Marylebone Room wedding | Tas + Ravi

The Marylebone Room wedding of Tas and Ravi in Mayfair Library was on one of January’s cold but stunningly beautiful winter days, allowing us lovely portraits in the adjacent Mount Street Gardens.

Tas and Ravi’s wedding ceremony was with their closest family and friends. Tas wore a beautiful red sari and carried a bouquet of red roses and gypsophila or baby’s breath and Ravi had a red rose buttonhole on his blue wedding suit.

London bride and groom Tas and Ravi check civil wedding ceremony details with a Westminster registrar in the Elizabeth Barrett waiting room.



A red rose and gypsophila wedding bouquet + red wedding sari at the Marylebone Room wedding of Tas + Ravi. Ravi and Tas walked into Mayfair Library’s Marylebone Room together to meet their family and friends.  Ravi’s mother held a box with their two wedding rings for safekeeping, bringing it forward at just the right moment in the ceremony. The groom's mother holds a box with the two wedding rings inside during Tas + Ravi's civil marriage ceremony in the Marylebone Room, London.



Bride Tas and groom Ravi are all smiles at their Marylebone Room  wedding officiated by Westminster registrar Patricia Gordon. The bride and groom exchange rings during their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony. The groom's mother had the wedding rings safe until the appropriate moment.   Will the groom's wedding ring go on his finger at this Mayfair Library wedding of Tas and Ravi? A close-up photograph of the bride and groom's hands during their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony in Westminster. Bride and groom Tas and Ravi laugh during their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony when Tas has problems getting Ravi's ring on his finger.

See – married! Tas and Ravi show off their shiny new wedding rings and their witnesses sign the register while other family members congratulate them on their marriage.

Witnesses sign the register while guests congratulate the newlyweds at Tas + Ravi's Mayfair Library wedding ceremony in Mayfair, London, W1. The bride and groom sign the register in front of their friends and family at their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony in Mayfair, central London.



Tas and Ravi walk down the period staircase at Mayfair Library while their guests are outside with confetti.The bride and groom descend the period wooden stairs at Mayfair Library in South Audley Street, ready to be covered in confetti by their guests. Family and friends cover the bride and groom in confetti on the steps of Mayfair Library in South Audley Street after their wedding ceremony. Bride and groom wedding portraits in Mount Street Gardens - Mayfair, London, after their wedding at Mayfair Library. Wedding couple  portraits in Mount Street Gardens after the Mayfair Library wedding of Tas + Ravi next door. The wedding photographs of Tas + Ravi after their Mayfair Library civil wedding ceremony in the adjacent Mount Street Gardens, Mayfair. The Mount Street Gardens wedding photographs of Tas + Ravi after their Mayfair Library civil wedding ceremony. Newlyweds Tas + Ravi stroll through Mount Street Gardens for some wedding photographs after their civil ceremony at Mayfair Library next door. The reflection of a bride and groom as they stroll through Mayfair's Mount Street to their wedding breakfast nearby. Newly-wedded bride and groom Tas + Ravi stroll through Mount Street and Berkeley Square in London's Mayfair on the way to their wedding breakfast. Bride and groom Tas + Ravi kiss in London's Berkeley Square, W1, after their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony, Westminster.


Tas + Ravi walk several blocks to Atul Kocchar’s Michelin starred restaurant Benares for their wedding breakfast. They had a portrait next to the water feature they love before I left them to celebrate with their guests.A bride and groom sit next to the water feature in Benares before their wedding breakfast.

Cambridge Register Office wedding

Rice throwing and readings in Greek reflected the groom’s family heritage at the Cambridge Register Office wedding of H and C.

Their story starts with a waiting room full of friends and both their family, through their English and Greek readings, with rice throwing and onto their reception venue with home-made bunting and table names of Beatles songs.

I’ll let their wedding photographs tell the story of their day.

A bride waits at her Cambridge Register Office wedding. cambridge-register-office-wedding-02 cambridge-register-office-wedding-03 cambridge-register-office-wedding-04 The bride and groom enter the ceremony at their Cambridge Register Office wedding. Bride and groom exchange rings at Cambridge Register Office civil wedding ceremony. Cambridge Register office wedding - the bride and groom kiss in front of their guests. cambridge-register-office-wedding-08 The groom's family member does a reading in Greek at his Cambridge Register office wedding ceremony. cambridge-register-office-wedding-10 The newlyweds leave their Cambridge civil ceremony, watched and photographed by guests. Guests throw rice - a Greek tradition outside Cambridge Register Office. cambridge-register-office-wedding-13 cambridge-register-office-wedding-14 Family and guests congratulate the bride and groom outside Cambridge Register Office. cambridge-register-office-wedding-16 The bride and groom are reflected in a rainy van window. Friends of the bride and groom play music to entertain guests at this Cambridge wedding. cambridge-register-office-wedding-19 The bride and older relatives pose for a wedding portrait. Autumnal bunting made by the bride and her friends decorates their wedding breakfast at their homemade wedding. Beatles songs feature as table names at this handmade wedding in Cambridge. cambridge-register-office-wedding-23 cambridge-register-office-wedding-24






















