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Winchester House Wedding Photography – Weddings in the Beautiful Putney

 

Exchange of wedding rings at Winchester House Putney

Fantastic natural window light helps to make wedding photography at Winchester House a total joy to undertake.


Winchester House: an Elegant & Beautiful Wedding Venue

Winchester House describes itself as a ‘blank canvas wedding venue‘.  What this means is that it is minimalist but with all its charm and elegance retained to help make your wedding day special.  Being minimalist means that the happy couple can mould and shape the venue into the vision they have for their wedding day.  This includes adding their own furnishings, colour schemes and finishing touches.


Bride and mum walking down aisle at Winchester House

Bride Helen walked down the aisle with her mother as guests looked on. I used a bit of fill flash to capture this photo and bring out the details.


A Brief History of Winchester House

The venue was probably built in the 1700’s.  I say ‘probably’ as there’s some dispute about this.  The Winchester House Club states that it was built in the 17th century.  They claim that Oliver Cromwell used the house for the Putney Debates and that he planted the Mulberry Tree in the garden that still fruits today.

The Winchester House Club formed in 1892 and is still active today, hosting sporting events and dinners.


Bride and groom holding hands from back of room at Winchester House

A shot from the back shows off the bride’s dress well and gives more of a sense of occasion.


Winchester House as a Wedding Venue:

The house is quite secluded despite it’s prominent location on the Thames.  With a medium sized garden, it is perfect for drinks receptions.

Being minimalist means that the happy couple can mould and shape the venue into the vision they have for their wedding day.  This includes adding their own colour schemes and finishing touches.  The decor is neutral and light, so whatever scheme you choose, it will perfectly blend in and just work.  The team at Winchester House are happy to help with ideas and suggestions.

The venue requires vendors to sign a risk assessment.  This is for insurance purposes as they need assurance that if anything should go wrong, they are covered.  However, as a photographer, I travel light with only one bag of equipment so much of it didn’t apply.


Wedding couple holding hands in ceremony at Winchester House

I moved further towards the back for a wider shot and to capture more of the wedding guests for this overview.  This photo gives a good view of the front of the ballroom with its stage and bay window.


Rooms Available for Wedding Use

The ballroom seats 100 guests or caters for 150 if it’s a standing reception.  There’s a stage at the front where those making the speeches after the meal may stand.  A band or DJ can also set up there for the evening dancing and entertainment.

Other spaces include the bar adjacent to the ballroom.  This is open throughout the wedding for guests to buy drinks and relax in if they want somewhere quieter to sit.  However, the bar is very small so there’s limited space.


Wedding at Winchester House in Putney

The Wandsworth registrars are very relaxed about wedding photography and don’t mind me moving around at all to photograph shots such as this one.


The library is downstairs and leads onto the garden.  The bride and bridal party may get ready there if required.  It’s also where the drinks are served from after the ceremony.  In nice weather, the drinks reception is on the lawn and the couple exit the building through the library to be showered in confetti.

Guests and the couple can also use the room after dinner.  As the house staff clear the tables for the dancing, guests move downstairs to relax a while in the library before the evening celebrations commence.


Bride laughing with groom at wedding ceremony

Closer in and a moment later I capture some humour of the occasion. I use the natural window light for this photo – notice that this nicely illuminates the guests too.


A Calming, Approachable, Fun Presence…

Thank you so very much for your contribution to our wedding day at Winchester House on Saturday. You were such a calming, approachable, fun presence and we couldn’t be happier to have chosen you as our photographer.  Thanks too for your amazing work on the slide show. I have already watched it 4 times!  Thanks again, Guy. You have been great.

Helen & Dale


Groom laughing as he places ring on bride's finger

Sometimes rings aren't as easy to get on fingers as they should be... And I think that is the case here!


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You can book an appointment with Wandsworth Council on-line: Wandsworth Council Booking Form


Groom signing register with bride watching

Wandsworth also allows the photographer to photograph and document the signing - many councils don't.


