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Wedding Photography at Morden Park House, Merton

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Wedding couple with arms in air outside Morden Park House, Merton

Natasha and Thomas can’t help but show their joy as they leave their Merton Register Office wedding ceremony.


Photogenic Morden Park House

I have photographed weddings at the Merton Register Office (often mistakenly referred to as Registry Office) many times, and it is a venue that keeps giving.

Officially known as Morden Park House, the venue includes the register office and is within Morden Park.  On arrival, its existence isn’t immediately apparent, being secluded somewhat by the modern South Thames College off the A24.  When the Georgian Grade II listed building revealed itself to me, I found it a gem of a wedding venue and highly photogenic.


Bride and Mum Pose with Ford Zephyr Outside Morden Park House

Bride Rachel poses with her mother with the stunning Georgian façade of Morden Park House in the background – complete with the bride and Ford Zephyr.


Bride Entering Wedding Ceremony at Morden Park House

The bride enters the Sheridan Room with her baby daughter to meet her groom waiting at the ‘altar’.


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Bride Carrying Daughter Down the Aisle at Merton Wedding.

The Sheridan Room is very light and bright, with lots of room to experiment with unusual photos like this one.


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Bride Holding Baby Daughter and Walkng Down Aisle at Register Office Wedding

A moment later, I zoom in closer to take this gorgeous shot of the bride looking into the lens.  The connection between people and the photographer is always good at weddings.


The bride and groom entering the Sheridan Room for their small wedding ceremony at Morden Park House

Sometimes, the bride and groom arrive together.  This was one of my smallest weddings, with only five guests seated out of shot on the front row.


Little girl presenting the rings at Merton wedding in Morden Park House

Despite few guests, it was no less special, and I just had to include this floral photograph: Felicite & Mike’s 5-year-old daughter was the ring bearer for their wedding, and her face here shows how important it was for her to do a good job!


The Sheridan Room: Plenty of Space for Photography

The marriage ceremonies I’ve photographed at the Merton Register Office all took place in the Sheridan Room, which backs out onto the park.

I immediately fell in love with the room as it had beautiful large windows and French doors on two sides, allowing the gorgeous Spring morning light to filter in.  There was also plenty of space to move around at the front, enabling me to photograph discreetly 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.


Sheridan Room Wedding from Back - Morden Park House

The Sheridan Room has recently undergone refurbishment, giving it a lovely, bright and airy feel.


The bride and groom holding hands and smiling in the Sheridan Room at Morden Park House

The subtle moments make the wedding photographs: Here, the groom gave his bride a lovely natural smile, and I quickly recorded it.


Overview photograph of 5 guests in front row of Sheridan Room at a Merton wedding

From the front, looking back towards the door, you can see how light and airy the Sheridan Room is.


Arrival at Merton Register Office

There is a barrier to the drive up to Morden Park House.  Taxis may have to leave you by the barrier, but wedding cars can generally drive up to the house.  For guests with vehicles, Morden Park Car Park is just by the house and is exceptionally cheap at just 40p/hour.

The first port of call is usually the reception to inform them of your arrival.  There is a small waiting area where guests may wait until it is time to go through for the ceremony.


Bride and daughter arrive at Merton Register Office in an Uber taxi

Bride Felicite arrived by taxi, dropping her and her daughter by the entrance barrier.


Little girl with three lder relatives at Merton Register Office

The reception area at Merton Register Office: Time for a few natural shots of guests before the ceremony.


Little girl sitting with her Grandma at London wedding

Before the ceremony, I like to capture natural shots of guest interactions, such as this lovely one of a grandmother with her granddaughter.


The Merton Registrars

The registrars at the Merton Register Office are very relaxed about wedding photography.  They allow the photographer to move around discreetly to take photos from many angles.

I shoot very low-key, and the registrars and couples appreciate this approach.   It’s as essential for me to observe the sense of occasion as it is to get the shot.  OK, maybe almost as important…


Wedding Couple with Daughter at Merton Register Office

Your photographer has the luxury of moving around a lot during the ceremony.  I like to take photos from various positions to capture the expressions and special moments such as this one and the next.


Wedding Ceremony with Baby Raching for Groom

The happy couple’s daughter stole the show throughout their wedding ceremony.


Groom Holding Baby and Placing Ring on Bride's Finger

The exchange of rings is a sequence of must-have shots.


Wedding Reading at Merton Register Office

In this reading shot, you can see the bright sunlight coming through the front French windows.


Exchange of rings at wedding in South London

The look of delight on bride Felicite’s face is unmistakable, and the Autumnal scene through the windows adds colour to this portrait of the exchange of the rings.


Registrar reading the vows at a wedding in Merton, South London

It’s nice to include the registrars in some photos.  They are a big part of the day and provide a good context for your wedding photography.


Bride and Groom kiss for the first time at wedding in Morden Park House

The first kiss is a critical shot, and I always ask couples to slow down at this point to enable me to capture it.


The Schedule Signing and Photography

Now that the register has gone online, the wedding registrars at the Merton Register Office don’t mind the photography of the signing.  However, I always ask as some may have differing views on this, even within the same office.  They will produce a ‘dummy’ register afterwards for some posed shots, complete with a flamboyant quill!

I have to say I much prefer to photograph the actual signing as this is much more natural, with expressions and moments that are difficult to recreate.


Oversized quill in front of groom's face at dummy register signing

During a break in the posed register shots, I took this fun shot as the groom obscured himself with the oversized quill.


The couple's daughter signs the dummy register with a quill

Felicite and Michael’s daughter wanted to involve herself at this stage, but Mum was concerned that she didn’t actually write.


