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Hampton Court House - Wedding Portrait in front of Ornate Fireplace

The Grand Hall at Hampton Court House: Wedding Ceremonies take place here, and afterwards, it provides a splendid backdrop for some portraits of the newlyweds.

I was blown away when I first photographed a wedding at Hampton Court House for Bozenka and Greg’s wedding (above).  The venue seemed perfect for wedding photography – the 18th-century architecture and the setting, but most of all, the gorgeous light spilling through the French windows off Bushy Park.  Light is paramount to all photography and is the first thing I look for.

Hampton Court House is one venue that has beautifully diffused light coming in from all sides – especially in the grand hallway.  It’s where the wedding ceremonies are carried out, and photographers can shoot weddings with minimal artificial light.

I knew it would be a fantastic day when I saw Bo and her father pull up outside in her hired Rolls-Royce and enter the venue through the large front doors.

The newly-weds walk back up the aisle at their Hampton Court House wedding

Walking back down the aisle is an enjoyable moment that is always savoured but very fleeting.  It’s great when couples show their happiness and joy, as Emma and Ben do here.

Any wedding photographer must be able to move around discreetly and unhindered.  Hampton Court House provides this ability in spades.  The ample space meant I could photograph the couple’s marriage ceremony from all angles and utilise the light well to create pleasing images.

Shot from back of Hampton Court House wedding as seated bride and groom hold hands

I took this ceremony photograph from the back of the Main Hall.  It shows a fantastic view over Bushy Park through the ornate draped windows.  Earlier, some park deer had approached the building to see what was happening.  The window on the right is the left window on the bride’s side in the top portrait.

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The venue is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and partnerships by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.  The Richmond Registrars are very relaxed about wedding photography and even allow photography of the signing of the register.

Read on as I take you through a wedding day at Hampton Court House…

Black and white portrait of the newly-weds seated in garden of Hampton Court House

Round every corner, there’s somewhere new for some lovely portraits of the couple.  I try to capture them naturally, enjoying each other’s company.  Smiles like this just can’t be staged.

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Hampton Court House - Wedding Gathering Outside with White Rolls Royce

I love overview shots of the goings-on at weddings: This is just before the Rolls-Royce left the wedding.  It gives a great impression of the facade of the house.

The Preparations and Arrivals


There are rooms available for the bride and groom to get ready or ‘hide’ if they arrive early.  When I arrived for Neema and Matthew’s wedding, she had already arrived and was in a room off the Main Hall, adding her finishing touches and keeping out of sight.

An Indian bride poses with her parents before ceremony

Before the ceremony, Neema secretly waited in a room just off the main hall with her father and sister.  Even though she had already arrived, the illusion was complete when she left by a side door to ‘arrive’ for the ceremony at the front by Rolls-Royce.

While the groom greets the guests, looking somewhat nervous yet excited about the day ahead, the photographer spends their time taking candid shots of all areas.   They photograph arriving guests outside, take natural photos of family and friends greeting each other and check on the bride to see if she’s arrived and is preparing.

Bride's Indian mother holding the decorated coconut at Indian wedding

Their wedding had elements of Indian ritual to it.  The bride’s mother holds a decorated coconut, used at the centre of a ritual with the groom outside before the civil marriage ceremony begins.  Details like this are vital for your photographer to capture.

Two older male family members greeting each other at a Hampton Court House wedding

Just inside the Main Hall, two family members greet each other.  I stay back and discreetly take unnoticed shots like this.

Mother and sister of bride in posed wedding portrait

This portrait of the groom’s mum and sister cried out to be edited in vibrant colour.  I took this just as they were arriving.

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Father carrying young daughter greeted by older family member

It’s the little moments that mean the most.  Young children are always so naturally photogenic.

Bridal Arrival at Hampton Court House (& Goings On Inside)


There is rarely a more splendid doorway for the bridal entrance than that into the Main Hall.

As the car pulled up, I photographed the bridal party’s arrival outside and then as they prepared on the front steps for their entrance.

