London Wedding Photography at Kew Gardens

Eman and Rupert got in touch with me last year regarding shooting their wedding at Kew Gardens. As a London wedding photographer I get to shoot at all sorts of venues in and around London, but Kew Gardens is right up there on my list of favourites, not to mention the fact that it is about a ten minute drive from my home!

We met up a couple of months earlier for an engagement shoot in Central London and to have a good chat about the big day in more detail. It’s always great to get to know each other before the wedding day and to get some lovely romantic pictures.

Soon enough the big day arrived and I made my way over to Kensington for Eman’s bridal preparation coverage. I love walking in to all the buzz and excitement during this part of the day. I usually start off photographing all the details then just document things as they unfold. Time flew by and before I knew it I hopped into my car and raced down the A4 to Kew Gardens which was just a short drive away.

Eman and Rupert’s ceremony took place in the beautiful Nash Conservatory – a stunning building with loads and loads of lovely natural light. After a ceremony which included some touching readings, we all made our way outside onto the lawn for the drinks reception. Thankfully we didn’t have to use the wet weather indoor option, the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which in fairness is pretty good as well!

We then hopped on the provided golf buggy and whizzed about for a couple shoot. With Kew being as massive as it is we didn’t venture too far but still managed to get a fantastic variety of pictures before returning to the drinks reception.

The reception was held in the Orangery and as always, it looked amazing. After all the guests had found their seats, Eman and Rupert entered to rapturous applause before settling down for a delicious meal. What followed were some highly entertaining speeches, cake cutting and the first dance. One of the reasons they booked me for their wedding photography, was to have some dramatic night time couple portraits. This is always a great way to end coverage of a wedding! I do a quick scout about and come up with a few concepts, then invite the couple outside for a quick ten minute session. Very well worth the effort!

That wrapped up another thoroughly enjoyable wedding at Kew.

If you are getting married and searching for a London wedding photographer, please feel free to contact me for a chat about your plans!

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Froyle Park Wedding

After their Sikh wedding the day before in Slough, it was time for Amrita & Jag’s Froyle Park wedding reception. It is a new venue hosting weddings and is just down the road from its lovely sister venue Northbrook Park, where I have shot numerous weddings.

Having arrived nice and early I took a stroll around the property and the grounds and it is a fabulous venue, really offering a lot. Set in rural countryside with sheep grazing in an adjacent field and peacocks roaming about, it is a nice alternative to a city wedding. Guests started arriving by coach and soon enough it was time to start. Amrita and Jag made their entrance down a decorated staircase with a dohl drummer playing as they made their way down to greet family and friends. The weather was great and we enjoyed some time outdoors on the terrace in the sun with drinks and canapes. This is a great time to capture some lovely natural shots. In fact the overwhelming majority of my wedding photography style is capturing events as they unfold, really focusing on the moments.

Soon enough it was time for everyone to make their way inside for the next part of the reception, which started with the cutting of the cake, popping the champagne and some family photos before everyone took their seats for the speeches. I really enjoy listening to the speeches when I am photographing and these were highly entertaining to say the least. After speeches we quickly popped outside for a short couple shoot. The light was gorgeous and we did a quick little sequence before getting back to the party.

Then it was time for the first dance followed by one of the best and busiest dancing sessions I have been to in ages! The dance floor was absolutely jam packed throughout, and I was there a couple of hours before I wrapped up. Highly entertaining and the dohl drummer even got up to play, wearing a coat, adorned with LEDs, which was plugged into the wall – I hope he had some good fuses inside that coat too!

That wrapped up a really enjoyable wedding reception. It was a real privilege covering the two re-wedding events, the Sikh wedding and this reception. I will just end off by saying that these guys, and I mean everyone here, knows how to party as the pictures prove!

If you are planning a Froyle Park wedding and would like to discuss you particular requirements, please contact me for a chat.

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Sikh Wedding Photographer

I recently had the great pleasure of photographing Amrita & Jag’s Sikh Wedding in Slough. When Amrita was looking for a Sikh wedding photographer I was delighted when she asked me if I was available, especially since I had photographed her friends wedding last year and it’s always great getting referrals. The big day was preceded by Amrita’s Mehndi and Jag’s Vatna and pre-wedding party, and followed the next day by one of the very best receptions I have photographed in ages – more on that in another post!

On the morning of the wedding I arrived at Jag’s house for some coverage prior to heading off to the Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Slough for the ceremony. I love the energy and traditions of photographing Sikh weddings and soon enough things kicked off with Jag’s arrival with his family and guests dancing to the sound of the dohl drummer before the two families officially met and greeted each other during the Milni. The weather held up nicely so we had the Milni outside and needless to say there was some hilarious wrestling and lifting going on amongst the younger guys! We all headed off for some breakfast before heading upstairs for the ceremony.

