For their Chelsea Old Town Hall elopement Chris and Dora decided to keep it low-key. They didn’t tell any of their friends and family, preferring to keep it a surprise. They had two Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea as their witnesses which made it even more special. The ceremony was in the Rossetti Room. Perfect for small, intimate wedding ceremonies. The Chelsea Pensioners – Walter and Godfrey – did a cracking job with the confetti on the steps. Chelsea Old Town Hall is the venue for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Register Office and their famous steps have witnessed many joyful confetti throws.
I remember when I first worked in London being mesmerised by the numerous happy couples outside as I passed by on the bus. In the 1960s my mother lived in nearby Bramerton Street and was married in Chelsea Old Church. I remember visiting the area when I was young and being in awe of the pretty London streets.
Chris and Dora were a delight to photograph. After their confetti shot, we headed off to take a few shots of just the two of them in the streets around Chelsea Old Town Hall. Since Chris and Dora are from Greece originally it was nice to incorporate some Mediterranean foliage into their photographs. We were also lucky with the weather. A beautiful sunny day. Dora’s sleeveless, knee-length lace dress and Chris’s navy pinstriped suit looked stunning against the stucco white buildings of Chelsea.
A few weeks later I met up with Dora again for a coffee at Peter Jones and handed over her bespoke wedding album. They chose a gorgeous bright orange cover and their photographs looked great inside. Here is their 14 page layout: