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Bride and groom and wedding car by Chelsea Old Town Hall

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding with David

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Great to be back on the Kings Road London again for another fantastic Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding. The best thing for me (David) about the really enjoyable time I had with N and D was the level of communication we had before, during and after the day itself.

Bride comes down stairs Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding

Bride walks down aisle at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Wedding ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall bride and groom

Bride and groom hold hands Wedding ceremony Chelsea Old Town Hall

I think that’s a tremendously important thing to do. It’s essential to know what a couple is looking for from the very beginning, the kind of involvement and approach they want from the photographer, and any of the imagery they particularly like from your portfolio.

Confetti throw black and white Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding

Bride and groom by wall at Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding

I enjoy the spontaneity of the day, but I also believe it to be important to work to some kind of brief. I was particularly used to this when I photographed in fashion and the advertising industry for both online and magazine. Then our job of course is to exceed that brief.

Bride and groom on pedestrian crossing Chelsea

Chelsea Old Town Hall bride and groom in red phone box

It may sound ridiculously obvious, but if you want some couple shots along with all the documentary coverage of the day, then it should be planned ahead. You only need 15 to 20 minutes for this. You don’t need to pose or feel awkward or not be yourself. NoΒ  with me πŸ™‚ There’s no point in that. We will talk about a route and potential places to go as a team.

Wedding couple laugh in park by Chelsea Old Town Hall

What I do is look for spots that you will look good in, get you to potentially walk through them, or an interesting places where you can just talk and look at each other, perhaps react to something funny I might say, but most of all to feel relaxed and have a good time. At a Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding I know lots of places to go to quickly and near by, so that you don’t spend too much time away from your friends and family.

Chelsea Old Town Hall couple cross past London bus

Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding couple in red phone box together

N and D were open minded to this kind of collaboration, with ideas of their own too, and were delighted with the results, both planned and spontaneous πŸ™‚

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding couple stand by Mexican skulls Kings Road

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding couple stand by Mexican skulls Kings Road BW

Need to see more Chelsea Old Town Hall Weddings then click on the blog links below:

Find a Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer today

Chelsea Old Town Hall Weddings Three recent πŸ™‚

Wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall with Laura and James

By David Green

Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding couple in front of street mirror

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding couple with Vintage Rolls Royce Kings Road

I put another version of this shot in because I really like this black and white contrasty look, so there!

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding couple by pink doors

Find a Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer today

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Well seen as I have worked at six Chelsea Old Town Hall weddings in the last three months, I felt entitled to write a confident blog title like ‘Find a Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer today’ and to speak from experience πŸ™‚

Bride arrives in car Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding

I thought it also about time to do a quick post of at least one of them in an increasing busy but very happy schedule!

Wedding ceremony couple hold hands Chelsea Old Town Hall

Bride and Groom laugh inside Chelsea Old Town Hall

Chelsea is one of what I would call the “Big Three” main and famous town halls of central London. It’s busy, many couples want to get married there, and many photographers want to be the ones to do it. It’s also had it’s fair share of very famous couples too as any quick Google search will show.

Bride and groom leaving Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding

Small confetti throw at Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding

I (David) find I do a real mix of wedding timelines there. Sometimes it’s near the beginning of a longer day after groom and bridal prep, then on to a reception venue somewhere else. Other times it’s four or so hours, a half day, of ceremony, couple shoot and off to a local restaurant. And other times again, usually on a week day it’s two hours of ceremony and couple/family moments.

Bride and groom on Kings Road by Chelsea Old Town Hall

Bride and groom on Kings Road by Chelsea Old Town Hall crop

In peak times, like weekends I’m doing eight or nine hours if it involves a London Town Hall or Home Counties venue, sometimes four in winter. Week days I’m always very happy to pop to Chelsea for a couple of hours and help make great memories.

 

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding bride and groom by red phone box

Bride and groom embrace by Chelsea phone box

 

Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding couple by red London phone box

Here I feature D and H. Nice to know that D is a wedding planner, so I was extra pleased she choose me for a two hour wedding coverage in the week. On thing I hear too often though, is people saying they wished they had booked me for longer πŸ™‚

Bride and groom on crossing Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding day

This recent Thursday started with meeting H the groom first and then waiting for D to arrive in their Audi A8. They live in Chelsea so it wasn’t a long drive! This was an intimate ceremony with just both sets of parents involved, so a wedding party of four.

Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding couple walking in park

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding couple laugh by pink door

Afterwards it was three people involved in that iconic confetti throw on Chelsea Old Town Hall steps.

Close up of dog from Chelsea wedding couple

Though small in number the throw was still great fun.

Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding couple by black railings 2

I did some quick group shots back inside, and then took D and H to some of my favourite spots in the surrounding area. Weather wise a typical English day, sunny, then overcast, then sunny, then: is it going to rain…?

Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding couple walking with dog

Finally H went of in the Audi to pick up their much loved dog so that we could involve him in the day and get him into some of the shots too.

Bride groom and dog by wall Chelsea Old Town Hall

All in all a memorable and very enjoyable weekday wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

Chelsea Old Town Hall bride stood by street mirror

Bride and groom with dog in street Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding

 

Bride and groom on their wedding car Chelsea Old Town Hall

Here’s another recent wedding at the town hall from the blog:

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding

By David Green

Chelsea Old town Hall wedding couple get in bridal car

 

 

Two grooms hand in hand outside Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

Another great Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding

By Barnet Wedding Photographers, London venues and events, London Wedding Photographers, Wedding VenuesNo Comments

Every year I (David) or we (David plus one) photograph an Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding day. I’ve worked out that’s on average six times every twelve months. That’s every kind of wedding from small to large, same sex, fusion, multi national and every single one of them has been a joy.

Two grooms at Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding

Two grooms laugh and walk by Old Marylebone Town Hall

Wide shot grooms walking by Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

When we are not roaming the home counties covering big days, you can usually find us every other weekend or significant week day capturing a wedding ceremony at one of the main central London Town Hall’s. That’s Old Marylebone Town Hall of course at 97-113 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5PT, Islington Town Hall at Upper St, London N1 2UD, and Chelsea Old Town Hall at King’s Rd, London SW3 5EE. Honorable mentions too for Camden Town Hall, Stoke Newington and Woolwich.

Two grooms with sunglasses Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

Groom and groom by black doors Marylebone wedding

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding grooms embrace

J & S opted for an intimate ceremony with just close friends and family for their same sex wedding at Old Marylebone Town Hall. This one I did by myself, and I was delighted to find out that their registrar was Alison who has worked at the Town Hall for 30 years. She is very relaxed, efficient and friendly and has married countless well known figures including Paul McCartney’s latest wedding to Nancy Shevell.

Groom and groom chat by Marylebone wall London

Two grooms together behind Old Marylebone Town Hall

Stars of this day were of course J & S. We met outside the town hall and had ten minutes to get some couple shots before meeting the registrars inside. I feel like I know every inch of the surrounding area from experience, so I made the most of the short time we had.

Two grooms romantic moment at Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

Grooms walk through Old Marylebone Town Hall corridors at wedding

Groom and groom at Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding by rose window

Two grooms by window gay wedding Old Marylebone Town Hall

The ceremony was a tender and loving affair in the Marylebone Room, an intimate space perfectly suited to the atmosphere of the couple.

Grooms entrance Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding ceremony

Same sex wedding at Old Marylebone Town Hall

Signing the register Old Marylebone Town Hall gay wedding

Grooms recessional Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding ceremony

Once the signing of register was done and the boys recessed out of the room, we had another five minutes to take some shots before that iconic confetti moment on the front steps of the town hall.

Two grooms on balcony Old Marylebone Town Hall

Grooms walking down stairs after Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding

Two grooms hand in hand down stairs Old Marylebone Town Hall

It’s a busy place, so the way things usually work is that wedding parties after the confetti shot generally move to the right hand side of the steps for their family photos if needed. This means any other weddings that are happening afterwards can also get their confetti shots too.

Confetti throw two grooms Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding 2

I have to say that weddings at Old Marylebone Town Hall unfold like a Swiss train timetable. The staff ushers and security have got it all down to a fine art!

Confetti throw two grooms Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

I had a lovely time with J & S and their families, and they were kind enough to write me a stellar Google review too.

Two grooms by Old Marylebone Town Hall lion

Two grooms by Old Marylebone Town Hall lion BW

By David Green

Here’s another recent Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding here on the blog:

Old Marylebone Town Hall Weddings

Two grooms hold hands Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

And here’s the Google review from the day:

Google review Big Day Weddings Old Marylebone Town Hall

Two grooms walking by Old Marylebone Town Hall London

St Albans Registry wedding couple run past wall image

St Albans Registry Office Wedding photographers

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When you book your St Albans Registry Office wedding photographers, you may or may not know you are booking one of the most unique and also famous buildings not just in Hertfordshire, but the entire UK.

St Albans Registry office wedding venue

Bride arrives at St Albans Registry wedding

I (David) thought that seen as we’ve/I’ve worked at this lovely venue now about ten times that I really should write something about it. If nothing else to be a heads up for anyone considering it for their wedding ceremony.

