Archive for Kew Gardens
Sophie and David are the kind of clients you love to get. Recently engaged as they attended the fantastic wedding of a Natalie and Alex in 2011 they were suddenly more aware of the finer details of organising a wedding. As Sophie was a Bridesmaid it was even more ‘real’ being on the inside. As Robert De Niro’s character in ‘Meet the Parents’ would say…inside the ‘Circle of Trust’. Well, I know you can’t milk anything with a nipple (unlike Ben Stiller) but I did know that I had a great opportunity to not impress Nat and Alex but also these guys. I’m guessing it worked as it was only a couple of months or so until the phone rang and I was over the moon.
I had photographer two different weddings at Kew Gardens before. Both times in Cambridge Cottage. So this was going to be new ground for me. The Princess of Wales Conservatory remains the common bond but being able to shoot both in the Orangery and The Nash Conservatory was just magnificent. As London venues go, Kew Gardens has so much to offer. I really love working there. Their day was filled with unique features perfectly suited for them. Its nice to get something unique for me too. For that I got to photograph the Bride and Groom exit. Pitch black on a cool September night its the kind of photography I don’t often do. Revert to old school. Direct flash. But even direct flash, when seen the right way can be evocative.
What a wonderful day…and if you want to see more after viewing the images below the find the link at the end to a good walloping on Facebook.
David schools one of the Grooms(wo)men.
Pin sharp dresser
Proof that there is never a wrong time for a fruit smoothie
One of my favourite shoe photos — EVER
Proof that this job does deserve danger pay
I was rather pleased with this one…mind you Mum did try on the same two pair earrings about 9 times :0)
The gorgeous…and slightly pregnant…Natalie!
The Men In Black visit David one last time just to be sure
Driving Ms Sophie
Quite honestly…this was the toughest lightening scenario I faced in all of 2012 — I’m rather pleased in hindsight with how it turned out.
David never missed an opportunity to practice his imaginary juggling
looks like chocolate cake…feels like chocolate cake…I wonder if it tastes like chocolate cake
The best gag ever…just walk up to a group and shout “Blue Steel”
Geometry baffled me in school
Just what ever is he measuring…the mind boggles
As Dave Grohl would say “its times like these you wish you had your 17-35″….but I love the look on the cake holder
At least she got the Foo Fighters joke
Honestly…I have no idea!
Everyone knows that red ties are better for air guitar
Some people just can’t take a break from their Davina McCall exercise DVD
..see what I mean
Direct flash never looked so … well … interesting
As mentioned above….here is a link to more images from the Kew Gardens wedding of Sophie and David on Facebook
Did you hear the one about the Irishman who got lost on the way from the pub to the church? You will….
The day starts all rather calmly. London weddings always scare me a little. I know…Richmond and Kew aren’t REALLY London. Well, to me they are. As London as anything else I get to. The traffic, the crazy pedestrians. Seriously, I get the eebiejeebies. So Darren and I arrive nice and early here, checking out the location of the church and the pub for the boys long before we needed to be there. Perhaps I’m alone in my general caution in relation to London weddings.
Louise and Sam met me last fall at Mercedes Benz World. An odd place for a meeting. Sadly neither of us were there to buy a car. I had always hoped that they would book. There something about his hair and her smiley personality that said “this could work”. Luckily for me, they did and that’s where our little story begins.
The Groom and a large contingent of guests all started at The Roebuck, high up on Richmond Hill. The plan being that the crowd would move, en mass, to the church near the bottom of the hill. Conversely I started in a quiet street just outside of Twickenham, The Home of English Rugby. I’m guessing this may have been intentional as I bumped into a few pictures of Sam in his rugby kit and they did have Jerusalem as a hymn. So far, so good.