Greenwich Registry Office wedding photographer | Petra + Duncan

It’s such a thrill as a Greenwich Registry Office wedding photographer to meet a couple on their wedding day – see what they’re wearing, which guests they have chosen, their flowers and other finishing touches.

Petra and Duncan had agreed not to see each other before their civil wedding ceremony, so Duncan and his best man arrived at Victoria Hall first. They love the building, so while they waited, I photographed them as well as details of the hall such as the pink and white painted ceiling, wonderfully restored.

Petra arrived with her best friends, giggling and excited about the wedding. Staff snuck her into a side room near the registry office so that Duncan wouldn’t spot her. He also had helpfully sat with his back to the main doorway of Woolwich Town Hall – what a clever groom!

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Town Hall reflected in a modern glass building opposite
The main entrance steps to the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Victoria Hall, where civil marriage ceremonies take place.
The pink and white painted ceiling of Victoria Hall in Woolwich, SE18, London, home of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and where civil wedding ceremonies take place.
A white rose buttonhole of the best man at Petra and Duncan's wedding at Victoria Hall at the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Victoria Hall in Woolwich.
Groom Duncan and his best man wait for the bride in the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Victoria Hall in Woolwich.
Groom Duncan waits for his bride Petra in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich's Victoria Hall in Woolwich.
Groom Duncan and his best man wait for bride Petra in Victoria Hall, Woolwich, SE18

We did a quick portrait of Petra and her two best friends on the steps of Woolwich Town Hall

A bride and her bridesmaids arrive at Woolwich Town Hall for her Greenwich Register Office wedding ceremony.
A bride and her bridesmaids outside Woolwich Town Hall's Victoria Hall - home of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and where the bride was getting married.
A bride and her bridesmaids enter Woolwich Town Hall, home of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to hide from the groom before the civil wedding ceremony, photographed by Greenwich Registry Office wedding photographer Rebecca Portsmouth.
A bride and her white wedding bouquet at Victoria Hall in the Woolwich Town Hall, home of Greenwich Registry Office.

Petra settles down to wait until her wedding ceremony in this office. Every bride needs access to a photocopier just before they walk down the aisle, right?

Petra and her bridesmaids are settled.
A groom waiting in the Victoria Hall, Woolwich before his civil registry office wedding.

After a bit of an unscheduled wait – the registrars are running late – we’re off. Duncan goes into the ceremony room with the wedding rings and Petra waits just outside.

Bride waiting in Greenwich's Victoria Hall before her Greenwich Registry Office wedding.
Two wedding rings on a ring pillow at Petra and Duncan's Greenwich Registry Office wedding ceremony at Victoria Hall, Woolwich Town Hall
The bride with her bouquet - waiting to go into the ceremony room at Woolwich Town Hall in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Groom waiting for his bride at his Royal Borough of Greenwich civil marriage ceremony.
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Greenwich civil wedding | Anna + James

The Greenwich civil wedding of Anna and James with their closest friends and family had a buzz about it that reflected their easy smiles and happiness. Anna, originally from Sweden, wore a classic cream dress and jacket with bouquet from Manchesters Flowers. James wore a cream buttonhole in his cream linen suit, also from Manchesters Flowers.

Their wedding took place at Woolwich Town Hall, the base for the registrars for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, that is Greenwich Register Office. We waited in the magnificent Victoria Hall, with its turn of the century architecture including high domed ceiling and beautiful paintwork.

Guests meet each other at the Greenwich civil wedding of Anna + James in Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street SE18 London Wedding guests gather in Victoria Hall in Woolwich Town Hall for the Greenwich civil wedding of Anna + James.Guests wait for the Greenwich civil wedding of Anna + James in Greenwich's Victoria Hall, Woolwich, SE18, London.

Anna carried a bouquet of white roses and greenery tied with a white ribbon and James wore a white rose buttonhole.


