Stylish Chelsea wedding | Kate + James

Kate,  James and their guests dressed up to the nines for their stylish Chelsea wedding ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall and reception at Bluebird Club, also on Kings Road.

Their day started with James and his best man at a nearby coffee shop.

Groom james and his best man waiting before james and Kate's stylish Chelsea wedding in Chelsea Old Town Hall's Brydon Room. Street photography inspired wedding photos of a groom and his best man on Kings Road, Chelsea, London The groom and his daughter arrive at the side entrance of Chelsea Old Town Hall on Kings Road, ready for their civil wedding ceremony.

 

 

 

 

James hands over a toy ring with a big red stone for his daughter before his wedding ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Wedding details including the bride and groom's rings held by the pageboy in the waiting room of Chelsea Old Town Hall.
A bridesmaid waits patiently in the waiting room of Chelsea Old Town Hall on the Kings Road, London
The groom, best man and wedding party wait patiently for the bride to walk into the Brydon Room for their civil wedding ceremony.

James collects his thoughts before Katie arrives on the arm of her father.

Groom James waits patiently for his glamorous bride Katie to walk through the door of the Brydon Room for their civil wedding.
Glamorous bride Katie arrives on the arm of her father after the flower girl and bridesmaid walk down the aisle first.
Bride Katie meets her groom James at the front of the Brydon Room, at the start of their Chelsea civil wedding ceremony.
Stylish bride Katie and her well dressed groom James start their wedding ceremony

Their bridesmaid delivers a beautiful reading.

The bridesmaid during her reading at a Brydon Room Civil Wedding ceremony
The Bride and Groom exchange rings during their civil wedding ceremony in the Brydon Room.

As well as the more usual exchange of rings. James handed over a red princess ring to their daughter during the ceremony.

The bride and groom kiss once they are announced and man and wife during their Brydon Room wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom signing the register after their Civil Marriage ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Not everyone is necessarily totally absorbed in watching Katie and James sign the register.

The flower girl and best man have other things on their mind while the bride and groom sign the register

Katie and James look up from their wedding paperwork, amused by the antics of their daughter.

Bride and groom laugh at the antics of their daughter the flower girl
The bride and groom's daughter + flowergirl waits for all the paperwork to be done.
The bride and groom kiss after receiving their wedding certificate from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea registrars.

Kate and James walk down the steps of Chelsea Old Town hall with their guests on either side and flurries of confetti, followed by a few family photographs.

Stylish bride and groom on the famous steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall on the Kings Road with their guests and confetti.
Family group photos on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London

Kate and James chose to walk along Kings Road with their guests to the Bluebird Club for their wedding reception – watched by more than one onlooker.

Bride, groom and their families walk along Kings Road from Chelsea Old Town Hall to Bluebird Club for their wedding reception.
A bride is watched by onlookers during her walk along Kings Road, dressed in a stylish full-length white, backless gown.
A bride and her best friends walk along Kings Road after her wedding ceremony to the Bluebird Club for their wedding reception.

How gorgeous is this three-tier wedding cake with champagne ready and waiting for guests?

A three-tier wedding cake and champagne awaits the bride and groom at the Bluebird Club for their wedding reception.
Bluebird Club wedding reception details including a table setting.
Guests look at a wedding menu at the Bluebird Club on Kings Road, Chelsea, London

Before leaving their reception, I took some individual portraits of Katie and James with natural light, showing the warm. background ambiance of the club.

Portraits of the bride and groom at Bluebird Club at the start of their wedding breakfast.

Chelsea Register Office photos | Pooja + Ankit

All weddings are different and have their own character. And looking at the Chelsea Register Office photos of Pooja and Ankit’s wedding day, one of the most noticeable aspects are their families. From the beautifully dressed parents and older relatives to the cheek-squeezing of of youngsters as they arrived, there is incredible warmth and care.

Chelsea Register Office photos of an Indian wedding in the Brydon Room, Kings Road, London
Chelsea Register Office photos of an Indian wedding in the Brydon Room. Family members are waiting while the bride and groom go through their details.
The groom chats to his family while waiting for his bride in the Brydon Room: one of the Chelsea Register Office photos from Pooja and Ankit's wedding
The bride's wedding ring on a mesh clutch - one of the Chelsea Register Office photos from Pooja and Ankit's wedding in the Brydon Room, Kings Road

Pooja arrives on the arm of a family friend to join Ankit at the front of the Brydon Room – Chelsea’s largest room which takes up to 38 people.

