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Bride rests head on groom's chest at end of the Fine Art Collection Corridor in Fulham Library

The Fine Art Collection Corridor deep within Fulham Library presents an unusual and stunning backdrop to those all-important wedding portraits.

Fulham Library is one of London’s more recent wedding venues, only accepting bookings since 2016Grade II Listed, the library was built in 1908 at 598 Fulham Road.

Its prime location in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham makes it conveniently situated and easy to get to for you and your guests.  Parson’s Green is the nearest underground station on the District Line.

This page features images from the Autumnal marriage of Jenny and David.

Wedding Portrait of Groom holding Bride in black and white

Bride Jenny and David pose shortly after I took the previous photo at the end of the corridor.  I had to ask her to be more serious for this one, and she carried it off beautifully.

Bride and groom posing outside Fulham Library showing the height of the building

A portrait taken from this unusual angle shows the entire height of the ornate entrance at the building’s front.  I didn’t use this one, as it made the couple look exceptionally tall!

Bride arrives with bridal party on Fulham Road for wedding

The bridal party arrives on the corner of Fulham Road and Clonmel Road whilst some late guests try to sneak past discreetly.

Wide overview of wedding guests seated before the ceremony

The wedding guests sitting with the groom standing at the back shortly before the bride’s entrance: A wide shot of the Exhibition Hall, Fulham Library’s wedding space.

Fulham Library as a Wedding Venue

As a new venue, the library has maintained its original features, creating a fantastic experience for the bride and groom.

Wedding ceremonies take place in the Exhibition Hall on the first floor.  The guests must pass through the Fine Art Collection Corridor to get there.

The corridor comprises a long hallway full of glass-fronted, dark oak bookshelves running from floor to ceiling.  It makes for a fabulous backdrop for the bridal party to make their entrance.  Spending time with the newlyweds after their ceremony and drinks reception is worthwhile.

Here’s part of the sequence as the bridal party enters the Exhibition Hall:

Bride with Father waiting in the Fine Art Collection Corridor at Fulham Library

The bride waits with her father at the end of the Fine Art Collection Corridor just before entering for her marriage ceremony.

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Bridesmaid and mother of bride entering exhibition room at Fulham Library

The bridal party began to enter the Exhibition Hall.  I’m not sure about the coat stand adjacent to the entrance door – I did this in black and white purposefully, as an orange Sainsbury’s bag was not a good look!  Maybe I’ll mention it on my next visit.

Entrance of the bride with father at Fulham Library

The Exhibition Hall is pure white, meaning there are no odd colour casts to contend with in the photo edit.

Bride and Father walking down the aisle at Fulham Library

The Fulham Library Exhibition Hall

Wedding Ceremonies take place in the Exhibition Hall, accommodating up to 120 guests.  There were 70 guests for the wedding on this page, so at maximum capacity, things may appear a little less spacious.  However, I found lots of room to move around, particularly at the front, where I could change my position to get the best ceremony portraits.

The room has white-painted wood panelling, which is excellent for natural photography.

The room immediately struck me as having the appearance of an overlarge attic room, which is only apparent in the photos when taking a wide-angle shot of the whole room.  I loved the character and structure of the hall.

Bride and Groom looking at each other at Fulham Library wedding

As the bride Jenny reaches the ‘altar’, she and her groom see each other for the first time.

Wedding ceremony from the back of the Exhibition Hall in Fulham Library

Another view of the Exhibition Hall: Shooting from the back shows the front where the Hammersmith and Fulham registrars conduct the ceremony.

Bride and Groom getting married at Fulham Library

I like to move discreetly during the ceremony to take shots from various angles and perspectives.  The Exhibition Hall’s ‘clean’ look lets me take a distraction-free shot of the couple from the back.

Happy couple turning to look at guests during wedding ceremony

“If any person present knows of any lawful impediment…” The couple usually turns to look at their guests at this point (sometimes appearing slightly worried!), and I’m ready to capture the moment.

Female guest does reading at wedding in Fulham Library

Family and friends readings are a popular way to personalise your wedding and lengthen the ceremony.

Wedding Couple Holding Hands During Ceremony

Although I do move around, I’ve never had a couple complain that I was distracting.  At this point, you’ll only have eyes for each other.

Bride and Groom holding hands with guests in background at Fulham Library wedding

A few seconds after the last shot, this one shows off more of the room’s upper part.

Ring Bearer Watches Couple's Exchange of Rings at Fulham Library

The all-important exchange of rings – the H&F registrars are very amenable to photography with few restrictions.

Bride watches groom intently as she places the ring on his finger

I love the eye contact from Jenny here as she places the rings on David’s finger.

Couple gazing at each other following exchange of rings at Fulham Library

It’s intimate moments like this that make me love what I do.

Newly-weds clapping after wedding vows at Fulham Library

I enhanced their moment of marriage by including family and friends in the background.

First Kiss at Fulham Library Wedding

The first kiss: I ask couples to remember to slow down for this shot as sometimes it can be all too fleeting.

Signing the Schedule – Hammersmith & Fulham Rules

The registrars introduced themselves to me as being the ‘nice’ borough registrars.  And I must say they were an absolute pleasure to work alongside.  They have no rules and are happy for the photographer to move at will to take the required shots.  They even offered to move out of the way to enable me to get a ‘clean’ picture of the couple.

