Situated in Richmond Park, amongst the deer (and Fenton the dog – seen that video?!), is Pembroke Lodge. Up on the hill, looking out beyond the Thames to where the sun sets in the evening, this is a wedding venue that seems to smile straight into the sun.
If you haven’t already visited this delightful place for tea and cake, I urge you to check it out! Pick a sunny afternoon and you can sit out on the terrace and admire the views.
The Belvedere Room, where our wedding ceremony is below, is like an orangery; the glass roof and white paint makes for an absolute dream to photograph.
The Belvedere Room is a good size; seating up to 140 guests during the ceremony & reception, with room for an additional 60 guests to join in the evening.
For a more intimate ceremony, there is the option of drawing the curtain closed, as seen in the image below.
The Belvedere Room opens out onto the terrace, where the mood changes to an even more relaxed, hair-down vibe, and the drinks start to flow in celebration.
This is one area where I thrive as a photographer. With my documentary/photojournalism background, I find being surrounded by people, hugs, emotions and “love!” is a good place for me to be! It’s this energy that I seek to harness in a series of memory-provoking and beautiful images.
A photograph is a flimsy vehicle for our imagination.
Pembroke Lodge is the highest point in London’s largest Royal Park. As the sun begins to fall towards the horizon, on a clear summer’s day you’ll feel the uninterrupted warm glow coming from the west.
“These are beautiful!!! …we’re so incredibly pleased! We will treasure these memories forever and I’m so grateful you captured them for us“Rosie & Vraj, our gorgeous bride and groom!
After a short stroll, the arms of the ancient woodland seem to rise up like a cathedral of green and orange. The sunlight is strong though and as it manages to break through the gaps, we have a chance here for some beautiful once-in-a-lifetime portraits.
Out in the open space of Richmond Park, the deer are but spectacular beasts! Just knowing they’re close by, during every bit of the wedding, gave me a small sense of ‘wild’ that I might usually feel when shooting a wedding in the remote and cold Scottish Highlands, or in the snow-covered forests of Finland.
Driving home in the darkness later on, off to the sides of the road were hovering, silver coin-like eyes as I searched for the exit to the park! It was then that I felt we were on their land!
The Belvedere Room can seat up to 140 guests during the ceremony & reception, with room for an additional 60 guests to join in the evening. As in these photographs, the room is full of light and it opens out onto the spectacular terrace. Glorious!
Up on the first floor of the Georgian wing, the Russell Suite has large windows with spectacular views. The room is light and beautifully romantic. From here, drinks can be server on the South Lawn.
There are the Bertrand Russell Rooms, again with excellent views. If it were to start raining, drinks can be served in here.
The Lord John Russell Rooms are two adjoining period rooms, connected by an archway, with ornate fireplaces. These rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies and, if you have no more than 70 guests, you can use these rooms for your wedding breakfast.
As well as in the Belvedere Rooms, the Phantom Room is an option for the evening dancing.
Following the drinks reception on the terrace, where there is also time of some family photographs, we’re back inside the Belvedere Room for the wedding breakfast, speeches and, later on….the partying!
Prices for the Belvedere Room range from £500 for a weekday winter wedding to £4500+ for a Saturday during the summer.
Prices for the Russell Suite range from £350 for a weekday winter wedding to £1750 for a Saturday during the summer.
For a brochure, which includes a full price list and a sample menu, click HERE!
Telephone: 020 8940 8207
A terrific talent. Our guests have made no end of comments both as to the effort you made on the day (which was unobtrusive, relaxed and always good humoured, despite working like a Trojan all day) and to the quality of the end result – the photos were simply perfect. I have had no hesitation in highly recommending you.Tom & Rosie, Harrow School
Paul was superb. He captured every single intricacy throughout the day, which collectively, told the day with such clarity and detail. His ability to remain unnoticed assisted his knowledge and vision, to achieve photographs of a composed yet relaxed nature. We cannot speak highly enough of Paul; the quality of his photographs is superior and, equivocally so, is his demeanour and good nature.Rachel & Lee, Lake Garda, Italy
The recommendation we received to contact you was, on reflection, one of the single best wedding presents we were given…Tom & Rosie, Harrow School
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