There’s often a good chance for some portraits of father and daughter at this time, as well as any bridesmaids or other friends and relatives present.  Then, shortly before they entered the building, I nipped inside for any last-minute shots, such as the one of Greg below.

Groom looking serious with guests in background in Grand Hall of Hampton Court House

A nervous-looking groom stands waiting for his bride to enter…  Note the closed doors, meaning she’s arrived and ready to enter.

At the decisive moment, I train my lens solely on the door, waiting for it to open and the bridal procession to begin.

Bridesmaid and pageboy entering doors at Hampton Court House wedding

Children often feature prominently before the bride enters.  Here, a bridesmaid and pageboy present the perfect picture at the start of the day.

Bridesmaid walking into wedding ceremony in black and white

Next, a bigger bridesmaid (in this case, the bride’s sister) enters, and I’m careful to take a few photos of her as she approaches the waiting groom.


The bride arrives through the front doors of Hampton Court House with her father

Light can be tricky in an old wedding venue such as Hampton Court House.  Photographers must be at the top of their game to balance the outside daylight with the dim interior.

The bride walks down the aisle of the Main Hall in Hampton Court House with her father

I take a complete sequence as the bride and father process down the aisle, giving me options in the photo edit and the chance to use black and white to good effect.

The Wedding Ceremony & Richmond Registrars

I always make a point of introducing myself to the presiding registrars before the ceremony starts.  I like to reassure them that I shall be discreet and find out their house rules before proceedings get underway.

Happily, I am very familiar with the Richmond registrars and can tell you that they are among the most relaxed in London.  They are very keen that the photographer can move around unhindered and have no rules regarding flash use.  Now the register has moved online, they allow me to photograph the schedule signing.

The happy couple hold each other in main hall of Hampton Court House at the beginning of the ceremony

It’s always a magical moment when the couple sees and greet each other for the first time.

Couple holding hands seated whilst registrar reads at Hampton Court House wedding

Thanks to the registrar’s relaxed nature, I can move about and take some stunning shots of the couple from different angles throughout their ceremony.

Amazing floral arrangements adorn the front of the Main Hall at Hampton Court House, and the ceremony takes place around a period table and almost throne-like chairs.  These are placed just in front of the central full-height window, offering pleasing natural light.

Your photographer won’t need to use much (if any) artificial light when shooting at the front of the room.

The bride laughing with groom at Hampton Court House wedding ceremony

Bride Emma looks pretty as a picture.  This photo shows her joy and delight at marrying Ben.  It’s what my photography is all about!

Wedding Bookings at Hampton Court House


Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding:

    • The house is just 11 miles (18 km) from Central London.
    • Hampton Court House seats up to 150 guests for Grand Hall wedding ceremonies and the Victorian Picture Gallery reception.
    • You can contact Emily, the Head of the Events Team, by calling 0208 614 0860 or emailing emily@hamptoncourthouse.co.uk.
    • You must book your legal wedding ceremony through Richmond Borough Council.  Contact them before booking the venue to ensure availability on your preferred date.
    • The venue has a list of approved caterers.  There is a hefty fee if you wish to arrange a different company.
    • The venue is exclusively yours for the day.
    • For larger weddings, you can erect a marquee with a capacity of 500 in the gardens.

The bride places a ring on her groom's finger at Hampton Court House

During the vows and exchange of rings, the couple only have eyes for each other and seem oblivious to their photographers’ presence.  Many say they’re worried about this beforehand, but I’ve never received a complaint that I was distracting.  It just doesn’t happen.

The Schedule Signing and ‘Dummy’ Setup

Photography of the schedule is allowed, and a blank dummy register is provided for some posed shots afterwards.  I always find this a point of amusement and self-consciousness, and couples often ‘ham it up’.

Bride smiling whilst pretending to sign her wedding register with groom at Hampton Court House

Bo and Greg go through the pretend signing with enthusiasm and a little humour.

