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Wedding couple by London Hampton wall

Hampton Court House Wedding Photographers

By London Wedding Photographer, Wedding Venues3 Comments

Ashley and Paul were another of those prospective wedding couples who we knew from the very first emails and phone calls that we had a good rappour with. This was confirmed by our first meeting and subsequent engagement shoot, where we all got to know each other better, and had a chance to plan for the big day as Hampton Court House wedding photographers.

First kiss as man and wife Hampton Court House wedding

The morning began with Ashley’s bridal prep at the Carlton Mitre hotel Hampton Court. Nicely this was a short skip and a jump from Hampton Court House the venue for the wedding ceremony and reception, and just across the road from Henry the eight’s famous palace. I used this fact a as personal workout as I started with Ashley and her bridesmaids, parents and make ups artists and then jogged to the reception venue to capture some moments with Paul and his groomsmen and guests arriving. I then jogged back for a little more of the bridal party and some final shots before the wedding car spirited Ashley away. Joanna inherently smarter than myself just drove straight to Hampton Court and captured shots of the venue and all the action I would miss. That’s one of the benefits of having two London wedding photographers!

Bridal preparation at Hampton Court wedding day photo

Wedding party having fun collage picture

We think Ashley and Paul made a great choice with Hampton Court House, the team there are so friendly and efficient and perfectly complement the inherent quality of the venue. Built in 1757 this is one of England’s finest Georgian Mansions of its type and backs directly on to Bushy Park. It has had a few famous owners but the one that stuck out to us as tea lovers were the Twinings family.

Hampton Court house wedding ceremony congregation shot

Bride greets groom at Hampton Court wedding ceremony

The ceremony was a lovely affair in the grand hall and was literally packed to the balcony with standing room only – popular guys!

Kissing outside Hampton Court House

After tying the knot it was out into the grand entrance to walk through bubbles as an alternative to the traditional confetti throw.

Wedding couple happy at Hampton Court London

Ashley and Paul wanted to try and gets some shots in front of nearby Hampton Court itself but sadly on this day security weren’t as understanding as usual. Never mind we made use of a nearby red phone box and old wall instead, plus a couple of locations beside the wedding venue too.

Couple laugh during London wedding

The wedding breakfast itself was held in the Ballroom with drinks served in the conservatory. Fantastic food and speeches followed with a high point being the guests singing The Twelve Days of Christmas table by table. This carol was actually published in 1780 and is thought to be French in origin. Bet you didn’t know that!

Phone box kissing shot outside Hampton Court Palace

As there was a large Irish presence on the day we were treated to some Irish song and dance, and all day long a great atmosphere, which was no surprise really considering the characters of Ashley and Paul.

Bride and groom outside Hampton Court House

Hampton Court House wedding photographers main signature image

It is always a pleasure for us to photograph weddings in this part of London, and a similar nearby venue is Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park which you can read about in the blog here: Pembroke Lodge Weddings

Laughter at Hampton Court wedding black and white image

The couple received over 1200 edited wedding images, so as usual in our blog posts we were spoilt for choice and rather than bore people looking quickly through posts, we have just put in some of our favourites and left out the many guest and detail shots that are always included in our coverage.

Bride in front of four poster bed Hampton Court wedding shot

By David Green

Here’s the house’s official website: Hampton Court House


Pembroke Lodge Weddings

By London Wedding Photographer, Wedding Venues2 Comments

There is something about photographing at a place like Pembroke Lodge that no matter how hard you are working, it still feels like a trip out! That may have something to do with the fact that Joanna and I used to go there on our quest for the ultimate London cappuccino experience, long before we photographed a Pembroke Lodge wedding. Although the lodge remains a public treasure your wedding will still have a private and special feel. First floor rooms will be reserved and a beautiful section of the lawn area to the side of the house will be available for drinks, canapes and photos.

Pembroke Lodge wedding photographer

The Lodge was originally a one bedroom cottage in Richmond Park which was developed over time into the fine Georgian mansion we see today. It was given by Queen Victoria to then Prime Minister Lord John Russell in 1847. It has hosted many historical and famous figures from Gladstone and Palmerston, to world renowed authors Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. For the past fifty years or so it has been available for wedding days. Civil ceremonies and receptions can be hosted in either Russell Suite upstairs for small to medium size weddings, with the alternative Belvedere seating up to 140 on the ground floor.

wedding car at Pembroke lodge

We think a Pembroke Lodge wedding is always going to have a little bit of everything: a historic classically featured Georgian venue with internals to match. Varied grounds that can also include Richmond Park London’s largest at two thousand three hundred acres. Spectacular long range views over the Thames valley, and pretty nice cappuccino on tap at the wonderfully situated tea rooms. Wander into the public park and find some of six hundred and fifty free roaming deer!

wedding confetti photo at Pembroke lodge

We have always tried to think creatively at every wedding as well as being ever ready to expertly cature those once in a lifetime spontaneous moments, which is why you can see one of the couples featured here is actually driving a Richmond Parks official vehicle. All you have to do is ask, who is going to refuse a confident photographer with a bride and groom in attendance?

Richmond park wedding image

Here is Pembroke Lodge’s official site that includes plenty of info of hosting London weddings: Pembroke Lodge

Pembroke lodge cappuccino drinking wedding shot

To see over 100 wedding images just click on the link here: GALLERIES OR just scroll through this blog, it’s full of images! And here’s a quick link to our London wedding collections and their pricing: Pricing     By David Green

Sign post at Pembroke lodge

wedding procession inside Pembroke lodge