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“Melissa they are absolutely brilliant!! We can’t thank you enough. We can’t wait to sit down and go through all again with a bottle of champagne!”

A beautiful bride, a bilingual* groom, and a great city wedding. And not just any city – my adopted hometown of Nottingham!

Andrew and Sammi’s wedding was a fantastic mix of people and cultures. Her family and friends had travelled halfway around the world, and were treated to one of the sunniest days of the summer.

It was a real treat to do some street photography in a city that I know inside out. We went from the pomp of the town hall Members’ Lounge for the wedding, to the chilled-out reception at Man’s Chinese restaurant (yum!), and met loads of random well-wishers along the way. I especially liked the big gang of football kids we bumped into, who insisted on joining in with the celebrations. Bless ‘em!

One very special moment that sticks in my mind from this day was the speeches. It turns out that the groom had been learning Chinese – and whatever he said must have been pretty emotional, because Sammi’s family were in bits by the end of it. Good work, Andrew!

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If you’re based in the Midlands and looking to tie the knot at an iconic venue – one that’s gentle on price, easily reached, and surrounded by hotels for those out-of-town relatives – then Nottingham’s famous Council House ticks every box!


I’d definitely recommend the Members’ Lounge at Nottingham city hall – aka the Council House – to any couples who are looking for a bit of ceremony in a great location. If you’re looking to get married here – and you’re a couple who want the pomp but not the posing – I’m the perfect photographer for you; I’ve shot a number of weddings at the Council House and really know how to make the most of its beautiful baroque columns, balconies, chandeliers and sweeping staircases.

Nottingham Council House is a great location – it’s an iconic building that dominates the skyline and marks the centre of life in Notts. Opened in 1929, people have been getting married here for generations – every weekend, you’ll find wedding parties gathered together on the famous steps, and every now and then a bride sat on the (even more famous) left lion!


The Members’ Lounge is just one of nine rooms you can hire – all swanky and oak-panelled, covering everything from wedding ceremonies to celebratory drinks receptions. There’s every type of event space here, from the grand 150-capacity Ballroom to the Snug – a space that’s fit for just six, and perfect for small weddings with the people who are really close to your heart. Other venues inside the Council House include the Dining Room, the Council Chamber, the Tea Room, the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, the Robin Hood Suite, and the Sheriff’s Room – so whatever kind and size of wedding you’re planning, Nottingham Council House will have you covered!


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