Wedding Kiss at Hampton Court House Ceremony

The wedding ceremony table and guests all face the large hall windows, which let through beautiful light for portraits like this kiss.

Registrar hands the marriage certificate to the couple after their vows at Hampton Court House

Presentation of their wedding certificate: Another moment that can be quick and your photographer needs to capture with care.

The guests take photos of the couple after their ceremony at Hampton Court House

After the photographer had photographed the ‘dummy’ signing, the registrar invited the guests to take some photos, so I turned the camera around on them.  This one also shows a great view of the Grand Hall.

Couple excited as they have been pronounced husband and wife at Hampton Court House

A moment of pure joy.  After many months of preparation, anticipation and excitement, they are finally married.

Presenting Mr & Mrs: Exiting Hampton Court House as Husband and Wife

After the ceremony, the couple walk back down the aisle and exit into the (hopefully) sunshine to enjoy the day.

I back towards the door with my camera firmly trained on them as they walk towards me.  I always ask couples to take their time at this moment to enable me to take a great sequence as they enjoy their first moments of marriage.

Sometimes, I ask them to pause before exiting to allow me to change the camera settings for the outside light.

Bride and Groom Leaving Hampton Court House at End of Wedding Ceremony

The hall gives an ornate backdrop as the newlyweds walk back down the aisle after their ceremony.

Smiling couple walking back down the aisle arm in arm at Hampton Court House

A moment later, the couple arrive at the entrance doors.  Some parts of a wedding need the photographer to take a sequence of photos, of which this was one of eight.

Confetti & Congratulations

Sadly, confetti is not allowed at Hampton Court House, but I can understand why.  It would be challenging to clear up from the gravel on the drive.

Bubbles can make for a stunning visual alternative and are used to good effect in the photos below.  Just beware of little soap marks on your clothing!

Groom with arm in air after leaving Hampton Court House wedding

An exuberant groom enjoys their bubble confetti moment after they exit their Hampton Court House wedding.

Setting up for the bubble shots isn’t as seamless as it appears:

The couple exits after their ceremony and then go back inside via a side door.  Next, the guests slowly exit whilst I arrange them into an ‘aisle’ for the couple to pass through.  I then asked everyone to blow bubbles and keep blowing until they filled the air enough to look striking in the photos.

Finally, the couple exited into a shower of… BUBBLES!  Cue some great wedding photography!

Bride and Groom laughing as bubbles are blown as they leave Hampton Court House

One of the last of the confetti sequence in this sunny wedding photo.

Posed Group Portraits Outside Hampton Court House

It’s easiest to photograph any group set-ups as soon after the couple’s exit as possible.  Everyone is in the same place, and the photographer can announce how they will work it.

I ask the couple to provide a list before the day to work from.  At Hampton Court House, I usually start at the front of the building, then move to the gardens if they’d like a change of scene.

Hampton Court House Wedding Photography - Group Photo Outside with House in Background

A big group shot of everyone present is a good start, as everyone is still together.  It also means I can ask for people that I need for the other group shots to remain.  The venue manager kindly provided me with a ladder to take this one.

Group wedding photo outside the front of Hampton Court House

This smaller group is the groom’s side of the family.  It shows off the beautifully ornate front of the house and entrance.

Groom with family members outside the front doors of Hampton Court House

A smaller group again and more facade detail.

Large group shot of family at wedding in Hampton Court House

Neema and Matthew wanted most of their posed photos taken in the gardens.  There are countless spots to do this.

Hampton Court House Gardens

The Hampton Court House gardens are extensive, and central is a heart-shaped lake – although you probably won’t realise it is heart-shaped.  There is also a ‘shell grotto‘, a garden patio, and all other unique elements that help make the venue so special.

Young bridesmaid leaps into air during the group wedding photos at Hampton Court House

I love this: I sometimes ask everyone to do something silly, such as jump.  I didn’t anticipate the enthusiasm of everyone, not least the bridesmaid.  She dominates this shot.

