When Rabia and Andy booked me for their Hampton Court Palace wedding photography I was absolutely delighted. Arguably one of London’s finest venues, it offers so much and if you have never been, I can highly recommend a visit to explore the stunning manicured gardens, the rich history and architecture. Speaking of London’s finest venues, I started off nice and early photographing Rabia’s bridal preparation at The Dorchester on Park Lane. We then made our way to St James’s Church in Paddington, which is really close to The Dorchester. As a London wedding photographer, getting to shoot at venues such as these does ramp up the excitement!
Rabia looked absolutely stunning and Andy looked very smooth indeed! I really loved what they chose to wear and I think it suited them perfectly. After the ceremony everyone enjoyed a glass of champagne before boarding busses for the trip to Hampton Court Palace. It’s a fair drive away so it took us a good hour to get there. The moment myself and my assistant arrived, we grabbed our gear out of my boot and dashed to the front of the Palace where we started the couple shoot, led by Charlie, the extremely helpful and friendly event manager at the venue. She was fantastic throughout the day and did an amazing job ensuring everything ran perfectly from start to finish. While the palace was teeming with visitors, it is always possible to achieve nice clean shots and that is exactly what we did. The staircase was definitely my favourite and it is nothing short of spectacular, with Rabia and Andy lit by beautiful natural light. I love using natural light as much as possible, so when it is available in high enough quality, there is no need for flash unless for effect and mood.
We spent a good 45 minutes on the couple shoot, taking in some off-limits (to the palace visitors!) gardens and winding our way around the back of the palace and eventually to a rapturous reception at the Garden Room where all the guests were waiting.
The weather was perfect, so there were lawn games and even a bouncy castle to keep the children, and even some of the adults entertained!
Rabia and Andy were an absolute joy to work with and as I said before, looked stunning!
If you are getting married and would like to discuss your Hampton Court Palace wedding photography requirements in finer detail, contact me today for an informal chat and we can take it from there.