Chelsea Register Office wedding photographerFor your Chelsea Old Town Hall or Kensington Town Hall wedding
Marrying at Chelsea Old Town Hall or Kensington Town Hall?
If you’re getting married at iconic Chelsea Old Town Hall or modern Kensington Town Hall, chances are that you’re bubbling with excitement and thinking about photos. You may be planning an intimate ceremony with just two witnesses or a few dozen of your nearest and dearest, and on the day would like to spend as much time with them as possible. Which means that you just need an hour or two of photography.
As a Chelsea Register Office wedding photographer, that’s what I do.
How much photography is right for you?
- You can book photography from one hour upwards. One hour covers your civil ceremony and photos on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall afterwards. Ideal for an elopement.
- Your photography captures your arrival at Chelsea Old Town Hall, your ceremony and portraits of the two of you taken nearby.
- Your photography starts with your arrival at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the ceremony itself, confetti photos on the steps and continues through to either your drinks reception or portraits elsewhere in London, depending on distance.
If you’re not sure about how long to book, call me on 01342 811631 or fill in the enquiry form. We can talk through your plans and what you would like from your wedding photography. We’ll work something out together.
Pricing starts from £399 including your digital files.
Have your favourite photos from your Chelsea Register Office civil ceremony designed and bound into a leather album that lives on your coffee table or book shelf. Standard sizes and copies for family are available.
Is your date available?
If you would like to check if your date and time are available, please complete the contact form on the left or call me on 01342 811 631.
Chelsea Register Office wedding photography FAQs
What time should we arrive?
When and where do we have the meeting with the Registrar prior to our ceremony?
What does the ceremony consist of and how long will it take?
How many witnesses do I need and who can they be?
You do not need to know your witnesses.
How do we book Chelsea Pensioners to act as witnesses?
What about confetti on the famous steps?
Where can we have couple photographs taken after our ceremony?
St Luke’s Gardens a two-minute walk away and adjacent to the King’s Road (for trees, greenery, flowers)
Chelsea Streets a two to five-minute walk away for multi-coloured pastel or traditional white stucco buildings and black railings (for clean lines and archetypal Chelsea shots)
Albert Bridge a ten-minute walk away (for Thames scenes, the Bridge, tree-lined walkways, and black lampposts)
Local hotel accessible gardens like Cadogan Gardens adjacent to the Jumeirah Carlton Towers where they have access to a stunning, privately maintained garden where you will have privacy (see my last Jumeirah Carlton Tower wedding here)
Your Reception Venue may have interesting interiors and exteriors that are important to you so do ask me if this is of interest
London Landmarks – you can also choose to have photos taken at the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (check for refurbishment scaffolding first), St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, Tower Bridge, or a location that is special to you both
PLEASE NOTE: The Royal Parks – Kensington Gardens, St James’s and Green Park, Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, and Greenwich Park – require a filming permit (website) currently £120 inc. VAT for up to one hour. I can arrange this on your behalf (or provide you with a copy of my public liability insurance)
The time of year and position of the sun plays a large part in this decision, so choose a photographer who knows the area well, at all times of the day, and in the different seasons. Photography between 11am and 2pm when the sun is at its strongest can be trickier to work with so ask your photographer for advice.
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
*Choose your umbrella with care. Whatever colour you choose will reflect that colour on your faces AND make your faces darker than the rest of you not shielded by the canopy. Black causes panda eyes and darkness. White casts a a mushy (unflattering) light. Clear works best and their designs have come a long way in the last few years (i.e. no longer fuddy-duddy) so don’t rule them out. If you don’t have clear be prepared to tip the canopy slightly back to allow light into your eyes. Check with your bride first. Her hair may not thank you if you tip it back too much!
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Other help for your Chelsea wedding
We would like photos taken in daylight. What time should we have our
Chelsea Old Town Hall Autumn / Winter wedding?
Here is an approximate guide to when it will be dark by month and suggested latest ceremony start times if you would like your group shots and portraits taken in daylight:
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This allows 30 minutes for your ceremony and 30 minutes for your confetti, groups and couple portraits. If you would like your portraits taken during daylight, we can arrange to do these before your ceremony.
British Summer Time Ends – Sunday 27th October 2019 @ 02:00 (clocks go back)
Daylight Saving Ends – Sunday 29th March 2020 @ 01:00 (clocks go forward)
To check the exact sunset time on your day click here.
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