Bride and groom celebrating whilst walking out of church surrounded by family blowing bubbles

Natural Wedding Photographer

Harry and Olivia’s riverside wedding took place at The Oyster Shed located right on the Thames river bank in East London. As a wedding photographer I tend to spend a lot of my time out in the countryside, in beautiful gardens or grand stately homes. All of which are amazing to photograph but sometimes it’s nice to be amongst the hustle and bustle of a city. To feel the excitement in the air as couples jump into taxis to make their way to the ceremony, to hear passers by call out well wishes. There’s a real buzz to it!

I love shooting relaxed and happy couples and this is exactly what I got! Their choice of pub wedding venues fitted well with the relaxed and fun vibe they wanted for their wedding day. I had so much fun photographing this wedding!

Groom and wedding guest in central London city pub
Best man holding wedding rings in box
Groom laughing and drinking beer in a London pub with wedding guests

Westminster Wedding Photography

The day started at The Westminster Arms, a classic London pub. Harry was in his element, surrounded by friends and greeting family with a hug and a huge smile. From there it was a short stroll to the absolutely beautiful St Margaret’s Church, set in the grounds of Westminster Abbey.

Exterior shot of St Margaret's Church in London City
St Margaret's Church sign on stone wall in central London
Wedding Guests laughing and saying hello outside of Margaret's Church in London City
Groom smiling outside of St Margaret's Church in central London
Best man smiling outside of St Margaret's Church in central London
Interior of St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey in central London
Groom stood smiling inside St Margaret's Church in central London
Groom and ushers stood smiling inside St Margaret's Church in central London
Groom and ushers stood inside St Margaret's Church in central London
Wedding guests sat inside St Margaret's Church in central London
Wedding ceremony pression inside Margaret's Church in central London
Groom stood at the alter smiling inside St Margaret's Church in central London

As everyone gathered in the church Olivia arrived in a white London taxi and walked down the aisle. Harry and Olivia touched hands, smiled away at each other and shared laughter with their guests. It was lovely to be a part of their wedding ceremony.

Bride and Groom during cermony  inside St Margaret's Church in central London
Bride looking at Groom and smiling during ceremony at St Margaret's Church in central London
Bride and Groom smiling during ceremony at St Margaret's Church in central London
Usher giving a reading at St Margaret's Church in central London
bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony
bride and groom smiling at each other during wedding ceremony
Groom and guests hugging each other after wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom smiling at each other after their wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom signing the register  after their wedding ceremony in St Margret's Church.
Wedding couple walking down the aisle together in St Margret's Church.
Bride and groom walking back down the aisle together in St Margret's Church.
Bride and groom smiling together in St Margret's Church in London
Bride and groom smiling together after getting married in St Margret's Church in London
Bride and groom being escorted by a police man in central London.

Natural Light Wedding Photographer

Harry and Olivia walked out of church to the cheers of their loved ones. Both were smiling from ear to ear and their grins only got bigger as they made their way through a cloud of bubbles. (confetti isn’t allowed at a lot of venues, so it’s always worth checking this beforehand. Bubbles are a great alternative!)

Bride and groom leaving St Margaret's Church whilst they walk through bubble confetti
Bride and groom leaving St Margaret's Church whilst guests blow bubbles at them
Bride laughing with her bridesmaids  outside of an old London building
Bride and groom laughing together in front of white wedding car

The Oyster Shed Riverside Wedding Reception

With huge windows, a riverside location and stunning views of London The Oyster Shed is a fantastic place to celebrate and host your pub wedding. Olivia and Harry had kept their wedding decor minimal and contemporary. Guests were seated on brightly coloured chairs, the walls were adorned with photos of the couple and each table had an animal theme.

Exterior of the Oyster Shed wedding venue in Central London.
wedding table plan on plank of wood with paper clipped to geometric frame
Wedding guest book on wooden table surrounded by confetti
Wedding table set up at The Oyster Shed in Central London
Chocolate wedding cake on wooden stand
bride and groom smiling and holding champagne
Bride and groom laughing together outside of the Oyster Shed

London City Couple Portraits

I love shooting weddings at The Oyster Shed not only because of it’s huge windows letting in loads of lovely natural light. But also for it’s incredible views on London! It’s sat right on the river bank directly in front of The Shard. Obviously I couldn’t resist doing some couples photos in front of a view like that! My favourite moments to capture are the ones of real laughter or personal moments between the couple. It was very windy on this day at The Oyster Shed, however with a bit of patience we got some lovely wind free portraits as well as some beautiful shots where the wind caught the veil as they walked along the riverbank.

bride and groom walking along the riverside whilst veil blows in the wind
Wedding couple walking along the riverside in front of The Shard in London
Wedding guests sat drinking beer outside of The Oyster Shed in London
Wedding guests socialising at the The Oyster Shed in London City
Wedding guests laughing together at The Oyster Shed in London City
Wedding guests laughing together at The Oyster Shed in central London
Groom laughing on his wedding day at The Oyster Shed
Old couple kissing whilst at a wedding reception at The Oyster Shed
Old couple laughing whilst at a wedding reception at The Oyster Shed

After a short stroll along the riverside for photos Harry, Olivia and I made our way back to the party, it was time for speeches! These were as touching, hilarious, raucous and emotional as I’d expected. What wonderful family and friends these two have!

Wedding usher giving a speech at The Oyster Shed
Bride and groom walking into The Oyster Shed riverside wedding venue
male wedding guest laughing whilst sat down for dinner at the Oyster Shed
Wedding guests sat down for dinner at The Oyster Shed riverside venue
Wedding usher giving a speech at The Oyster Shed in London
Wedding guest laughing at The Oyster Shed in London
happy groom laughing during his speech at The Oyster Shed
Happy bride laughing during wedding speeches at The Oyster Shed
groom and best man laughing during wedding speeches at The Oyster Shed
Usher giving a speech during wedding reception at The Oyster Shed
Usher laughing during wedding reception at The Oyster Shed
groom laughing during wedding reception at The Oyster Shed
Nighttime exterior of The Oyster Shed riverside wedding venue in London
Bride & Groom cutting chocolate wedding cake at The Oyster Shed in London
Bride and groom dancing together at The Oyster Shed in London
Bride and groom dancing together at The Oyster Shed in London
Bride and groom smiling during first dance at The Oyster Shed in London
Guests dancing at The Oyster Shed during wedding reception.
Guests dancing at The Oyster Shed riverside wedding venue
female guest laughing and dancing  at The Oyster Shed wedding venue
Wedding couple dancing together at The Oyster Shed reception venue
Old lady dancing at The Oyster Shed wedding venue
wedding couple dancing and laughing together at The Oyster Shed

I loved Harry and Olivia’s London wedding, if you’re planning your own wedding at The Oyster Shed then please get in touch via my Contact Page


“We are so happy with the photos Sally took of us and our guests. Lots of lovely, natural photos and they capture the fun we were having on the day. We would absolutely recommend using Sally as your photographer if you are looking for someone fun, relaxed, professional and super talented!”


The Oyster Shed FAQs

What’s the nearest Tube station to The Oyster Shed?

The nearest tube station is Monument Station, which is less than a 5 minute walk away, but is also easily accessible from Cannon Street (7 minute walk) and Mansion House (8 minute walk).

What food options are there for a wedding at The Oyster Shed?

The Oyster Shed offers various packages for your wedding meal. Including options such as light bites and lavish canapés, all the way to a three-course wedding breakfast! They also offer hot and cold buffets and pop up stations. They are happy to adapt and will try to achieve any ideas you might have. Speaking from my own experiences I can vouch for the food being absolutely delicious!

Where is good for couple portraits at The Oyster Shed?

The outside area has a beautiful walkway along the River Thames and overlooks views of London featuring the Iconic Shard building. I’m really familiar with this area and happy to make recommendations of areas nearby that will not involve too much walking.

bride and groom walking along the riverside whilst brides veil blows in the wind at The Oyster Shed

Wedding Venue: The Oyster Shed

Wedding dress:: Wed2Be

Bride’s shoes: Monsoon

Groom’s suit: Slaters

Florist: Grace and Thorns, Hackney

Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist: Simone from The Bridal Stylists

Bridesmaid dresses: Coast and Monsoon

Cake: M&S

Transport: Wedding Taxis for the white cab

Band/DJ: The Jets