Family group portrait outside Hampton Court House

As well as portraits featuring the couple, I’m very open to anyone else asking me to take their photograph.  This was taken to the right of the house at the front.

Newly-Weds Portrait Shoot

After the group shots, I steal the couple away for about 10-15 minutes to take some photos around the grounds.  It shouldn’t be for too long as there are guests to chat to and drinks and canapes to be had!

Here are a few taken at different locations around the house before the couple joined their guests, and I concentrated on more natural moments…

Black and white portrait of the newly-weds in front-door doorway at Hampton Court House

A prominent place is the front doorway.  I edited some in colour and some in black and white, which worked well in the latter.

Bride kissing seated groom in garden seating area at Hampton Court House

The garden patio provides some stunning light through the foliage.

The couple walk across the lawn at Hampton Court House followed by their guests

Walking across the lawns for their portraits gives a better impression of the scale of the grounds behind the house.

Couple kissing in gardens of Hampton Court House

Autumnal and emotive: As the couple kissed, they seemed oblivious to me photographing it.  It’s not a common situation outside a wedding day, admittedly!

Married couple in silhouette at wedding in window of Hampton Court House

The interior provides many potential locations, too… In the large windows, silhouettes work exceptionally well.

Newly-weds pose with piano in main hall of Hampton Court House

This piano is in the Great Hall and is available for booked pianists to use before and after the ceremony.

Couple portrait on lawn of Hampton Court House with wedding guests in background

Photos like this give useful context as the couple stand on the front lawn with their wedding guests in the background.

Large group of guests posing at wedding on patio of Hampton Court House

This Impromptu shot happened later in the day and was quickly cobbled together on the patio by those nearby.

Bride hugging friend at wedding

At larger weddings, there are moments throughout the day when the couple greet friends they haven’t had a chance to say hello to yet.  I’m always on the lookout for this.

Bride laughing at drinks reception outside Hampton Court House

Emma laughing with her new husband and a friend is a lovely natural moment.

Couple laughing in huddle with grandparents at wedding

Another magical moment is when the couple shares a joke with the groom’s grandparents.

Your Hampton Court House Wedding Breakfast

Wedding breakfasts occur in the Victorian Picture Gallery, which can accommodate up to 150 guests seated around round tables.  The dining room has a glass skylight ceiling – a photographer’s dream.  I can shoot far later into the summer evening without using flash.  The Victorian Picture Gallery is off the Conservatory with its bar, leading to the patio and gardens.

Your photographer will probably have their meal at the same time as you, and it’s helpful if the venue provides one for them.  They should ask you if you need any meals for your suppliers, but ensure they are catered for, as it can be a long day.

The bride and groom enter the Victorian Painted Gallery for wedding breakfast

The best man announces the newlyweds into the Victorian Picture Gallery.  Notice the ornate marble doorway – just one of the house’s unique features.

The Great Dining room set for a wedding at Hampton Court House

The Victorian Picture Gallery is set at half-capacity for a small wedding.  Notice the skylight, which provides pleasing light for photography.

Tables of the Great Dining Room set out for an Indian wedding at Hampton Court House

The dining room is set more elaborately for an Indian wedding.

Bride laughing with groom at top table in ballroom of Hampton Court House

After the couple and their guests take their seats, and before they start eating, I go around the room looking for the best natural moments to photograph.

Young bridesmaid smiling between bride and groom in ballroom at Hampton Court House

Family moments like this with their niece are priceless and mean so much for couples to be able to look back on for years to come.

Bridesmaid takes selfie with bride and father at Hampton Court House wedding

Selfie shot: A proud father enjoys being with both of his daughters.

Groom taking photo of the photographer whilst other guests talk at top table at wedding reception

Weddings at Hampton Court House present all sorts of fun photography.   Here, the groom turns the tables on the wedding photographer – it does happen!

Bride kisses serious groom on the nose at wedding reception

A kiss on the nose – I think Greg’s deadpan expression makes this natural wedding photo.

