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.

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Kings Place wedding – Ruth + Stephen

Ruth and Stephen are just the sweetest couple with the kindest of hearts, so it was a huge pleasure to shoot their wedding at St Andrew’s Thornhill Square, Islington, and Kings Place wedding reception. This is the main post from their wedding; there were so many hand-made and thoughtful details, I’m going to put those in a separate post.
Ruth and her bridesmaids were very well organised and their preparations ran to time, so we were able to get some great portraits of them beforehand. Ruth’s father ‘fiddled’ while he waited.

Bride's father portrait while waiting during the bridal preparationBride and father have wedding portraits done in 'meadow'Bride and bridesmaid  photos

Then it was off to St Andrew’s in a taxi. kings-place-wedding-04kings-place-wedding-05

Stephen was in place, waiting, along with a church full to bursting with their guests. Wedding ceremony at St Andrew's Thornhill Square, London N1 IslingtonBride says goodbye to father at wedding ceremony at St Andrew's Thornhill Square, London N1 IslingtonBride and groom's wedding ceremony at St Andrews, Thornhill Square, Islington, London N1 kings-place-wedding-09kings-place-wedding-11kings-place-wedding-12kings-place-wedding-13

After Ruth and Stephen were married, there was Pimms, pealing bells, a brass ensemble, bunting and an array of home-made cakes. kings-place-wedding-14kings-place-wedding-15kings-place-wedding-16kings-place-wedding-17

Ruth, Stephen and I snuck away in a taxi to their Kings Place wedding reception while most of the guests walked, many carrying flower arrangements with them. kings-place-wedding-18

We did a few portraits before Ruth and Stephen mixed with their guests and some champagne on the canalside. A high wind kept carrying away Ruth’s veil. kings-place-wedding-19kings-place-wedding-20kings-place-wedding-21

One of Ruth and Stephen’s requests when we were talking through their day  was a photograph of everyone.  It is a popular request but there are two drawbacks with any more than about 50 people:  one is the time it takes to get everyone together and facing vaguely in the same direction, even with ushers with military or teaching backgrounds. The other is that once 100+ people are gathered in one place, it’s difficult to spot everyone, even on a very large print. So I suggested doing table photographs between courses and in the lull before speeches, which don’t take any time out of the wedding day schedule and we can see everyone, which is rather the point, don’t you think? kings-place-wedding-23

Ooh – bottles being opened; that can mean only one thing? Yes, that’s right, the speeches. And jolly funny and touching they were too: with a stockbroker MC, who had done more than his fair share of stand-up comedy and a BRILLIANT choice to introduce speakers as well as the open mic time after, when any of the guests or family could tell stories about Ruth and Stephen.

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After a small break, where the cake did the rounds with tea and coffee, Ruth and Stephen had their first dance, to “When I’m 64” and it was time to party. Fruit cake wedding cake and chocolate wedding cake
Bride and Groom's first dance - to When I'm 64 (sixty-four)Wedding guests dancing to Abba and '60s music Female wedding guests and hens  hit the dance floor

 

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

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.