Wedding Photographer at Hampton Court House Near Kingston
When I first photographed a wedding at Hampton Court House for Bozenka and Greg’s wedding, I was blown away. The venue seemed perfect for wedding photography – the 18th century architecture, the setting but most of all the gorgeous light spilling in 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. This is where the wedding ceremonies are held and it means that photographers can shoot weddings with a minimum of artificial light.
The moment I saw Bo and her father pull up outside in her hired Rolls Royce and enter the venue through the large front doors, I knew it would be a fantastic day.
Also important for any wedding photographer is the ability to move around discretely and unhindered. Hampton Court House provides this ability in spades and the large space meant I could photograph the couple’s marriage ceremony from all angles and utilise the light well to create very pleasing images indeed.
The venue is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The Richmond Registrars are very relaxed about wedding photography and even allow the signing of the register to be photographed.
After the ceremony, we took time to take many beautiful portraits of the newly-weds and, again the house provided much scope for this. Around every corner there was a new photo opportunity: An attractive window here, an old doorway there. Period furniture which we were free to use as we wished. Even a grand piano in a well-lit alcove.
Wedding breakfasts are held in Hampton Court House’s ballroom, with seating capacity for up to 150. The ballroom has a glass skylight ceiling – a photographer’s dream. It meant I could shoot far later into the summer evening without the use of flash light. The disco was set up in the conservatory (another glass-ceiling!) located just off the ballroom. It looks out onto the gardens and lake and with the late-summer sunshine lighting up their first dance, any wedding couple couldn’t wish for a better day.
Call Emily at the venue to discuss your wedding plans: 020 8614 0860
I have now photographed several weddings at Hampton Court House and here some favourite images from those wedding days:
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