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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.

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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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asian wedding photographer

Asian wedding photographer 

I bloody love Asian weddings, the dancing, the colour, the festivities. The whole day is full of emotion. The beauty of the work that I do and living in London is that you become exposed to all different cultures and ways of life. It’s amazing to see how so many different people celebrate the union of two people. What also makes it fascinating, is when two different cultures come together and celebrate traditions from two very different parts of the world. I was lucky enough to photograph a wedding in the highlands that celebrated all things traditionally Scottish, whilst honouring the brides Asian heritage and having a Chinese tea ceremony as well.

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You might find my work differs from the usual and i’m not the typical Asian wedding photographer. Emotion drives my work. People are a constant source of inspiration. Working spontaneously in the moment is such a thrill, you never know what people are going to do next. Laughter, tears, dancing, singing, it can all happen in a matter of moments, that’s what I love to capture. There is a tremendous sense of community that one can experience at Asian weddings, everyone comes from far and wide to celebrate two peoples union. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is invited. Nothing is too much trouble and anything goes as long as it involves having a good time. It’s incredibly inclusive and open, Asian weddings recognise that it’s the chance for the community to celebrate, and I love that.

The dancing! Oh the dancing! I love this picture of a chap on his knees dancing to the rhythm whilst his mate slaps a twenty pound note on his head. Weddings, music and drink do the most wonderful things to people, the joy takes you to a new blissful place, where nothing really matters except for the beat of the drum.

I’ve been an Asian wedding photographer in London for approximately seven years and have been fortunate enough to have travelled all over this great city documenting peoples celebrations. I love how there is always an element of home life in an Asian wedding. No matter how grand the reception room is or how ornately decorated the ceremony room, we always start at home, paying respects to family. It’s a beautiful way to honour family and tradition but also to recognise where one comes from and what it took to get them where they are today, it must be quite a humbling experience. To see all of your closest family and friends, but also distant members of the community who have seen you grow come out and wish you well is a beautiful thing and something we could all learn from. To look out for and love each other, that’s the ideal.

Another element that I love about Asian wedding photography, is the contrast between eastern and western elements that make up the day. I love seeing bright colours against the Victorian landscape of London. The contrast between east, west, new and old creates a stunning spectacle. I’m yet to see an elephant ride to a church yet, but here’s to hoping! Whatever your background, creed or culture, a wedding is a time to celebrate, if you’re planning an Asian wedding in London and are in need of an Asian wedding photographer in London then send me a message via the contact form and we’ll get the ball rolling! I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got planned.

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Stowe school Wedding – Temple of Concord and Victory

Stowe school Wedding – Temple of Concord and Victory

Stowe school is one of Buckinghamshire’s absolute gems.

Here’s a load of reasons why you should absolutely consider getting married at Stowe if you live in and around Milton Keynes, of if you simply want an entirely unique venue to get married. And if you  need to hire a wedding photographer in Milton Keynes, give me a shout and i’ll get the kettle on.

Exclusivity and privacy

The wedding below was held at the temple of concord and victory in the grounds of Stowe. It’s a national trust park which means anyone wanting to visit has to pay to get in. You may have a few amblers, but during the whole day, I think we saw four. That’s because concord and victory is so far up one end of the park, no one ever walks that far, the grounds at Stowe are that expansive.

Only a hundred yards walk from the temple is a private car park only for your guests. There is a security barrier to pass through on the way to the event area which is manned all the time so there’s no worries about leaving vehicles in public car parks. Not on the list, not getting in!

The grounds are so huge that you need a golf buggy to navigate them for pictures. This also means that even if there is another wedding happening on the estate, you will one never hear them and two never see them. This really can’t be underestimated as I’ve seen estates where they have put two wedding parties in too close proximity. Of course everyone is convivial, but I think it detracts from the uniqueness of your wedding experience.

Stunning and unique photo locations

Stowe is full of unique locations for pictures. Dotted with interesting temples, statues, archways and bridges, the grounds have so much potential for awesome pictures that you could photograph thirty weddings in a year there and never come away with the same set of photographs. Not only are the architectural features really cool, but so are a lot of the trees – i’m being serious. I love trees, so much so that I donate part of your wedding fee to a tree planting charity. They weave and knot and bend and hug, all different varieties offering plenty of different backdrops and spaces to interact with.

Any outdoor catering you want

Because there is no kitchen in the temple, you can have whatever you want around it. These cool cats opted for a really cool tipi to have the wedding breakfast in and barbecued everything for the food. After dinner, an ice cream van rocks up to dish out all the sweet goodies, it gets your guests up off of their feet and ready to mingle. Then in the evening, a wood fired pizza van shows up to help soak up the free espresso martinis they’d been drinking all day.

I don’t think there is anywhere else in the area that offers you a unique place to get married that is set in amazing scenery, with entirely unique surroundings AND let’s you decorate, dress and cater the event however you want. If I was going to plan a second wedding (to my Jen again of course) Stowe would be top of my list.

Ah yes, flowers by the immensely talented and all kinds of lovely girls from Herbert & Isles, check them out for all your wedding floristry needs.

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