Southwark Register Office Wedding Photographer

A South London Venue for Small Weddings

Wedding Photography at Southwark Register Office

 

Whole Wedding Party Portrait Outside Southwark Register Office

The entire wedding party pose for a group photo outside the front of Southwark Register Office.


South London Wedding Venue Location

Southwark Register Office (often mistakenly referred to as Registry) is set back from the busy Peckham Road between Camberwell and Peckham and not far from Denmark Hill.  Almost secluded by trees on an attractive cobbled forecourt, the 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 small wedding venues – a definite hidden gem and perfect for your wedding photography!


Groom Outside Southwark Register Office

James stands outside the front of the register office building just before his wedding.


Newly married couple kissing on steps of Southwark Register Office

I take a series of shots of the couple together. This shot of the newly-weds kissing shows much of the front exterior of the Southwark Register Office building.


Photographing Weddings at Southwark Register Office

I first photographed at Southwark Register Office for Tony and Leo’s same sex wedding.  The beautiful Garden Room struck me as such a lovely space for a small wedding ceremony.  Later the same year I documented the wedding of Rachel and Andy and have since had the pleasure of photographing numerous weddings there.

On arrival, guests are shown into the waiting room, whilst the groom has his legal interview. This is a fairly large and ornate room with fireplace, mirror and seating around the walls. Although fairly dark, it’s still a great place for photos of friends and family chatting and meeting each other pre-ceremony.


Guests greeting each other at Southwark Register Office

The forecourt is a perfect spot to photograph guests arriving and greeting each other. However, it can be very shaded, particularly in summer, so I had to use a little fill flash here.


Our Wedding Photos are Beautiful…

Southwark Register Office - Couple Kissing

The photos from our wedding are beautiful.  They have literally made us laugh and cry!  I have recommended Guy to two of our friends who are getting married soon.  Guy helped to make our day really special.  We wanted someone who would capture the day in a relaxed way and that’s exactly what Guy achieved…

Rachel & Andy


Female wedding guest with baby arriving at Southwark Register Office

Wedding guests are all smiles as they arrive into the venue. I love the ornate Victorian lamp in the background which adds to the venue's appeal.


The couple greet each other before their wedding at Southwark Register Office

Although Hannah and Dave arrived separately, they decided to break with tradition and met up with each other in the hall prior to their ceremony.


Bride and Groom Arriving at Southwark Register Office Wedding

Bride Isha and Groom Alexandros arrived together but he waited for her to walk up the aisle in the Garden Room.


What Does Southwark Offer? Wedding Packages and Timings

  • All prices and information correct for 2019.
  • All marriage ceremonies take place in the Garden Room with a capacity for 50 guests.
  • If the wedding party exceeds 50, some may be asked to wait outside for health and safety reasons.
  • The Register Office must be contacted between 3-12 months before you plan to marry.

Basic Ceremony

The basic ceremony is only available on Wednesdays.    I have never photographed one of these and it's aimed for couples on a budget.  There is no option for the bride and groom to be kept separate.  30 minutes is allocated to each couple for the interviews, 'no frills' ceremony and posed photos outside.  Cost is £57.

Enhanced Ceremony

Available to book for weddings taking place on Thursday - Saturday.  It includes the option for the couple to be kept separate.  The package includes one reading and entrance/exit music40 minutes is allocated to each couple.  At some weddings I have photographed at Southwark, we have been allowed longer than this but it does depend on the running of the day for the venue.  Cost is £321.

For further information about both packages and your options, visit the Southwark.gov website.


Wedding guests waiting in room at Southwark Register Office

Guests waiting in the aptly named 'waiting room' prior to the start of the ceremony.


Wedding Photographer - Bride Arriving at Small Wedding in London

Bride Estelle arrives slightly nervously at her wedding ceremony with the registry in the background. I photographed wide and with fill flash to pick up the detail in her dress and, the car and brickwork.


The Bride's Arrival

Normally the bride arrives last with the bridal party so that the groom and guests don't see her.  It's important for the photographer to photograph her arrival, so I keep a keen eye on what's going on in the forecourt outside.  Sometimes there's time for some group portraits of the bride with her father or bridesmaids on the steps.  A nice shot is to get her entering through the main door.  It all helps tell the story of the day, which is particularly important during a short day wedding.  The more diverse the range of photo opportunities, the better.   Once inside the venue, she goes for her interview whilst the guests are shown into the Garden Room.  Then the bride

Sometimes the bride and groom arrive together, but this is a matter of personal preference.  Separate is more traditional and but allowed with the Enhanced Ceremony (details above).


Bride arriving at Southwark Register Office

Bride Lisa is all smiles as she walks up the drive for her summer Southwark wedding.


Southwark Register Office bridal arrival with father

It's lovely to photograph the bride arriving through the doors from the inside. This photo is all the more special as Estelle is accompanied by her father.


Bride Entering Wedding Ceremony with Bouquet at Southwark Register Office

The aisle is narrow and often crowded but I position myself out of the way but still able to get a wedding photography sequence of the bride walking down the aisle.


Bride enters the Garden Room at Southwark Registry Office Wedding

This was a much smaller wedding with only 7 guests. I ensured that they all sat behind the couple to make it look busier.


