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The white buildings of Islington Town Hall shone in the Spring sunshine as this couple said their vows surrounded by their closest family in the Chamber Room. After taking a moment for each other in the gardens outside they walked in to their ceremony – very much already a couple. From laughter and tears as the emotion swept them up, the private looks and the feeling that this was a very real team – Poh and Alex were the epitome of style and grace. Elegance and a little bit of magic sprinkled in the warm weather, the popping of champagne and the food that Salut! cooked up for their private reception. This Islington Town Hall Wedding was an absolute joy to capture!

For anyone planning a Registry Office wedding in London where style is still very much a part of your day as well as wanting to plan something which is quintessentially you, the couple have these words of wisdom for you.

What piece of advice would you give to couples planning their wedding and on the day?
Be ruthless about what is important to you for your wedding. There were a number of traditions that we chose to omit from our wedding because they were neither important to us nor were worth the money as our budget was fairly limited. People will make you feel bad about it, but it’s not personal and, ultimately, they don’t care on the day! I felt like we had our perfect wedding and I firmly believe that’s because we just did what we wanted to do. Similarly, Alex and I didn’t always agree about what we wanted but we did decide that we could each choose one thing we wanted for the wedding that the other didn’t want – simple!

And if you want to find out about Registry Office package details for 2019 just drop me an email (contact.natashahurley@gmail.com)

A list of Vendors: Dress (details given on request – it was a secret steal!), Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby, Groom’ suit: Reiss suit and tie, Moss bros pocket square, TM Lewin shirt, ASOS cufflinks, Aldo shoes, Happy feet socks, Groom’s ring: Jens Hansen (from Lord of the Rings maker), Bride’s ring: Everett , Earrings: Haati Chai, Hair and Makeup Artist: Chhimmi Dholkar Gurung, Florist: bride’s friend, Georgia, Caterer and reception: Salut! Islington
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Today Im sharing this gorgeous London winter wedding held at the Queens House in London. Shades of emerald green, with deep red and pure white. Sometimes it just works having a beautifully elegant and classic colour palate. Especially if you are getting married in London in winter! Nicola and Richard’s stunning wedding was such a classy mix of style – black tie evening wear, the emerald bridesmaid dresses and Nicola’s amazing wedding dress! Different yet classic all in one….And what a day!

They are simply two of the kindest, loveliest people ever and together with all their friends and family really did know how to put on an amazing celebration. From the candlelit church ceremony, the quiet moments on the balcony at the Queens House, the tears and laughter as they swept in to the Great Hall for their reception, the speeches bringing more laughter, the sparkler exit leading the way to the Undercroft where a DJ and sax and bongo player were belting out tunes which got everyone dancing, and the late evening moments walking hand in hand under the stars taking it all in.

Congratulations to you both Nicola and Richard from the bottom of my heart for such an amazing wedding and inviting me to document it all for you. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, fun, love (and scuba diving) adventures. Love natasha xxx

A list of Vendors are below for anyone who wants to find out more. Dress: Pronovias – Tatiana, sourced from With Love Bridal Boutique, Suit: Dress to Kill, Cufflinks: Mulbury, Bridesmaid Dresses: Ghost Claudia Dresses in Emerald Green, Groomsmen suits: Black Tuxedos from M&S Luxury Collection, Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy in Green, Hair: Blink Salon (Eliza Austen), Makeup Blend Make Up London (Kerry Colvin), Venue: The Queens House, Greenwich London, Events Coordinator on the day (Jenny from Queens House), Flowers: Karen Woolven Florist, Caterer: Suzanne James, DJ: The Piano DJ, Sax player: Stationary: SilkBeau

And if you are interested or having a winter wedding in London or at the Queens House (where Im recommended photographer), lets chat! Just email me contact.natashahurley@gmail.com

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Queens House Wedding

Im thrilled to be a Recommended Wedding Photographer for the Queens House in Greenwich….and photographed some absolutely stunning weddings here over the last few years. So if you are planning to hold your celebrations at the Queens House for 2018 get inspired from these weddings held here and here. You can also see a beautiful feature on Style Me Pretty here….And if you’re wanting something a little different, check out their sister venue The Cutty Sark – and be inspired by what you can do onboard here and as Featured on London Bride here.

I also thought you may want some tips from a photographer to help create and elevate the look and feel of your day.

