It was coming to the end of Autumn as we started the day at the lovely Kew Gardens Hotel, London. The sun was peeping through the clouds and lit up the downstairs restaurant and upstairs bedrooms rather spectacularly. The bride, her family and friends were all exceptionally calm and, I think, were starting to enjoy themselves with the pampering and general excitement of the day. When the pretty bouquets arrived and had been presented to Amy, Zoë and I took them for a little walk around the hotel for some photos. We also took with us the bride’s shoes and wow, what a pair of shoes. They were a gift to Amy from her sister (which shows great taste on her part) and just so happened to be the very fabulous Fyber 100 in ocean suede and lace by Jimmy Choo! Gorgeous with a capital G. And different too, so don’t be afraid to wear shoes that are not traditionally bridal and do you know the best part? You can where them again and again and not look like a has-been bride. Excellent news all round.
We left Amy and her family to the final preparations and made our way to Pembroke Lodge, nestled in the heart of London’s Richmond Park. The intimate, heart-felt ceremony and wedding reception were held in the upstairs rooms of Pembroke Lodge which meant the wedding party had spectacular views of the park and surrounding neighbourhood all afternoon. Conscious of the temperature and wind, the newlyweds and I stayed close to the Lodge for the couple photos but we had fun nonetheless with Amy wrapped in her new husband’s suit jacket and both of them practising the beginning of their first dance.
A delicious and comforting wedding breakfast was served shortly afterwards and the wonderful Pembroke Lodge staff made sure that all the guests were well looked after and catered for. It’s always a privilege to work alongside other professionals at weddings, especially when they are so courteous and make sure that we have everything we need as well. Those little considerations do go along way. As is usual at most traditional weddings, the speeches followed the wedding breakfast and were enjoyed by everyone in the room. There were laughs, tears and even some rather funny photos of the groom from when he and his best man had been children together. As the evening guests started to arrive and the party atmosphere was in full swing, I was struck with the amount of love and admiration that everyone had for Amy and Sam. They had clearly made their families proud with all of their achievements together and as individuals but there was also a feeling of respect and appreciation of the newlyweds that was tangible throughout the evening. And, as you can imagine, this lifted the spirits of all and kept the general mood of the wedding very happy indeed. Amy and Sam, it was an honour to photograph your beautiful day and I wish you every happiness as you start married life together.