Westminster Register Office wedding | Karen + Matthew

I want to share the Westminster Register Office wedding of Karen, Matt and their two sons at Old Marylebone Town Hall. They travelled from Norfolk to have their ceremony and celebrate with afternoon tea and all looked fabulous.  The guys had their best cufflinks on and they brought a toy owl called George with them from Karen’s work, which travels to different occasions – apparently this was George’s first wedding.
While Karen was with the registrars, the small guys figured out where they were going to sit and checked they had the rings. They were so excited to be handing over the rings and seeing their mother in such a beautiful dress.

Ring bearers wait in the Yellow Room for a Westminster Register Office wedding of their parents.Westminster Register Office's yellow room decorated with a Christmas tree.Karen the bride waits outside Westminster Register Office's yellow room with the registrar.The start of Karen and Matthew's wedding at Westminster Register office's Yellow Room.The Westminster Register Office wedding of Karen and Matthew starts.Karen and Matthew's sons hold the rings waiting for the right moment in the wedding ceremony.

There was a first with Karen and Matt’s wedding – a high five – first with each other and then with the boys.Bride and groom high five each other at Westminster Register office wedding.

While Karen, Matth and their witnesses were signing the register the boys had an important job to do – last-minute checks on a reading of The Owl and the Pussycat.Wedding ceremony reading - The Own and the PussycatKaren and Matthew sign the wedding register in Westminster's Yellow Room.Bride and groom's sons read The Own and the Pussycat during the wedding ceremony.Two small boys read The Owl and the Pussycat during their parents' wedding ceremony.Karen and Matthew congratulate their sons on their reading of The Own and the Pussycat.

Karen, Matthew and their family leave Westminster Register Office.

Don’t you love youthful enthusiasm!

Karen, Matthew and their sons leave Old Marylebone Town Hall where they were married.

Bride and groom Karen and Matthew on the famous steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall, Westminster, London.Wedding portraits outside Old Marlebone Town Hall after a civil marriage ceremony.

The family then headed off for afternoon tea to celebrate.

Karen, Matthew and their family leave Westminster Register Office wedding ceremony  in a London black cab.

A London black cab (taxi) leaves Westminster Register Office.

Karen and Matt let me know when they had seen their photographs: “They’re stunning and really capture the fun and informality.  The boys look gorgeous and again you have captured their characters”. It was a huge pleasure to be part of such a happy day.

Westminster Register office wedding | Lynsey + Matt

You know the bride and groom aren’t a conventional couple when the bride arrives at Westminster Register Office in a short and chic grey cocktail dress.  Lynsey and Matt also saw each other on the Old Marylebone Town Hall‘s famous steps before sharing a cigarette and walking into the building together.
Lynsey and Matt check their wedding details with Mark and Emma while Lynsey’s son watches. He also walked her into the Blue Room.

Registrar Mark check wedding details with Lynsey and matt

Registrars Mark and Emma check wedding details with the couple.The bride Lynsey and her son enter the Blue Room at Old Marylebone Town Hall.

As the Blue Room was full, Lynsey and Matt chose to have their family sit in the front row while they exchanged vows.

Lynsey and matt exchange vows in the Blue Room, Westminster Lynsey and Matt walk down the Westminster Register Office stairs after their ceremony.

Bride and groom on Westminster Register office steps Lynsey and Matt are given a miniature chimney sweep for good luck, before driving away in a white London wedding cab to their reception drinks.

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We found this gorgeous newly-painted grey wall for their wedding portraits to tone with Lynsey’s dress.  We also found a less freshly-painted wall next door – a perfect contrast. The front door green is one of my favourite colours.

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51 Buckingham Gate wedding | Camilla + Tarik | A single

Every so often you get a couple or a bride who are really up for a bit of portrait time and magically everything comes together with finding good light as well as their hair, make-up and dress (I’m talking girls here). Tonight (well, last night – Saturday) was one of those times with Camilla at 51 Buckingham Gate.  Just before I ended the evening, we were due to do some couple portraits and I found just the spot – at about the same time that Tarik headed outside for a smoke break. So Camilla and I had time to play with some of just her before he returned – and am so very glad that we did.
Bride portrait at 51 Buckingham Gate wedding

Gilgamesh wedding party | Amy + Luke

Amy and Luke’s wedding day started with their ceremony in Westminster Register Office’s Purple Room, moved onto a Routemaster bus and finished with dinner and their party at Camden Town’s Gilgamesh in Camden Lock, London.
The boys were first – checking in at Westminster Register Office’s reception – then checking the rings were in order.

