In 2014 my good friend Shorts (she's small) invited me and my boyf along to Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. I had been to a Festival every summer since I was 15 so was a straight-up 'Oh Hot Dyam.' We were going with Shorts' brother Penz (I give people nicknames it's an addiction) and his mates Rimmer (can't take the credit for that one) Katy & Darren. We were a bunch of mismatched goofballs who met in St Pancras, hopped on the Eurostar to eat waffles and party to Portishead, and three years later K & D asked me to be their Wedding Photographer. A sweet story ain't it? The waffles were dyaaam sweet.
Ask anyone who knows either of these two to describe them and I have no doubt the answer will be something along the lines of 'they are just the sweetest, kindest people in the world.' I knew this day was going to be perfect - whatever they did, because they are so meant to be together. But enough waffling - let's see some pics!
Katy and her best women were getting ready at the stunning Petersham Hotel right by the entrance to Richmond Park. They had a whole suite to themselves and the most beautiful balcony overlooking the park. It was a cold and grey day, but this didn't damped spirits one bit! The locations of the day were all totally stunning so it was never going to be an issue if the weather decided to be a bit pants. The boys got ready at Katy and Darren's pad and I made sure we had time in the morning to get over to them also (mostly to see Mabel the cat but a bit to see Darren too. I suppose).
Katy's dress was a stunning Lillian West design bought from Willow and Lace Bridal Boutique in Tealby, Lincolnshire and the Bridesmaid's dresses were from Lindybop. The boys wore suits from Scope and Darren's came from Edit Suits. I love the purple theme that ran throughout the day and felt suited to being in London's largest Royal Park!
Pembroke Lodge, tucked away in the heart of Richmond Park, is a beautiful location. Surrounded by gardens, greenery and deer, it has a intimate and calming feel. The staff are not only lovely but awesome at what they do and they made sure the day ran without a hitch. It's also such a great venue for all-weather-occasions. With windows all around the light floods in and makes for beautiful images!
We quickly took some 'formals' in front of the beautiful fireplace before I snuck Katy & Darren off to have 5 minutes to themselves. I adore the pillars in the walkway that links the reception room to the entrance and was so happy we got to snap some quiet moments before the sun set. How stunning is this Bride?!
Katy and Darren very kindly invited me to sit with the guests at dinner time (after some adorable speeches) and I can safely say the food was INCREDIBLE. The desert was my favourite - a super light meringue with forest fruits - and that's coming from someone who is very much savoury over sweet!
Before the dancing kicked off (The Peaks were the band and they brought the party!) was the cutting of the cake. This cake was incred and was the talk of the night! A masterpiece of cheese and colour - it looked genuinely beautiful. Katy & Darren's first dance was, of course, super cute and I had a great time on the dance floor catching some enthusiastic movers and shakers! My favourite prop of the day was the Danger Mouse cut out...always great to have a photo-op moment on the dance floor and this was no exception.
I had so much fun at this Wedding and it was the best way to kick off 2018. Katy and Darren are the kind of couple that make you smile when you look at them, and the whole day reflected their laid back and happy souls. I have to say a big thanks to my second shooter Victor who shot video for me on the day and caught some beautiful moments. It felt super special to be working this wedding - and we were a long way from the scruffy festival clothes we met in! Thank you so much to K & D for choosing me to capture your day. It was a true honour!
This wedding was an example of my All Day Photography and All Day Videography package.
Venue: Pembroke Lodge, Belvedere Suite, The Petersham Hotel
Bride Outfit: Lillian West (Bought from Willow and Lace bridal boutique in Tealby, Lincolnshire With alterations by ‘Bespoke by Janet Louise’)
Brides shoes: No. 1 Jenny Packham from debenhams, converse
Brides Accessories: Richard Designs for veil, fur wrap and hair piece
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lindybop
Make Up Artist: Kiss n Makeup Boutique
Groom Suit: Edit Suits
Groomsmen Suits: Scopes
Confetti: Shropshire Petals
Flowers: Diana Willsher (The Groom's mum!)
Cake: Teddington Cheese
Catering: Pembroke lodge
Band: The Peaks
Stamped Spoons: Celia Rose jewellery
Photography: Kim Williams Weddings
Videography: Filmed by Victor Kovachev, Edited by Kim Williams Weddings