Registry Office Weddings
Registry office weddings have been a speciality of mine for over 10 years. It is one of my favourite locations in Dublin to photograph a wedding. This is because of all the beautiful locations for wedding photographs close by. These are some of my favourite registry office photography from recent years.
My Creative Approach To Registry Office Weddings
I always like to give a sense of story and place to registry office wedding photographs. Over the years I have formulated a nice route that takes in the banks of the Grand Canal, Georgian Dublin and Merrion Square Park.
Such an approach makes the bride and groom feel like they are taking a nice walk through Dublin on their wedding day. Therefore they did not feel like they were posing for wedding photographs. It also created a nice story of the day and I like to keep a couples’ wedding photographs as natural and unposed as possible.
I also came up with the idea a few years ago to do the group portrait of the guest stand on the Locks crossing the canal. The scene has a painterly quality to it and is an unusual angle. It is also only three minutes from the registry office. It is thus handy for everyone to walk up to it. The banks of the canal beside the lock also are a lovely place for the family pictures.. All in all it does not take too much time, around 15 minutes. The guests are then free to go onto the reception venue.
The Walk Through Georgian Dublin
I then set out with the bride and groom on the route along the canal, through Georgian Dublin to Merrion Square Park. This takes around 30 minutes. Couples tell me that the walk added to the happy memories of their day. Rather than taking away from it. A bride recently told me “We all had a wonderful time with sincere thanks for your warmth and professionalism throughout the day. Given that it was such a small group the photography session really ‘made a day out of it’ and gave us some justification for getting dressed up!” Trudy Duffy
What If It’s Raining?
I have photographed a number of weddings in the rain so I have a backup plan for locations. That said it has only happened on a few occasions and 98% of the time the weather behaves itself. In the 15 years I have been photographing weddings there has only been one wedding where it has rained all day. There is always a break in the weather.
On the few occasions it rained we were still able to get all the photographs with a few changes to locations. We can still do the group portion on the canal. Everyone can put their umbrellas up for one picture, like a parasol. Then take them down quickly so I can get that picture. So you will have both versions. There is good tree coverage on the banks of the canal to do the family pictures.
Then I go to St. Stephen’s Green with the couple. There is loads of good tree coverage there at all times of year. Close by is The National Library, Trinity College and The National Museum has beautiful architectural coverage to add to the story of the day.
When rain was forecast, a bride once bought a white umbrella that matched her dress. It thus added to the story and charm of the pictures.
So there are a lot of alternative options around the city centre. Still getting that nice sense of Dublin in the pictures. Whilst remaining dry and still enjoying the time. These are just ideas and of course if a couple has any other preferences around town.
It is possible to capture your registry office wedding beautifully whilst adhering to social distancing. I use a portrait lens so I have to be at least 3 metres from the subject to achieve focus. Capturing a wedding in a natural way, I never need to touch or interfere in a scene.
Couples have always been delighted with their Registry Office Wedding photographs. So this is always the most rewarding part of wedding photography for me. If you like my registry office wedding photography and my style please feel free to call me anytime on my mobile at 087 995 1252. I would love to hear about your registry office wedding plans.
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