The In and Out Club – Elizabeth & Thomas

In and Out Club wedding

In and Out Club wedding photography

The In and Out Club ( The Naval and Military Club) in central London, was the venue for Elizabeth and Thomas’s wedding at the end of 2015. A transatlantic wedding, with Elizabeth from near Washington DC, marrying Thomas, a British Army infantry officer. After a whirlwind romance! Getting married was on the cards within days of meeting, from what I heard. It was fate. On the day, Elizabeth was ready early and she arrived at the church early. She was getting her man! A girl from the USA had found a tall, rugby playing, Captain in the 1st battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.

(By a (tenuous) coincidence, Elizabeth got in touch with me as I was stood just yards away from where the early nineteenth century equivalents of Thomas and his brother officers, stood in line and squares, against Napoleon’s army. On the battlefield of Waterloo in Belgium. The 33rd (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) was there that day, facing down the charges of French cavalry and now forms part of the modern Yorkshire regiment)

As Thomas and his friends got into their dress uniforms at The In and Out Club, Elizabeth was getting ready with family and friends, a short walk away in Mayfair. It was then a quick taxi cab ride to the wedding ceremony, at The Brompton Oratory. One of London’s most impressive buildings, but not the brightest, especially on a dull, dark (later to be wet) winter’s day. By the time Elizabeth and Thomas emerged to the Guard of Honour (Honor 😉 ), the rain was in the air and the light was fading quickly. When we got back to St James’s Square, the light was pretty much gone.

Drinks, the officers having changed into their mess kit, followed by the wedding breakfast, overlooked by military and royalty. Speeches followed the main course – and a very emotional one by Elizabeth’s sister – before down into the courtyard for a rather chaotic sparkler run (or two). Then the dancing in the hall…..and what dancing by some!! 😉  No shuffle around the dance floor for some of these guys! The staff had secured away some of the ornaments already – they knew what was coming.

A great London wedding to end the year with. Here are a few images from the day…

Soldier getting ready at the In and Out Club
Bride getting ready
Quiet moment between a bride and her father
Bride gets into her wedding dress
guests gather at Bromton Oratory
Bridesmaids arrive at Brompton Oratory
Groom and best man in dress uniform wait outside Brompton Oratory
Bride and her father arrive at Brompton Oratory
Bride in the taxi
Wedding guests enter Brompton Oratory
Reportage wedding photography in London
Bride waits to enter Brompton Oratory
Bride and her father walk down the aisle at Brompton Oratory
Brompton Oratory wedding
Brompton Oratory wedding ceremony
Brompton Oratory wedding
Military guard of honour at Brompton Oratory
Couple kiss at Brompton Oratory
Heading to the wedding reception in the London cab
Winter London wedding
Bust of the Duke of Wellington at the In and Out Club
In and Out Club wedding reception
In and Out Club wedding
In and Out Club wedding reception
Heading into dinner at In and Out Club wedding
In and Out Club wedding photography
In and Out Club wedding
In and Out Club wedding speech
Groom's speech at In and Out Club wedding
In and Out Club wedding speeches
Bride speaks at In and Out Club wedding
Sparklers at In and Out Club wedding
In and Out Club wedding dance
Bride dances with her father at In and Out Club wedding
In and Out Club wedding party
In and Out Club

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  1. H Martin, just looked through your photos for Tom and Elizabeth at the In and Out Club, and I was very impressed. Delightful memories of a fabulous wedding! I wish I had your talent!! Howard

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