St Albans registry wedding ceremony 2

St Albans registry wedding ceremony crowd laughing

I love a bit of history and this place has it in spades! St Albans is a beautiful town, a jewel as far as I’m concerned in Hertfordshire, and I often find any old excuse to go shopping there, usually on a Sunday with the family. It was an important Roman settlement and among many other places of interest has a stunning cathedral and grounds, not to mention a brilliant comedy festival in the park.

St Albans wedding couple by wall hand in hand

The registry office itself was the governor’s residence for what was formerly St Albans prison. The prison itself opened in 1867 and closed at the beginning of the first world war. The entrance gate and outer walls still exist, along with of course the part used for the registry office. I love to use those old walls whenever I can in the time I have before heading off to reception venues. The doors to the registry were famously used in the 1974 much loved BBC comedy series “Porridge” starring Ronnie Barker, as the entrance to the fictional Slade Prison. Note the camera phone selfie with myself and the wedding party towards the end.

Wedding couple walk past St Albans registry walls wide shot

Wedding couple walk past St Albans registry walls

I’ve chosen to show my most recent visit as a St Albans Registry Office wedding photographer to be the focus of this blog post. This was a Saturday and my lovely couple were N and R tying the knot officially before their summer wedding in Cyprus. Unfortunately I was already booked on that particular date πŸ™‚

Bride and groom laugh by St Albans Registry doors

I was as usual there in good time to refresh my memory of the venue and to look where the light was best for pics, this is something I ALWAYS do. It doesn’t matter how often you do a venue, one way or another it is different every time.

Wedding couple kiss at St Albans Registry office gates

Bride and groom sit on stone bench St Albans Registry wedding

N and R arrived in separate cars and it soon became apparent there had been some crossed wires and the bridal bouquet and confetti had been left at home by mistake! Good news though that the ever helpful, and I have to say really friendly registrars at St Albans, had an emergency bouquet to hand, which I rather liked anyway πŸ™‚

St Albans Wedding Registry couple in gardens

This was a very intimate wedding, the couple and four guests including one best man and his partner, one sister and the bride’s best friend.

St Albans Registry Office Wedding couple sat on bench in groundsBride and groom by canon St Albans Registry wedding day

Once the ceremony was done and everyone had a good cry, I took N and R around the grounds (admittedly rather small). I made sure to get plenty of the old prison walls and doors in their shots. Plus a very well preserved 1840 siege canon that imposing sits at the front of the registry office.

Wedding couple together at St Albans Registry office

Wedding-couple-laughing-at-St-Albans-Registry-office-gates

Wedding couple pose by canon at St Albans Registry Hertfordshire

Although I visit a great variety of venues as a London and Home counties wedding photographer, I’m really looking forward to returning to St Albans registry in the near future!

Big Day Weddings selfie St Albans Registry Office

By David Green

Oh and here’s our lovely couple, and Ronnie Barker leaving from the same spot (blurry BBC image)

Bride and groom at St Albans Registry gates

Ronnie Barker Porridge St Albans Registry gates

St Albans Registry wedding couple run past wall image

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding couple walk to London bus

Old Marylebone Town Hall Weddings – Two recent ones right here!

By Barnet Wedding Photographers, London venues and events, London Wedding Photographer, London Wedding Photographers, Wedding VenuesNo Comments

Old Marylebone Town Hall weddings are probably some of the most iconic that happen in central London. Right next to Baker Street and not far from Madame Tussauds it has been trendy and very sought after for over a century. I’m there a lot (that’s me David) and I think if I was going to choose a place, especially if I was coming in from another country, this would be it.

Confetti throw Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding day

In fact, if you were appearing in a Richard Curtiss rom-com THIS is where you would get married, when the girl gets the guy in the final scenes! Or the guy gets the guy, or the girl gets the girl…well you get my drift.

Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding Couple in Christmas decorations image

Wedding drinks reception Holmes Hotel London

Old Marylebone wedding couple at Holmes Hotel London

I’m going to write an info piece soon with lots of examples of all the main London Registry offices, as I’ve photographed at all of themΒ  multiple times, just to give an insight for prospective couples and other photographers spying on me (lol!). Old Marylebone, Islington and Chelsea Town Hall’s I would put as the big three. All with rich history and plenty of A listers who got married there. Including myself πŸ˜‰

London wedding couple kiss on street near Marylebone Old Town Hall

Old Marylebone Town Hall bride and groom hold hands by wall

Honorable mentions also go to Camden Town Hall, Hackney Town Hall and Stoke Newington Town Hall. All great choices.

Bride and groom walk to their Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

The December wedding I’m featuring here was shorter than most I do at Old Marylebone Town Hall, as this was both a smaller celebration and a legal requirement for V and P who were getting married later overseas (I wasn’t available for that one). This is quite a frequent request for central London registries though.