Top Tips for Brides at Queens House, Greenwich

  • If you are booking somewhere to stay the night before your wedding, there is both the De Vere Devonport House (literally within walking distance of The Queens House). Also DoubleTree by Hilton, Greenwich – you will need transport but its only a mile or two away. Alternatively – AirBnB it! If you have a hunt around there are some beautiful places you can rent (which could look super tasteful and your own design aesthetic).
  • TREES – I photographed a  wedding where the couple hired in two ash trees to decorate the main hall where they got married and it worked so well. As a big space, having tree foliage to add some contrast and be much more visually impactful was great. Both in look and in the photographs!
  • Utilise the balcony upstairs! An often forgotten space but its private, under cover (just in case you have a little rain), and has the most beautiful black and white tiled floor and classical columns….The bounce light is luminous and really enhances skin tones (which makes you look even more model-like on your wedding day!).
  • Position your cake upstairs where there is natural light. This will allow for beautiful photographs of it. You can always have it moved downstairs during the dinner if you want to.
  • Use the undercroft to create a party atmosphere! Its epic, and feels a little like you are stepping into the Prohibition Era where you are in the vaults, the surroundings are intimate and you can really enjoy the live music or DJ.

And if you are getting married at the Queens House and looking for a local wedding photographer or love my style of photography it would be great to hear from you. Bookings for 2018 now taking place. Email me on contact.natashahurley@gmail.com

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Chelsea Registry Office Wedding Photography – Following on from my last post here’s my Top Tips as a photographer on creating the best photographs of your wedding ceremony at Chelsea Registry Office. If you want to read about my Top Tips for logistics at Chelsea Registry Office click hereChelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley Photography

Top Tips for great photographs at Chelsea Registry Office

  1. Walk slowly down the aisle. Its not long so if you think you may get just a few photographs of this moment, better not to rush and have the opportunity of having more photographs taken.
  2. Having Readings during the ceremony makes it slightly longer (to about 25 minutes) and also gives your photographer more time to photograph the moments of the two of you, naturally captured whilst listening to your Readings.
  3. Confetti – Chelsea Registry Office allow confetti and with its amazing frontage it cries out for a good amount of confetti throwing. So, absolutely have confetti.
  4. Following on from this, the best confetti in terms of photography is both rice (its easy to throw for guests and looks beautiful), and small confetti (which doesnt get clumped or hide your face as you are walking through a shower of huge rose petals). However also good to add confetti canons – which you can now buy easily and shoot confetti into the sky which add drama.
  5. Give yourself time. If you have transport for guests laid on, make sure the bus etc can park on the sideroad (rather than the front of Chelsea Registry Office). They are usually always early and once they arrive at the front you feel rushed to leave. This way on the side road, they are tucked away and you can get some group photographs on the front steps.Chelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley Photography

As a London wedding photographer Ive photographed a fair few Chelsea Registry Office wedding ceremonies. So I thought Id give you some of my top tips for getting married here and how to elevate the look and feel of your ceremony in the photographs. In Part One here are some more logistical tips that I hope will help – see below.

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Top Tips for your Chelsea Registry Office Wedding

  1. As someone who nearly got married here myself, I was the one calling up the Chelsea Registry Office and nervously asking whether they would allow us to marry there. They couldnt have been nicer and more welcoming. They have lots of weddings here though, so if you have a specific date and/or time during the day, call them early and pay the deposit (its not much) to secure the room.
  2. Now which room to choose at the Chelsea Registry Office? The Rossetti Room holds 12 guests (plus the two of you), The Brydon Room is the biggest (and where I have photographed most), and holds 40 guests. And the Harrington Room is the smallest and is just for you and your witnesses (up to ten guests).
  3. Logistics – there is no real parking, so guests will find it easiest to come by cab, walk down Kings Road or of course Routemaster bus. Id suggest the groomsmen arrive a bit earlier too so they can help direct guests as they arrive up the main steps and into the room on the right which allows people to mingle as well as not get a glimpse of the bride as you walk in. In terms of the bride’s arrival – this is on the side road next to the little entrance of Chelsea Registry Office.
  4. You will both have a little interview with the Registrar about 10 minutes before your ceremony. If getting married in the Brydon Room this will take place in the office behind. The groom to go first and then wait in the Brydon Room and the bride to follow and then stay in the office and wait there ready to walk down the aisle (as there is a second door in the office which opens at the back of the aisle).
  5. Give music to the Officiants as they will coordinate your music. Best to have a quick chat with them via email beforehand so they know the running order of music and also you know what format they like it on (CD, USB, Spotify etc). You can get more details about Chelsea Registry Office here
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