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Civil Partnership Ceremony – Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights from Mike and James’ civil partnership ceremony at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath.

I really enjoy shooting at a civil partnership ceremony, they’re usually a little more relaxed than a straight wedding.  I don’t know what it is, possibly that both sides of the room are really supporting the couple rather than the bride or the groom.  This was my first trip to the Royal Crescent Hotel and I made the most of the amazing architecture as well as my documentary people-photography.

I joined Mike and James well before their ceremony, shot all their getting ready, meeting the Registrars, lots of the little details that went into their day.  The civil partnership ceremony was really atmospheric, with the dark sky outside and the room crammed with guests, Registrars, photographer, and even Mike and James’ cat had joined in!  Afterwards the guests enjoyed all that this luxury spa hotel had to offer, and I wandered around some more marvelling at the hotel, before we all met up again for the evening meal in the Dower House Restaurant, which featured a pug dressed for dinner and a fantastic three tiered pork pie cake.  Mike and James had booked the Royal Crescent exclusively for their civil partnership ceremony and the whole weekend, so the whole hotel was making sure everybody had a great time.

I always like to produce a panoramic photo of the venue, and this was crying out for a panorama.  Our album design for Mike and James had a double page spread of that view of the Royal Crescent.  I’m also very happy with the quality of the black-and-white  photos, the slideshow includes even more than usual because of the rich tones and textures of the hotel, but also the way it emphasises the emotions in the photos of the civil partnership ceremony itself.

If you like the photos and you know someone in need of civil partnership ceremony, or gay wedding, photography in Dorset, or anywhere else for that matter, please send them a link to this post and encourage them to have a look through our website.  I’d love to help.

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