Wedding couple on way to Old Marylebone Town Hall

Bride and groom walk uo Old Marylebone Town Hall stairs

On a freezing cold crisp morning I started my coverage in The Holmes Hotel on Chiltern Street, just round the corner from fictional (is he!?) character Sherlock Holmes’s home at 221b Baker Street. V and P were staying at The Holmes and met myself and their wedding party there for celebratory champagne before taking the short walk to Old Marylebone Town Hall.

Wedding ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall image

Wedding Ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall wide shot

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding ceremony collage

First kiss at Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding ceremony

Bride and groom celebrate in wedding ceremony Old Marylebone Town Hall

Our plan was for V and P to spend 15 to 20 minutes with myself on the way. The thing is: all the images features in the blog: Blog – London Wedding Photographers Big Day Weddings (bigdayweddings.co.uk) on Instagram: Big Day Weddings (@bigdayweddingsuk) β€’ Instagram photos and videos, and the galleries on the website: Wedding Galleries – London Wedding Photographers Big Day Weddings (bigdayweddings.co.uk)Β  (there are four of them by the way) are all done in short real world time scales, in whatever the prevailing conditions might be. That’s the best way to be relaxed and natural, as long as your photographer has skill and a ‘can do’ calm attitude! One of my gripes is how much fake stuff I see on socials, where photographers have set up entire wedding shoots with models and other suppliers. While undoubtably some are really pretty and are obviously a form of advert for those involved, it is totally unrealistic, and I believe misleading in expectations for potential couples. Sorry, small rant over!

Couple kiss in corridor Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

Bride and groom laughing Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

Wedding couple corridor Old Marylebone Town Hall

Ok, so I was delighted to go to Holmes Mews on our little jaunt to the Town Hall, which is tucked away round the corner from the hotel, and then to work in some of the streets I know so well. Of course with a busy city every time you visit a location it may be different, or too busy, or covered in scaffolding, so it’s good to be adaptable and have a backup plan in mind.

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding couple walk down stairs

Wedding ceremonies at Old Marylebone Town Hall are strictly controlled now, especially since the venue’s refurbishment. I think this is a really good thing and what I mean by that is: it’s a very busy place, a lot of weddings take place there on the main days and if the staff were not clear about when you can go in, how long a photographer has in a particular spot, then it could be chaos, and nobody wants that on their big day. So for those of you in the stages of planning for an Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding, bear in mind that you will get somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes only with you photographer after the ceremony within the building itself. That’s fine because I will get everything we need and more in that time. Your wedding party will have been charmingly ushered out of the building in that time, to get ready on the outside steps for a confetti throw if you are having one.

Couple tango by window Old Marylebone Town Hall London

As with V and P at that point I go outside and get the wedding party ready and super motivated. Then it’s thumbs up time from me, and you come out and enjoy your iconic wedding ‘moment’ on the beautiful steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall. It’s a good time after that to move to the right hand side steps, for any group shots you might have requested, or not!

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding collage

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding couple sat on lion

Two things usually happen after that, one, everyone gets on a Red Routemaster old London bus or taxis, and shoots off to the reception venue.Β  And/or two: our new bride and groom go and do some quick couple shots/portraits in the local area. Don’t ever worry about these though. They are going to be natural looking and sometimes epic, just because… Most people are a bit anxious about having their pics taken, read my reviews though here on the site or Google itself: big day weddings reviews – Google SearchΒ  We will do natural stuff, gently directed if needs be, that you need absolutely no skills or ability for. We have fun, I will coax candid genuine positive reactions from you, and most of all we will have a blast! Many times I’ve been told it’s one of the main highlights of a couple’s day πŸ™‚

Wedding couple dance outside Old Marylebone Town Hall

I take a lot of shots, and I give you everything where you are not blinking or falling over, unless it’s funny… For V and P I delivered over 700 edited sots in a fairly short time scale. I’m including their review here.

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding review from Google

Wedding group shot at Old Marylebone Town Hall

Jeez these guys were very romantic, they loved to kiss and dance. I didn’t ask them to do that, I just put them in good situations to be able to do what THEY wanted to do! They were both delighted by the results, and ultimately that is what is the single most important thing.

Wedding couple celebrate by lion outside Old Marylebone Town Hall

Wedding bus and bride and groom Old Marylebone Town Hall

Every wedding is so different even in the same locations, and that is one of the fantastic things about wedding photography and in this case about Old Marylebone Town Hall weddings!

By David Green

Here’s some other posts of many Old Marylebone Town Hall weddings featured on the blog:

Another great Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding

Click the link above to see another set of images AND the story behind them.

Alternatively here’s some of the images below:

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Here’s another wedding day at Old Marylebone Town Hall on the link below:

Intimate Weddings at Old Marylebone Town Hall