Westminster Register Office reception at Old Marylebone Town HallWedding rings in best man's hand before Westminster ceremony


Amy and her father go through paperwork with Westminster registrar Anna in the Lord Mayor’s Waiting Room.Lord Mayor's waiting room with bride and her father

Lord Mayor's waiting room with bride and her father

Luke watches for Amy and her father entering the Purple Room.

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A personalised reading from a friend.

Guest does a wedding reading in Purple Room, Westminster

One wedding ring – successfully delivered to the groom – give that best man a prize.

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Now married, Amy and Luke head outdoors for confetti from their family and friends on the steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall.

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We stopped off along the way for some family and couple portraits.Westminster bride and groom couple portraits in park

Happy couple in Westminster park for wedding photos

Bride and groom get on board red Routemaster bus near Westminster, London


Arriving at Gilgamesh for drinks, an Asian banquet and speeches.Bride and groom arrive in Camden Town for wedding breakfast on Routemaster bus, London

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One of the younger guests was very keen to get the evening’s entertainment started, stealing the drumsticks of band Zagreb – friends of Amy and Luke.

Gilgamesh wedding reception and party photo

These chaps were also getting ready to party and wanted to pose for portraits in Gilgamesh’s State Room.

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Claridge’s wedding | Rachel + Andy

Rachel and Andy chose to have a Claridge’s wedding for their intimate midweek ceremony a few weeks ago. They live in Norfolk and chose to come to London for their wedding on a Friday with their two best friends, before spending the following evening seeing Take That at Wembley for Rachel’s birthday.
First up – the boys.  They looked jolly smart with Andy wearing a shirt that Rachel had given him for his birthday.  We were in the Claridge’s boardroom – with Amanda and Barbara – Westminster Register Office registrars waiting for Rachel.

Claridges wedding details

Yes – we’re ready to go – we have the rings.

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After the ceremony, we moved to the mezzanine floor for some wedding portraits of Rachel and Andy.  Wedding photographs at Claridge's stairsBride chats at wedding ceremonyClaridge's wedding photosClaridge's wedding photos
Claridge's wedding photos

Wedding portraits at Claridge's hotel, Mayfair, London



Trafalgar Tavern wedding | Jane + Ian

It’s always lovely to shoot a wedding within walking distance of home – and that was the case for Jane and Ian’s Trafalgar Tavern wedding, on the Thames riverside in Greenwich.

Ian arrived on schedule for a pint and his interview with the Greenwich registrars in the Nelson Banqueting Rooms.

Guests on the balcony for a summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding in Greenwich
Pink roses decorate the Trafalgar Tavern for the summer wedding of Jane and Ian.
Groom Ian is interviewed by the Greenwich registrars before his summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding to Jane.

Jane also arrived in good time with her bridesmaids and flower girls.

Bride Jane arrives in her full-length white gown and veil for her summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding to Ian
A flowergirl has her corsage put on before Jane and Ian's summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding
Jane's father gives her away to groom Ian during their summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding
A bride and groom during their summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding, officiated by Greenwich registrars


A newlywed bride and groom kiss during their Greenwich civil wedding ceremony at Trafalgar Tavern.

Jane and Ian celebrated their wedding with some champagne and greeting their guests, followed by some portraits along the Thames and in front of the Old Royal Naval College to make the most of the brilliant summer weather.

Newlyweds Jane and Ian in front of the Old Royal Navy College (ORNC) Water Gate after their summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding

After that, it was back to the Trafalgar for some chilled casual photographs of guests relaxing on a hot Friday afternoon by the river.

Many of the guests asked me to do portraits of them, quite often with their nearest and dearest. I love doing portraits – and we had some beautiful afternoon light.

Children play on the Trafalgar Tavern's piano during Jane and Ian's summer wedding reception
Bridesmaid waves during a summer wedding at Greenwich's Trafalgar Tavern on the Thames.
A bridesmaid does cartwheels across the Trafalgar Tavern's banqueting suite at a summer wedding.
A young guest at a summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of guests
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of guests
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of young guests and couples
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of guests and family

One of Jane’s flower girls was very keen to keep her dress safe from the dirty floor.

Jane and Ian’s speeches took place after their meal in the traditional way. There must have been quite a bit of grit in the air judging by the moist eyes of those on the top and surrounding tables.

Bridesmaid carries train of bride to wedding breakfast at the Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception in summer
The bride's father wishes the bride and husband all the best during his speech at a Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception.
The groom cheers during his speech at his Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception.
The bride claps and giggles during her new husband's speech at their Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception.

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