Amrita looked absolutely stunning as Jag will no doubt attest to, judging by the look on his face when she entered. The ceremony also included a short civil wedding with an exchange of rings and was filled with emotional and touching moments. I sometimes tell my clients that the images I capture are not entirely down to me alone. I bring all my skills as a wedding photographer but fabulous images are also a product of what the bride and groom “give” so to speak, and Amrita and Jag gave in spades in terms of emotion filled expressions, moments and happiness.

After the ceremony everyone went downstairs for a delicious lunch. I will forever remember that lunch, for that is when I tasted the best naan bread ever. As in ever, with nothing even coming remotely close! It was being freshly baked in an oven outside the temple and brought in for all the guests to enjoy. Okay, this isn’t a blog post about my taste for delicious bread so I will get back on track…

We then all went over to Amrita’s house for the Doli. Amrita’s family really put up a fantastic barricade on the front door including orange cones and tape where Jag had to negotiate his way past by means of providing some good hard cash! After the Doli and Amrita’s emotional departure we went to Jag’s house where my coverage ended before going home to recharge and prepare for what was an amazing wedding reception at Froyle Park in Hampshire. What a brilliant day and reminder of why I love photographing Sikh weddings! If you are looking for a Sikh Wedding Photographer please get in touch for a chat about the plans for your big day!
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Northbrook Park Wedding

I met Tinu and Kesh over a coffee last year to discuss the possibility of me shooting their Northbrook Park wedding, in Surrey. As a London wedding photographer I must confess I do enjoy escaping the big smoke and getting out to amazing venues like Northbrook Park, so I was delighted they decided to book me! Earlier this summer we met at The Royal Landscape just outside London for a pre-wedding shoot on a glorious sunny day. I decided to shoot a roll of film that day as well and you can see the results here.

Roll on the big day and I started photographing Tinu’s bridal preparation nice and early. I was chuffed to capture one of my favourite bridal preparation images yet – I will let you have a go at guessing which one below!

As usual time flies on a wedding day and soon enough it was time for the civil ceremony, which was a nice intimate affair for which Tinu wore the first of her stunning outfits and Kesh looked very dapper in his suit! After the short ceremony we popped outside onto the lawn for some group shots before it was time for a spot of lunch and to change for the Hindu ceremony. The weather had been threatening in the run up to the wedding and I am very pleased that they stood firm and opted for an outdoor Hindu ceremony as it looked spectacular and it’s always nicer being outside than inside when possible.

Kesh made his way from one of the lovely apartments to the outdoor ceremony area accompanied by a Dohl drummer and loads of family and friends dancing – what an atmosphere and this is one of the many reasons I love shooting Asian weddings. Then the ceremony commenced and Tinu made her entrance a short while later, looking stunning in her second outfit of the day. After the ceremony we had the traditional games and Kesh having to barter to get his shoes back – very entertaining!

The weather was starting to close in at this point so we quickly nipped off for a brief couple shoot. Then the rain came and everyone made their way inside the Orangery for the reception. Tinu and Kesh made their entrance a little while later in their final outfits for the day, looking amazing. After some fun and touching speeches, and of course after a good old feast, there was lots of dancing and partying into the night.

That wrapped up a thoroughly fun and enjoyable day for me with a fabulous couple. If you are getting married at Northbrook Park and would like to discuss you requirements in further detail, please contact me for a chat.

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Caswell House Wedding Photography

Early this year I received an enquiry from Ashlie and Daniel asking if I was available for their Caswell House wedding photography. The fact they were referred to me by another photographer, who also happened to be a family member, was great. No pressure then! We met up a couple of months before the wedding in central London for a nice chilled out pre-wedding shoot, or engagement shoot as it is also called. I really enjoy these shoots as we get to know one another a little bit better and take some pictures in a nice relaxed atmosphere with zero pressure and have a good chat about the upcoming big day!

As a wedding photographer based in London it’s always nice to jump in the car to photograph a wedding a little bit further afield, so fast forward a couple of months and I made my way up to Caswell House in Brize Norton, just a short drive from Oxford. Ashlie was getting ready in the lovely Coach House on the property, which is a spacious and very luxurious apartment – perfect for photographing all the excitement before the actual wedding. Time flew by and then it was time for the ceremony. Ashlie looked stunning as she was led up the aisle in the beautifully decorated barn and the look on Daniel’s face when he saw her said it all! After the ceremony we all made our way outside for a drinks reception and to enjoy the amazing sunny weather. We then ran through a few group photos before I whisked the couple away and around the corner for what was the first couple shoot. I usually just do one couple shoot and then wrap up with a dramatically lit night time shot, but before the first dance while people were milling about outside, the light was just gorgeous. Far too gorgeous to ignore so I asked Ashlie and Daniel whether I could steal them for a few minutes for another quick shoot as it would be well worth it! They were absolutely brilliant and very much up for more couple photos. So we did a quick set and then I quickly had them back with their guests.

Then it was time for the first dance and some partying before I wrapped up my coverage with one final shot on a lovely little bridge over a pond. A fantastic day with a really lovely couple who both looked amazing and very, very happy!

If you are getting married and would like to discuss your Caswell House wedding photography please contact me for an informal chat about your requirements.

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