Wedding Photography at Fulham Library
Fulham Library is one of London’s more recent wedding venues only accepting bookings since 2016. Grade II Listed, the library was built in 1908 at 598 Fulham Road.
With its prime location in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, it is 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 marriage of Jenny and David whom I photographed in Autumn 2019.
Fulham Library as a Wedding Venue
As a new venue, the library has maintained its original features, making for 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 (see photos at top and below) to get there.
The corridor comprises a long hallway full of glass-fronted, dark oak bookshelves running the entire length from floor to ceiling. It makes for a fabulous backdrop for the bridal party to make their entrance. It is also well worthwhile to spend time here with the newly-weds after their ceremony and drinks reception.
Here’s part of the sequence as the bridal party enter the Exhibition Hall:
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The Fulham Library Exhibition Hall
Wedding Ceremonies take place in the Exhibition Hall, which can accommodate 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 there to be 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.
Signing the Register – 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.
Regarding the actual signing, I’m happy to say that there are no restrictions there either. Obviously, they expect the photographer to exercise common sense.
The register is a legally binding document (it says so in the vows) and should be treated with respect. This includes discretion and tact when photographing the signing.
There is also the grey area of data protection, so it is best not to get too close during this time. However, I appreciate the fact that they let me shoot the signing and which is better than just having a ‘dummy’ register set up.
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 on 020 8753 3877 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ceremony.
- Bookings cost £350 (Mon-Thu), £450 (Fri) & £550 (Sat-Sun).
- You are required to pay a £100 deposit to secure the booking.
- There is the option of a drinks reception after the ceremony if required.
- Parson’s Green is the nearest tube station which is on the District Line.
- There is time allowed for up to two readings from family and/or friends.
Wedding Congratulations, Drinks & Group Shots
Below is a selection of congratulations photos which demonstrate the relationships between the couple and the guests well. Fulham Library offers lots of space for me to move around to grab a variety of these shots.
The venue puts on a drink’s 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 on elsewhere for the wedding breakfast and after celebrations.
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During the drink’s 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 needed them.
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. There are a couple of examples 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 coincide with the couple’s exit through the building to the outside world. It’s a sequence which I also photograph.
Fulham Library Wedding FAQs
Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT FULHAM LIBRARY?
A. The venue with its main hall is very distinctive, spacious, light and aesthetically pleasing. The staff are friendly and attentive and keen to give you the best wedding day experience.
Q. HOW LONG BEFORE OUR WEDDING CEREMONY CAN WE GAIN ACCESS TO THE ROOM FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
A. You generally have about 30-40 minutes for your guests to arrive and be seated. It’s totally up to you how you arrive – whether 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.
Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND VOWS?
A. Yes, of course. The registrars are relaxed and happy for photography throughout the vows, exchanging rings, and register signing.
Q. IS CONFETTI ALLOWED AFTERWARDS FOR A SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS?
A. Biodegradable confetti or bubbles are allowed outside the venue. The council are very strict about the biodegradable aspect and rightly so. No confetti cannons, rice or plastic confetti, is permitted.
Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE VENUE?
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 a fantastic set of photos to tell the story of your day.
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