Mayfair Library wedding photographer

For your Mayfair Library wedding in Westminster
Mayfair Library wedding photographer Emma Duggan here a couple pose in front of the library bookcase after their Westminster Register Office civil wedding ceremony held in the Marylebone Room
Mayfair Library in South Audley Street, Mayfair, is one of Westminster City Council's registry offices where you can get married
A bride and groom leave the Marylebone Room in Mayfair Library. Photo: Mayfair Library wedding photographer Emma Duggan
A groom in navy for his Westminster Register Office wedding
A bride and groom wait in the Elizabeth Barrett Browning meeting room which is where the Registrar does the pre ceremony interview at Westminster Register Office's Mayfair Library
A bride and groom compose themselves before their Mayfair Library wedding in the Mayfair Room at Westminster Register Office
A bride and groom entering teh Marylebone Room at Mayfair Library (photo by Emma Duggan Photography)
A bride and groom smile at each other during their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony (the home of Westminster Register Office)
A bride looks at her husbnad-to-be during this civil wedding ceremony at Mayfair wedding venue, Mayfair Library
The groom picks up the wedding ring during this Marylebone Room ceremony at Westminster Register Office in the heart of Mayfair
A bride grins with happiness during her Mayfair Library wedding ceremony
London register office wedding photogrpaher Emma Duggan captures a bride and groom's first kiss after their Mayfair Library wedding
A couple and their young daughter during the signing of the register at Westminster Register Office
A couple celebrate their Westminster Register Office wedding at Mayfair Library (Marylebone Room)
A bride at Mayfair Library showing the full extent of her full skirt by twirling
The bride said 'Oui!' during this French wedding ceremony in the Mayfair Room at Westminster Register Office much to the amusement of their friends (photo credit Emma Duggan)
A bride and groom in the Mayfair Room at Westminster Register office photorapher by register office specialist Emma Duggan
A group photo taken in the Mayfair Room at Westminster Register Office due to rain
Wedding photography by Emma Duggan at Mayfair Library with a groom kissing his bride on the staircase
A bride and groom leave their rainy Autumn wedding at Mayfair Library down the iconic staircase
A bride looks up in the lobby of Mayfair Library after her wedding ceremony at Westminster Register Office
An Italian bride and groom leave their Autumn register office wedding in the rain so guests threw confetti in the porch at Mayfair Library
A bride and groom leaving Mayfair Library under confetti after their Marylebone Room ceremony
A bride and groom and the flowergirls pose for a group portrait in Mount Street Gardens next door to Westminster's Mayfair Library wedding venue
A couple pose for a photo after their Westminster Registry Office wedding
A couple and their young daughter pose for a photo after their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony
A couple walking in Paddington after their Westminster Register Office wedding
A bride and groom on South Audley Street in front of Mount Street Gardens after their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony in the Marylebone Room
The red brick buildings in London's Mayfair work really well for photographs at Westminster Registry Office
A wedding and engagement ring and a bridal bouquet on this London register office wedding bride by Emma Duggan Photography
A bride and groom sat on a sandstone step after their Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding
Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding photography by Emma Duggan - a London wedding photography expert - here showing a bride with natural flower headband and lace dress
A bride and groom in Farm Street, Mayfair, after their Westminster Register Office civil wedding ceremony
A bride arrives at Mayfair Library watched by her fiance and their son
Bride and groom portraits in Mount Street Gardens, next to Mayfair Library. The gardens are a favourite spot for photos for newlyweds.
A bride and groom entering Mayfair Library for their civil wedding in the Mayfair Room at Westminster Register Office
The bride laughs with the Registrar from Westminster Register Office
A bride and groom enter the Marylebone Room at Mayfair Library for their wedding ceremony - they made personal vows to each other during the short ceremony
A bride and groom laughing as the Westminster Registrar welcomes them to their civil wedding ceremony in the Marylebone Room at Mayfair Library
A littel girl has fun during her parents wedding at London wedding venue Westminster Register Office
Wedding rings in Westminster Register Office and the groom listening for any of his guests opposing the impending marriage
Wedding photography at Westminster Register Office by Emma Duggan here showing a bride and groom exchanging personal vows to each other
A groom places the wedding ring on his bride's finger during this Mayfair Library wedding
The groom shows his happiness during his civil marriage ceremony in the Marylebone Room at Mayfair Library
A bride signs the official marriage register after her Westminster Register Office wedding in Mayfair Library's Mayfair Room
A couple posing for a photograph in Mayfair Library's Marylebone Room having signed the ofice marriage register
A bride and groom leaving the Marylebone Room at Westminster Register Office
A bride and groom at their Christmas register office wedding with their son running aorund them excitedly (Westminster Register Office at Mayfair Library)
Westminster Register Office wedding photographer Emma Duggan specialises in short coverage weddings at Mayfair Library and Old Marylebone Town Hall
A bride and groom in front of the Mayfair Library bookcase for this Christmas wedding at Westminster Register Office
A bride and groom leaving Mayfair Library down the period staircase
A bride and groom looking up from the lower steps at Mayfair Library (photo Emma Duggan)
A groom twirls his bride in the lobby at Mayfair Library which is the home of the Westminster Register Office before moving back to the Old Marylebone Town Hall
A bright summer wedding with a couple leaving Mayfair Library with arms aloft and sunglasses in place
A groom jumps for joy after his civil wedding ceremony at Mayfair Library (Westminster Register Office)
Bride and groom's feet after the confetti throw at Mayfair Library on South Audley Street
A couple, their daughter and their friends pose for a photo in Mount Street Gardens after their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony
A group photograph in Mount Street Gardens for this French couple and their friends after their Mayfair Library wedding ceremony
An Indian bride hugs her mother in Mount Street Gardens after her civil wedding ceremony in the Mayfair Room at Westminster Register Office
A french bride and groom kiss in Mount Street Gardens after their Mayfair Room ceremony at nearby Westminster Register Office
A couple in Paddington after their Westminster Register Office wedding at Old Marylebone Town Hall using modern buildings as a backdrop to their couple photographs
A bride and groom on Mount Street in Mayfair after their Westminster Register Office wedding
A bride cradles her husband's face after their recent Mayfair Library wedding
A bride wearing a dress by Laure de Sagazan after her Westminster Register Office wedding at Mayfair Library
A bride and groom kiss in Mount Street Gardens after their Mayfair Library wedding at Westminster Register Office photographed by London register office sepcialist Emma Duggan
A bride and groom after their London register office wedding in front of a red telephone box and an external photo of Claridges where they had their lunch reception

