Fun and laid back wedding at Pembroke Lodge
Naz and Mike’s beautiful wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond was a joy to be involved in. Everyone was so happy and excited and I was made to feel so welcome. Naz has four sisters who were her bridesmaids on the day, so that made for a fun (and loud) morning getting ready. Such a fun bunch of girls! I had photographed a wedding at Pembroke Lodge before, Cigdem and Ben’s wedding back in 2016, so I was excited to shoot there again. The Russell Suite has so much natural light, it’s a truly beautiful room to get married in.
I met up with Naz and Mike a couple of months before their wedding for their pre-wedding shoot in Shoreditch. They used to live really nearby, so the area was quite meaningful for them. I absolutely LOVED this shoot. It was so different to any I had done before, and the area is so colourful and urban. This made a nice contrast with their wedding where most of the couple portraits were in wooded areas of Richmond Park.
The wedding morning
As usual I started the wedding day with the bride and her bridesmaids. They were getting ready at The Petersham hotel in Richmond; a lovely hotel with beautiful rooms just perfect for bridal prep. There was even a balcony which we took full advantage of for a few bridal portraits once Naz was in her dress.
What was also great, was that Mike and his groomsmen were getting ready in a different area of the same hotel. This meant that I was able to quickly pop to see them and get some groom preparation shots as well without the need for a second shooter. He had prepared presents for all his groomsmen – glasses containing a bottle of spiced rum and a cigar – so we agreed I would make sure to capture them making use of their presents later in the day.
Wedding at Pembroke Lodge
The wedding ceremony was wonderful. Naz and Mike had written vows to read out to each other which made it so personal, and really quite emotional. Afterwards everyone spilled out into the courtyard for drinks and canapes in the sunshine. It was a beautiful summer day and the atmosphere was very laid back and relaxed.
The last time I had shot a wedding at Pembroke Lodge it had been winter time, so while it is still beautiful at that time of year, it was quite different in the summer with the vibrant and colourful flower beds all around the venue. There are lots of grounds to explore, and of course the fabulous thing about a wedding at Pembroke Lodge is that you are smack bang in the middle of the stunning Richmond Park. I took Naz and Mike out to explore and we even came across some deer! We also went out again later in the evening and managed to catch the beautiful sunset. What a wonderful day!
Wedding dress: Enzoani
Wedding shoes: Debenhams
Groom’s outfit: Jeff Banks
Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS
Florist: The Bloomery
Cake: Iced Innovations
Hair stylist: Sheyda Khodayari