A witness signs the register as the registrar shakes hands with the groom at Fulham Library wedding

The Hammersmith and Fulham registrars care about making the day unique for the couple.  They are friendly, happy and amenable throughout, as in this photo taken as a witness signs the schedule.

I’m happy to say there are no restrictions regarding the schedule signing.  They expect the photographer to exercise common sense.

Bride nuzzles groom as witness signs the register

I’m always looking for moments of love and affection such as this.  It’s a nice, contextual image of how things were at that moment.

Wedding Bookings at Fulham Library

Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding:

        • They take wedding bookings for any day of the week.
        • The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham registrars can be contacted by phone at 020 8753 3877 or emailed at fulhamlibrary@lbhf.gov.uk to discuss your ceremony.
        • There is the option of a drinks reception after the ceremony if required.
        • Parson’s Green is the nearest tube station on the District Line.
        • There is time for up to two readings from family and friends.

Newly-weds walk down the aisle at Fulham Library after their ceremony

Wedding Congratulations, Drinks & Group Shots

Below is a selection of congratulations photos demonstrating the relationships between the couple and the guests.  Fulham Library offers lots of space for me to move around to grab various shots.

The venue has a drink reception for about an hour after the ceremony.  It’s a great way for everyone to mingle and enjoy the setting and ambience before moving elsewhere for the wedding breakfast and after celebrations.

Guests hug the bride and groom at wedding in Fulham Library

I love to capture both bride and groom hugging simultaneously.  Often, they are separate when they meet and greet the guests, but it’s great when they’re together, like in this one.

Female friend hugs bride after wedding ceremony

This guest was the person who introduced the couple to each other.  It’s worth finding things like this out so I know who to prioritise for shots like this.

Bride and friend hug after wedding in London

The white walls at Fulham Library enable me to use bounce flash to good effect without fear of awkward colour casts in the photos.

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Groom hugs guest after marriage ceremony

I think the chap on the right was trying to keep out of the photo; however, he didn’t bank on my use of a wide-angle lens.

Brother of bride hugs her whilst another couple kiss

The bride’s brother congratulates her with a hug.  However, the couple on the right having a cheeky kiss makes the photo more striking.

Bride wipes away father's tear at wedding in Fulham

During the drink’s reception, the bride and her father share a moment, and she wipes away a tear from his cheek.

Older man at wedding wearing blue lady's hat at wedding

There’s always one: I love daft moments at weddings, and this chap was happy to send himself up.

Entire wedding party posed for photo at Fulham Library wedding

I stood on a chair to take this group wedding party shot.  The Exhibition Hall at Fulham Library provides ample space for this shot.

During the drinks is an ideal time to take any portrait shots that the couple need, and I do this at the front end of the hall by clearing some chairs back.  An usher who knows most of the guests is useful to give me a hand ‘ushering’ people as I need them.

Couple with their parents posing for photograph at Fulham Library

A smaller group shot of the couple with their parents: Incidentally, the door on the right had a ‘Fire Exit’ sign above it.  I removed it where possible for aesthetics.

Bride and bridesmaids posing for wedding portrait

The bridesmaids all looked pretty as a picture as they posed with the bride.

Guests holding bride in wedding at Fulham Library

Sometimes, group shots are pretty serious and staged, so mixing things up is good.  I took a sequence of these guys lifting the bride.

Couples Portraits at Fulham Library

As the wedding party make their way downstairs, I take the opportunity to steal the couple away for some portrait shots of them together.  A couple of examples are at the top of the page, but I also include some below to show off more of the fantastic Fulham Library wedding venue.

These portraits also neatly coincided with the couple’s exit to the outside world through the building.  It’s a sequence which I also photograph.

Bride and Groom pose in the Fine Art Collection Corridor at Fulham Library

Placing the couple at the bottom right of the frame allows a wider shot to show more of the book display cabinets.

Fulham Library Wedding FAQs



A. The venue’s main hall is very distinctive, spacious, light and aesthetically pleasing.  The staff are friendly, attentive, and keen to give you the best wedding day experience.



A.  You generally have 30-40 minutes for your guests to arrive and be seated.  It’s totally up to you how you arrive – together or separately as is traditional.  The groom generally joins the guests before the bride enters.  Your photographer should arrive around this time to take some scene-setting shots of the arrivals.



A.  Yes, of course.  The registrars are relaxed and happy for photography throughout the vows, exchanging rings, and register signing.



A.  Biodegradable confetti or bubbles are allowed outside the venue.  The council is very strict about biodegradability, and rightly so.  No confetti cannons, rice or plastic confetti, is permitted.



A.  The library corridor and stairs are dim, but the all-important main hall has good natural light during daylight hours.  But whatever the light, a good photographer will have no problem dealing with it and taking fantastic photos to tell your day’s story.

Bride leaves no. 598 Central Library Fulham after wedding ceremony

Freshly married, the bride walks ahead of her new husband as they exit to the outside world.

Groom punches the air as he leaves Fulham Library behind bride

A nice touch: David punches the air as he appears behind Jenny at the Fulham Library entrance doorway.

Portrait of Bride and Groom kissing outside Fulham Library

And finally, an excellent standard kissing shot of the couple on the steps of the fabulous Fulham Library.

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