Location on the River in Putney

The venue backs on to the River Thames directly opposite Fulham Palace. It is a stones throw from Putney Bridge and the underground station of the same name. It's easily accessible by bus (the 22 and 265 stop outside) and car with the M4 and South Circular being close by.


Bride and groom walking down aisle after wedding ceremony

I always take a sequence of the couple walking back down the aisle. This was one in a series of 10.


Confetti being thrown on newly-weds in garden of Winchester House

The venue allows confetti in the back garden which always makes a great photographic sequence.


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Wedding guests sitting in garden at Winchester House looking out over the Thames

A photo of a corner of the garden. The wall is low enough for views of the Thames and high enough up to offer privacy.


Wedding Catering at Winchester House

The venue's caterers, Create, can provide canapés and bowl food for guests to snack on during the post-ceremony drinks on the lawn.  They are also keen to create the perfect dinner menu that flawlessly suits the couple's personalities and the guests' tastes.  Having personally sampled their food, I can recommend it wholeheartedly!


Boy sitting on mum's lap in garden of Winchester House

This quick portrait of mother and son at the drinks reception shows off the back of the house quite clearly.


Groom shaking hands with guest at wedding with others watching

The drinks reception is largely about congratulations and old friends catching up. I shoot in a fly on the wall style, preferring guests not to notice I'm training the camera on them.


Bride hugging male wedding guest

As previously, the natural photos are the best and tell the story of the day. Every shot is a memory for the couple to have and take forward to look back on for years to come.


Group wedding photo with bridesmaids and groomsmen in garden

Of course, posed photos are generally required too and I'm more than happy to take them. The garden gives a great directional light that is very flattering.


Two bridesmaids kissing groom on cheeks in black and white

During the posed shots, the guests monkeying around can make for some fun shots too.


Group shot of everyone at a wedding in the garden of Winchester House in Putney

Just before everyone goes up to the ballroom for the wedding breakfast is a good opportunity to take a big group shot of everyone. The Thames is a gorgeous backdrop to this.


Wedding guitar dup serenading happy couple in garden

Wedding duo The Belle and the Busker serenading Helen and Dale: Music during a wedding drinks reception makes for a more relaxing atmosphere.


Newly-weds in garden dancing with each other in black and white

When everyone else has made their way to the ballroom is a good chance to photograph the couple on their own for a few minutes. Here, I've asked them to dance to capture some fun shots of them interacting.


Wedding couple entering dinner with guests clapping

The entrance of the bride and groom. I take a break during dinner to have my own meal and let the wedding party eat without worrying about photography.


Groom giving speech on stage in the ballroom at Winchester House

The groom giving his speech. This shot gives a good impression of the overall size and layout of the ballroom. This wedding had around 70 guests. Capacity is 100 for a seated wedding breakfast.


Bride laughing at groom's speech at wedding

I like to shoot some reactions shoots whilst the speeches are on. Here the bride finds some of her new husband's speech very funny.


Guests clapping and clinking glasses together during toasts

The toasts are good time for some expressions shots and the clinking of glasses.


Wedding couple chatting with guests around them after dinner

This is an unusual photo and I love it for its complexity. There's more going on than first meets the eye as the happy couple enjoy their guests after dinner.


Bride and groom cutting wedding cake

The front of the Winchester House ballroom is a great spot for the wedding cake. The bride and groom cut the cake before the evening celebrations begin.


Couple doing their first dance at a wedding

The couple go into their first dance when the house staff have cleared away some tables.


Couple and guests dancing at wedding in black and white

There follows several photos taken at Winchester House as the festivities continue...


Woman dancing with girl at wedding


Groom whistling whilst bride claps at wedding in Winchester House, London


Man fallen on floor at wedding is helped up by bride

Oh dear! One of the guests enjoyed the day a little too much and has to be rescued by the bride...


Man with arms out and bride behind at wedding in London

...but he's OK and seems unscathed if a little sheepish!


Winchester House,
10 Lower Richmond Rd,
Putney,
London.
SW15 1JN.

 

www.winchesterhouseevents.co.uk

 

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