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.

WESTMINSTER REGISTER OFFICE

Westminster Register Office is run by Westminster City Council. The main venue is the Old Marylebone Town Hall which has undergone extensive renovations and will reopen in early 2018. During renovations couples have been using either Mayfair Library (or Asia House) for their marriage or civil partnership ceremony.

MAYFAIR LIBRARY

Mayfair Library is an historic building in the heart of Mayfair. It is ideally placed for great hotels, restaurants and cafes nearby. It is also right next door to Mount Street Gardens which works very well for group photography and couple portraits.

It has two quiet and romantic ceremony rooms on the first floor:

Mayfair Room – the larger room has a long aisle and seating for up to 38. It has windows down the entire length of one side of the room making it lovely and light. It has a period stained glass bay window at the ceremony end overlooking Mount Street Gardens. It has two vases with stylish cream and green silk flowers sat on the impressive ceremony table.

Ceremony capacity: 38
Cost from: £310

Marylebone Room – the smaller room seats up to 22 guests and has a period stained glass bay window at the ceremony end overlooking Mount Street Gardens. It has an original feature fireplace, bookshelves at the entrance end, and cream and green silk floral displays on the ceremony table and in front of the window.

Ceremony capacity: 22
Cost from: £310

There is no disabled access at Mayfair Library. It has 5 steps leading to the building itself and a flight of 30 steps to the first floor.