We did some portraits on Victoria Hall’s stunning stairs before Anna and James’ civil wedding ceremony. greenwich-civil-wedding-05

There was a lot of laughing and joking from the guests during the Greenwich civil wedding, putting Anna and James at ease. Guests laugh and joke at the start of the Greenwich civil wedding ceremony of Anna and James.


Greenwich registrars, like other London registrars, use archive-quality indelible ink in the registers. The best man keeps Anna and James’s rings safe on his own fingers. The archive quality indelible black ink waits for the bride and groom to sign the register as a record of their marriage and the best man keeps the wedding rings safe - on his own fingers.

Anna and James exchange vows with her father looking on from the front row. Anna and James say their wedding vows while Anna's father in the front row looks on. Anna and James exchange wedding rings during their Greenwich civil ceremony at Woolwich Town Hall, London Bride Anna takes the groom's ring in her hand to put on James' finger as part of their Greenwich civil wedding ceremony. A wedding ring is an unbroken circle, a symbol of never-ending love, exchanged during the civil wedding of Anna and James. Bride Anna manages to get James' wedding ring on as part of their Greenwich  civil wedding ceremony at Woolwich Town Hall. Bride Anna looks at her father after the exchange of rings during her and James' Greenwich civil wedding ceremony in London.


And finally they are announced man and wife – celebrating with a traditional kiss, to the delight of their family and friends.
The bride and groom kiss after they are pronounced man and wife during their Greenwich civil wedding ceremony in south-east London. The bride and groom sign the register after their civil wedding ceremony in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


Anna and James’ guests throw confetti to celebrate the marriage of Anna and James. Congratulations! Guests throw confetti on a bride and groom on the steps of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Town Hall, near Love Lane, in south-east London.


Holy Trinity Christening photographer

I wanted to share with you a Holy Trinity Christening photography book which has just gone out to clients. Tiffany’s parents arranged her Christening at Holy Trinity and St Saviour on Sloane Street, knowing it was opposite the jewellery store of the same name.
The book’s cover is a photograph of her second outfit for the day – a gold-bodiced dress and matching shoes, which she wore for the reception, after being dressed in a white Christening gown for the service itself. The lovely and personal service was by Rev. Rob Gillion, who was exceptionally kind to Tiffany and her family, making her giggle and laugh throughout.

Holy Trinity Christening photographer: service with Rev Rob Gillion - Sloane Street, Chelsea, London

I love the candle-lighting part of a Christening – it’s symbolic and beautiful.

Christening at Holy Trinity Chelsea - the Christening candle is lit and shared by the godparents.

After the Holy Trinity Christening and Tiffany had received her Certificate of Baptism, we went outside for some family group portraits in front of Holy Trinity’s beautiful architecture designed by John Dando Sedding.

Holy Trinity Christening: minister performs baptism at Holy Trinity Sloane Street, Chelsea, London by photographer Rebecca Portsmouth

Tiffany’s family couldn’t resist walking across the road to Tiffany and Co. for photographs outside the store. While we were there, two staff members came outside to present a bottle of champagne in celebration.

London Christening photographer Rebecca Portsmouth captures Tiffany and Co. presents Christening celebratory bottle of champagne.

One of the things I love to do at a Christening, is get a portrait of the parents together by themselves. I also photograph details such as the shoes, cake or carefully-chosen accessories.

Christening photographer family portraits and details - Christening robe, dress and shoes.

Here the family is at the Le Chinois Restaurant at the Millennium Hotel on Sloane Street, during the celebratory meal.  Tiffany sits on her father’s knee, sharing his food as she does when the family has its evening meal at home. Their celebration ends the 20-spread book, which Tiffany’s family had made in a 12×12″ size.

London Christening photographer - album of christening or baptism photographs to capture the day



Brydon Room wedding of Amrita + Raghav

Amrita and Raghav were the most rare of couples – being early for their Brydon Room wedding at  Chelsea Old Town Hall‘s Brydon Room. So much so, that registrar Dean checked his watch at the start of the civil ceremony to make sure it didn’t start early.

After their  family congratulations, Amrita, Raghav and I jumped in a black cab found for Selfridges for some wedding portraits with a London flavour.  They chose Selfridges because it is Amrita’s favourite shop and it’s where we could find some of the capital’s red, double-decker buses.

We made the most of some moments of bright sunshine for portraits outside Selfridges and then used the red buses as a background for some more traditional portraits, showing off Amrita’s beautiful gown and smile. We had to wait a few minutes for the buses to appear – and then just like the saying, along came three at once.

Once their chosen wedding portraits were complete, Amrita and Raghav took another black cab to a family lunch.

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