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.

Westminster Register Office | Reception Room | A single

One of the sweetest things about Sophie and Aelred’s wedding at the Westminster Register Office Reception Room was them holding hands throughout the ceremony. Sophie looked amazing in her vintage dress with red velvet ribbon trim … but you’ll have to wait until the full blog post to see her and her handsome Aelred. Westminster Register Office Reception Room

Westminster Register Office | Landmark Hotel | Charlotte and Christopher

Charlotte and Christopher married yesterday at Marylebone Town Hall with a very London theme, complete with a Routemaster bus history tour and drinks at one of London’s oldest pubs.

I met them at the Landmark Hotel, where they were getting ready. Charlotte wore a stylish black and white dress and jacket.

Christopher looked smart as he distributed champagne to family and friends.

Buttonholes were handed out, which matched Charlotte’s bouquet.



And then some family portraits … starting with Christopher and his mum Johanna.

Christopher and his dad Brian.

And then Charlotte and her mother Kay, who had a major hand in organising the day.

We crossed the road to Marylebone Old Town Hall for their ceremony, complete with dots of light snow. Charlotte and Christopher welcomed their guests at the door of the register office. While Charlotte found part of the ceremony hilarious – which hand does the ring go on again? – Kay and Johanna were a tad emotional.



After the ceremony, guests piled onto a Routemaster bus with Andrew, a guide, who gave passengers a hugely detailed history of the journey we took from Baker Street to the Prospect of Whitby, in Wapping. Apparently London has four Cathedrals, of which St Paul’s is one, and the Tower of London now has 23 towers.

When we arrived at the Prospect, it was very familiar territory, as I used to live about 100 metres from the pub – and seemingly nothing has changed. We took advantage of a lit sculpture outside the nearby Wapping Project for a portrait of Charlotte & Christopher before they went into the warm. Andrew the guide, meanwhile visited WP, a former hydraulic pumping station, which he thinks used to provide power for such things as lifting curtins in the West End theatres.


Charlotte & Christopher overlooking the Thames, with a fog-covered Canary Wharf in the background. Just off the balcony is a hangman’s noose, referencing the Prospect’s quite bloodthirsty history.


After drinks, nibbles and lots of chatting, there were some speeches, before I finished, leaving the group to hop on the Routemaster again & head off for a three-course meal and the remainder of the evening.



Westminster Register Office | London wedding photos | Nicola and Anthony

After a long time away from the blog due to my shoulder injury, I’m catching up on weddings, starting with Nicola and Anthony, who married in the Purple Room at Westminster Register Office purple last month. Waiting for Nicola were her and Anthony’s daughter Ava in the safe arms of grandma and Anthony himself.Westminster Register Office wedding ceremony
Ava’s special dress and shoes were everything a little girl could wish for.
Westminster Register Office bridesmaid dress and shoes
Supporting Anthony while he waited were his two best men.
Groom waiting for bride at Westminster Register Office
Stunning Nicola, on the arm of her father, wore a vintage ’60s bridal gown.
Bride arriving at Westminster Register Office
Some of the ceremony was serious … some was not!
Westminster Register Office ceremony in Purple Room
Married!
Purple Room wedding ceremony
Chatting on the way out.
Westminster Registry Office bride and groom
Confetti …
Old Marylebone Town Hall steps wedding photos
… and more confetti on the steps of Westminster Register Office.
Old Marylebone Town Hall steps wedding photo
Spirited to their reception in a Phantom, Nicola & Anthony arrive.
Phantom wedding car
Vintage street wedding portraits
We took some time to make the most of the atmospheric lighting.
Vintage street wedding portraits
A few yards away, we found this lit window, brilliant for the kind of funky portraits Nicola and Anthony had in mind.
Contemporary wedding portraits
And for a photograph of them with their friends, they wanted to recreate the Quadrophenia poster.
Quadrophenia wedding photo
And our session finished for them to join their family and friends in celebration.
Vintage wedding photo - bride and groom