Islington Register Office wedding | Tanya + Zhewei

I often receive inquiries about small or intimate weddings and love photographing them. Tanya and Zhewei had an Islington Register Office wedding before hopping into a limousine that took us to St Pancras for a family lunch. They had cleverly planned going to Paris on the Eurostar, so had only to cross a platform to be on their way.





While Zhewei waited in the council chamber, Tanya saw the registrars before arriving on her mother’s arm. It seemed that Zhewei and his father like to pace the floor while his mother appears a little calmer.

Zhewei’s talented brother played the entire Mendelssohn’s Wedding March while the signing of the register took place, which is quite a bit longer than the excerpt I’ve heard previously. He also played the more whimsical waltz from Amelie.


Here is one proud mother.

Islington Register Office - mother watches son as groom

Tanya and Zhewei had asked for portraits that showed off the architecture of Islington Town Hall. It has some stunning original features and its steps are the centrepiece of the building.

Do we need any more reasons to celebrate?

Islington Register Office wedding - leaving in limousine

St Pancras Station sign

St Pancras Station wedding portraits

St Pancras Station wedding photos

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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.

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

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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.


London wedding photos | Hotel Russell | Lauren and Peter

If there was an award for the most number of kissses on a wedding day, Lauren & Peter would probably win it. They were constantly together, looking into each other’s eyes and you could see they were very close to their families and friends too.
Both wanted photographs that reflected their central London wedding venue and as I was waiting for Lauren, her father and bridesmaids to arrive in a black cab, a BT truck parked outside Camden Town Hall received a parking ticket – not many things more London than that!
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Lauren’s mother checks her veil, then her father and bridesmaids escort Lauren to the council chambers for the wedding ceremony.
bride adjusts veil at camden register office
bride and mother talk at register office
bridal party goes up camden register office steps
Peter welled up when Lauren arrived at the council chambers.
groom gets emotional
They didn’t need telling to hold hands.
couple in ceremony at camden register office
couple kisses at camden register office
couple emotional at camden register office
Congratulations from family and friends.
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family congratulates happy couple
Lauren and Peter have a moment before following their family downstairs.
camden register office couple on stairs
In Russell Square, we chose a couple of places for their London links.
russell square wedding portraits with phone boxes
Then in the park itself, we had time for a full-length portrait session. Lauren & Peter had also brought along a parasol for some promenading. The silhouette they made reminded me of Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte from the late 1880s.
bride and groom in russell square for wedding portraits

bride and groom portraits with white parasol
We finished with some portraits of them near the fountain before family group photographs under one of the large trees.
bride and groom near fountains
At the end of our session, Lauren and Peter led their guests into the Hotel Russell for drinks and dinner.