Greenwich Register Office wedding photographer

For your Woolwich Town Hall wedding
A bride and groom kiss on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall while guests throw confetti over them in celebration. Photo: Chelsea Register Office wedding photographer Emma Duggan

Getting Married at Greenwich Register Office?

If you’re getting married at Woolwich Town Hall, the home of Greenwich Register Office, you are probably thinking about photos – wondering whether or not to hire a professional or winging it and asking a friend to ‘take a few’. After all, it’s only a small wedding – why make a fuss?

And then the nearer the day gets the more you appreciate just how important it is to you both. Whether you are inviting just two witnesses or three dozen of your nearest and dearest you’d like the occasion recorded. The thought of a photographer with you from your preparations through to your reception (and dancing) just isn’t your thing. You want to be with your guests for as long as possible on your special day.

That’s where I come in. I offer coverage of 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2.5 hours.

How much photography is right for you?

1 hour

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  • You can book photography from one hour upwards. One hour covers your civil ceremony, a group photo on the Victoria Hall staircase, a portrait of the two of you and finally confetti on the steps of Woolwich Town Hall afterwards. Ideal for an elopement.

2.5 hours

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  • Your photography starts with your arrival at Woolwich Town Hall, the ceremony itself, group photos on the Victoria Hall staircase, confetti on the steps of Woolwich Town Hall, portraits of the two, and continues through to either your drinks reception or portraits elsewhere in London, depending on distance.

Chelsea Registry Office photography testimonial from a happy bride and groom pictured in the nearby rose garden.

Not sure
on timing?

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.

Wedding albums

Have your favourite photos from your Greenwich 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.

Wedding album from a Chelsea Register Office wedding showing pink flower table details in a blue leather-bound album. Photo: Chelsea Register Office wedding photographer Emma Duggan

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.

Wedding photo of couple who got married and wanted their dog in their wedding portraits. The dog was not allowed in the civil ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.
A bride and groom step out onto the Kings Road steps of Chelsea Registry Office in a whirl of confetti after their civil marriage ceremony. PHOTO: Chelsea Register Office wedding photographer Emma Duggan.
A bride and groom walk through Chelsea gardens after their civil marriage ceremony at Chelsea Register Office on the Kings Road.
Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding photography testimonial for Emma Duggan.
The newlyweds outside St Luke's Chelsea for wedding portraits in natural light. The bride is wearing a full-length blue satin dress from Ghost.

Greenwich Register Office wedding photography FAQs

What time should we arrive?

 

You and your guests should all be present at Woolwich Town Hall at least 15 minutes prior to your ceremony. There is a waiting area (with seating) up the main entrance steps from Wellington Street, just inside the main Victoria Hall. The loo is on the left hand side of Victoria Hall, right at the very end underneath the staircase. If you are keen to walk in separately to your ceremony and only see each other for the first time when you stand together side-by-side for your vows the Registrar’s Office will advise you on timings and entrance plans.

Usually this means one of you arriving 30 minutes prior to your ceremony and waiting in the interview room on the immediate right before you enter Victoria Hall. The other then arrives 15 minutes prior to your ceremony and is interviewed in the meeting room that links directly to the Edwardian ceremony room.

When and where do we have the meeting with the Registrar prior to our ceremony?

Your Registrar will conduct a legal interview with both of you, either together or separately, in private. The main interview room leads directly to the Edwardian ceremony room. You will be asked to confirm all of the details that you gave in your Notice.

What does the ceremony consist of and how long will it take?

 

The Registrar will welcome you and your guests, you will say your vows, exchange (optional) rings, and then sign the official Register. You can also choose to have a piece of music played during your entrance and the signing of the Register. You may also choose to have a guest or the Registrar make a (non-religious) reading. Ceremonies last between 10 and 25 minutes typically.

How many witnesses do I need and who can they be?

 

Two, who must be over 16 and understand the language of the ceremony. Register Office staff are not allowed to act as witnesses. You do not need to know your witnesses.

What about confetti on the Wellington Street steps?

At Woolwich Town Hall it is customary to have your group photographs taken on the red staircase before your confetti shot.

Once you have completed your group photographs your photographer will lead your guests outside to take up their positions. You can use any kind of confetti. Look out for your photographer giving you the thumbs up for your exit.

Where can we have couple photographs taken after our ceremony?

Options include:

Victoria Hall for stunning architecture and pretty pink and jade hues

Woolwich streets including the famous ‘LOVE LANE’ street sign

The Woolwich Centre for interesting reflections of you and Woolwich Town Hall

Your Reception Venue may have interesting interiors and exteriors that are important to you especially if it’s in the centre of Greenwich. Do ask me if this is of interest

Greenwich Park is a stunning Royal Park with fine views

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

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 day?

For light to medium rain umbrellas work beautifully. Some of my favourite wedding photographs include umbrellas.

For heavy to torrential rain you can have your groups and couple portraits taken back inside Woolwich Town Hall. The main Hall with its red staircase works well as a backdrop.

Wedding photo of couple who got married and wanted their dog in their wedding portraits. The dog was not allowed in the civil ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.
A bride and groom step out onto the Kings Road steps of Chelsea Registry Office in a whirl of confetti after their civil marriage ceremony. PHOTO: Chelsea Register Office wedding photographer Emma Duggan.
A bride and groom walk through Chelsea gardens after their civil marriage ceremony at Chelsea Register Office on the Kings Road.

What do the exteriors and interiors look like at Woolwich Town Hall?

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We would like photos taken in daylight. What time should we have our

Woolwich 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 – 28th October 2018 (clocks go back) / Daylight Saving Ends – 31st March 2019 (clocks go forward)

To check the exact sunset time on your day click here.

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