Wedding Photography at Morden Park House, Merton
Morden Park House is Extremely Photogenic
I have photographed weddings at Merton Register Office (often mistakenly referred to as Registry Office) a few times now and it is a venue that keeps on giving. Also known as Morden Park House, the venue is within the grounds of Morden Park. On arrival, it’s existance isn’t immediately obvious, being secluded somewhat by the modern South Thames College off the A24. When the Georgian Grade II listed building did reveal itself to me, I found it to be a gem of a wedding venue and, extremely photogenic.
The Sheridan Room Provides Plenty of Space for Photography
The marriage ceremonies I’ve photographed at Merton all took place in the Sheridan Room which backs out onto the park. I immediately fell in love with the room as it had beautifully large windows and French doors on two sides, allowing the most gorgeous Spring morning light to filter in. Bounced flash would definitely not be required! There was also plenty of space to move around at the front enabling me to photograph discretely from all sides. The room has recently undergone a facelift. Gone are the carpet and huge window drapes. The room now has a crisp and fresh look.
The Merton Registrars
The registrar’s at Merton Register Office seemed very relaxed about wedding photography; I didn’t even get the usual talk about not photographing the register signing afterwards. I shoot in a very low-key way and I think that registrars appreciate this approach. It’s as important for me to observe the sense of occasion as it is to get the shot. OK, maybe almost as important…
After the ceremony, the couple exit the room to the ornate, marble paved entrance hall with grand staircase, pillars and mirrors. This lends itself immediately to posed couple shots and time may be spent here before a few formal group shots at the front of the house. I haven’t ended up using the park, but there is plenty of potential for couples wishing to incorporate it into their special day.
Morden Park House Wedding Ceremony Rooms
The Sheridan Room: The smallest wedding ceremony room in the house benefits from French windows which open directly onto Morden Park. The room seats 20 guests, but you can invite up to 30. Recently redecorated, the room has a fresh and light feel and is perfect for photography.
The Lord Nelson Room: With it’s gorgeous Georgian Bay Windows and ornate crystal chandelier, this room can seat up to 40 guests comfortably. A view of the courtyard and direct access to the magnificent staircase means this room will provide great opportunities for your wedding photography.
The Ewart Room: For larger weddings at Morden Park House, the Ewart Room is perfect. It is located upstairs and can seat up to 100 guests. Merton.gov’s ceremony brochure sugests booking early as this room is very popular. You can even book live music such as a string quartet to add to the ambience.
There is also a gazebo to get married in at the back of the venue in the garden. Unfortunately, photography is only allowed there for guests using it to get married. I asked on behalf on one couple if this would be possible and the venue was very strict about this.
Merton Register Office,
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