Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer

The Iconic Central London Venue

Wedding Photography Chelsea Old Town Hall/Register Office


Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photography - Exuberant Couple Exiting Down the Town Hall Steps

Numerous couples have left the iconic Chelsea Old Town Hall happily married. I love it when this clearly shows as with this exuberant pair.

**On 20th August 2018, Chelsea Old Town Hall closed for six months for refurbishment.  Wedding ceremonies are taking place at Kensington Town Hall instead.  Chelsea will reopen for weddings from 1st April 2019.**

The Kensington and Chelsea Register Office (often mistakenly called ‘Registry Office’) is located within Chelsea Old Town Hall in SW3.  It is a venue in which I love photographing weddings and civil ceremonies and have shot there numerous times (15 at the last count!).  The staff and registrars are all very helpful and there are no issues about moving around during the ceremony.  In fact registrars at the venue seem very keen that I get all the required shots to present to the couple later on.  This makes the job of wedding photographer so much easier.

Bride and Groom entering the Brydon room at Chelsea Old Town Hall whilst guests watch

Lucy and Daren enter the Brydon room for their wedding ceremony: The room comfortably seats 38 guests and is the largest at the register office.

A Great Location on the Trendy King’s Road, London

Chelsea Old Town Hall is situated halfway down the long King’s Road, in the vibrant heart of Chelsea.  The area surrounding the registry office is mainly urban, but a stone’s throw away is the splendid St Luke’s Church and gardens which is great for portraits after the ceremony.

Newly-weds also travel elsewhere for their reception where there is further scope for more candid shots. The famous Bluebird Restaurant is a five minute walk away and proves a popular choice for couples who require an intimate meal after their nuptials.

Wedding couple waiting with guests before ceremony at register office

There is a waiting area where the couple and their guests can wait for their ceremony time slot. Subtle window light will enable the photographer to capture some attractive shots during this time.

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Portrait of bride in pink taken before wedding

I took this portrait of Renata by the window on the stairs. I like to make good use of waiting time to take good photographs like this.

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Wedding Rings and Vows at Kensington and Chelsea Old Town Hall/Register Office

The registrars at Kensington and Chelsea are very laid back and happy with my photographing the wedding from the front. Deniz was smiling all the way through the ceremony and it was amazing to capture such joy and happiness as Tobias places the ring on her finger.

Chelsea Register Office Confetti & Famous Marriages

Another good point is that confetti is allowed for Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding photography purposes.  Often, venues in Central London don’t allow confetti for the reason that it could be regarded as litter.  But the registrars at Kensington and Chelsea have no such issue and many great shots have been taken on the steps as the happy couple leave in a confetti shower.

Over the years many famous faces have been married at Chelsea Old Town Hall including Judy Garland and Wallis Simpson which makes it one’s of London’s most iconic small wedding venues.  An appearance at number 16 in The Independent’s list of 50 Best Wedding Locations in 2011 was for good reason.  In fact The Independent calls it, ‘still one of the hippest places to get married‘.

Family and friends hugging couple outside town hall in London

The moments after the confetti when family and friends can spend time with congratulations is one of the most emotive times to capture and provides some fantastic wedding photography moments.

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photography Rooms

The Brydon Room:  The beautifully elegant Brydon Room has an interior tastefully decorated in yellow and seats 38 guests.  It features a fairly long aisle for you as a couple or the bride alone to walk down (if you choose to uphold this tradition).

The Rossetti Suite:  Equally elegant but for a smaller guest list.  The Rossetti Suite is the more popular room but only able to accommodate up to 12 guests.

The Harrington Room:  The smallest room has limited availability, being available just three times a week.  It accommodates up to 8 guests.

Kensington Town Hall Wedding Photography Rooms

The Committee Room:  This room seats up to 38 guests and lies on the first floor of Kensington Town Hall.  With wood panelling, it is tastefully decorated in blue and yellow.

The Mayor’s Parlour:  Only available on Fridays and Saturdays, the Mayor’s Parlour seats up to 68 guests.  Modern in design, it has wood panelling and is well lit.

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Kensington and Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer - Exchange of Wedding Rings - Black and White

A very important shot to capture: I try to photograph a sequence of the wedding vows and exchange of rings.

Registrar shaking hands with groom and holding wedding certificate

They like to make a presentation of the wedding certificate at Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office. Not all registrars do this and it’s a nice touch and good photo opportunity.

Gay wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall - Girl Presents Rings

I love the look on the face of this little girl as she presents the rings at Martin and Antoine’s gay wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

Short Wedding Day at Chelsea Old Town Hall

A wide shot of the newly-weds shows off the ornate facade of Chelsea Old Town Hall beautifully.

Kensington & Chelsea Register Office,
Chelsea Old Town Hall,
King’s Road,
SW3 5EE.

Kensington Town Hall,
Hornton Street,
W8 7NX.

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer – Guy Milnes Photography.

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Guy Milnes is a London and Caerphilly based photographer covering South Wales, Bristol, London and the home counties.
He has been a professional photographer since 2008 and loves to capture the true atmosphere of the wedding day as it unfolds naturally.


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