For more information on booking, payment and giving notice please contact the Westminster Register Office.

CONTACT:

25 South Audley Street
Mayfair
London W1K 2PB
T: 020 7641 7500
W: website
E: contact form via website

Opening Times

Monday to Friday TBC
Saturday TBC (by appointment)
Sundays and Bank Holidays TBC (by appointment)

Travel

Car: you can drop off and pick up on the quiet South Audley side street although there is no parking
Underground: Marble Arch, Bond Street or Green Park all around a five to ten minute walk
Bus: 2, 16, 74, 137 get off at Dorchester Hotel

THE OLD MARYLEBONE TOWN HALL

The Old Marylebone Town Hall was built between 1914 and 1920 and designed by Sir Edwin Cooper. It is an example of Edwardian Greco-Roman classicism with a Christopher Wren-style tower and fluted columns.

Many famous faces have married at Westminster Register Office including Sir Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman and also Nancy Shevell, Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit and also Nicole Appleton, David Gilmour and Polly Samson, Melanie Griffth and Antonio Banderas, Nicole Farhi and ­David Hare, John Hurt and Anwen Rees-Myers, Terence Stamp and Elizabeth O’Rourke, Claudia Winkleman and Kris Thykier.

In 2013 it was closed for refurbishment and ceremonies were moved to Mayfair Library. The new rooms are all elegant, stylish and chic and retain many of the original features.

From early 2018 ceremonies will once again take place in one of seven rooms:

The Knightsbridge Room – has panelled plaster walls, muted chalky grey and subtle purples, and plenty of daylight

Ceremony capacity: 30
Costs from: £360

The Soho Room – has panelled plaster walls, a feature fireplace, muted cream and off-white, and natural light from two windows on one side

Ceremony capacity: 20
Costs from: £360

The Marylebone Room – has warm wood panelling and a modern art deco feel, a feature fireplace, and subtle natural light from a single window

Ceremony capacity: 15
Costs from: £360

The Paddington Room – capacity 15 – has warm wood panelling and a modern art deco feel, a feature fireplace, and subtle natural light from a single window

Ceremony capacity: 15
Costs from: £360

The Pimlico Room – capacity 20 – has panelled plaster walls, a feature fireplace, very muted and soft green-blue colouring, and natural light from two windows on one side

Ceremony capacity: 20
Costs from: £360

The Mayfair Room – capacity 30 – in natural beige with a feature wallpaper wall and elegant fireplace, with natural light from a single window

Ceremony capacity: 30
Costs from: £360

The Westminster Room – capacity 100 – is a large wooden panelled room with impressive ceiling details

Ceremony capacity: 100
Costs from: £410

For more information on booking, payment and giving notice please contact the Westminster Register Office.

CONTACT:

The Old Marylebone Town Hall
Westminster Council House
97-113 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5PT
T: 020 7641 7500 (for Marylebone or Paddington Rooms call 020 7641 4124)
W: website
E: contact form via website

Opening Times

Monday to Friday TBC
Saturday TBC (by appointment)
Sundays and Bank Holidays TBC (by appointment)

Travel

Underground: Marylebone, Baker Street, Edgeware Road
Bus: Marylebone Road – Glentworth Street (stop W heading east) / Gloucester Place (stop Z heading west)
Car: 170 Marylebone Road Car Park NW1 5AR (if you book online it costs just £5 for up to one hour) (website)

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 the 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. 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 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.

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Here is an approximate guide to when it will be dark by month and suggested latest ceremony start times if you would like confetti and groups on the Mayfair Library or Old Marylebone Town Hall steps and couple portraits nearby taken in daylight:

(Click on grid to see larger version) 

This allows 30 minutes for your ceremony and 30 minutes for your confetti, groups and couple portraits

British Summer Time Ends – 29th October 2017 (clocks go back) / Daylight Saving Ends – 25th March 2018 (clocks go forward)

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

If you see that it will be dark when you come out onto the Mayfair Library or Old Marylebone Town Hall steps and would like some daylight photographs you can arrange for these to take place before your ceremony.

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