London vow renewal: Emma + Chris
Emma and Christopher chose Mayfair Library for their London vow renewal, six years to the day after their wedding. This time, they had family with them who were not able to attend their original ceremony.
As their ceremony was at the end of a London winter day, they chose to start their photography early for some couple portraits in Mount Street Gardens and family photographs before their ceremony. Isn’t Emma’s navy gown gorgeous!
There were some initial checking of details with the registrar.
Some of the younger guests were impatient for Emma and Chris’ vow renewal to start.
Harrington Room wedding at Chelsea
Not everyone chooses to get married at 9am on a Monday. But then when Monika and Giovanni planned their wedding at Chelsea Register Office, virtually nothing was conventional. They travelled from their home in Germany to London, one of their favourite places, had two Chelsea Pensioners as their witnesses and a wedding shoot on the South Bank.
We started at a coffee shop near Chelsea Register Office before their Harrington Room wedding. Monika had a classic pale pink wedding bouquet.
We took a black cab to the South Bank for some wedding portraits. At 9.30am on a Monday, central London is wonderfully empty.
Marylebone Room wedding | Tas + Ravi
The Marylebone Room wedding of Tas and Ravi in Mayfair Library was on one of January’s cold but stunningly beautiful winter days, allowing us lovely portraits in the adjacent Mount Street Gardens.
Tas and Ravi’s wedding ceremony was with their closest family and friends. Tas wore a beautiful red sari and carried a bouquet of red roses and gypsophila or baby’s breath and Ravi had a red rose buttonhole on his blue wedding suit.
Ravi and Tas walked into Mayfair Library’s Marylebone Room together to meet their family and friends. Ravi’s mother held a box with their two wedding rings for safekeeping, bringing it forward at just the right moment in the ceremony.
See – married! Tas and Ravi show off their shiny new wedding rings and their witnesses sign the register while other family members congratulate them on their marriage.
Tas and Ravi walk down the period staircase at Mayfair Library while their guests are outside with confetti.
Tas + Ravi walk several blocks to Atul Kocchar’s Michelin starred restaurant Benares for their wedding breakfast. They had a portrait next to the water feature they love before I left them to celebrate with their guests.
Cambridge Register Office wedding
Rice throwing and readings in Greek reflected the groom’s family heritage at the Cambridge Register Office wedding of H and C.
Their story starts with a waiting room full of friends and both their family, through their English and Greek readings, with rice throwing and onto their reception venue with home-made bunting and table names of Beatles songs.
I’ll let their wedding photographs tell the story of their day.
Greenwich Registry Office wedding photographer | Petra + Duncan
It’s such a thrill as a Greenwich Registry Office wedding photographer to meet a couple on their wedding day – see what they’re wearing, which guests they have chosen, their flowers and other finishing touches.
Petra and Duncan had agreed not to see each other before their civil wedding ceremony, so Duncan and his best man arrived at Victoria Hall first. They love the building, so while they waited, I photographed them as well as details of the hall such as the pink and white painted ceiling, wonderfully restored.
Petra arrived with her best friends, giggling and excited about the wedding. Staff snuck her into a side room near the registry office so that Duncan wouldn’t spot her. He also had helpfully sat with his back to the main doorway of Woolwich Town Hall – what a clever groom!
We did a quick portrait of Petra and her two best friends on the steps of Woolwich Town Hall
Petra settles down to wait until her wedding ceremony in this office. Every bride needs access to a photocopier just before they walk down the aisle, right?
After a bit of an unscheduled wait – the registrars are running late – we’re off. Duncan goes into the ceremony room with the wedding rings and Petra waits just outside.
Greenwich civil wedding | Anna + James
The Greenwich civil wedding of Anna and James with their closest friends and family had a buzz about it that reflected their easy smiles and happiness. Anna, originally from Sweden, wore a classic cream dress and jacket with bouquet from Manchesters Flowers. James wore a cream buttonhole in his cream linen suit, also from Manchesters Flowers.
Their wedding took place at Woolwich Town Hall, the base for the registrars for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, that is Greenwich Register Office. We waited in the magnificent Victoria Hall, with its turn of the century architecture including high domed ceiling and beautiful paintwork.
Anna carried a bouquet of white roses and greenery tied with a white ribbon and James wore a white rose buttonhole.
We did some portraits on Victoria Hall’s stunning stairs before Anna and James’ civil wedding ceremony.
There was a lot of laughing and joking from the guests during the Greenwich civil wedding, putting Anna and James at ease.
Greenwich registrars, like other London registrars, use archive-quality indelible ink in the registers. The best man keeps Anna and James’s rings safe on his own fingers.
Anna and James exchange vows with her father looking on from the front row.
And finally they are announced man and wife – celebrating with a traditional kiss, to the delight of their family and friends.
Anna and James’ guests throw confetti to celebrate the marriage of Anna and James. Congratulations!