Kew Gardens Wedding Photography

London Wedding Photography at Kew Gardens

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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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Horniman Museum Wedding Photographer

Horniman Museum Wedding Photography

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I met Catherine to back in 2013 for a chat about her and Simon’s Horniman Museum wedding photography requirements. The Horniman Museum, in Forest Hill,  is one of those London wedding venues I have always wanted to shoot at and I was really excited when they decided to book me as they are a brilliant couple and I could foresee it being a fantastic wedding.

Catherine and Simon are very keen pub goers, so we did a pub themed engagement shoot just down the road from the wedding venue in their local pub. That was really cool and we got in there as they opened up one sunny Saturday morning. That shoot should appear in a blog post as well sometime, but I cannot guarantee when! I have some catching up to do, to put it mildly!
Roll on to the wedding day and I went over to Catherine and Simon’s house to photograph her getting ready. Being Australian, she had a lot of family and friends come all the over to the UK which was brilliant.

What was quite hilarious is the fact that the wedding was held in a glass house on the hottest day of the year in 2014! The glass house being the beautiful Horniman Conservatory. After the ceremony we all made out way over to the Pavilion for canapes and a drinks reception. We then slipped away for 15 minutes or so for a quick couple shoot before it was time to return to the conservatory for the reception and for me to consume more vast quantities of water. The gorgeous looking layered cheese cake fought gallantly against the heat and emerged triumphant, just!
There were some really touching speeches filled with emotion and laughs. Although I am always working away like a beaver, I do listen intently to the speeches as not only does it give me an indication of a possible moment about to happen in a reaction or a look, a smile or a tear, but they’re pretty much always highly entertaining and enjoyable.

After devouring more water and a roast lamb dinner, we managed to slip away for five minutes to the top of the hill for a few quick sunset shots before returning for the first dance and partying into the night.

It was one of my favourite weddings of 2014 in a really beautiful venue with a brilliant couple – what more can I ask for!

If you are getting married and would like to discuss you Horniman Museum wedding photography, please contact me for a chat about your requirements.

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Throwing Confetti on Bride and Groom

Latimer Place Wedding Photography

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I was delighted when Orla and Gary booked me for their Latimer Place wedding photography. Simply put, they are a gorgeous couple and were an absolute joy to work with throughout. A few months prior to the wedding we did an engagement shoot up in Harrow. This was in fact very near the church they got married in! You can see those pictures here. I am a big fan of colour pictures but also like black and white, so I decided to make this blog post with only black and white pictures for a bit of a change. I hope you like them. Anyway, back to the wedding day!

I started off with some bridal preparation photographs at Orla’s house before making my way up to Harrow for the ceremony. It was great to soak up the excitement, and a touch of nervousness on Gary’s part, before the ceremony. After everyone was ushered in, the weddings cars arrived. Orla looked absolutely stunning as she stepped out of the car and took her dad’s arm to walk into the church. After the ceremony we all made our way over to Latimer Place, in Buckinghamshire, for the reception.

Latimer Place is a gorgeous venue with some of the nicest grounds anywhere, with absolutely beautiful scenery with ample lawns and gardens. So while all the guests enjoyed their champagne and canapés, I slipped away with the newlyweds for a quick couple shoot. We then jumped straight into the group photos, which I really enjoy shooting. It’s always great to work to a prepared list and then it goes nice and smoothly and very quickly.

Time always flies on a wedding day so soon enough it was time for the wedding breakfast. The food was one of the highlights of my year! Speeches were highly entertaining. I am not saying that lightly… They were all top drawer, but Orla’s father’s speech must be the funniest I have ever heard! Everyone, including myself and my assistant, were in stitches throughout! After dessert it was party time and that then wrapped up what was a very enjoyable wedding with a stunning couple.

If you would like to discuss your Latimer Place wedding photography, feel free to contact me for a friendly chat about your requirements.

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Dramatic Couple Portrait

Kevin and Carole’s Wedding

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While chatting to my friend Kevin late last year, he told me that he was getting married so I just dropped into the conversation the possibility of me shooting his wedding! Roll on a couple of months and I was really excited to head up north to Southport to shoot his and Carole’s wedding!

Kevin, being a man of many talents which includes being a pilot, collected me in Liverpool the day before the wedding and took me for a visit to the airfield where his flying club is located. Being a bit nervous of flying in small planes I was relieved that it was a little late and overcast by the time we arrived, whew. So we just had a nice look around in the hangar and a cup of coffee.

Kevin insisted I stay at their house. This time I would have my own room as opposed to the hotel room we shared in Philadelphia while attending a photography workshop a few years ago!

It was really nice being there to photograph a fellow wedding photographer, and friend’s wedding, to his beautiful wife Carole. Everyone was really friendly and hospitable and made me feel very welcome, which was lovely. For a change I have included a few more black and white photos in this set. I hope you enjoy…

If you’re getting married in London or pretty much anywhere in the South of England, feel free to get in touch for a chat about your wedding photography!

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Boreham House Wedding Photography

Boreham House Wedding Photography

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Boreham House Wedding Photography

It’s about time for another “image of the week” I think! Now this is not as regular a feature as I would like given how busy I have been, but here goes. Last year I shot a fabulous two day Hindu wedding at Boreham House in Essex. I had wrapped up all the coverage the bride and groom wanted, which was during a lull near the end of a religious ceremony on the first day. After having something to eat, my assistant and I packed up, said goodbye and started walking to the car which was a short distance away. Suddenly I heard a bit of activity, turned sideways and saw what I captured in this image. The light was very low as the sun had pretty much dipped below the horizon but there was still a small hint of colour in the sky.

To be honest I got very excited as I immediately saw the picture I wanted to make in my mind’s eye – the juxtaposition of the ladies against the near dark but yet still colourful sky. I knew that if I allowed more light into the camera I could make the scene appear a little brighter than it did to the naked eye. That is exactly what I did here. I also knew that I needed a pretty fast shutter speed to freeze their motion. I quickly stopped, zipped open my camera case and grabbed my camera which had a lens already attached to it, established my settings in a few seconds and captured a variety of shots. Being able to pre-visualise the image, react quickly and instinctively know the correct camera settings ensured I managed to capture an image which turned out to be one of the bride’s favourites…

For the photographers out there, here are some details on the kit I used and the settings:

Canon 5D Mk iii fitted with a Canon 24-105mm F4L IS lens.

Aperture: F4; Shutter Speed: 1/200s; ISO: 6400

If you are getting married at this fabulous venue and would like to discuss your Boreham House wedding photography in more detail, why not contact me for a chat!