Roosevelt Room wedding reception | Emine + Richard

Emine and Richard’s wedding at Westminster Register Office and the Roosevelt Room wedding reception at Brown’s Hotel was a beautiful and classic day.  Emine chose a tea rose dress with gold shoes, a ribbon headband and roses from Scarlet and Violet.

Scarlet and Violet wedding bouquet - London florist Waiting in the corridors of power - Westminster Register Office's at Old Marylebone Town HallBride Emine and groom Richard walk into their civil wedding ceremony at Westminster's Yellow Room - 2013 A Scarlet and Violet rose wedding bouquet and glitter gold wedding shoes

Richard may have been more nervous than a typical groom; this was the first wedding he had ever attended.Bride and groom at start of ceremonyEmine's best woman taking her bouquet during her civil wedding ceremony. Emine and Richard during their wedding ceremony.Westminster Register Office Yellow Room civil wedding ceremony

Married!  Now, time for photos, lots of photos!

Signing the register at Civil Ceremony - Westminster Family paparazzi at wedding - signing of the register

Some family congratulations and then confetti.

Wedding confetti on steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall, Westminster

Emine and Richard headed in a London black cab to Brown’s Hotel, giving them time to look at their shiny wedding rings.

Newlyweds in back of London black cab on way to Brown's Hotel, Mayfair

Friends were waiting to congratulate them outside Brown’s.

Guests wait to congratulate bride and groom outside Brown's Hotel, Mayfair, London

Emine and Richard’s wedding reception was in one of Brown’s private dining rooms – the mirrored and classic Roosevelt Room, named after former American President Theodore Roosevelt, who first stayed at Brown’s for his marriage to Edith Carow. Brown's Hotel Roosevelt Room wedding reception  signs - London Mayfair hotel

Emine had arranged iced biscuits by Biscuiteers as her wedding favours. Wedding favour biscuits by Biscuiteers

And flowers by Scarlet and Violet decorated the table and mantlepiece.
Wedding breakfast and cake with pink tea roses - London hotel private dining roomPink tea rose wedding arrangements with eucalyptus by London wedding florists Scarlet and Violet Scarlet and Violet wedding flowers at Brown's Hotel private dining roomScarlet and Violet wedding flowers at Roosevelt Room in Brown's Hotel

We took some portraits of Richard and his mates … and Emine and her mother.Groom, best man and mates - a portrait at the Roosevelt Room wedding breakfast at  Brown's Hotel

Bride and her mother portraits in the Roosevelt Room

Guests were having a rather lovely time with champagne before they sat for the wedding breakfast. Brown's Hotel wedding drinks reception - the Roosevelt private dining room
Bride, groom and guests at wedding breakfast at Brown's Hotel Roosevelt RoomWedding breakfast reflected in mirrored walls of the Roosevelt Room at Browns Hotel






Duke of Wellington wedding | Anita and Christian

The London register office wedding of Anita and Christian at Westminster’s Yellow Room and  Duke of Wellington‘s private room was a relaxed event.  They arrived at Old Marylebone Town Hall together in a London black cab giggling and kissing.
London black cab arrival for bride and groom at their wedding at Old Marylebone Town HallAnita and Christian love the Old Marylebone Town Hall and wanted their wedding photographs to reflect this. I photographed the architecture as they were checking their details with the registrar.

Old Marylebone Town Hall interior details at a civil wedding ceremony

Their ceremony started with Christian having to list Anita’s many Christian names. He got them right!

Yellow room civil ceremony - Old Marylebone Town Hall in Westminster, London

Their families were beaming at this point. London civil wedding ceremony in Westminster - family and guests

Who has the rings? Is that a Vulcan salute?

Who has the rings? I do!

I now declare you husband and wife!  Have you ever seen a bride look as pleased as this?I now declare you husband and wife Happy chats after Anita and Christian’s London register office wedding in the Yellow Room. London register office wedding ceremony in Westminster's Yellow RoomBride and groom after their London register office wedding at Old Marylebone Town Hall

We walked to the Duke of Wellington a couple of blocks away.

Walking to Marylebone's Duke of Wedding after their Westminster wedding civil ceremony.

Anita and Christian posed for some portraits on the way. I love the way London’s architecture changes so much in such a short distance, while walking to their Duke of Wellington wedding reception.

Guests drank Pimms and beer.

