A Summer Soiree: A Dream Wedding at Kew Gardens

February 07, 2024

A breath-taking celebration of love amidst the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens. This blog takes you on a visual journey through the enchanting Orangery, The Nash Building, and the regal Prince of Wales Conservatory – the perfect trifecta for a dreamy wedding.

The Nash Building, an historic gem with its classic Georgian architecture. This venue offers a perfect blend of tradition and sophistication. A wonderful and most complete package for the couple’s romantic ceremony. 

Nestled, within the heart of Kew Gardens, the Orangery exudes timeless charm. Its majestic architecture and panoramic views of the meticulously manicured gardens make it an ideal setting for a romantic wedding breakfast and spectacular first dance. 

Get inspired by real couples who chose Kew Gardens for their special day. From intimate ceremonies in the Nash Building to grand receptions in The Orangery each love story is unique and beautiful.

Kew Gardens, with its enchanting Orangery, The Nash Building, and the Prince of Wales Conservatory, offers a fairy-tale setting for couples embarking on a new chapter. As you explore the captivating visuals and real love stories in this blog, I hope you feel inspired to create your own magical moments amidst the timeless beauty of Kew Gardens.


 


Nash Conservatory and Orangery perfect backdrop for a magical day

May 18, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The Nash Conservatory was the perfect backdrop for Joanna and Jamie’s beautiful wedding ceremony. The 19th Century glasshouse provided exceptional light and views of the botanical gardens, giving an outside feel and a unique ambience to the ceremony. The bride was picture-perfect, old-school elegance in a stunning lace-sleeved gown with classic cathedral train. She carried a loose bouquet which gathered summer blooms with pastel hues of rose, peach and sherbet lemon, mixed with foliage in shades of soft green, a theme echoed in the floral designs decorating the end of each row.

Following the ceremony, the wedding breakfast was held in the Orangery. The building’s arched windows and high ceilings offered the ultimate in elegant sophistication which suited Joanna and Jamie’s style perfectly. Grand and formal but not stuffy, the Orangery guarantees a very special atmosphere and a memorable experience for couples and their guests. 

As darkness fell, lights twinkled in the trees beyond the Orangery, adding a final touch of magic to a wonderful day.



Micro Wedding at York House, Twickenham

April 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

The stately York House in Twickenham, Surrey, was the ideal setting for a picture-perfect micro-wedding on a crisp, bright spring day. The bride was movie-star elegant in a gown overlaid with intricate ivory lace, and there was a chic timelessness about the couple’s style which reflected perfectly in their choice of venue. There’s something really special about the intimacy of a micro-wedding, and this was no exception, with real joy shared by the guests after the ups and downs of the past year. Micro-weddings can feel even more meaningful than larger events, while still retaining a sense of occasion and delight. As a photographer, it’s an absolute pleasure to be invited to share a couple’s special day. For micro-weddings, it’s even more of an honour. Discretion is so important and I’m always conscious of creating exactly the images the couple have in mind, without imposing. Striking that balance is everything.  

For this beautiful spring wedding, York House’s stunning gardens and classic architecture provided a striking backdrop for outdoor photography. Layers of greenery add depth to the images and frame the couple perfectly.  The result is a stylish, understated set of prints the couple can enjoy for many years to come.

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Micro Wedding at Kew

August 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Micro Wedding at KewCovid safe weddings Micro Wedding at KewCovid safe weddings Micro Wedding at KewCovid safe weddings Couples due to get married this year have faced a huge and unexpected dilemma as a result of Coronavirus safety measures: whether to postpone their wedding celebrations until 2021, or to go ahead, adjust plans and hold a more intimate celebration this year.  It’s a stressful, emotional and highly personal decision. Having been lucky enough to photograph hundreds of wonderful weddings at Kew and Cambridge Cottage, each one unique and individual, I’ve been talking to my clients and supporting their plans.  I was delighted when Tom and Bryony decided to go ahead with their special day at Cambridge Cottage in August this year.

Behind the scenes, lots of careful adjustments and safety measures were put in place by the couple and the amazing wedding planner at Kew to ensure everyone felt safe and no-one was at risk. It was this attention to detail combined with the couple’s determination to go ahead and their wonderfully supportive family that made this wedding a very special one indeed. It was warm, intimate, still highly personal and was a very, very happy occasion. The unusual circumstances could have meant the bride and groom or the select group of guests were uncomfortable, but this absolutely wasn’t the case – in fact, guests were delighted to be able to celebrate with the couple in a calm, meaningful way. It felt all the more significant because those present knew and appreciated the journey the couple had taken to get there. 

The bride looked stunning in a classic, elegant ivory dress with fitted lace bodice and sleeves, and stylish lace headband, carrying a vintage, whimsical posy handcrafted with lace and buttons. Bursts of cornflower blue in the groom’s waistcoat and the guests’ outfits added soft hues of colour which contributed to the calm, serene atmosphere. The botanicals in the Prince of Wales conservatory provided a striking, timeless backdrop to the photos and there was something almost dreamlike about having what felt like the entire grounds to themselves. 

 If you’re still unsure what to do about your wedding celebration, do speak to the wedding organisers at Kew. And if you’re not sure if your photographs will mark the occasion in the way it deserves, please do get in touch. I can create ageless, stylish, reportage-style images which you’ll enjoy looking at for many years to come. Because, despite the unusual circumstances, the most important thing about your day is you. And your smiles will be just as wide as a celebration at the best of times.

 


Kris and Emelia Perfect Vintage Wedding at Cambridge Cottage, Kew.

June 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens Kris & Emelia and Kew Gardens A warm, sunny spring day saw Kew’s botanical gardens bursting into bloom, with Cambridge Cottage creating the perfect backdrop for Kris and Emelia’s beautifully-styled wedding where relaxed glamour played centre stage. The lovely couple wanted an informal ‘gipsy chic’ theme and colour palette – think freshly-picked meadow florals in soft hues of ivory and pink, framed with leafy green, kept edgy with glimmering metallic details. 

Emilia looked stunning, in an exquisite dress inlaid with vintage lace and set with tiny pearls, offset by her long, loose curls adorned with natural florals. Bridesmaids wore dusky pink Grecian-style dresses, the pink of which was perfectly reflected in the bride’s bouquet and the bridesmaid’s posies. Dewy make-up and classic jewellery completed this elegant, picture-perfect look. 

The Kew Explorer took the guests on a tour of the beautifully-tended grounds, whilst the bride and groom took the opportunity for some movie-scene photos along the way - the Gardens’ pagoda stood proudly in the background, and the famous foliage framed the couple perfectly.  

The relaxed, rustic theme continued throughout the décor at the reception, with a selection of vintage jars studded with roses, daises and English-hedgerow blooms.  The soft natural light of Cambridge Cottage bathed the reception in a warm, honeyed glow, with personal touches such as hand-painted table settings and a beautiful home-baked cake adding a very personal feel to this special day.

 

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