I don’t find myself in London for a lot of weddings – whilst about 85% of my clients are London folks, most choose to get married in the country, but it’s one of my favourite places to shoot – so when Jada & Chino enquired about me photographing their wedding – I knew it would be great.
Earlier this month I headed off to Surrey to shoot Christabel and Joshua’s wedding at Hampton Court House. I’ve shot a fair few weddings at HCH now so it’s always handy to know exactly where I’m going when I set off on the day!
My first stop was to meet up with the girls for the bridal preparations at Christabel and Joshua’s house: one of the sweetest houses I’ve ever seen, tucked away between some plush apartment blocks in Hampton Wick. After spending a bit of time with the girls I headed off to Hampton Court House to meet up with Joshua and the rest of the wedding party.
Nothing makes a wedding photographer happier than a gorgeous wedding venue, sunny weather and a brilliant wedding party. Hannah and Thomas’s wedding at Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey was all that and more!
After months and months of what seemed like never-ending rain the weather decided to buck up its ideas up in time for Yasmin and Alex’s spring wedding in London.
I had Heather along shooting with me this time so that we could cover Yasmin and Alex’s wedding prep simultaneously. In fact Heather has already worked with Alex on a few of her own photography projects so we felt incredibly privileged to be chosen to shoot his wedding to the gorgeous Yasmin.
Yasmin and Alex’s wedding was a day of two halves: the first was an intimate morning ceremony with just close friends and family at Stoke Newington Town Hall and then a lovely brunch at a nearby florists café. Later in the day we headed over to the Ecology Pavilion in East London to join over 100 more guests for a more formal Nikkah (an Islamic marriage ceremony that lasts for about an hour with readings, prayers and wisdom from an Imam.)
Such a colourful wedding, full of touching traditions, happiness and spring sunshine.
Alex and Yasmin – huge congratulations. You’re both beyond lovely and it was an absolute pleasure to shoot your beautiful wedding!
I met Kate & Chris for the first time a few weeks before their wedding, at their venue – the beautiful Hampton Court Palace! Kate works at the palace & I met them during her lunch break – after lunch Kate treated me a wonderful tour around the palace & the grounds, which allowed me to see all the parts of the palace she loved & learn a little of the history behind the place! – To say her passion for the palace shone through was a complete understatement! I love it when couples pick venues that truly mean something to them, and when that venue is an Epic Palace – you really can’t go wrong!
They got married in The Little Banqueting House in the grounds of the palace – Then headed over the road to Hampton Court House for the reception & evenings entertainment.
Beautiful surroundings aside, the day was filled with all the things you need for a brilliant wedding! – fun people who travelled far & wide to be there, a brilliant atmosphere & most importantly, two people who absolutely love each other!
Arni and Mark were blessed with glorious sunshine for their wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park in London.
Arni’s bridal prep took place in the Richmond Hill Hotel, which is just a few moments drive into Richmond Park and Pembroke Lodge, where the ceremony and reception were taking place.
Pembroke Lodge is a stunning wedding venue, with amazing views of London, beautiful wisteria growing over the main entrance to the house and wild deer wandering around in the park outside. Pretty much idyllic!
After the ceremony, I managed to steal Arni and Mark away for some couple shots up on Richmond Hill before we headed back to join the rest of the wedding party at the Lodge for the rest of the day’s celebrations.
All in all, a beautiful wedding, a stunning venue and a wonderful couple – congratulations Arni and Mark!
One thing about English summer weddings is that you can’t guarantee sunshine, but the heavy rain clouds did nothing to dampen spirits at Natalie and Warren’s lovely wedding in Richmond upon Thames.
Heather and I spent a bit of time with Natalie and the girls for the bridal preparations, before heading over to meet Warren at the ultra plush Richmond Hill Hotel right next to Richmond Park.
Warren is probably the most relaxed groom I’ve ever met, and happily chatted away to us while calmly going about his wedding preparations. Check out the shots of his wedding shoes in the post below: utterly amazing!
After the wedding ceremony at the majestic St Mary Magdalene church in central Richmond, we headed on to Ham Polo Club for the wedding reception. The wedding party was treated to plenty of fizz, a sumptuous wedding breakfast, much laughter and Natalie and Warren’s amazing first dance to Billy Ocean’s Caribbean Queen, complete with outfit change! Good times!
Mary & Will got married at the Bingham Hotel in Richmond, a lovely boutique hotel in a Georgian townhouse (With lovely bow windows, as I was informed by Will’s dad!) on the banks of the Thames – I’d not shot a wedding here before, so it was a nice treat!
Mary & Will (& their family & friends!) are unbelievably friendly, chilled out, relaxed & so easy to get along with, so it was alot of fun to be a part of their day. They also know how to let their hair down in mega fashion, as you’ll see from the dancing…
Their wedding took place in late November at 4pm – so a proper winter wedding to give my low light photography skills a workout – but was a lot of fun!
For the photographers out there, these images were the first set I’ve processed with VSCO, it produces a slightly different look to my images, & I’m still trying to find a rhythm with it, but it’s a nice way of working & fits into my workflow er… splendidly! As good a word as any, better than some in fact.
Helen & Adam got married at the fantastic St Michaels Manor a lovely hotel in At. Albans, The weather was lovely for a few minutes here & there – but not so good the rest of the time, but the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of anyone.
I love weddings that all take place in the same location, not having to travel between multiple venues always seems to make the day more relaxed (for me as well as the guests!) – although after having spent the day with Helen, Adam & their friends & families, I couldn’t imagine it being anything but a relaxed, fun day, regardless of the backdrop!