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Wandsworth Town Hall Wedding Photographer

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Wedding Photography at Wandsworth Town Hall/Register Office.

 

The bride arrives and stands in front of silver saloon car in courtyard of Wandsworth Town Hall

The bride arrives in the splendid courtyard for her wedding at Wandsworth Town Hall.  The venue has hosted countless civil marriages over the decades and is one of London’s most popular register offices.


Wandsworth Town Hall is a grand looking building located in central Wandsworth, SW18.  It houses the Wandsworth Register Office (or Registry Office).  Built in the 1930s and opened in 1937 by Queen Mary, it remains largely unchanged with any minor alterations in keeping with the origin design and character of the building.  It now holds a grade II listed building status.  Along the High Street elevation of the exterior are stone reliefs portraying key events and industries in the history of the five parishes that once made up the Borough of Wandsworth.


Bride kisses father in courtyard at Wandsworth Town Hall wedding

Another bridal arrival, this time with her father. I love moments of love such as this.


I have photographed at Wandsworth Town Hall several times. On arrival the seemingly large scale of the building immediately strikes me.  This is enormously enhanced by the huge entrance court where many a bride and groom have arrived in style over the years.  A marble hall and choice of five ornate rooms means this is a fantastic register office in which to get married.

Capacity at Wandsworth Town Hall varies from 10 in the Mayor’s Parlour to 100 in the Grand Chamber.


The bride and groom hold hands laughing as the guests watch on at wedding in Wandsworth Town Hall

Guests applaud the couple as they are finally wed in the gorgeous Alexandra Room.


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The couple walking down the corridor at Wandsworth Town Hall

I make a point of shooting a sequence in the long corridor to the ceremony room. Windows that run alongside are perfect to illuminate the happy couple.


An Ideal South London Location

The Town Hall is ideally located on Wandsworth High Street just opposite South Thames College.  The nearest overground train station is Wandsworth Town and the closest tube station is East Putney, about a mile away.  Numerous bus routes serve the high street but unfortunately, there is no car parking at the venue for wedding guests.


The groom and best man chat before marriage ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall

The groom chats with his best man. Just before the ceremony begins, I head for the ceremony room to capture natural moments of the groom and guests interacting.


Baby wearing bib with smiling mother at wedding

A stunning portrait of mother and son taken just prior to the bride’s entrance into the Alexandra Room.


Wandsworth Register Office: Before the Ceremony

As with all civil marriages, the couple must arrive early for their meeting with the registrar.  They will arrive into the beautiful courtyard with its central fountain.  The early arrival is to ensure that all the legalities and paperwork is in place.  Traditionally the couple arrive separately, but as with all wedding customs, this may be tweaked to suite you.  It’s common these days for the bride and groom to arrive together.

In any event, the groom usually waits in the ceremony room for his bride to enter.  This is always an exciting time and I like to capture a sequence of this moment.


Young bridesmaids and grown up enter the Alexandra Room of Wandsworth Town Hall

It’s always gorgeous when young bridesmaid lead the entrance procession. With them there’s no hiding the nerves and excitement.


Entrance of the bride with mother at Wandsworth Town Hall as groom watches

Bride Liz and her mum process down the aisle towards her groom waiting at the front of the Alexandra Room.


Wide shot of Alexandra Room wedding ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall

This shows the whole of the Alexandra Room from the front during the wedding ceremony.


Wandsworth Wedding Ceremony Rooms

 

**The venue conducts room tours every Saturday at 9am.  Just turn up to the Marble Hall Reception to be collected**

 

The Elizabeth Room:

Only seats up to 10 guests.  For the most minimalist of ceremonies with no readings or music.

Victoria Room:

Accommodates up to 25 people –  red-themed with a gorgeous conference table.  Price includes choice of music and reading.

Alexandra Room:

Pictured above.  Seats 43 guests facing towards an unusual art-deco mirrored table, totally in-keeping with the décor and age of the building.  The couple is kept separate before the ceremony if required and there is an aisle to walk down.

The Grand Chamber:

The largest ceremony room which seats 98 wedding guests.  Up to 3 readings are included as well as acoustic live music, although this must be booked separately.

The Mayor’s Parlour:

With seating for only 10 guests.  Otherwise similar additions as for The Grand Chamber.


Bride and groom holding hands at Alexandra Room wedding in Wandsworth Town Hall

Happily, the registrars at Wandsworth are relaxed and don’t mind the photographer moving at all. This allows for lots of different angles and good shots of the couple ‘in the moment’ such as this.


A guest does a reading in the Alexandra Room of Wandsworth Town Hall

Up to three readings are allowed during the ceremony depending on the chosen room. These add more of a personal touch to proceedings and I advise you to make the most of them.


Smiling best man with couple holding rings at Wandsworth Town Hall wedding

I can’t remember the joke here, but strive to capture every expression of happiness as the rings are presented by the best man.


The grooms look at each other in the Victoria Room at a Wandsworth Town Hall gay wedding

George and Dave had their LGBT+/gay wedding ceremony in the Victoria Room. They had only their two witnesses in attendance.