Summer Pimms making for wedding breakfast at the Duke of Wellington, MaryleboneAnita and Christian’s rings with a tulip from Anita’s bouquet. Wedding ring photographs - with flowerVintage handkerchiefs, tiny clothes pegs and photos decorated Anita and Christian’s wedding breakfast table. Vintage handkerchief - wedding favours at London civil wedding ceremony

The Duke of Wellington’s private room, overlooking St Mary’s Church: after everyone had sat down, I left them to settle in for the wedding breakfast. Congratulations Anita and Christian! Duke of Wellington wedding reception in a  private room. The Duke of Wellington is in Marylebone's Crawford Street

Chelsea Register Office wedding | Emma-louise + Graham

The Chelsea Register Office wedding of Emma-louise and Graham was a stunningly beautiful and intimate day with a fall of snow and the bride in stunning blue suede shoes.

Emma-louise and Graham chose Chelsea’s Rossetti Room for their ceremony with six guests, who were all on time to the Kings Road venue.

Chelsea Register Office wedding waiting room with two guests
Guests await the ceremony at Chelsea Register Office wedding waiting room

Emma-louise and her father get ready to enter the Rossetti Room and a nervous Graham.  Doesn’t Emma-louise look stunning!

Bride Emma-louise is on the arm of her father for her Chelsea Register Office wedding in the Rossetti Room
Groom graham looks nervous as his bride Emma-louise enters the Rossetti Room on the arm of her father.
Bride Emma-louise's father kisses her hand as he gives her away at her Chelsea Register Office wedding ceremony
Groom Graham greets his beautiful bride Emma-louise in their Rossetti Room civil wedding ceremony
Bride Emma-louise kisses her father goodbye after her gives her away at her Chelsea Register Office wedding ceremony in the Rossetti Room
A bride and groom exchange wedding vows in their Chelsea wedding ceremony in the Rossetti Room
The bride and groom kiss upon being announced as man and wife in their Chelsea Register Office wedding ceremony in front of friends and family.
A bride and groom about to sign the register at their Chelsea Register Office wedding ceremony.
The bride and groom pose with the register at Chelsea Register Office during their civil wedding ceremony in the Rossetti Room.
Bride and groom snuggle just after signing the register during their Chelsea Register Office wedding ceremony in the Rossetti Room

On Chelsea Old Town Hall steps, Emma-louise and Graham stepped into a whirl of confetti from their friends and family. Do have a look at Emma-louise’s blue suede shoes – aren’t they wonderful!

The bride and groom step into a whirl of confetti on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall after their Chelsea Register Office wedding ceremony

Emma-louise, Graham and their guests left Chelsea Register Office for the short journey to The Phoenix in nearby Smith Street, chosen for Smith being Graham’s surname.



Newlyweds on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall
Blue suede wedding shoes under the bride's full-length gown on the steps of Chelsea Register Office, London
A bride and groom leave their Chelsea Register Office wedding in a chauffer-driven black Jaguar.
Bride in black chauffer-driven Jaguar after her wedding at Chelsea Register Office on the Kings Road, London
Wedding portrait outside The Phoenix pub in Smith Street, London SW3, where the bride and groom celebrated their wedding reception.

There was champagne, much admiring of Emma-louise’s ring and much laughter and love. And after a lovely hour or so in the warmth, Emma-louise and Graham headed out into the snow and I waved goodbye to them – heading off for a hot honeymoon.

A bride and groom and their guests toast the happy couple at The Phoenix pub, Smith Street, SW3 in Chelsea London at their drinks reception
Wedding reception drinks at The Phoenix pub in Chelsea, SW3 London
Wedding reception drinks at The Phoenix, Chelsea, London.
Wedding drinks at Chelsea pub The Phoenix, London
A mother congratulates her daughter on her marriage at Chelsea Register Office, London
A bride's mother gives the groom some advice while the best man looks on in Chelsea pub The Phoenix
A bride walks into the snow after her wedding drinks at Chelsea pub The Phoenix, London, SW3
A bride gets into a chauffer-driven Jaguar in the snow after their Chelsea London wedding
The bride gets ready to leave their wedding drinks in a jaguar

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.

Old Marylebone Town Hall + London Business School

Old Marylebone Town Hall, Westminster Register Office.It’s been announced today that London Business School (LBS) is going to be the new tenant of Westminster Register Office in Old Marylebone Town Hall, where decades of weddings have taken place. I’ve worked there many times over the past eight years or so and am going to miss going to a building with such stunning architecture. A BBC article said LBS would spend about £60 million on restoring Old Marylebone Town Hall, which would be available for weddings and civil partnerships when work was complete in 2016.  Staff recently said weddings would still take place at Old Marylebone Town Hall until August 2013.

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.

Bride and groom are given a sweet for wedding good luck.Bride and groom wave goodbye to guests from a white cabBride adjusts her make-up in a white wedding London taxi.Bride and groom arrive at The Plough in Little Russell Street for their wedding reception.

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.

Little Russell Street wedding portraits of bride and groomBride and groom portraits with vintage green door and houseBride and groom portraits Bride and groom portraits with columns. London wedding bridal portraits.