Like so many couples, Valerie & Scott’s plans for a big summer wedding in 2020 wedding were halted by the outbreak of COVID and subsequent lockdown in March. Their plans were further complicated with important family and friends based overseas.

When weddings reopened over the summer they decided to crack on with their wedding plans. They went back to the drawing board, and replanned a smaller, midweek boho micro-wedding celebration with a small number of their favourite people based here in the UK. There was even a special appearance by their adorable dog.

The day began with preparations at their flat in Chelsea, followed by a ‘first look’ on a sunny Chelsea Embankment at Albert Bridge. From there we walked up to Chelsea Old Town Hall for an intimate socially distant ceremony, with the now-essential Zoom feed for friends at Chelsea Old Town Hall. After exploring some of the pretty Chelsea mews streets, Valerie + Scott re-joined their guests for a reception and meal at the chic Bluebird Café on the Kings Road.

For anyone considering the virtues of having a micro-wedding during the COVID restrictions, or even in more normal times, then Valerie + Scott’s wedding last October is a great example of how to seize the moment and create something very special filled with love.

Update: Valerie & Scott’s wedding has now been featured by the wonderful people at Rock My Wedding. Follow this link to check it out!


Richard Murgatroyd is a Wimbledon-based London, UK and destination wedding photographer bringing a natural, documentary approach to telling the story of your special day. You can see a wider selection of Richard’s wedding portfolio here.

All photography by Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer, Richard Murgatroyd


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