If you are planning a wedding in the Kingston and Richmond areas do take a look at the Prices, the Photo Galleries, the Videos, and the Albums. This gallery illustrates just one of many venues for you to browse.
We love the photos! In fact everyone who's seen them has said how good they look, they're all fabulous - thank you! And thanks for all your hard work on the day. We also also love the video :-)
Rachel and Mike
Thank you so much! The photos look amazing and we are very pleased with the final result. The Galleries look great! And we are thrilled with our GraphiStudio album. Your work and the album have far exceeded our expectations and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We'll be sure to recommend you to all our friends.
Helen and Martin
Thanks for all the pictures you took at our wedding – they are lovely. We are really happy with them.
Inge-Lise and Adrian
Our photos are lovely! You take beautiful shots. Thank you so much. On the day I was quite overwhelmed as the bride - you were so polite with me!
Emma and Cyril
We really like our photos - you managed to capture us just as we were and the pictures of guests and family turned out really well.
Jill and Justin
The popular West London wedding venue Pembroke Lodge is actually located in Richmond Park Surrey. Pembroke Lodge is a good looking choice of wedding venue, and a safe bet as the staff are vastly experienced in running events - they have been staging weddings for over 50 years!
The venue is easy to get to from the nearby M3 M4 and M25 motorway connections, and being only ten miles from the heart of London its also very convenient and popular with couples and guests travelling from abroad.
Since it is within the historic Richmond Park the roads and the immediate area parking can get pretty busy so Peter recommends you do factor that into your journey times. Pembroke Lodge does have a small amount of private parking available for folks working on the wedding day - but do make sure you display a permit!
The Pembroke Lodge registrars, from the nearby Richmond Register Office, are always a real pleasure to work with. Richmond was one of the first areas in the country to switch onto the desire of couples to have a good record of their ceremony and onto the needs of professional wedding photographers and videographers; and it shows. No silly rules as regards photography and video during the ceremony. This is probably just as well as many weddings at Pembroke Lodge have a strong international flavour and foreigners (guests) do - as they say - do things differently! Guests often shoot for themselves throughout ceremonies - this would cause many a shire counties registrar heart failure!
The grounds of this beautiful venue are open to the public so be sure to take this into account when planning your photos. The terraces at the back slope steeply away from the main building and this should be allowed for if you plan to have shots of large groups. There is a riot of daffodils throughout the grounds in the spring. Bright sunshine is the enemy of professional photographers on wedding days as it can cause unflattering high contrast in portraits, but the venue does have various areas with suitable shade.
The first photo below shows the main entrance to Pembroke Lodge and to the Russell Suite - one of two available for weddings, the other being the larger ground floor Belvedere Suite towards the right in the photo. There are extensive mature and well-maintained grounds all around the venue including behind the camera position:
The Belvedere Suite at the opposite end of the building to the main entrance has its own large terrace with spectacular views overlooking the surrounding countryside:
Peter's coverage usually starts with the girls getting ready and includes lots of detail photos of the bouquets, dresses, shoes, jewellery, and suchlike, all of which look great at the start of your wedding photo album:
A personal greeting card from the groom:
Pembroke Lodge does not have its own overnight facilities - though there are rooms available which the girls can use to get ready in. Lots of brides choose instead to get ready at the nearby Petersham Hotel. This is itself another gorgeous wedding venue and a sister hotel to The Elvetham.
The Petersham does lend itself to lots of setpiece photos with its spectacular architecture both outside and inside. Here we see out bride with her maid of honour on their balcony:
The next photo illustrates the Belvedere Suite at Pembroke Lodge set up ready for the wedding ceremony. It is the larger of the two suites and also has the advantage of being on the ground floor:
The Russell Suite at Pembroke Lodge is on the first floor of the main building, giving it some great views over the surrounding grounds. In the next photo you can see it dressed ready for the wedding ceremony complete with elaborate candle stands and harpist playing:
And the Russell Suite again prepared ready for the wedding ceremony, this time with an alternative colour scheme - and rather more room at the front!
Live music adds to the sense of occasion:
Back to the girls and all that getting ready!
Weddings are all about colour schemes but a few black and white or sepia photos can be a welcome addition as in the next photo of our bride having her hair finished. Peter shoots all the photos in colour and then converts some to black and white and to other effects using a variety of sophisticated software recipes. You see both the colour and the black and white versions in your own wedding photo galleries:
The proud mother of twins shot this photo of the little people on her phone before commencing her maid of honour duties:
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