I was absolutely delighted when Lori and James ask me to photograph their wedding celebrations at Pembroke Lodge. It’s an honour to be asked to capture the wedding of such a lovely couple, especially in such a breath-taking location. There are seemingly endless amounts of stunning and memorable backdrops for a Pembroke Lodge wedding photographer.
Pembroke Lodge is a beautiful Georgian mansion, situated at the highest point in Richmond Park, it boasts views of the Thames Valley. The lodge itself sits within 11 acres of well-managed and beautiful gardens, nestled amongst the vast expanse of Richmond Park. The lodge boasts an array of talented historical guests, including Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Lord Tennyson. The typically Georgian exterior boasts neat lawns and exquisite topiary leading to the bold black door sandwiched between towering white columns. The period style interior of this impressive building boasts ornate fireplaces, mahogany doors and breath-taking views over the lawns and gardens.
I started my day at the Richmond Gate Hotel, as Lori and her bridesmaids got ready for the day. They were all dressed in matching pyjamas, and were all looking forward to the day ahead. The dress was hanging from a curtain rail, waiting for Lori to make her transformation to bride.
Pembroke Lodge Wedding Photography
As a Pembroke Lodge Wedding Photographer I specialise in reportage style wedding photography, and enjoy taking shots that capture the day as it happens. As I waited in the ceremony room with my camera, I noticed Lori and her father appear at the door. The guests hadn’t yet noticed that the wedding was about to start, so there was a lot of excited chatter in the air. I decided to try and capture this moment, and the resulting shot is perfect. In black and white, the guests blur into each other in the foreground, framing Lori and her father, waiting to enter through the door. This photograph captures that moment just before life changes forever, as a father walks his beloved daughter down the aisle.
Lori and James asked me to attend the wedding as a fly on the wall, capturing photos of the day as it unfolded. There are some beautiful shots of their friends and family enjoying the wedding, and of the wedding party celebrating with a glass of champagne in the beautiful gardens at Pembroke Lodge. I love reportage style photography, but I am also fond of posed shots. I think the perfect wedding album has whatever the bride and groom want in it – and in Lori and James’ case, this meant a perfect mix of documentary style shots, and posed photographs of the couple on their big day.
Pembroke Lodge Richmond Park Wedding Photos
As we reached the imposing tree I’d found during my pre-wedding visit, the sunlight was just perfect. Lighting is so important for a photographer, especially a Pembroke Lodge Richmond Park wedding photographer, as the light streams through the trees in the woodland areas. I asked Lori and James to stand together in the sunlight, behind the shade of the tree. The resulting image is just perfect, the sunlight dancing on the grass has given the shot an almost painted feel, with Lori and James looking striking in the sunlight against the shade and darkness around them.
I continued to photograph the wedding party long into the night, capturing beautiful shots of the first dance and the cutting of the cake (a huge victoria sponge topped with all kinds of fruits). It was great fun, and by the end of the night I was tired out, but thrilled to have caught so many of the special moments from throughout the day.
If you are looking for a Pembroke Lodge Richmond Park wedding photographer, or would like to speak to me about photographing a wedding at another venue, please get in touch. I am an experienced Pembroke Lodge wedding photographer, and have also worked at other venues, not only across the city, but across the world.