Very happy bride in Wandsworth Town Hall wedding

During the ceremony, couples don’t normally notice my presence. They are too involved in the moment – as it should be!


Bride holding pen at dummy register signing in Wandsworth Register Office

The registrars are fairly relaxed about photography of the actual wedding register. However, they also set up a ‘dummy’ register for some more posed photos with the pen.


Bride and groom leaving the Alexandra Room at Wandsworth Town Hall

With the ceremony over, couples generally relax and are happy to walk back down the aisle together.


Photography at Wandsworth Registry Office

The registrars actively encourage photography throughout the ceremony so long as it isn’t distracting. Your photographer should be discrete and observe the occasion whilst taking a series of photographs to document your marriage. It is also fine for guests to take photos. Sometimes the couple may prefer them not to, in which case the registrar will make an announcement prior to the ceremony beginning. In any case, guest photography should not hinder either the registrar or your photographer from performing their duties.


Bride holding bouquet and hugging family member after wedding

After the ceremony, the congratulations. The registrars allow a little time for hugs and kisses which make for some great photography.


Male family member smiling and hugging bride at Wandsworth Town Hall

The happiness and love between friends and family is very apparent at this special time of the wedding day.


Group wedding portrait taken on landing of Wandsworth Town Hall

The Marble Hall staircase is perfect for some group portraits. The best photography position is from the balustrade above.


After Your Wedding Ceremony

After the Wandsworth Town Hall wedding photography ceremony, there is time allowed for group shots on the ornate Marble Hall staircase with a good view from the elevated balustrade above. Time allowed on the stairs inside largely depends on how busy the registry office is at that time and on that day.  I then like to photograph the couple walking along the long corridor and exiting out into the courtyard. Wandsworth allows confetti, so it’s nice to take a sequence of confetti shots outside. There’s also scope for posed photos in the magnificent courtyard with fountain.


Bridesmaids and the newly-weds leaving Wandsworth Town Hall after their wedding

The newly-weds and bridesmaids spill out into the courtyard through the elegant doorway.


Wandsworth Town Hall Wedding Photographer - Girl Running in Courtyard

The Courtyard at Wandsworth Register Office is almost Royal in size and appearance. Great for youngsters to run around in after the ceremony.


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The happy couple standing outside the front door of Wandsworth Town Hall

This portrait of the happy couple shows more of the doorway including the Wandsworth Coast of Arms. This includes the shields of all four parishes of the Borough: Battersea, Putney, Tooting and Wandsworth.


Group photo of the whole wedding party at Wandsworth Town Hall

A group shot of the whole wedding party is a must-have portrait. I went wide in this one to photograph more of the facade of the entrance.


Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding at Wandsworth Town Hall

  • You can contact the registrars directly by calling 020 8871 6120 or emailing registeroffice@wandsworth.gov.uk.
  • The venue conducts room viewings every Saturday at 9am. Go to the Marble Hall Reception where you will be collected. Booking is not necessary.
  • Provisional wedding bookings may be made up to 12 months in advance.
  • Formal Notice of Intention may also be made up to one year in advance.
  • A non-refundable booking fee of £50 is required to secure a room and time.
  • The booking fee includes the room hire, two registrars, one marriage certificate and your choice of music and personal vows.
  • The London Borough of Wandsworth has many other wedding venues to hire which include Battersea Arts Centre, the London Rowing Club, the Pump House Gallery & Winchester House.
  • You are allowed 15 minutes before the ceremony for guest arrivals and to set up in the venue room.
  • Saturdays are the busiest day with a high turnover of weddings. There will be less time for portraits on the stairs and in the courtyard but a few minutes are included.
  • You can check availability and book your date and ceremony room via a form on the website.
  • There is no parking for guests at the Town Hall but one car is allowed to wait for your departure.
  • As well as marriages, Wandsworth Town Hall also does Renewals of Vows, Civil Ceremonies/Conversions and Naming Ceremonies.

For full information including pricing visit: Wandsworth Town Hall Website


Bride and groom holding hands and looking back towards the camera with Wandsworth Town Hall courtyard in the background

This shot of the bride and groom taken from the doorway shows the other side of Wandsworth Register Offices octagonal courtyard.


The newly-weds pose in front of fountain in Wandsworth Town Hall courtyard

A fairly standard portrait of the bride and groom which shows off the courtyard’s central fountain. There are many elements to include to produce some stunning wedding photography at Wandsworth Town Hall


Bride and Groom laughing whilst posing for wedding portrait

But I do prefer more fun and natural shots. This one really demonstrates the couple’s personalities and sense of fun.


Bride and groom laughing outside Wandsworth Town Hall

Part of the same sequence: I shot a few of the couple as the bride giggled with happiness.


The newly-weds dance in courtyard of Wandsworth Town Hall

And finally: I sometimes ask couples to dance. If they are comfortable with this it can produce some stunning and intimate wedding portraits.


The Town Hall,
Wandsworth High Street,
London.
SW18 2PU.

 

Wandsworth Register Office Wedding Photographer – Guy Milnes Photography.

 

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