The Chelsea wedding photos of Pooja + Ankit at Chelsea Register Office's Brydon Room, including the bride and groom exchanging rings.
A Chelsea Registrar announces the bride and groom are now married - in the Brydon Room, Chelsea.
The bride and groom sign the Chelsea Marriage Register in the Brydon Room,
A mother signs as a witness the Wedding Register in Chelsea Town Hall's Brydon Room.
The groom's mother signs the wedding registry at Chelsea Old Town Hall's Brydon Room after the civiil marriage of Pooja and Ankit.

Pooja and Ankit had arranged a stretch limousine to take most of their guests from Chelsea Register Office to their wedding reception at the Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall Place, going via Parliament Square.

A stretch limousine leaves Chelsea Register Office for the West End

Pooja threw her bouquet at the Corinthia Hotel, with her unmarried girlfriends standing behind her.

Pooja throws her bouquet at her wedding reception at the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London.
An unmarried friend of the bride looks pleased at having caught the bride's bouquet at the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London
A wedding menu at the Corinthia Hotel, London.
A blue and white wedding cake at a wedding reception at the Corinthia Hotel

After some portraits, I finished my coverage of Pooja and Ankit’s day and left them at the Corinthia to continue celebrating with their families and friends.

Photos of the bride and groom outside the Corinthia Hotel, London, in Whitehall Place at their wedding reception.

Small Mayfair Library wedding – Sandhini + William

The small Mayfair Library wedding of Sandhini and William had just their closest friends and family, as they were planning bigger celebrations later in the year.

William arrived in a very smart suit and Sandhini was her colourful self for their Marylebone Room civil ceremony.

Marylebone Room at Westminster Library - where civil marriages take place while the Old Marylebone Town Hall is being refurbished.
The groom arrives on the steps of Mayfair Library ready for his small civil ceremony in the Marylebone Room.

Friends and family had a good catch up while Sandhini and William checked their details with registrars.

Guests chat on the steps outside the Marylebone Room before a small wedding at Mayfair Library.
Guests chat in the Marylebone Room before a small civil wedding ceremony.
Wedidng guests chat in the Marylebone Room before a small wedding at Mayfair Library.
Wedidng guests chat in the Marylebone Room before a small Mayfair Library wedding.

One of the guests had a fabulous illustrated book of The Owl and the Pussycat for her reading during Sandhini and William’s ceremony.

The Owl and the Pussycat reading with an owl illustration - before a wedding in Marylebone Room, Mayfair Library - home of Westminster weddings.

William gave his godchild a pat on the head as he and Sandhini walked down the aisle towards the registrar.

The bride and groom enter the Marylebone Room for their civil marriage ceremony with Westminster Registrars.
Bride and groom say their marriage vows in the Marylebone Room with Westminster registrars.
Bride and groom say their marriage vows in the Marylebone Room with Westminster registrars.

Family and friends watch Sandhini and William take their vows.

Family and friends watch the bride and groom say their vows in the Marylebone Room at Mayfair Library, Westminster.
A small child watches a bride and groom getting married in the Marylebone Room, Mayfair.
The bride's brother watches her marry in a ceremony at Mayfair Library - home of Westminster registrars.
A bride and groom are all smiles as they exchange rings in their civil wedding ceremony at Mayfair Library.
A bride and groom are all smiles as they exchange rings in their civil wedding ceremony at Mayfair Library.
A bride and groom kiss after being pronounced man and wife in the Marylebone Room, Mayfair Library.
A bride and groom after they kiss while the Westminster registrar applauds their change in status.
Wedding witnesses sign the register as a Westminster registrar, family and the bride and groom look on in Mayfair Library: photographer Rebecca Portsmouth
A Westminster registrar hands over the wedding certificate to the bride and groom in the Marylebone Room, Mayfair Library. Photographer: Rebecca Portsmouth
The end of a civil marriage ceremony in the Marylebone Room, Mayfair Library. Photographer: Rebecca Portsmouth

Have you booked your summer wedding photographer?

