Mayfair Library wedding photographer

For your Mayfair Library wedding in Westminster
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 Mayfair Library?

If you’re getting married at Mayfair Library, just a few blocks from Hyde Park, chances are 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.

That’s what I do.

You can book photography from one hour upwards*. One hour covers the ceremony itself with photos on the steps including a few portraits of the two of you. One and a half hours – the most popular option – has more time to include your arrival at the Library and portraits of the two of you taken in and around Mount Street Gardens. And two and a half hours allows for photos of you chatting with your guests during your drinks reception (and/or photos of the two of you taken further afield e.g. a London landmark).

You choose.

If you’re not sure, give me a call on 01342 811631 or simply get in touch via the enquiry form. We can talk through your plans and what you would like from your wedding photography. We’ll work something out together.

It’s all part of the service.

*Register office wedding photography coverage (attendance) including all of your personally edited, hand-finished, ready to print digital files from just £399, including travel and VAT.

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, confetti on the Library steps, a group photo, and a portrait of the two of you. Ideal for an elopement.

2.5 hours

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  • Your photography starts with your arrival at Mayfair Library, the ceremony itself, confetti on the Library steps, group photos on the steps or next door in Mount Street Gardens, portraits of the two of you, and 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 Mayfair Library 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.

Mayfair Library wedding photography FAQs

What time should we arrive?

 

 

You and your guests should all be present at Mayfair Library at least 15 minutes prior to your ceremony. There is a waiting area (with two loos) just up the stairs from the South Audley Street entrance. 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 the other 15 minutes prior to your ceremony.

 

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. There is a meeting room on the immediate left as you reach the top of the staircase and this is called the Elizabeth Barrett interview room. If you are marrying in the Marylebone Room there is another door which leads directly down the aisle from this room. If you are having your ceremony in the Mayfair Room then you will exit from the door back to the landing.

During your meeting 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 steps outside the Library?

After your ceremony the Registrars will invite your guests to leave your ceremony room and take their position on the steps outside the Register Office. You can use any kind of confetti but do ensure that you limit it to the area outside the Library (i.e. not in Mount Street Gardens). [No confetti can be used inside the Library]

Liase with your photographer for a thumbs up for your exit once your guests are in position. You are then welcome to have any group photographs taken on the steps or in Mount Street Gardens next door.

 

Where can we have couple photographs taken after our ceremony?

 

Options include:

Mount Street Gardens right next door to the Library for trees, greenery, plants, flowers, benches, red brick buildings, and the rear aspect of Farm Street Church

Mayfair streets including Mount Street with it’s designer stores and upmarket bars, hotels and restaurants

Farm Street for a sandstone (more muted) alternative to Mayfair’s red brick facades

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.

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 (with permission from the staff on duty) have your groups and couple portraits taken back inside the Register Office. This is dependent on whether there is another wedding taking place following your own. The bookcase and staircase work well for photos. And for groups the Mayfair Room ceremony end (with the large table) has lovely light.

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 Mayfair Library?

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

Mayfair Library 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)

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