Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Chelsea Old Town Hall, London and The Dorchester Hotel Elopement Photo Story Award

Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK wedding image of the couple brimming with laughs

Chelsea Old Town Hall, Chelsea, London, UK Elopement Photographer | Their wedding ceremony was brimming with laughs and tears,

Here the couple are laughing as they encounter each other for the first time at their wedding ceremony.

Suzanne began her day at her apartment in Battersea with her bridesmaids before taking a cab to the Chelsea Old Town Hall registry office. Luke was already there, and Suzanne snuck up behind to surprise him. Their ceremony was brimming with laughs and tears, and this was a couple unafraid to goof around together like no one was watching. Their wedding guests made up for their small size with enthusiastic audience participation, and not even the rain could put a damper on this day!

After a brief walk around the back streets of Park Lane, the reception took place at The Dorchester Hotel. The guests assembled in the Harlequin Suite on the top floor with balconies overlooking London's Hyde Park.

The weather finally cleared up and the sun poked through creating fleeting rainbows. Suzanne and Luke then invited their guests into the private dining room for a delicious, intimate meal to end the day.

Battersea Bride London wedding picture of The happy bride walking around in curlers

 Battersea, London Elopement Image | The happy bride walks around in hair curlers

The happy bride walks around in hair curlers as she carries a couple of suits.

The Rossetti Room of Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding picture of The bride waiting excitedly at a desk with the groom

The Rossetti Room - Chelsea Old Town Hall Elopement Photos | The bride sits and waits excitedly at a desk

The bride sits and waits excitedly at a desk in The Rossetti Room while she waits to sign the register.

Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK wedding image of the bride very excited on her elopement day

Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK Elopement Picture | The bride can’t contain her excitement on her wedding day

The bride can’t contain her excitement on her wedding day, and she laughs happily with one of her wedding guests outside the registry office.

Chelsea, London wedding picture from Outside the town hall of the bride waiting for a cab with her parents

Chelsea, London Elopement Photo | Outside the town hall, the bride waits for a cab

Outside the town hall, the bride waits for a cab with her parents as her father checks his watch.

The Dorchester Hotel, London wedding photo of a couple not minding the rain

The Dorchester Hotel, London UK Elopement Couple Image | This couple doesn’t mind getting caught in the rain

This couple doesn’t mind getting caught in the rain, and the two enjoy a walk together under a shared umbrella.

The Dorchester Hotel, London wedding venue image of a few guests taking in the view from the Harlequin Suite

The Dorchester Hotel, London Elopement Venue Picture | A few of the guests take in the view from the Harlequin Suite

A few of the guests take in the view from the Harlequin Suite, which overlooks a lush, green park with the city in the distance.

The Dorchester Hotel wedding picture of The bride and groom in the sun

The Dorchester Hotel Elopement Venue Couple Photo | The bride and groom in the sun together

The bride and groom are in the sun together after the rain cleared up, celebrating with a glass of champagne.

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London Elopement Venue Reception Photography | The couple and their guests sit together at a beautifully decorated table

The couple and their guests sit together at a beautifully decorated table which a waiter prepares for the wedding meal.