A Sun Kissed Wedding at Kew Gardens

Every year I am lucky enough to photograph a lot of weddings. I always look forward to capturing the most special event of a couple's lives (to date!). I always find it a little strange when I'm asked if I ever get bored of doing them - do journalists ever get bored when they are in the middle of an unfolding story? No! For me, each wedding is a very special and unique story that unfolds and I'm the lucky person who gets a front row seat so I can capture it for my clients.Whilst every new wedding is an exciting opportunity for me and my camera, I was particularly looking forward to Anna & Pete's day.

I had never photographed a wedding at Kew Gardens before and when I woke up to blue-filled skies, I couldn't wait to get out into the beautiful grounds and start snapping.  Having photographed Anna's brother's wedding the year before, it was great to see some familiar faces throughout the day.Having started the day with the bride and her excited wedding party at a hotel nearby, I arrived at St Michael and All Angels' Church where the first wedding guests were starting to trickle in. After a beautiful service we all boarded iconic Routemaster buses to travel to Kew itself. It was so much fun rattling around in the bus with my camera capturing the guests - people always have such a warm feeling about those old buses and really enjoy being aboard them.

At Kew, the reception was in a special private section of the grounds. I just love this part of the day. I'm a documentary photographer at heart, so I always relish quietly blending into the crowd capturing wonderful little moments that I know the bride and groom will cherish. It was one of my favourite receptions this year and I think the photos reflect that.We then made our way to the Orangery for the wedding breakfast. What a beautiful space for dinner and a dance. After the meal, the party spilled out onto the beautiful terrace offering spectacular views of the grounds beyond. As I walked through the deserted moonlit gardens on my way home, I was already looking forward to my next booking at this very special venue.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNA & PETE!

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