A change is a good as a rest, and so we move away from Chelsea and Mayfair for some wedding photography at Southwark Register Office. Peckham may not be quite as glamorous location as Chelsea on paper, but Southwark Register Office is a lovely Victorian building. And from a photography point of view, I really appreciate the gorgeous daylight that streams into the ceremony room from the lovely French doors which face the couple during the ceremony.
Alas, the timetable at Southwark DOES occasionally run on South London time, and so it was that on the day of Kathryn and Richard’s wedding, that we were running nearly half an hour behind schedule. Luckily, it was a lovely and sunny summer’s day, and so the bride and groom and their guests of close family and friends didn’t mind mingling outdoors for a while. The bride looked gorgeous in her emerald dress – I love it when brides wear non-white!
Anyway, nice as it was to spend a few minutes in the sunshine, I was starting to get a little concerned that we would run out of time for our newlyweds and group photographs, which normally take place after the ceremony. And so we decided to get all our group shots and portraits done ahead of the wedding. Just as well, as we were properly out of time afterwards.
Finally the ceremony got underway, and as is often the case in register office weddings, it was over in a flash, but no less lovely and emotion for it. After the ceremony, the bride and groom exited into a little flurry of confetti – one of my favourite moments of any wedding I photograph. And since we had already done our portraits, and the taxis were waiting, I waved the wedding party off on their way to one of my favourite restaurants in London for their wedding breakfast: Fera, run by Simon Rogan, in Claridges Hotel. One of the finest meals I have ever had was there, and I hope this bride and groom enjoyed it as much as I did. Many congratulations to Kathryn and Richard!