Westminster Council Register Office weddings used to take place at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, but the building has been sold and is being completely refurbished over the next few years, before some of the rooms will be available for ceremonies again.
And thus in Spring of 2014, Westminster started conducting its wedding and civil partnership ceremonies at the Mayfair Library. The building is still very much a public library, with only the upstairs rooms being used for ceremonies. In their wisdom, London Transport, have placed a “Boris Bike” docking station right in front of the main entrance, which is a great shame, as often there are bicycles in the way of any shots of the bride and groom coming out of the register office, and for this reason, we usually do the family group shots away from the main entrance steps.
From a Mayfair Library Wedding Photography point of view, the rooms have pale blue walls which gives quite a cool feeling to the photographs taken here, but on the plus side, there is plenty of window light. Also, right next door there is a lovely park which is the perfect place for your family groups and wedding portraits. Not only that, but there are plenty of “London-centric” backdrops for portraits it the surrounding streets.
The two galleries abvoe will give you a detailed idea of what can be achieved within 1.5-2 hours coverage. The first gallery features storytelling images from before, during and after the ceremony itself. You will see images from both Mayfair Room ceremonies and also Marylebone Room ceremonies.
The second gallery is all about relaxed and natural bride and groom wedding portraits, taken in the immediate vicinity of the register office.
Please find below, links to some of my most recent blog posts featuring weddings I have photographed at Mayfair Library.