Ever since I first heard about it I've been a very enthusiastic supporter of Winchester Registry Office's relocation to Castle Hill, up at the top of the High Street near the Westgate and the Great Hall. Simply put, it's now housed in an absolutely beautiful building, right in the heart of one of the oldest quarters of the ancient capital of England. Photo opportunities abound inside and out - especially if you decide to use the fabulous Basing Room for your ceremony - and I really think you'd struggle to find a more delightful location for a registry office wedding. And when you've got an absolutely beautiful couple like Faye & Richie to work with you know you're going to work that day with a spring in your step!
It's actually a pretty rare occasion when I have a Saturday free for shorter wedding coverage, but every so often through the course of the year I find myself with one open for a last-minute enquiry, and luckily that was the case with Faye and Richie, who had got in touch at short notice just a couple of weeks earlier. The day they had planned was a very small and intimate affair - the ceremony itself, a few time-out photos and a quick couple of groups for the record, and a little capturing of the story as the wedding party then strolled through town on their way to a celebratory lunch at Rick Stein's recently-opened restaurant towards the bottom end of town.
So that's exactly what we did, starting not with the wedding itself, but with a few portrait and couple photos just around the corner in lovely Peninsula Barracks (with Richie's sister on-hand and kindly providing a babysitting service for their bobby wee baby boy) before heading down to Castle Avenue in time for the formalities of the interview. As Faye & Richie were whisked off to the interview room, I got to meet up with the other family members as they arrived, and after a few hugs and kisses (between them, not for me) it was time to get seated before the doors opened to let our couple walk down the aisle together to start the ceremony...
One of the things that I really like about the Basing Room are the rich colours - the whole room itself really is beautiful and has seen a huge attention to detail (at the official launch of the new premises a couple of months ago I got into a conversation with the person responsible for the refurbishment and I was amazed to hear quite how much work went into it, from the design of the wallpaper to the sourcing of the bespoke carpet, and the hanging of the chandelier - they've really done a superb job). It photographs fantastically, especially in the afternoon once the sun has passed to the other side of the building and the whole room is filled with sift, indirect light. All of the photos you see here were taken without the need for any flash, which is perfect as it means I can do my best to blend into the background (well, as far as possible - it's still not a huge room) rather than draw attention to myself or distract from the ceremony.
The rich, warm colours theme continued for the final little part of the day, as the bride, groom and wedding party processed down through town in the direction of their restaurant for their celebratory meal. Having what I would consider to be a fair bit of local knowledge I had offered to take them on a little route which took in some of the back-streets and sights along the way, winding down towards the Cathedral and past the Dean Garnier Garden - where we stopped off briefly for a final couple of family photos. And as the other guests made their way to Rick Stein's, I took Faye & Richie off in a slightly different direction to wrap up with just a final couple of photos of just the two of them before they headed off to the party and the rest of their day's celebration.
The above are just a selection of photos from the day... friends and family can view the full selection in their private wedding gallery, although you'll have to ask the happy couple for the password first.
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I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos from this lovely little wedding, and - as ever - thanks for reading.
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