Sam and Peter decided on an Ivy Chelsea Garden Christmas wedding following their Chelsea Old Town Hall civil ceremony. Sam wore a full length botanic embroidered dress in coral, red, blue and green teamed with elegant pearls. Peter wore a charcoal suit with blue shirt and yellow tie with blue pattern. It was fairly windy and chilly but they braved the Chelsea Register Office steps for a few shots before their ceremony to take in the last of the daylight.
They had their ceremony in the Rossetti Room and guests included Peter’s children, Sam’s mother, brother and best friend. There was much excitement when Sam and Peter entered – plenty of smiles. Mark and Helen both did a reading – very professionally done. The exchange of vows and rings went smoothly and, again, lots of smiles and laughter.
Sam had explained before their day that a photograph of the confetti on the Chelsea Old Town Hall steps was very important. So I ensured that I balanced the last tiny bit of daylight with flash for a wonderfully vibrant photograph – both a kiss and then walking down. Great guest reactions too!
One of the unique Chelsea experiences is passers by wanting to congratulate couples. The steps lead straight onto the King’s Road so people walking past are right in the thick of things. On Sam and Peter’s day it was a very jovial man, keen to shake their hand and wish them ‘congratulations’. I love the randomness and the smiles and laughter that came from this.
On to the Ivy Chelsea Garden and they had outdone themselves on the Christmas decor. It was perfect as a backdrop for photos, especially as now it was pretty much dark. Luckily just as we did these photos a florist was parking up in a van so I was protected on the busy King’s Road from being squished by traffic.
Inside everyone celebrated with champagne in the orangery in the courtyard garden. The roaring log fire and and lit candles on the mantelpiece added to the Christmas atmosphere.
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