Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | Greenwich, Greenwich Register Office, London wedding
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!
We did a quick portrait of Petra and her two best friends on the steps of Woolwich Town Hall
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?
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.
Monday, October 13, 2014 | Greenwich, Greenwich Register Office, London wedding, Register Office
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.
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.
There was a lot of laughing and joking from the guests during the Greenwich civil wedding, putting Anna and James at ease.
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.
Anna and James exchange vows with her father looking on from the front row.
And finally they are announced man and wife – celebrating with a traditional kiss, to the delight of their family and friends.
Anna and James’ guests throw confetti to celebrate the marriage of Anna and James. Congratulations!