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Dark Winter Wedding with Two Grooms at Chelsea Register Office

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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Civil Partnership Photography at Southwark Register Office

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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Chelsea Register Office Civil Partnership | Neil and Jon

Another chance to photograph a Chelsea Register Office Civil Partnership, this time for Neil and Jon, who brought along their immediate families to help them celebrate and be witnesses to their life-time commitment to each other. The guys have been together for 20 years, so they thought it was about time they took the next step 🙂

We had a lovely day for it, but as with my previous Civil Partnership, we didn’t have quite as much time left after the ceremony as I would have liked for portraits. Although, as Jon and Neil didn’t want to spend much time on this part of their day anyway, this suited them. But generally I would recommend a minimum coverage time of 1.5 hours rather than 1 hour, if you want to get further down the road than a couple of 100 yards. It would have been nice to get into the nearby gardens for a change of scenery on the portraits, but as it was, Chelsea Manor Street formed the background for our portraits once more. At least the sun was out and we “The Big Rain” hadn’t hit us yet.

Civil Partnership Photography at Chelsea Register Office.
The grooms arrive for their civil partnership at Chelsea Register Office.

Waiting for the civial partnership ceremony to start at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Civil Partnership Ceremony at Chelsea Register Office

Civil Partnership ceremony in the Rossetti Room
Grooms exchanging rings during civil partnership at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Grooms signing the register during Civil Partnership Ceremony in the Rossetti Room.
Grooms signing the register during Civil Partnership Ceremony at Chelsea Register Office

Confetti Throw for Civil Partnership at Chelsea Register Office

Civil Partnership Photography at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Civil Partnership Portraits on the steps of Chelsea Register Office.
Civil Partnership Portraits at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Civil Partnership Portraits in Chelsea.
Civil Partnership portrait photography by YBPHOTOGRAPHIC

Civil Partnership Photography at Chelsea Register Office | Felix and James

Finally I have been offered the opportunity for Civil Partnership Photography at Chelsea Register Office!

In all my time shooting civil ceremonies, I’ve not previously been booked to photograph a Civil Partnership. It makes sense – if you haven’t shot any before, you can’t show them on your blog. Potential clients buy what they see, so if you don’t have the images to show, they won’t enquire. It’s a vicious circle. And it’s a shame, because Civil Partnerships are like any other ceremony I photograph at Chelsea Register Office – a declaration of love and life-time commitment between two people who love each other.

So I was absolutely delighted when Felix and James chose me to photograph their Civil Partnership at Chelsea Register Office in December, despite the fact that I had no other Civil Partnership images to show. They saw my weddings, liked my style, liked my personality on the phone and booked.

And so to the day on which James and Felix decided to make their commitment to each other in front of their very closest friends. The guys looked great in matching suits and scarves! After a lovely reading from their neighbour, the couple exchanged rings and signed the civil partnership register, before heading out onto the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall for the big confetti throw.

That didn’t leave us much time for portraits, but we still managed to get a few lovely shots on Chelsea Manor Street. One thing I LOVE about London is that London buses not only add a great splash of colour to your photographs, but the advertising often makes for some fabulous shots. In fact, I think I’ll soon post a blog post featuring my favourite advertising/couples portraits combos. I love the fact that on one of the shots, the ad on the bus behind Felix’s head reads: “best thing ever”! What more can I add to that? So here are the shots:

Civil Partnership Photography at Chelsea Register Office by YBPHOTOGRAPHIC









Civil Partnership Photography at Chelsea Register Office
Civil Partnership Ceremony in the Rossetti Room photographed by YBPHOTOGRAPHIC
Civil Partnership Photography at Chelsea Register Office
Time for exchanging the rings during Civil Partnership Ceremony
Civil Partnership Photography by Yvonne Blume for YBPHOTOGRAPHIC
Civil Partnership Photography in the Rossetti Room at Chelsea Register Office
Signing the register during civil partnership ceremony at Chelsea Register Office
Confetti Throw during Chelsea Civil Partnership





Chelsea Civil Partnership Photography by YBPHOTOGRAPHIC
Civil Partnership Portraits in Chelsea by photographer Yvonne Blume
Civil Partnership Portraits in Chelsea by YBPHOTOGRAPHIC
Civil Partnership Portraits in Chelsea by photographer Yvonne Blume