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.
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.
When Amy and Luke were married yesterday at Westminster Register Office, Amy wanted to keep her outfit a secret until she walked into the wedding ceremony on her father’s arm. Â This is a moment caught just after they had left the ceremony room and had a few seconds alone for Luke to admire Amy in her slinky Alexander McQueen dress.
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. Â 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). Â Jenny and her bridesmaids started their day by getting ready at the Grand Royale Hotel, which was once the home of actress Lilly Langtry. Â 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.
Back in Jenny’s room, we looked at some fabulous shoes: hers in black and her bridesmaids’ in red.
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.
Jenny and her father just before they headed for Old Marylebone Town Hall.
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.
Â 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.
The boys had made sure their socks matched the day’s red theme.
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.
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.
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.
If you see Mickey Mouse, you just have to, don’t you?!
And an ice-cream!
Upon arriving at The Mall Tavern, Jenny and Phil had a few drinks then a couple of portraits nearby.
My part of the day finished while everyone sat down for a delicious looking menu in the late summer afternoon sun.
Rachel and Matthew married about two months ago at Westminster Register Office with a reception at The Fellow in north London and I’m now able to post some photographs from their wedding. Rachel and Matthew wanted their day captured as it happened with virtually no staged portraits or groups – so here you are.
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.