Westminster Register Office | London Wedding

I quite often photograph London midweek Westminster Register Office weddings with the couple and a few guests, loving the innate intimacy. It also means that we can do some portraits – especially if the couple is about to move to Canada and wants to capture the London-ness of their ceremony, with black cabs, red post boxes and double-decker buses … and did I mention rain and umbrellas? Here are some photographs from Sheri and Dan’s day.




Islington Register Office wedding | Yu-wei and Richard Pt 2

I posted two photographs from Yu-wei and Richard’s Islington Register Office wedding last month which were going to be put on display at their overseas celebrations. I wanted to share some more from the day, now that they are edited. Yu-wei and Richard had a small celebration with family at Islington Register Office then we spent an hour or so on an Islington walkabout portrait session.
They both saw each other beforehand, allowing us time for some portraits at Islington Town Hall.

Islington Register Office wedding portraits

Islington register office bridal portraits

Yu-wei had the most wonderful vintage style wedding dress that suited her so incredibly well.  Her bag was a vintage item that she already had in her wardrobe – it went beautifully.

Islington Register Office wedding portraits - details

Then their families arrived and it was time for the ceremony, followed by congratulations and then we left on our portrait walkabout session.

Islington register office wedding

Islington register office wedding ceremony

Islington Town Hall wedding ceremony

Islington wedding portraits

Islington Register Office wedding portrait

Islington bride and groom

Islington bride wedding portrait

Islington register office wedding photo

Figaro wedding car photo in Islington

Islington-wedding-taxi cab

Islington wedding photos | Yu-wei and Richard

Yu-wei and Richard had their wedding yesterday – the ninth day of the ninth month in 2009 – and we went for a walkabout in Islington for their wedding portraits. I had to select several photographs to be sent to China, where they will celebrate their wedding this weekend. Here they are – one is processed with a vintage feel to match Yu-wei’s dress.


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
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