Wedding at Chelsea Register Office and afterwards in Barnes

On a sunny day in Central London, Alicia and Harry tied the knot at the famous Chelsea Register Office on the Kings Road.

Alicia and her entourage were getting ready, very sensibly given London traffic, just around the corner on Cheyne Row, in what was an oasis of calm, which isn’t always the case at bridal preparation. The service itself was naturally a very happy occasion and the obligatory family photographs were taken on the famous steps outside Chelsea Town Hall.

While the guest went off for refreshments, Alicia, Harry and yours truly went for a short victory lap around the colourful Chelsea streets to get some photographs of the couple alone. We found an old Mini Cooper, in a quiet pretty street and the breeze briefly gusted the bride’s veil sideways for added drama in the photographs.

The wedding reception was held at the Bulls Head in Barnes, right on the Thames in the elegant Melrose Room with canapés and champagne, followed by the wedding breakfast. The speeches were all excellent but perhaps the most surprising was the best man, who had never made a speech like this before. He made one of the best speeches I have heard in the 25 years of shooting weddings, not too long, funny and yet heart felt.

The cake decorated with two running ducks (couples’ favourite) was cut to much applause.

A fun day for me to witness and photograph a very happy wedding.

Bride getting ready at home on Cheyne Walk in London

Bride and groom kissing in Chelsea Register Office at the end of the ceremony  Bride and groom being showered with confetti on steps to Chelsea Register Office on the Kings Road in London  Natural photograph of bride with bouquet in Chelsea street after wedding Bride and groom photographed in front of colourful floral display in Chelsea Bride and groom in Chelsea street with veil in the wind Bride and groom on red London bus Couple in wedding car on way to reception in Barnes Toasting the couple in Barnes pub at the end of the speeches

Thank You Card

What a lovely card to receive this week –
Thank you card from wedding couple
Dear Douglas & Sam,

Thank you so much for working with us on our special day! From start to finish it was a pleasure… and as a very camera shy couple we are delighted with the results!

We will not hesitate to recommend you to family and friends and will be back in touch for future occasions 🙂

All the best from us both,

Alicia & Harry

Hi Sam, Thank you so much for the wonderful photos! They perfectly captured our day and we are thrilled with them. The innovations collection is brilliant! Could we please have the best address to send a thank you card? Thank you once again, working with Douglas was a complete joy to work with on our special day and we will always keep you both in mind for future celebrations. Best wishes Alicia

Kensington and Chelsea Register Office – February Wedding

A chilly morning this week for Martina and Sergei’s wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall  followed by a fun tour of the major London sites. By taxi we passed Buckingham Palace and then on to the Millennium Bridge for photography with St Pauls in the background.  You can see the best from the day here –

Wedding ceremony at Chelsea Register Office

Wedding at Chelsea Register Office in London

Photography on the steps of Chelsea Register Office

Wedding photograph on Millennium Bridge in London with St Pauls

Wedding Photograph in London with Thames behind

Wedding Photograph with St Pauls

Black and White wedding photograph of couple Couple photographed in London by Tate modern with the Shard in the background


Tara and Tim’s Wedding at Chelsea Register Office and The Cavalry and Guards Club

Above a showreel taken from a selection of the photographs in order to give a brief overview of the day.

To see all the photographs taken on the day please visit the website here – Chelsea Register Office and Cavalry and Guards Club Wedding or we have included a few pictures below –

Exchanging vows at Chelsea Register office

Photograph of signing the register at Chelsea Register office

Family at Wedding in Chelsea

Couple and guests on steps at Chelsea Register office on the Kings Road

Bride with friends at Cavalry and Guards Club

Bride and Groom entering wedding breakfast with raised champagne glasses Family photograph at London Club Guest in conversation picture by Douglas Fry Formal wedding photograph at Cavalry and Guards Club Guests in convesation at Cavalry and Guards Club Photograph of Guest at Wedding Reception


Thank you soooo much from Tim and I for all you did yesterday - you were amazing and made it even more special for us both. I should think there are some funny photos of the bouquet! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. – Tara

You and Your Wedding Magazine – Venues Coverage

You and Your Wedding Magazine have been discussing various London wedding venues in the current edition and used quite a number of Douglas Fry’s wedding photographs to illustrate the copy describing the various places –

Chelsea Town Hall / Register Office

Magazine article featuring photography by Douglas Fry


Carlton House Terrace

Photograph of couple on steps of Carlton House Terrace

Why Use A Professional, Documentary Photographer For Your Wedding?

Bridesmaid catching bouquet in Chelsea - black and white wedding photograph

Documentary Wedding Photography

I shoot weddings in a documentary style, that is with the subject being totally unaware they are being photographed. So simply put yet is in fact a very difficult thing to do, and takes many years of practice. My images have strong composition, correct exposure and can focus precisely so as to isolate the subject from his or her background.

Guests with Cameras

I see many guests at weddings with often up to the minute cameras and the latest zoom lenses, but when reviewing the images they have but a sequence of miss timed shots, poor composition and a reliance on automatic exposure, which can only lead to disappointing images. A guest with a camera is not a photographer, just a guest with a camera.

Professional and Experienced Wedding Photographer

As a professional wedding photographer who has had years of experience of shooting weddings, I have the ability to know exactly where to stand when and to catch the fleeting expression coupled with an in-depth knowledge of my cameras functions and these skills should not be underestimated. To be always ready with the correct camera and lens with no fumbling, to know what is about to happen and be standing in the perfect position to catch the moment.

Formal Photographs of the Family

Organising formal photographs of family and friends is a dark art, it is vital to be friendly enough to keep the smiles and laughter, but to have the ability to speed through a seemingly endless list in twenty minutes, getting the important shots for the mantelpiece.

Great Photographs All Day

Lastly, a photographer has to be able to take great photographs all day long, not just snatch a lucky one or two, and with that in mind please have a browse through my intentionally totally complete wedding section. This page highlights every wedding I have shot in the last five years.

Couple photographed in Snow holding blanket

A photographer has to be able to take great photographs all day long, not just snatch a lucky one or two - Douglas, Photographer

Wedding at Chelsea Register Office and Beach Blanket Babylon in Nottinghill

A lovely wedding with the ceremony taking place at Chelsea Register office on Kings Road followed by the reception in Nottinghill at Beach Blanket Babylon.  Here are a small selection from the day –

Wedding in Chelsea and Nottinghill Wedding Photography Wedding Photography Wedding Photography Wedding Photography

Hi Samantha, Thank you so much! We just got to the Maldives and the wifi here is quite bad, so we can only see the photographs at small size. They look great but we'll be able to see them better once were back! Very best wishes and please tell Douglas that we really appreciated his expertise and guidance and we thought he was a wonderfully discreet and affable presence that perfectly complemented our magical day! Very best, Deborah & Luis
Dear Douglas, You are a true professional - discreet, calm and great fun to be with! It was a privilege to have you at our wedding and thank you for making our memories last in time. Much love from Deborah & Luis
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