Harrington Room wedding at Chelsea

Not everyone chooses to get married at 9am on a Monday. But then when Monika and Giovanni planned their wedding at Chelsea Register Office, virtually nothing was conventional. They travelled from their home in Germany to London, one of their favourite places, had two Chelsea Pensioners as their witnesses and a wedding shoot on the South Bank.

We started at a coffee shop near Chelsea Register Office before their Harrington Room wedding. Monika had a classic pale pink wedding bouquet.

A bride and groom and two Chelsea Pensioners wait in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Register Office Waiting Room
A bride and groom joke with two Chelsea Pensioners in the Harrington Room during a civil wedding ceremony .
A bride laughs during a Harrington Room civil wedding ceremony at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office, Kings Road.
A bride and groom exchange vows during a Harrington Room wedding ceremony at Chelsea Registry Office
A bride and groom sign the register at Chelsea Old Town Hall's Harrington Room for small civil wedding ceremonies
Harrington Room wedding register signing with reflection in the desktop (London register office civil wedding)
A bride and groom after their Harrington Room wedding with two Chelsea Pensioners on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall

We took a black cab to the South Bank for some wedding portraits. At 9.30am on a Monday, central London is wonderfully empty.

Giovanni's black wedding ring
Bride and groom Monika and Giovanni take a black cab to their wedding portraits on the south bank
London Eye wedding portrait of bride and groom on London's South Bank
Wedding portrait in the skate undercroft on London's South Bank
A bride and groom photo on London's South Bank graffitied skate undercroft area
Wedding portrait in the skate undercroft on London's South Bank with graffiti
Wedding portraits on London's South Bank in the skate undercroft
Newlyweds dance on London South Bank's skate area
Bride and groom on yellow steps on London's South Bank for their wedding portraits
A bride and groom with a red van outside the National Theatre's red shed
A bride and groom reflection in a wing mirror during their London South Bank wedding portraits
A bride and groom in a candid wing mirror photograph of a red van on London's South Bank - in a wedding portrait shoot

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London South Bank wedding photo | Natasha and Christopher | A single

Here is a south bank wedding photo from Natasha and Christopher’s day yesterday.  They had their wedding ceremony at Westminster Register Office, with them each reading out poems they had composed about each other.  Given the dull and damp weather, we headed for the lights (& mulled wine) of the German Christmas market for some London South Bank wedding photos – and here is a single from their merry-go-round ride. They were both complete sports, with Natasha, originally from Russia, learning the meaning of goose bumps. London South Bank wedding photos

South Bank Centre wedding | Helen & Mattie | A single

I’m not going to say much because I’m so tired I’m almost dribbling … except that here is one from Helen and Mattie’s wedding a few hours ago. It features the South Bank Centre’s distinctive 1951 net and ball carpet designed by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin, which Helen and Mattie very much like.
wedding couple with south bank centre net and ball carpet

London engagement portraits | Ruth and Bruce | A single

Ruth and Bruce are getting married in nine weeks, so we spent a few hours yesterday afternoon on their central London engagement portraits. Our meandering took us past the restaurant where they had one of their first dates and where Bruce proposed. I’ll post a selection of their images later in the week, but for now, here is a single from their session.
London engagement portraits

Engagement portraits on London’s South Bank

I had the pleasure of meeting clients Becky & Tom today, who are getting married early in February. Their fave London bridge is Waterloo, so we met there for their engagement portrait session, wandering up to Covent Garden. By this time, the sun was disappearing so we needed other light sources for our shoot. I asked if they were up for the merry-go-round and … you can see the results.

We also sorted out some other spots for “playtime” on the day of their wedding. We’re planning on revisiting Waterloo Bridge and Covent Garden, which is just near their reception venue. I should probably explain that “playtime” is a term for when clients and I find spots with good light and background. They get centre stage where they can be directed or sometimes they just pretend that I’m not even there. It’s usually great fun for all of us and we get some special images.