Jenny & Andrew's wedding
Katariina of Light Trick Photography kindly asked me to be her second shooter at a wedding at Pembrooke Lodgein Richmond Park, London. My role was to cover the groom's and best man's preparations for the day, and later to cover the whole wedding with Katariina.
Getting ready at home, the groom, Andrew, was very relaxed. His dad was SO relaxed he was still wearing his slippers with his suit, which made me chuckle. As they pottered about, I took candid shots and as more guests arrived at the house we spilt out into the gloriously sunlit garden.
Rather than just shooting the groom in various poses in the garden, I asked his dad to find his wedding album and give it to the groom and best man to look through together. I got some great reaction shots especially as Andrew had never seen his parents' wedding photos before.
Once everyone was ready, it was time to head for the actual wedding venue and, after a slight detour (blame the sat nav!), we arrived at our destination. Pembrooke Lodge is a cute venue in a spectacular location, right in the middle of Richmond's famous deer park. It's hard to believe it's in the middle of London.
The groom and best man headed to the bar while waiting for Jenny, the bride, to finish up her preparations and to arrive. The first time I saw Jenny was as she pulled up in a wonderful white vintage Jaguar car - she looked stunning although a few nerves showed as she reached for a glass of champagne to calm herself.
Inside the Belvedere Room, a string quartet played classical music softly in the background as Jenny made her entrance, accompanied by her four bridesmaids.
After the ceremony, the guests mingled outside on the terrace and the sun broke through the clouds. There was a sudden flurry of DSLRs as everyone wanted to photograph the lovely newlyweds. Katariina ensured we got the shots we needed - taking a picture is easy, doing it well is much harder - and that is why couples hire a professional like Katariina.
We watched the first dance, and just as we were leaving, the compére announced the start of a ceilidh so we stayed around to see the guests dance a jig or two under the starlit ceiling.
It was a lovely day and I (and Katariina) would like to wish the happy couple all the best for the future.