St. Mary’s Church in Hampstead is one of the most beautiful churches in London and I’ve had the opportunity to be a wedding photographer here not once but twice. St Mary’s was the first Catholic church to be built in Hampstead after the English Reformation of the 16th century. Commissioned by Abbé Jean-Jacques Morel, a refugee from the French Revolution, the chapel took two years to complete and its commencement coincided with the defeat of Napoleon in 1816.
St Mary’s Church is located near the top of the hill at Holly Place on Holly Walk, nestled in a row of Georgian houses between Church Row and Mt. Vernon Road making it an ideal location for weddings and photography. No taller than houses numbered 4 and 5 to either side, the Church’s distinctive facade with bell tower and statue of Virgin and Child was designed by architect William Wardell as the first addition to the original building at the time the law was changed to allow bells to be rung from Catholic churches in 1852.
St. Mary’s Church in Hampstead I feel is a sublime location for wedding ceremonies given its celebration of attention to detail. The interior of this church is decorated with tile mosaics, historical paintings and sculpture, which reflect historical redesigns of the interior and extension of the building. Side altars of stone with carved wooden frontals and arched altarpieces were built and the interior of the church renovated in 1878. In the 19th century a school was built behind the church but demolished in 1907, the land being used to build the present day sanctuary and side chapels. Now with such incredible mosaics and architectural designs St Mary’ Church is the perfect venue for not just wedding but if you’d ask me, for wedding photography too. Kindly find time to glace through the photographs I have posted below and tell me what you think of them.