Hannah & Olivia married back in June at the beautiful York House wedding venue in Richmond. Olivia and Hannah both walked down the aisle and then took their vows in the lovely Loggia Room. The room itself opens out straight into the stunning public gardens which are right next to the Thames.
These gardens made for the ultimate confetti, group shots and portrait location! I love to have all things greenery and natural in my portraits and this venue allowed it in abundance!
After the ceremony and group shots, the guests started to make their way to the reception venue. In the meantime, we wandered through the gardens for portraits. One of the things I love about London weddings is that you are surrounded by friendly members of the public. They just love to say congratulations! A Dad was sat with his daughter while we were doing portraits just next to them. She piped up and said she wanted to be just like Hannah and Olivia when she grew up – how cute!
After the portraits, we travelled to the reception venue in true style! Olivia’s Mum had hired a stunning vintage Rolls-Royce for the journey. However, the best transport was yet to come. As part of their big day, Hannah and Olivia had hired a boat for a pleasure ride up the Thames to the reception venue, The Wharf in Teddington. Hannah’s Mum had made an adorable patch work ‘Just Married’ banner which was hung on the front of the boat. It was a boiling hot day and it was so lovely to go up the Thames. We passed so many people sat by the Thames in Richmond enjoying the weekend.
After about an hour, the boat dropped everyone at The Wharf where it was time for the wedding breakfast. The Wharf itself is a charming waterside restaurant with a bright conservatory for weddings. From a photographer’s point of view it couldn’t be better! The light is amazing in there! The tables were decorated with the themes of places important to Hannah & Olivia, and there was a sweet table with cakes from Paris, because of Olivia’s french connections.
Speeches are always a favourite part of the day for me. I love reactions shots and to hear stories about my couples and their families! It’s part of what makes each wedding so personal and enjoyable.
After the wedding breakfast, and as the drinks started flowing, we popped outside for a few golden hour portraits.
It was one of those absolutely beautiful summer evenings! Most of the guests were outside in the cool air next to the river as the sun went down . However, as soon as the first dance was called the dance floor filled up. Olivia even got a conga going!
I left at probably the right time, just as the shots started! I can’t believe how quickly the day flew by – before I knew it I was on a train back to north London.
If you’re having a London wedding get in touch! My 2020 calendar is filling up quickly!