Southwark Register Office Wedding Photography
South London Wedding Venue Location
I first photographed at Southwark Register Office (often mistakenly referred to as Registry) for Tony and Leo’s gay wedding. The beautiful Garden Room struck me as such a lovely room for a small wedding ceremony. Later the same year I covered the wedding of Rachel and Andy and have since photographed numerous weddings there.
Set back from the busy Peckham Road in Camberwell, the register office and almost secluded by trees on an attractive cobbled forecourt. Now Grade II listed, the building was originally built as a terraced house in the 1790’s. It is arguably one of South London’s finest wedding venues and a definite hidden gem.
I always make a point of introducing myself to the wedding or civil partnership official. I am happy to report that they actively encourage photography at Southwark. As long as the photographer does not get in the way, they can choose where to shoot from.
I am always discrete and respect the occasion, but it is so nice that I have no specific ‘rules’ to follow. For this reason alone, it is worth recommending Southwark Registry Office as a very special venue for your small wedding, civil partnership or same-sex wedding ceremony.
Beautiful Interior and Setting for a Fantastic Day
The ceremony room is well-appointed with it’s wooden floors and panelling and will hold around 25 family and friends. The registrars sit with their backs to a bow window. Great for photography as it means that the soft window light spills through onto the faces of bride and groom and the front row wedding guests.
Following the ceremony, the newly-weds may exit the Garden Room through the large door in the middle of the bay window at the front. They lead through to the secluded back garden (hence the name ‘Garden Room’). Here the photographer is given ample time to set up and capture those all-important wedding group shots.
Then, if any guests have brought it, the wedding party can go round to the front door and greet the happy couple coming out with handfuls of confetti. Happily, Southwark Town Hall does allow this wedding custom.
Southwark Register Office,
34 Peckham Road,