The Southwark Registrars & Ceremony

I always make a point of introducing myself to the wedding or civil partnership officials.  The registrars at Southwark are very relaxed about wedding photography.  Common sense and discretion accepted, they actively encourage photography at Southwark with no restrictions.  As long as the photographer does not get in the way, they can choose where to shoot from.  Standing behind and to the side of the registrar's table, I can see everything going on.  I also take some shots from the back and behind the couple, particularly during the exchange of rings.


Bride laughing in Garden Room at Southwark

I shot this from the groom's side. Getting fairly close enables me to capture all the expressions and emotion of the occasion such as this lovely smile from Isha.


Discretion and respect for the occasion are important, but it is so nice to have 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.


Groom taking ring for bride at Southwark register Office

Being able to move around, means your photographer can choose the best angle to capture all the key wedding moments such as the groom picking up his bride's ring here.


Groom places wedding ring on bride's finger at Southwark register Office

Shooting from behind the registrar means giving the photos added context with her inclusion in the shot.


Beautiful Interior and Setting for a Fantastic Day

The Garden Room is where the ceremony itself takes place.  It is well-appointed with it's wooden floors and panelling.  The room seats 35 with space for a further 15 standing.  The registrars sit with their backs to a bow window. The lighting at the front of the room is perfect and I rarely need to use my bounce flash.  The soft window light spills through onto the faces of bride and groom and the front row of wedding guests.


Southwark Register Office Wedding - Couple Signing the Register in Black and White

Many registrars don't allow photography of the actual signing but Southwark are quite relaxed about it.


Signing the wedding register in South London

I much prefer to photograph the actually register signing. Posed 'dummy' register shots just aren't as meaningful.


Register Office Wedding Photographer - Boy Reading

The intimacy of Southwark means that whatever happens I can get in close. I love the look on Rachel's face as she makes emotional eye contact with another family member during this young chap's reading.


Southwark Register Office Wedding Photos - Couple Kissing

The first kiss! A lovely shot to capture: Rachel and Andy were so 'in the moment'!


Post-Ceremony Posed Group Shots

Following the ceremony, the newly-weds exit the Garden Room through the large door in the middle of the bay window at the front.  This leads through to the secluded back garden (hence the name 'Garden Room'). Here the photographer has time to set up and capture those all-important wedding group shots. Sometimes time here is short, depending on when the next wedding ceremony is due to start.


Bride and Groom exiting the Garden Room at Southwark Register Office

The couple leaving by the Garden Room door. This environmental shot shows the bay windows of the room from the outside.


 

Group wedding portrait in garden at Southwark Register Office

The garden is a beautiful spot for your group portraits after the ceremony.


Wedding portrait at bottom of garden of Southwark Register Office

I took this at the end of the garden which has more of an overgrown and wild look.


Bride in Garden at Wedding

This bridal portrait shows off the bottom end of the garden well. It is a surprisingly well-kept and large space with numerous different backdrops with all sorts of potential for different photographs.


Bridal Bouquet Throwing at Southwark Register Office Wedding

Tossing the bouquet: This was the only time I have photographed this at Southwark and it is surprisingly difficult to capture well. I think this shows everything though.


Guests taking photos in garden at wedding in Southwark Registry Office

As the wedding guests take their own photos, I turn my camera on them. This also shows the back of the house.


Bride messing about with groom in London garden

Although their wedding was on a Saturday, there was no marriage directly following it, so there was plenty of time for fun and playful shots of the newly-weds!


Groom spinning bride around and bride laughing

Another fun shot of the bride laughing as she is spun around by her new husband.


Couple sitting in garden seat under heart at Southwark Register Office

Your wedding photographer has a lot to think about during the day: I had to spin the heart to get it in the right place for the shot. There have been some garden additions lately including this arbour.


The Newly-Weds' Exit & Showers of Confetti

Guests then walk back through the building via a side door to the right.  If any guests have brought it, they can and greet the happy couple coming out with handfuls of confetti.  Happily, Southwark Town Hall does allow this wedding custom.

There is further opportunity for more posed shots outside the front door (I give preference to the couple and close family here) before the wedding party travels on to their reception venue.


Wedding Confetti Shower at Southwark Town Hall

Confetti is allowed happily... These are some of the best and happiest wedding day shots. Couples always feel more able to relax after the formality of the ceremony is over.



Southwark Register Office Wedding Photographer - Couple Exiting Southwark Register Office in Camberwell

I do a mixture of colour and black and white throughout the wedding day. This photo includes lots of colour and the background of Southwark Register Office is wonderful.


Red routemaster bus picking up guests outside Southwark Register Office on Peckham Road

When all is over, the whole wedding party depart for the reception and celebrations with the newly-weds.


St Lucas Park for Other Wedding Photos

A minute's walk away and sited largely behind 34 Peckham Road is St Lucas Park. You can enter it from the corner of Peckham Road and Vestry Road.

I have photographed wedding parties there a few times.  This can be due to time constraints at the register office or there may be a few minutes of photography time left if the couple booked a short day package.  The park is fairly small but quite beautiful with numerous attractive backdrops such as flower beds and green foliage for a more diverse set of photographs.  There is even a play park for more playful shots...


Bride and Groom portrait in Lucas Gardens South London

St Lucas Park has lots of flowers and foliage, great for a wide portrait of the couple.


Family jumping off step at wedding in Lucas Garens London

Maybe considered a little cheesy by some, a good jumping shot tells of the fun and personalities present on the day.


Southwark Register Office,
34 Peckham Road,
Camberwell,
London.
SE5 8QA.

 

Southwark Register Office Wedding Photographer, Peckham/Camberwell.

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