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.  The room has recently been redecorated, has a fresh and light feel, and is perfect for photography.

The Lord Nelson Room

With its gorgeous Georgian Bay Windows and ornate crystal chandelier, this room can comfortably seat up to 40 guests.  A view of the Courtyard and direct access to the magnificent staircase means this room will provide ample 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 suggests booking early as this room is popular.  You can include live music, such as a string quartet, to add to the ambience.

The Courtyard

It is a courtyard with a gazebo under which the couple are married.  Situated at the back of the venue, it is available for hire from May to September.  The ceremony is relocated indoors (to the Ewart Room) in poor weather at the registrar’s discretion.

Unfortunately, photography is only allowed in the Courtyard for guests using it to get married.  I asked on behalf of one couple if I could use the space as a backdrop, and the venue was very strict about this.

Receptions in the Marquee

You’ll have exclusive use of the Courtyard, Gazebo and walled garden.  Your wedding ceremony will start at 4.30pm, and you’ll have use of the area until 12am.

The package includes the wedding ceremony in the Courtyard, seating for 100 people, a licensed bar and security.


Little girl with her grandfather standing in bay windows of Morden Park house, London

Another beautiful moment shared between young and old: I’ve taken many natural portraits in the Sheridan Room’s French windows.


Wedding Guests in Sheridan Room Morden Park House

I love photographs like this.  If you look closely, you can see many things going on that aren’t apparent at first glance.


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Newly-weds Leaving Mordean Park House Wedding Venue

The newlyweds leave the ceremony room first, closely followed by the guests.


The married couple pose in the hallway of Morden Park House/Merton Register Office

Often, there’s time allowed for a few portraits in the hallway.


After your Ceremony…

You’ll exit the room to the ornate, marble-paved entrance hall with a grand staircase, pillars and mirrors.  This lends itself immediately to posed couple shots, and some time may be spent here depending on the next wedding.  Then, I assemble the guests outside the front door, ready for the couple to exit for their confetti sequence.


Wedding couple having their confetti thrown whilst leaving Morden Park House in South London

A confetti sequence can look great regardless of how many or how few guests you have throwing it.  If you’re in doubt, do it!


The front of the house is beautiful, and naturally, many couples pose for group photos there.  How long you’ll have for confetti and posed group shots largely depends on the day of the week and time of the year.  Saturdays in the summer are exceptionally busy.  However, if you are rushed, there’s the adjacent parkland with plenty of potential for stunning backdrops for couples wishing to incorporate it into their special day.


Confetti Being Thrown at Merton Register Office

The venue allows wedding confetti, which provides a stunning sequence of photos against a beautiful backdrop.


Merton Register Office FAQs

 

Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT MORDEN PARK HOUSE?

A. The venue is set within acres of beautiful parkland close to local transport links in South London.  With its Georgian features and ornate ceremony rooms, the venue makes a beautiful backdrop for small to medium wedding ceremonies.

 

Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY WELCOMED AT MERTON REGISTER OFFICE?

A. Yes, the venue is photographer-friendly.  Your photographer can generally move around during the ceremony to get the best shots of your vows and ring exchange.  I always ensure I introduce myself to the registrar beforehand to reassure them that I will be discreet and observe the occasion.

 

Q. ARE THERE DISABLED ACCESS & FACILITIES AT MORDEN PARK HOUSE?

A. Yes, there is access for guests with mobility problems.  There is a lift to all floors through the reception area’s back door and a fully accessible toilet suitable for wheelchairs.  There is step-free access to all the ceremony rooms.  Blue Badge holders only are allowed to park within the venue grounds.

 

Q. IS CONFETTI ALLOWED AFTERWARDS FOR A PHOTO SEQUENCE?

A. Your guests can throw biodegradable confetti outside the front door after your wedding.  Confetti is not permitted inside the building or in the Gazebo area.  A few minutes after your ceremony is allowed for this.

 

Q. IS THERE AN OPTION FOR A DRINKS RECEPTION AFTER OUR MARRIAGE CEREMONY?

A. There is an option for the drinks reception when using the outdoor gazebo for your wedding.  It is 2 hours from the beginning of your ceremony and includes one or two drinks per person for up to 100 guests.  They charge for this in addition to your ceremony fee.


The guests throw confetti over couple outside Merton Register Office

Small wedding confetti shots work just as well.  Here, everyone throws themselves into it with gusto!


Newly-wedded couple holding each other outside Merton Register Office/Morden Park House

Firstly, it’s important to have portraits of you, the newlyweds, outside the wedding venue: This shows the beautiful central facade up to the first-floor window that helps make Merton Register Office so memorable.


Group Family Wedding Portrait Outside Morden Park House

This photograph shows off some of the front door’s ornate architecture – a beautiful backdrop to showcase you and your family!


The newly-weds with daughter outside Morden Park House

A smaller and closer family portrait: Children have often played a part at weddings I’ve photographed at Merton Register Office.


Family wedding portrait of couple with daughter

The back door leads through to the register office reception and waiting area.  Another attractive spot for portraits.


Bride and Groom Kissing During Group Shots

I love the brief moment of affection during the group portraits at Rachel and David’s sunny wedding.


Wedding party walking at the side of Morden Park House after wedding

The wedding party walk along by Morden Park House’s side at the end of their marriage celebration.


The bridal party leave Merton Register Office in the rain with their umbrellas

Don’t worry if it rains… Your day will be just as special, and the weather can add a different dimension to your photos.


Merton Register Office,
Morden Park House,
Morden Park,
London Road,
Morden.
SM4 5QU.

Morden Park House Website

Merton Register Office (Registry) in Morden Park House.

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