The newly-weds sitting at long table posing for photo

A wider shot of the couple posing reminds them of who was seated at the Top Table.

Bride with parents at wedding reception in Hampton Court House

A happy family portrait of the bride with the groom’s parents.

Bride lifting baby and pulling faces at wedding in Hampton Court House

Photos like this not only please the couple, but the toddler’s parents love them too!

Grandfather lifting grandson at wedding reception

As dinner is served, I snapped this of Grandfather with Grandson.

Couple laughing whilst two male guests give speech at wedding in Kingston

The speeches are an excellent time for laughter and priceless moments – usually at the groom’s expense.

After Dinner Speeches at Hampton Court House

After the main course, wedding speeches are customarily held.  It’s always fun when the unexpected can happen, so your photographer should be on the lookout for this.  Sometimes, the speeches can be long, but from a photographic point of view, that is good to enable them to capture the speakers and reactions of you and your guests from all angles.

The groom gives his speech at round table in Hampton Court House

The groom gives his speech in front of the stage.  The round table meant I could also get their very close family in the photo.

Top table all clink glasses at Hampton Court House wedding

Cheers!  A toast to the happy couple.

Wedding guests toasting couple in black and white

Getting my camera close to the toasts is good, especially at a round table.  All sorts are going on here.

Evening Party in the Conservatory

After dinner, the couple and their guests can go through to the Conservatory for the cake cutting and first dance.  The dining hall is still available for people to sit and talk.

The DJ or band will set up during dinner and should be ready for you to take to the dancefloor and dance the night away…

What a great end to your perfect wedding day at Hampton Court House!

Newly-weds cutting the cake and smiling at wedding

After dinner, it’s the cake cutting, followed quickly by…

The couple dancing with guests in background mirror ball at Hampton Court House

…the first dance.  The disco lights make the dancing shots extra striking.

Groom dancing whilst hold drink in the sun at Hampton Court House

Groom Greg was enjoying a dance in the late-evening summer sunshine.  The Conservatory is perfect for your evening party, particularly at this time of year.

Female wedding guest dances with smoke above her

A guest dancing in the conservatory: The dry ice gives a good atmosphere through the DJ’s lights.

Groom having selfie with some wedding guests

There are moments to capture throughout the wedding day, and your Hampton Court House wedding photographer should try to catch them all.

Hampton Court House Wedding FAQs


A.  This is one wedding venue that is truly something extraordinary.  Round every corner, there’s something new and of interest, with loads of beautiful backdrops for your wedding portraits.

From your ceremony in the Victorian peace of the Main Hall to your reception in the Conservatory and Patio Garden, a Hampton Court House wedding will be stunning.  Look through my page on the venue to see many photos of every space used throughout a wedding day.



A.  Guests are allowed an hour or more to arrive, and there are rooms for the bride and groom to get ready.  Time is never a problem at this venue, but do communicate any wishes and requests to the venue.



A. The London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames registrars are very relaxed and ‘photographer-friendly’ – believe me, some are not!  They are happy for your official photographer to move around during the ceremony to take the best shots.  They even allow photography of the marriage schedule signing.  There must be a balance, and your photographer should be discreet and unobtrusive.  I always try to balance this with getting ‘the shot’ in my approach.



A.  Unfortunately, confetti is not allowed at Hampton Court House, but that’s fine.  Bubbles have become a popular substitute and can look stunning when there’s lots in the air.  Just beware of small soap spots on your wedding best!



A.  As with most wedding venues, the light varies throughout the building.  But the areas where it counts (the Grand Hall, Victorian Picture Gallery and Conservatory) all have excellent light during daylight hours.  Summer weddings will have no problem for the photographer to utilise the natural light.  But whatever the time of day or year, a good wedding photographer is adept at working with natural and artificial light to produce a set of wedding photos you will be proud to show your family and friends.

Bride and groom dancing with guests at Hampton Court House

The dancing can go on late.  I usually stay until about half an hour after your first dance, but I can stay later.

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