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



Greek Orthodox Christening book

I wanted to share the Greek Orthodox Christening book from Nicholas’ Christening at Christ the Saviour  Church in Welling.  It tells the story of the day so well and includes all the details that his mother and family arranged as well as formal portraits of the godparents and family. The cover has a classic, white theme chosen by Nicholas’ mother Cleo featuring his Christening clothes and cross.

Christening book cover with date and white Christening clothes and cross from Christ the Saviour church

It starts with details of Christ the Saviour church, including its carved wooden chairs, the greenery surrounding it in Welling and the priest preparing for the Christening, then switches to the family arriving. Christening album featuring St Saviour Greek Orthodox Church and surroundsNicholas and his family arriving at St Saviour's Greek Orthodox Church in Welling, south London

Here is Nicholas’ special clothes – those he will be Christened in and which will absorb the oil he is anointed with – then those he will wear afterwards. On the right is a portrait of him and his mother Cleo before the Christening started.

Christening clothes and shoes and mother and son portrait with candles

Here are a few pages from the Christening itself featuring the godparents and Nicholas being put into the font, filled with warm water.

Photographs from Greek Orthodox Christening at St Saviour's in Welling, London UKst-saviour-greek-orthodox-06

The book then switches to the reception, hosted at Cleo’s parents home, where she had been preparing for days. Cleo had a turtle theme with a large turtle cake as the feature and a selection of cupcakes with miniature turtles on the top of their icing. Turtle mugs and jars with turtle charms were given away as favours.

Christening reception details with a green turtle theme - cupcakes with turtles

The remainder of the book had black and white reportage photographs of the Christening celebrations and ended with some of the family groups.

Family Christening reception - black and white photographs Greek Orthodox Christening - family group portraits and everyone shot


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 | Karen + Matthew

I want to share the Westminster Register Office wedding of Karen, Matt and their two sons at Old Marylebone Town Hall. They travelled from Norfolk to have their ceremony and celebrate with afternoon tea and all looked fabulous.  The guys had their best cufflinks on and they brought a toy owl called George with them from Karen’s work, which travels to different occasions – apparently this was George’s first wedding.
While Karen was with the registrars, the small guys figured out where they were going to sit and checked they had the rings. They were so excited to be handing over the rings and seeing their mother in such a beautiful dress.

Ring bearers wait in the Yellow Room for a Westminster Register Office wedding of their parents.Westminster Register Office's yellow room decorated with a Christmas tree.Karen the bride waits outside Westminster Register Office's yellow room with the registrar.The start of Karen and Matthew's wedding at Westminster Register office's Yellow Room.The Westminster Register Office wedding of Karen and Matthew starts.Karen and Matthew's sons hold the rings waiting for the right moment in the wedding ceremony.

There was a first with Karen and Matt’s wedding – a high five – first with each other and then with the boys.Bride and groom high five each other at Westminster Register office wedding.

While Karen, Matth and their witnesses were signing the register the boys had an important job to do – last-minute checks on a reading of The Owl and the Pussycat.Wedding ceremony reading - The Own and the PussycatKaren and Matthew sign the wedding register in Westminster's Yellow Room.Bride and groom's sons read The Own and the Pussycat during the wedding ceremony.Two small boys read The Owl and the Pussycat during their parents' wedding ceremony.Karen and Matthew congratulate their sons on their reading of The Own and the Pussycat.

Karen, Matthew and their family leave Westminster Register Office.

Don’t you love youthful enthusiasm!

Karen, Matthew and their sons leave Old Marylebone Town Hall where they were married.

Bride and groom Karen and Matthew on the famous steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall, Westminster, London.Wedding portraits outside Old Marlebone Town Hall after a civil marriage ceremony.

The family then headed off for afternoon tea to celebrate.

Karen, Matthew and their family leave Westminster Register Office wedding ceremony  in a London black cab.

A London black cab (taxi) leaves Westminster Register Office.

Karen and Matt let me know when they had seen their photographs: “They’re stunning and really capture the fun and informality.  The boys look gorgeous and again you have captured their characters”. It was a huge pleasure to be part of such a happy day.