A Wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park
It’s been a while since I photographed a wedding at Pembroke Lodge so I was looking forward to returning to this wedding venue in South West London. Pembroke Lodge sits at the top of Richmond Park and has great views of the Thames below Richmond Hill and the park itself.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I first met Margot and Seb last year when I photographed their friends Eve and Nick’s wedding at the Orangery. Margot was a bridesmaid that day and Eve was here returning the favour. As you will see from the photographs, it was a very rainy day but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.
I started my day at the bride’s parent’s house in Ealing where rooms full of family and flower girls and bridesmaids prepared themselves for the day ahead.
I travelled with Margot and her father to the church, St Mary Magadalene in Richmond town centre, where the bride was greeted by ushers bearing brollies. Despite the weather the newlyweds were determined that we would capture some images in Richmond Park itself and so, armed with a couple of trusty umbrellas we ignored the rain and wind and carried on regardless. Unfortunately the umbrellas didn’t ignore the conditions and, as you can see below, gave up on us forcing us to head back to the wedding reception at Pembroke Lodge.
After enjoying their wedding breakfast Margot and Seb, along with their guests, spent the evening dancing to a DJ who encouraged everybody to take a turn on the decks.
The newlyweds chose the Maldives as their honeymoon destination.
The bride’s beautiful dress was from Chanticleer in Cheltenham and her flowers created by Wrap and Tie in Richmond. The delicious looking cake was made by Margot’s work colleague, Jan.
Margot’s wedding dress from Chanticleer
Margot’s mother, Annie, helps the bride with her veil
The beautiful bridal bouquet by Wrap and Tie
The bride’s mother leaves for the church
The bride arrives at church for the wedding ceremony under a canopy of umbrellas
Margot’s sister, Sophie, gives a reading in church
The blessing during the wedding ceremony
The bride signs the register and her groom looks on
The bride and groom in Richmond Park
Sheltering under an umbrella as the rain came down
The wind and rain finally get the better of the newlyweds umbrella!
Wicker hearts hanging on the walls of Pembroke Lodge
The table plans hand-made from sawn logs
A starter of fois gras with brioche
The bride and groom cut their wedding cake
The newlyweds first dance