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Pembroke Lodge wedding photography

Pembroke lodge wedding photography – Richmond Park, London

“We are looking for a venue with the best view in London, surrounded by parkland, with wild deer running around. We also love Georgian Mansions and! We love Wisteria draped all over the front of the building, you know, in that quintessentially English cottage garden kind of way”. Oh snap, I’ve got the perfect place…

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Right, less rambling, here’s some things that are worth you knowing.

The sun stays on the courtyard (is it a courtyard?) all day and when it sets the entire building is bathed in the most romantic orange glow. Not only that but it means you have a huge window of opportunity for couple portraits, either take some during the cocktail hour, or wait until in-between courses and head out during sunset. What does that look like Liam, you paint such glorious pictures with words but sometimes we need images! Ok, ok, calm down, I’ve got a picture here look:

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Apparently it’s the Thames Valley and Surrey you’re looking out on, I’m no Geographer so i’ll take their word for that one.

Pembroke Lodge is the only licensed venue within Richmond Park don’t you know, so if you want to get married in your park, this is your only option. They have been running events, parties and weddings for over fifty years, so you’re in safe hands.

Where’s the ceremony held?

Good question. You can of course get married somewhere else and have Pembroke Lodge as your reception venue, or, you have the choice of two lovely suites to stage your celebrations. Your choices are the Russel suite and the Belvedere suite. Belvedere being an excellent name for your first born…daughter, twist! Or maybe a very regal dog, like an Irish wolfhound. Although I’d probably call it Hank.

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Here’s something they will never tell you in the brochure. The floor to ceiling windows that allow access into the ceremony and wedding breakfast room open from the bottom. Why is this important? Because, when your friends get drunk, someone will crawl underneath it, and that’s really funny.

Wedding photography is all about capturing moments, real moments, not staging or interfering. It’s the difference between photographs of you that you recognise and simply running through a pose sheet, I want to capture you, who you are as individuals. Everyone loves differently, some people are really affectionate, others are much more reserved, putting you in poses that are uncomfortable for you will just end up looking exactly that – uncomfortable. You do you, and I’ll photograph that, because that’s real and real is awesome.

Pembroke Lodge – Richmond Wedding Venue

What else is rad about Richmond Park? There’s genuine incentive for your guests to arrive early to walk around the grounds and see the Deer. Having access to an abundance of green space and wildlife so close to central is pretty cool. If you live in London and want to pay homage to the city in which you live, but also don’t want a city wedding, Pembroke Lodge is definitely worth a visit. Country home vibes but stones throw from town.

HEADS UP: The front of the house looks amazing when the Wisteria is in bloom. BUT it only typically blooms once per year in late spring, May/June time. It’s really easy to forget that because when you see it, it looks incredible, and then you may think ‘hey, let’s get married in August’, but by then, the purple flowers will have gone. Yes I have one in my own garden, I love gardening these days.

ANOTHER HEADS UP: last time I was at Pembroke Lodge, they had a sound limiter. What’s that you say? It’s a device equipped with a microphone the monitors the sound levels, if it gets too loud, then it shuts off the electricity. I’m guessing this is to do with environmental health laws, the surrounding area which is residential, and maybe disturbance of wildlife. If you are wanting to rave it up, this may impose on your disco plans.

Getting Married at Pembroke Lodge, in Richmond Park? Let’s get a brew, the milky bars are on me.

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Sculpture Gallery Wedding Photos, Woburn

Sculpture Gallery Wedding Photos, Woburn

“I’m originally from Milton Keynes”

*silence*

“ahh yes, the place with all the roundabouts…”

Let’s call this blog post and ode to Wedding Photography in Milton Keynes and the possibilities of a beautiful wedding within the town with a reputation for being little more than a commuter village with roundabouts and concrete cows.

Yes, I was born in Milton Keynes, yes, I grew up there. Is it as dull as it’s reputation? I think not, maybe i’m biased, but if you’ll indulge me, there are in fact many a lovely place in and around Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes is actually quite cool. We have Woburn, Willen lake, Bletchley park, Bradwell Abbey, Stony Stratford, like canals? got loads of them. See, it’s all going on, “what about gullivers land and center parcs” – quiet, no one needs to know about them…

Let’s start where we intend to begin (that sounded more Shakespearean in my head), Woburn. Now Liam, Woburn is technically in Bedfordshire, how ever will you convince us if you can’t get your geography right?

Well, i’m going to claim it as the majority of Woburn has an MK postcode, MK17 to be exact, so blah! 

Woburn has history. It appears in the Domesday book in 1086 (I’ve been calling it the doomsday book, why didn’t anyone ever correct me? this reminds me of the time i was saying ‘a-dajj’ with a sort of french accent, instead of ‘addage’, i guess that’s a testament to how polite people in MK are? can i claim that one? yes i’m going to). Like much of the UK in the middle ages, there seemed to be a great mis-use of fire, and like London, Woburn was hit by many fires throughout it’s history. Reading by the lamplight? clothes soaked in paraffin? grandma soaked in paraffin? who knows, either way, it’s been burnt down and rebuilt a few times. The jewel in it’s crown today and what it is probably most widely known for is of course Woburn abbey and Woburn safari park, and that’s where this gig goes down.

Starting off at St.Mary’s parish church and heading off up the hill, past the Deer and on to the sculpture gallery.

One thing about wedding photography that I’ve always loved is how moments just happen in front of you. It’s probably why I’ve always struggled with the idea of winning awards for my photography, because the moment is there, you just have to be paying attention. In the same way that a dream comes to you, an aesthetically pleasing moment appears in the exact same way. It is not in your control, you have no influence over it and even poetically enough, if you try too hard to hold on to it, it will escape you. You have to embrace it, stay calm, move fluidly with it and allow it to run it’s course, snatch at it and it disappears, like an icicle melting in your palm, the perfection of it exists only for a second. This wedding was full of these moments, somehow bold and subtle at the same time. The twisting of fingers, such a simple gesture that communicates so much. Apprehension, nerves, joyful anticipation. 

It’s amazing to watch people do what they do. There’s no need to interfere, the beauty is all around. And if you were in any doubt over whether or not to have a confetti canon, scroll to the end, it will probably help you make up your mind.

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