Have you booked your summer wedding photographer?

If you’re getting married this summer and thinking of hiring a professional wedding photographer, are they booked yet? If not, better get your skates on as you could be out of luck on some peak dates.

Twice in the past week, couples have got in touch about hiring a professional wedding photographer for Saturdays in July and August. I haven’t been able to help and so have asked colleagues for availability. In one case, even when asking a group of more than 40 photographers, not one was available. Not one. For the other date, there were two available.

So if you are getting married any Friday or weekend between now and the end of September in the UK, please book your photographer as soon as you can. If you don’t, you may end up with either no photographer or no choice.

If it is one of your friends who is getting married, please check with them to make sure they have their photographer booked. The especially busy dates I have found so far for London are July 25, August 29 and September 5. I have been a London wedding photographer for almost 15 years and this is the first time in the past 10 where unavailability has been so pronounced.

For those couples getting in touch for busy dates, I am more than happy to check availability with colleagues and email you their details where available.

Chelsea Football Club wedding

It’s not every bride who willingly allows football to dominate their wedding day, but for Chelsea Football Club fan Sharanjit and her groom Jatindar it was a necessity when they tied the knot in the club’s grounds.

Sharanjit and Jatindar chose the Vialli Suite to exchange their wedding vows with Southwark Registrars.  Sharanjit was a little late for her wedding, which left Jatindar quite a bit of time to get nervous.

Isn’t the blue of Sharanjit’s gown gorgeous! And entirely intended for a Chelsea Football Club wedding!

There’s often a moment when the groom wonders if the ring is going to go on the bride’s finger; this was one of those moments.

Bride Sharanjit struggles to get her groom's ring on during their Chelsea Football Club wedding. Photographer: Rebecca Portsmouth
The bride and groom are now wearing their rings during their Chelsea Football Club wedding. Photographer: Rebecca Portsmouth
While the groom shows of his brand new wedding ring, his bride gets ready to sign the register during their Chelsea Football Club wedding. Photographer: Rebecca Portsmouth

Guests celebrate by throwing confetti. Lots of confetti.

Confetti is thrown during a Chelsea Football Club wedding ceremony in the Vialli Suite
There is a LOT of confetti thrown during this Chelsea Football Club wedding in the Vialli Suite. Photo by photographer Rebecca Portsmouth
Jatindar is VERY proud of his shiny new gold wedding ring

Sharanjit, Jatindar and I went into the stands for some portraits of the two of them – relatively quickly given the windy and cool day – which finished off their wedding photography booking.

The bride and groom sit in the stands while groundsmen work on the Chelsea Football Club pitch, ready for a game in two days.
Chelsea Football Club wedding portraits of the bride and groom in the stands overlooking the grounds.
Portraits of the groom in the stands at his Chelsea Football Club wedding
Portraits of the bride in the stands at her Chelsea Football Club wedding

Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos: Victoria + Dominic

When Victoria and Dominic married in Chelsea Old Town Hall, it was obvious how much family was a part of their lives and their ceremony. From Victoria walking in on her father’s arm, looking for her mother already seated in the Rossetti Room, to the way she and Dominic held their son throughout their vows. I’ll let you see the rest for yourselves: here are Victoria and Dominic’s Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos.

The bride and son arriving at Chelsea Registry Office for her wedding in the Rossetti Room The groom's parents excitedly waiting in the Rossetti Room for the wedding of their son. The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: Victoria entering the civil wedding ceremony on her father's arm, both looking for her mother. The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic:: here their family react to their wedding ceremony vows. The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: an emotional moment during their ceremony in the Rossetti Room The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: their exchange of vows and rings in the Rossetti Room The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: - the moment they are pronounced man and wife! The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: - a reading by Dominic's sister and their reactions. The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: the signing of the register and presentation of the wedding certificate The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: wedding confetti on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall in Kings Road London The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: family portraits on the Chelsea Old Town Hall steps The Chelsea Registry Office wedding photos of Victoria + Dominic: family portraits and wedding groups on the steps of Old Chelsea Town Hall Family wedding photos outside Chelsea Registry Office on the famous steps, Kings Road, London Bride and groom photos outside Chelsea Registry Office on the famous steps, Kings Road, London

 

 

 

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