As a London wedding photographer, Richmond is one location that I keep finding myself called back to. Known for its wide open spaces contrasting greatly with other London boroughs, beautiful historic mansions, the picturesque Richmond Park, and with the serene River Thames running through it, Richmond is one of the most popular destinations for London weddings. Kelly and Damian contacted me at short notice, asking me to provide their Pembroke Lodge wedding photography, and I was only too happy to oblige.
Dating from the late 18th century, Pembroke Lodge has been expanded and renovated many times during the years, yet it still maintains that all-important classic charm, making it perfect for weddings. In fact, I had photographed weddings at Pembroke Lodge a couple of times over my years as a London wedding photographer.
Although I had photographed weddings at Pembroke Lodge previously, this particular occasion was very special to me as it was the first time I would be shooting in the Belvedere Room. Whereas the Russell Suite, the primary wedding venue at Pembroke Lodge, is adapted to suit all manner of events and celebrations, the Belvedere Room was designed and built purposefully for weddings, so I was excited to see how the venues differed, and explore the photography options available in this beautiful room.
I’m happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed. The large windows and glass ceiling are a photographers dream. Plenty of natural light shining through meant I was able to capture some stunning photos of the bride and groom as they exchanged their vows. The Belvedere Room also opens up directly to an outdoor terrace, with breathtaking views across the Thames Valley. On a pleasant day such as this one, I was presented with multiple opportunities to photograph amongst the beautiful 11 acre landscape of Pembroke Lodge.
For the evening reception, the Belvedere Room transformed into what could have been a completely different venue. Gone was the light, airy atmosphere, instead replaced with atmospheric mood lighting and a star-covered ceiling, creating a warm, cozy, and romantic environment that really gave the photographs character and a definite contemporary charm. For brides and grooms keen to maintain the tradition of a wedding, coupled with a modern twist, the stylish Belvedere Room at the historic Georgian-era Pembroke Lodge is the perfect setting.