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.
There was a first with Karen and Matt’s wedding – a high five – first with each other and then with the boys.
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.
Don’t you love youthful enthusiasm!
The family then headed off for afternoon tea to celebrate.
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.
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. Â 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.
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 are given a miniature chimney sweep for good luck, before driving away in a white London wedding cab to their reception drinks.
We found this gorgeous newly-painted grey wall for their wedding portraits to tone with Lynsey’s dress. Â We also found a less freshly-painted wall next door – a perfect contrast. The front door green is one of my favourite colours.
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. Â 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.
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.
Amy and her father go through paperwork with Westminster registrar Anna in the Lord Mayor’s Waiting Room.
Luke watches for Amy and her father entering the Purple Room.
A personalised reading from a friend.
One wedding ring – successfully delivered to the groom – give that best man a prize.
Now married, Amy and Luke head outdoors for confetti from their family and friends on the steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall.
We stopped off along the way for some family and couple portraits.
Arriving at Gilgamesh for drinks, an Asian banquet and speeches.
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.
These chaps were also getting ready to party and wanted to pose for portraits in Gilgamesh’s State Room.
Rachel and Andy chose to have a Claridge’s wedding for their intimate midweek ceremony a few weeks ago.Â 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. Â They looked jolly smart with Andy wearing a shirt that Rachel had given him for his birthday. Â We were in the Claridge’s boardroom – with Amanda and Barbara – Westminster Register Office registrars waiting for Rachel.
Yes – we’re ready to go – we have the rings.
After the ceremony, we moved to the mezzanine floor for some wedding portraits of Rachel and Andy. Â