Cambridge Cottage at Kew was the wonderful location for James and Kate’s sophisticated yet relaxed October wedding. Bathed in early autumnal sunshine, the colours of Kew’s beautiful botanical gardens were resplendent during the change in seasons, and James arranged a meticulously-planned treasure hunt so guests could experience the botanical gardens at their finest.
The bride’s stunning dress was complemented by a veil - with intricate lace detail – adding a vintage feel to her look. She and her bridesmaids - elegant and chic in classic French navy - held beautifully-designed bouquets in shades of pastels punctuated with splashes of blues and purples, with daisies and roses continuing the relaxed mood of the day.
Every detail of this lovely couple’s big day was personal and filled with warmth, from the countryside feel of vases filled with hydrangeas and other beautiful blooms, to individually-wrapped, hand-decorated biscuits as favours, and artistic, personalised place settings. An incredible four generations of family were present to enjoy the special day, adding to the sense of occasion, and parents’ wedding albums were proudly and thoughtfully on display.
As guests enjoyed a glass of fizz in the grounds, I took the couple to specific locations I felt would create the kind of images they were looking for: relaxed and informal memories of their wonderful day. Whilst the wedding party prepared to go into Cambridge Cottage for a sumptuous wedding breakfast, with ethically-sourced produce from Lodge Catering, we were treated to a marvellous spectacle and a wedding photography-first for me: the clouds, which had bubbled up, parted to reveal a rainbow - a striking natural backdrop for this lovely couple beginning the next chapter of their journey together.
Maggie and Jonathan chose the beautiful surrounds of Cambridge Cottage for their special day. With a relaxed, informal feel, Cambridge Cottage is ideal for couples looking for somewhere to host more intimate gatherings without compromising on style. Its chic yet classic interior in muted shade of apricot proved the perfect backdrop to this lovely couple’s wedding, celebrated by close family and friends.
The warm, relaxed feel extended to the décor the couple selected, with beautiful dusky pink blooms as centerpieces, placed in a variety of cut-glass vintage vases designed to catch and reflect the room’s natural light.
The weather proved kind to the bride and groom, so after the ceremony had taken place guests were treated to a trip on the Kew Explorer to see the botanical gardens in their full late-summer glory. They then returned to the Cottage to enjoy the mouthwatering cooking skills of Lodge Catering.
The stunning Orangery at Kew was the elegant backdrop for a very special 40th wedding anniversary celebration recently. Built in 1761, the Orangery is a beautiful, atmospheric space which adds an air of glamour and sophistication to events held there. Its rich heritage adds to the sense of occasion, with a colourful history that has seen the venue transformed from a hothouse for citrus plants in 1761, to a hothouse for large plants in 1841, and later converted for use as a timber museum housing thousands of species of wood from Britain’s colonies. Its conversion to a tea room in 1989 was the beginning of its next stage in life. It is now a wonderful, airy and atmospheric venue to eat, drink and be merry, seating up to 180 guests.
The glamorous anniversary celebrations saw guests fly in from around the world, to be greeted by the best weather the UK has to offer! Bathed in lazy summer sunshine, Prelude Entertainment provided the sounds for the occasion, and Blue Strawberry catering created culinary delights for the guests to enjoy.
The younger guests were by no means forgotten, kept happy with entertainment in the Nash Conservatory with its wonderful natural light flooding in.
Careful thought, consideration and planning had gone into every element of this lovely occasion, and I tried to reflect this in the photos to create a special collection of images from this memorable evening.
After a week of incessant rain, the day of this English country wedding dawned clear, sunny and warm. The cloudless sky proved to be the perfect backdrop to a wonderful day, as the bride and groom’s impeccable taste, style and attention to detail created a spectacular contemporary country wedding.
When I arrived, rather than spending her time being pampered, the bride was pitching in to make the venue look even more beautiful. A stunning building nestled in the rolling Gloucestershire countryside, the Hyde Barn is a barn conversion with lots of natural light which floods in through the many windows, and beautiful views across the fields. The light illuminated the gorgeous but unstuffy floral arrangements which added to the relaxed country feel of the day.
Satisfied the Hyde Barn was decorated to perfection, the bride and the rest of the wedding party went off to get ready in a room just off the barn, which was big enough for 15 adults, 2 children and a dad with a helium machine – a recipe for disaster! When they were ready, with the bride looking photo-shoot beautiful, the relaxed style continued – rather than the bride taking a car to the church, she and her father travelled there in a classic, beautiful 1960s VW camper van. The service was warm and personal, with photos carefully placed around the church to add to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Once the ceremony was over, the new Mr and Mrs headed back to the barn to party in style with their friends and family.
Canapes and drinks were served as guests enjoyed the beautiful views under clear blue skies, then the wedding breakfast began. Three was certainly not a crowd as the three ‘best men’ gave three hilarious speeches, then the groom’s sister gave a heartfelt speech and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. After the speeches, it was time to party. As the sun went down a band from London had everyone on their feet, dancing away the evening. It was a truly wonderful day for a wonderful couple, who stamped their warm, sunny personalities on every detail.
I had an amazing time photographing Vanquis Bank’s summer party at Kew. It kicked off at the Princess of Wales Conservatory, where guests were greeted by music from three members of the ever-popular “Wandering Hands”. iPad caricaturist Will Kevans kept guests amused, and magician Dan Farrant added sparkle. Dan showed me an incredible trick where he turned old foreign notes into brand new £20’s - if only I could do that!
Guests were then taken by the Kew Explorer to the Orangery which looked stunning, having been beautifully decorated with a tropical theme complete with palm tree projections and striking table decorations.
The Caribbean theme continued to bring sunshine to the party, and carried on even in the food with mouth watering red snapper and punchy jerk chicken supported by a huge range of delicious salads and sides, all lovingly created by the talented Richmond Caterers.
Once the meal was over Wandering Hands went from 3 to 5 members and truly got the crowd rocking. At one point the lead singer started singing amongst the crowd and the crowd starting dancing around the band, which got really confusing!
I left with the party still going strong and tropical warmth and light inside the Orangery guaranteeing a holiday atmosphere, despite the unseasonably chilly summer night.
A great theme for a great occasion.
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