Islington Register Office wedding | Tanya + Zhewei

I often receive inquiries about small or intimate weddings and love photographing them. Tanya and Zhewei had an Islington Register Office wedding before hopping into a limousine that took us to St Pancras for a family lunch. They had cleverly planned going to Paris on the Eurostar, so had only to cross a platform to be on their way.





While Zhewei waited in the council chamber, Tanya saw the registrars before arriving on her mother’s arm. It seemed that Zhewei and his father like to pace the floor while his mother appears a little calmer.

Zhewei’s talented brother played the entire Mendelssohn’s Wedding March while the signing of the register took place, which is quite a bit longer than the excerpt I’ve heard previously. He also played the more whimsical waltz from Amelie.


Here is one proud mother.

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Tanya and Zhewei had asked for portraits that showed off the architecture of Islington Town Hall. It has some stunning original features and its steps are the centrepiece of the building.

Do we need any more reasons to celebrate?

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St Pancras Station wedding portraits

St Pancras Station wedding photos

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Islington Register Office wedding | Yu-wei and Richard Pt 2

I posted two photographs from Yu-wei and Richard’s Islington Register Office wedding last month which were going to be put on display at their overseas celebrations. I wanted to share some more from the day, now that they are edited. Yu-wei and Richard had a small celebration with family at Islington Register Office then we spent an hour or so on an Islington walkabout portrait session.
They both saw each other beforehand, allowing us time for some portraits at Islington Town Hall.

Islington Register Office wedding portraits

Islington register office bridal portraits

Yu-wei had the most wonderful vintage style wedding dress that suited her so incredibly well.  Her bag was a vintage item that she already had in her wardrobe – it went beautifully.

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Then their families arrived and it was time for the ceremony, followed by congratulations and then we left on our portrait walkabout session.

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Islington wedding photos | Yu-wei and Richard

Yu-wei and Richard had their wedding yesterday – the ninth day of the ninth month in 2009 – and we went for a walkabout in Islington for their wedding portraits. I had to select several photographs to be sent to China, where they will celebrate their wedding this weekend. Here they are – one is processed with a vintage feel to match Yu-wei’s dress.


Islington Register Office | Nick and Mayumi

Mayumi looked totally stunning in her ivory gown and veil at Islington Register Office. What started out as a dull day weather-wise just got brighter during their ceremony, so they had startling sunshine for confetti throwing on the steps afterwards and their Routemaster bus for the journey into Soho for their reception. Nick was as excited as a groom could be and his mum couldn’t stop beaming. Awwww – what a fabulous Saturday afternoon.

Islington Register Office wedding | Annapriya + Innes

Annapriya and Innes’ Islington Register Office wedding combined elements of their Scottish and Indian family backgrounds, before taking on a distinctly London flavour at East End pub The Royal Oak, in Columbia Road, known for its Sunday flower market and colourful independent shops.

A Scottish piper played for the guests as they waited outside Islington Town Hall on Upper Street. Islington Register Office wedding - Scottish piper

Innes, his best man Johnny and groomsmen were waiting inside the town hall’s council chamber for the ceremony.

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Annapriya and Innes exchange floral garlands as part of their wedding ceremony.

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Then it was off to Columbia Road’s Royal Oak pub for some East End hospitality.

Columbia Road pub The Royal Oak

Columbia Road pub The Royal Oak

Annapriya had a host of  girlfriends vying to catch her bouquet.


Annapriya, Innes and I took a few wedding portraits around Columbia Road and its colourful, independent shops such as Rob Ryan’s Ryantown and this wedding themed window display.


Just look at that late afternoon sunshine.
Columbia Road pub The Royal Oak

Best man Johnny entertained guests throughout the day with his anecdotes – mostly adult only ones!

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The wedding breakfast was upstairs in the Royal Oak’s dining room, decorated with 60 yards of Scottish tartan bunting made by Innes’ mother.

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