I dash off back to Richmond to see the last of the guests arrive and be ready for Louise’s arrival as well. I walk into the church to find 2 people. Those two being the Groom and the Best Man. But wait a minute…its 8 minutes to 2. We kick off in 8 minutes. Quickly a few more folks arrive in the form of ushers who decide “let’s call back to the ladies and tell them to hold fire”. Too late, they are already en route. Suddenly a flood of guests arrive and I’m guessing this is all going to plan. 2 minutes, 1 minute…2pm. Apparently there are a few more guests to come. OK…it happens. Meanwhile the Priest reminds us all to double check that our mobile phones are OFF. Anyone who has a phone that goes off is promised by Father that he will ‘kill them’. Umm…ok. Perhaps not the kind of Priest I want to cross. Passive, yet effective. Finally at 5 past a call is put out. It would appear that those last ‘few’ guests turn out to be an entire row and all from Louise’s Irish contingent. It would seem that upon leaving the pub, they made a wrong turn and were, in fact, heading completely the opposite way. Thankfully, the compass corrected itself and soon we were underway.
The rest of the day went off without incident. Kew Gardens did their best to wow everyone with the guests enjoying a trip on the Kew Explorer shortly after the last speech whilst we got to visit a few of the landmark locations for a few portraits.
Don’t forget, after these images below there will be a link to more on my Facebook business page. So view, scroll and click!
HP7c – The Dress at the Top of the Stairs
A twist of pepper, a dash of balsamic and a Choo of shoes
I know, if I had hair I’d let my little sister decide on how to wear it…but I don’t have hair or a little sister
Upon realising how we too were amused at the answer to the question “so who got you those lovely earrings” — “I DID!”, Louise retorts
Its was either funny or there was an errant nail sticking out of the pew
Time waits for no man…but the Priest waits for the lost Irish tourists
Sunflowers…the theme of the day
A brief stop back up on Richmond Hill – a special place for the Lou and Sam
Speech al fresco
Inside the lovely Cambridge Cottage dining room
I want his job!
And a few from Darren
Woman breaks shoe, spends day walking backwards…that is all
Kew Gardens…not to be mistaken queue gardens or even cue gardens. As you can see its all about learning to read around our house at the moment. Thah-oww Toe…no buddy its ‘to’. Should I be heartened when he says “but Daddy, there’s not two ‘o’s after the t” — thing is, he’s got a point.
But this has nothing to do with Renuka and Chris. At least not that I’m aware of. It was my first time in Kew Gardens. Both as a photographer and as a person. Seeing just the edge of it convinces me I need to make the effort and get there as a day out. The wedding took place at Cambridge Cottage which is just on the edge of the garden boundary. A nifty little location sandwiched between the ends of the M3 and M4. I like locations with travel options. Renuka was…well, words cannot describe that dress. OK…cappuccino describes it, at least the colour, but you need to see it. In fact its only just below. So much texture. Should I be so excited? Chris on the other hand. We can simply refer to him as Darren’s long lost brother. In fact, more than one guest accused Darren and Chris of being related. Fair do.
It was an all in one location, with the ceremony and reception all taking place at Cambridge Cottage. We did have a hiatus in the Prince of Wales Conservatory for some additional drinks and a cake cutting in a most spectacular location before returning back to the cottage for grooving. All in all a swell couple who were happy to have us there. We were happy to be there too!
Wow … what a dress! In case you too are quizzed on the colour…the answer is Cappuccino
Well placed for a late night snack!
Meet Rahul…Renuka’s rather dashing brother
Don’t take it personally that the first image of the bride includes only half a face… :)
From the Salty Dog’s book of nautical knots
FOB – a measured and thoughtful man
Here’s comes the Bride…literally
More precision than a Rooney strike…and seeming more successful too
Right place…right time
It’s a family tradition..apparently
Tunnel of love
I love how Chris leans around his step-Dad to see Renuka. I don’t mind getting blocked for that!
I might be wearing tights and a cape…but I ain’t flyin’
Help is out there for folks with drinking problems
Shake it for a polaroid picture
I love this guy…he always had a smile on
As they say in SW19…surely you can’t be serious!
Do not adjust your sets
Rahul wanted to know more about OCF…now he does
Flight 815, now departing for the Swan
He’s a married man you know
And now a few from Monsieur Darren
Bullet points — not a bad way to go
Coach and horses or The Bates Motel