used in the movie Goldfinger!) There are so many beautiful touches that make this venue one of London’s most popular hotels and private members clubs and, of course, a stunning wedding venue.

Weddings themselves take place on the historic sixth floor where there are multiple rooms to choose from or, if you have the appropriate scale and budget available, you can take exclusive use of the entire floor, providing ample options for ceremony rooms, dinner, dancing, photo-booths, relaxation areas or anything else you choose to include. You’ll also have the private use of two outdoor terraces with frankly magnificent views for an elegant champagne reception.

The 70 seated / 120 standing Saloon is the ideal (fully licensed) space for your wedding ceremony with a beautiful backdrop of the original fireplace framed by two grand emerald marble pillars. It’s also, of course, a fantastic dancefloor space or smaller alternative to host your meal depending on the size of your party.

Perhaps the venue’s most iconic room is the oak-panelled Tapestry Room. With a capacity of 120 seated or 200 standing it’s a beautiful space for your wedding breakfast and reception. The room takes its name from the ornate pastoral tapestry that wraps around the upper walls – the largest of its kind when it was created back in the 1920’s. The Tapestry room is particularly well suited to a long, banqueting style table layout – a perfect way to help your guests to socialise and get to know one another.

Speaking of banquets, dinner at the Ned is everything you might expect from this fine-dining luxury establishment. The first thing you see upon entering the hotel is the beautiful and extravagant food hall, converted from the old banking hall, where a huge array of delicately prepared dishes is available from any of its nine restaurants, and so it’s no surprise that the customisable menus (and exquisite canapes) on offer for your guests are nothing short of exceptional.

And of course at the end of the night (and indeed for your bridal preparations) you need a room befitting the grandeur of your day and it’s fair to say that here the Ned delivers spectacularly well. The 50 square metre Terrace suite is so named due to the private 35 metre outdoor terrace it includes, with doors leading straight from the bedroom to your own private outdoor dining area where you can also comfortably host guests or enjoy some drinks with your bridesmaids free from prying eyes before the big day begins!

As a venue playing host to a multitude of meetings, exhibitions and events there are also numerous other rooms and spaces befitting smaller micro weddings or intimate family weddings. With every possible facility at your disposal and a modern luxury setting, this really is the perfect setting for an elegant stylish wedding in the vibrant City of London.
Choosing our wedding photographers was the easiest task we had. We both agreed we didn’t want the “conventional-people-smiling-to-the-camera” kind of pictures, we wanted to capture the wedding, the moment, as they were. Opening hundreds of tabs revealed more and more of the same until we saw York Place Studios – immediately we stopped and said this is it. The photos on their website were so mesmerising, we wanted to frame them without knowing the people, and this is the difference between traditional wedding pictures to the art they bring.

Style without staging - matching natural elegance with documentary photography

Perhaps it's the influences of fashion photography and those stunning Vogue and Vanity Fair covers that have built such an association between stylish elegance and the posed image.

So often there's an instinct to heighten the image with bold poses and "perfect" graceful, polished tonality. For many that instinct is exactly right - if fashion mags are your influence then seeing yourself in that kind of setting is naturally going to excite and appeal to your sensibility. But if you've already styled your wedding to perfection; if you've matched your venue to the mood and ambience you want to create then is there necessarily a need to heighten it further in the photographs?

Venues like The Ned set their own tone and feel the moment you walk through the door. That vintage art deco styling and all those luxurious finishes scream elegance at every turn. If you pair the right venue with the right dresscode and subtle finishes then there's no need to go further. We don't need to go looking for great backgrounds when tone exudes from every corner of the room. Elegance can be staged but true style can only be felt. And if it's a feeling that you're looking to capture then there's no better way to experience those memories than through an unposed, documentary style of photography.
Great documentary photography is not about taking rapid snaps; every bit as much thought must go into the composition, the lighting, the positioning of hands and facial expressions for the documentary photographer as for their posed fashion / editorial style counterparts. The moment might be spontaneous, but the process of capturing it must be considered and in-keeping with the overall style of the wedding. Unflattering expressions (unless perhaps part of a joke) would probably not be in keeping with a stylish soirée. Inelegant body movements would again conflict with the tone of the day. The art of documentary is capturing the mood, the way it felt to be there, and so we, the photographers, must adapt to the needs of this unique wedding and the people we find around us.

But your wedding is not just about style, there is more to the story than just elegance. The feel of the day will be reflected in the images but the stories of the people who attended will live longer in the memory and enrich the heart more than beautiful decor ever can.

So if you're looking to create a particular tone, let your environment do the work. Couple relaxed and rustic with barns, tweed and informality. Match the elegant chic corridors of The Ned with champagne and style. But when it comes to the photographs, let the real story do the talking.
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How to get there

BY CAR:
Secure 24hr parking available at NCP London Vintry Exchange (7mins walk)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT (RECOMMENDED):
Tube – Bank (Central, Northern, Waterloo & City lines & DLR line) – 1min walk (Bank Station is directly opposite The Ned)

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL:
Nearest Airport
: London City (39mins drive, 22mins Rail – direct route on DLR line to bank station with no changes)

Train via Eurostar Terminal at St Pancras International (18mins taxi ride,
12mins via Northern Line Underground [no changes])

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