Westminster Register Office wedding | Jenny + Phil

Hull couple Jenny and Phil chose London’s Westminster Register Office and Notting Hill pub The Mall Tavern for their wedding reception because it was where they first met.  Or rather, Phil chose it as he organised all the wedding – all Jenny had to do was choose something to wear and turn up (in his words).   Jenny and her bridesmaids started their day by getting ready at the Grand Royale Hotel, which was once the home of actress Lilly Langtry.  The hotel had offered the use of the hotel’s ornate theatre for make-up and hairdressing, so it was rather grand. It was also an area for storing luggage, so alongside the opulence, there was a huge assortment of suitcases surrounding us.
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready for wedding

Bride getting ready

Back in Jenny’s room, we looked at some fabulous shoes: hers in black and her bridesmaids’ in red.

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Not often you see four brides at once – and certainly not ones wearing such a fabulous birdcage veil. Jenny’s necklace was a birthday present from Phil.

Bride with birdcage veil in lift

Jenny and her father just before they headed for Old Marylebone Town Hall.

Bride and her father portrait

When Jenny arrived at Westminster Register Office, one of their registrars Amanda asked her to twirl – it seems Jenny’s skirt DOES swirl out a long way.

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 It was time for Phil to see Jenny in all her loveliness – he and the guests had been waiting patiently in Westminster Register Office’s Blue Room.

Westminster Register Office wedding ceremony - bride arriving

The boys had made sure their socks matched the day’s red theme.

Westminster Register Office wedding ceremony

As well as the legal part of their ceremony, Jenny and Phil added their own wedding vows, with Phil promising to keep Jenny in shoes, vintage dresses, holidays and mocha coffees and Jenny promising to look after Phil even when suffering from man flu, accept his being late and to make him a cup of tea every morning for the rest of her life.

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Westminster Register Office wedding ceremony

Westminster Register Office wedding photographs on steps

After a couple of photographs of Jenny and Phil and their bridal party on the famous steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall, they and their guests hopped onto a Routemaster bus for a tour of London.

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When we got to the London Eye and South Bank Centre, the bus stopped for a break and some wedding portraits on the South Bank. Jenny and Phil were thrilled with the idea of riding on a carousel for a few portraits.

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If you see Mickey Mouse, you just have to, don’t you?!

Bride and groom with Mickey Mouse at South Bank, London

And an ice-cream!

Bride and groom with red Routemaster in London

Upon arriving at The Mall Tavern, Jenny and Phil had a few drinks then a couple of portraits nearby.

Bride and groom outside The Mall Tavern
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My part of the day finished while everyone sat down for a delicious looking menu in the late summer afternoon sun.

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Westminster Register Office wedding + Vinoteca

When Louise and Huw met, it was over cheese at Borough Market, so it was a bit of a given that there might be good food involved at their wedding celebrations. They had their ceremony in Westminster Register Office’s Purple Room, then took a black cab to The Portman in Portman Village for drinks before crossing the road to Vinoteca wine bar for their wedding breakfast.
It’s always a pleasure capturing weddings at Westminster, but what I especially adored about this day was the way that Louise and Huw and their families and friends were so open and friendly with everyone – inside two venues that had amazing natural light on a hot spring day.

Westminster Register Office Purple Room wedding - waiting for bride

Westminster Register Office Purple Room wedding - bride arrives

Westminster Register Office Purple Room wedding - bride and family

Westminster Register Office Purple Room wedding - bride and father arrive

Westminster Register Office Purple Room wedding ceremony

 

Westminster Register Office Purple Room wedding kissing the bride

Westminster Register Office Purple Room wedding
Westminster Register Office Purple Room bride

Purple Room wedding congratulations from guests

Guests leave Westminster Register Office in Marylebone Old Town Hall

 

Bride and groom leave Westminster Register Office in Marylebone Old Town Hall

Westminster Register Office wedding photo

Bride and groom in London black cab

Bride and groom eat strawberry

Bride and groom enter Portman Marylebone restaurant for wedding drinks

 

Portman Marylebone restaurant wedding canapes

Portman Marylebone wedding guests at drinks

Portman Marylebone wedding guests at drinks

Portman Marylebone drinks reception in Portman Village

Portman Marylebone wedding bride

Portman Marylebone wedding guests at drinks

 

Vinoteca wine bar photos in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca wine bar photos in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca groom and father in law in Marylebone for drinks

Vinoteca wine bar groom and father

Vinoteca wine bar photos in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca food Marylebone

Vinoteca wine bar photos in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca wine bar photos in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca wine wedding reception in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca wine wedding reception in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca wine wedding reception in Portman Village, Marylebone

Vinoteca wine wedding reception in Portman Village, Marylebone

Westminster Register Office | Louise + Huw | A single

Louise and Huw married today at Westminster Register Office’s Purple Room with Louise looking so VERY stunning.  After their wedding and the confetti and family photographs on the steps under blue, blue skies, we had time for some couple portraits around Old Marylebone Town Hall.  This was the last one we did before we hopped in a cab for their reception.  I’ll pop up the full blog post in about 10-14 days.
Westminster Register Office bride

51 Buckingham Gate | London wedding | Vanessa + Richard

On a day when it seems most eyes of the nation are on another couple getting married, I wanted to blog the rest of Vanessa and Richard’s photographs – their ceremony at Westminster Register Office and wedding reception at 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1.
Vanessa looked stunning when she arrived with her father, late because of traffic.

Bride arrives at Westminster Register Office Purple Room in limousine

Bride and father enter Westminster Register Office
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Wedding rings in Westminster Register Office Purple Marriage Room

Vanessa’s Italian parents and friends were so sweet and emotional throughout the ceremony, as well as Vanessa.

Bride in Westminster Register Office Purple Marriage Room

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After some well-aimed confetti and rice, Vanessa and their guests hopped on a red Routemaster bus for a tour of London including Regent Street, bedecked in union jacks in readiness for today’s royal wedding.

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And finally – 51 Buckingham Gate for drinks, a scrumptious meal and speeches.

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