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This winter I’ve photographed quite a few dark winter weddings. By that I mean, weddings that have been scheduled to start late in the afternoon or even early evening in winter, after the sun has set. This has some major implications on the kind of photography you can expect from your wedding photography, especially if you are hoping to have some nice relaxed outdoor wedding portraits.

The fact is, photography is the capture of light, and so it follows that you need some light to capture. Or bring your own light, i.e. flash. But using flash on portraits by definition makes them look less “natural” than daylight portraits, and if you’re outside in the dark, there is no wall or ceiling to bounce the flash off to make it look more natural or diffused. So if you’re having a dark winter wedding, you have two choices when it comes to your portraits: Stay indoors and use flash for more staged, less dynamic portraits, or do what these two grooms, Gerry and Oscar did, which is to meet BEFORE the wedding ceremony and do your couples portraits whilst there is still a little bit of light left to work with.

So this blog post start with our grooms’ wedding portraits as we shot them before their Chelsea Register Office wedding ceremony. When we got back to the register office, all the guests, a super international bunch, were waiting for us, ready for the Brydon Room wedding. It was a joyous ceremony, at my favourite register office, and I was delighted to be a part of it.

As predicted, by the time we came outside for the confetti through and big group photo, it was pitch black outside, with the camera barely able to recognise the subjects, in the complete absence in any daylight falling on their faces. From Chelsea Register Office we made our way to the luxurious Goring Hotel for the wedding reception. The grooms changed into a super stylish set of velvet tuxedos for the evening meal, with the most fabulous men’s shoes I’ve seen in some time! Louboutin, of course!

Many congratulations to Oscar and Gerry, and best wishes for a long and happy life together.

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I was delighted when Michael and Gorden contacted me to provide Civil Partnership photography at Southwark Register Office in order to commemorate this special day for them. Not only do I not get the opportunity to photograph Civil Partnerships as often as I would like, I also really rather enjoy working at Southwark Register Office.

Southwark Register Office doesn’t necessarily sit in the most picturesque location, but the ceremony room is lovely and bright, with lots of lovely daylight brightening up the couple during the ceremony. That’s assuming you have a ceremony to photograph!

Kiwis Michael and Gorden have been together for 25 years, and as Soutwark locals chose this location to make their commitment to each other in front of 2 incredibly close friends, who had both known the couple for nearly as long as they had known each other.

The usual turn of events for a Civil Partnership Ceremony is that the two participants are invited into a private pre-ceremony chat with the registrars, after which it is usual to invite the witnesses, guests (if there are any) and yours truly into the ceremony room to take part in the ceremony and witness the signing of the register. So imagine our surprise, when the witnesses and I were finally invited into the ceremony room, only to find that the registrar had already conducted the ceremony without any of us! Well, except for Michael and Gorden that is. All that was left to do was to sign the paperwork.

So that’s what happened- which didn’t leave much for me to photograph! It’s a good job that the lovely Lucas Gardens, which are virtually next door, were in full Spring bloom, and so at least I was able to capture some lovely portraits for the guys. After this, they and their witnesses went on to a celebratory lunch at the amazing Fera restaurant in Claridges which serves some truly amazing food. I was most jealous! 🙂

 

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