Bristol Register Office Wedding Photographer
Subject to availability I offer a short wedding photography package for up to 2 hours for weddings at Bristol Register Office for £400.00.
The package will include guests arriving, the ceremony, confetti shots on the steps, group photos and some couple shots in the Old Town, and/or photography of your drinks at a nearby city centre venue.
Alternatively I can meet you before you arrive at the Register office for preparation shots in a nearby hotel, bar or other location.
If you are planning a wedding at Bristol Register office please get in touch as soon as possible to check availabilty. I can't wait to hear about your plans.
Bristol Register Office Wedding Photography
You may be thinking of having a marriage or partnership ceremony at Bristol Register Office so here are a few things I have learned about wedding photography at the venue that you might find helpful planning your wedding.
The Old Council House is a fine Georgian building in the heart of Bristol’s old town. I have photographed weddings in all of the rooms which means the Grand Council Chamber, the Mayoral Room, the Statutory Room, the Bristol Room and the Lantern Room. The Council Chamber, Mayoral Room and Lantern Room are all grandiose spaces with ornate period features. The Statutory Room and Bristol Room are more utilitarian.
As you enter the building you arrive in the lobby which can be busy especially on a Saturday afternoon in the summer months. At peak times guests from different wedding parties mingle on their way in or out of the building but the helpful staff are always in control.
Couples enter the building ahead of their guests to complete some legal formalities in a side room. While this is happening the guests are ushered into the room to be seated.
The quality of the lighting is generally poor throughout the building. In the Lantern Room the only daylight is provided from the domed ceiling. The Grand Council Chamber is my favourite room. Here the large windows can flood the room with natural light on a good day.
I know most of the Registrars well from the many weddings I have photographed and they don't impose strict rules on the official photographer. Generally guests are asked not to take photos during the ceremony.
The main staircase offers an opportunity for some pictures on the way out but the artificial light is poor quality and the interior decor is not great. For these reasons, I prefer to spend more time outside on the steps where the natural light is superior.
The steps on Corn Street are great for photography, especially on a fine day but rain shouldn’t worry you. Poor weather can be fun and photogenic, especially the umbrellas.
Confetti shots on the steps are a must even for small weddings. The steps are also great for portraits and group shots.
Should you want to spend some time, before or after, for some more portraits, the Old Town and St Nicholas Market offer an abundance of creative opportunities. Alternatively, nearby Castle Park or the Harbourside offer less urban settings.
Rooms at Bristol Register Office, The Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1JG
You can find out more about the choice of rooms at Bristol Register office by visiting the official website www.bristol.gov.uk/the-old-council-house/wedding-and-civil-ceremonies