Ham House Wedding Photographer at Last!
Ham House is one of London’s best kept secrets, a gorgeous Stuart mansion which has been carefully preserved for centuries and is now owned by the National Trust. It is such a well kept secret that I have been waiting to be asked to photograph a wedding there for over a decade. I have worked there as an event photographer over the years, strolled past many times and visited with my son for numerous fun events as he grew up from Halloween to Easter Egg hunts so I was absolutely delighted to realise my dream of photographing a wedding at this wonderful place that means so much to me. The experience was made more special because I received such a warm welcome from James, Catherine and their family.
The day started with drinks at the front of the house which is perfect for taking wedding photographs, with the beautiful arches and rustic finish to the walls it is great for wedding photography whatever the weather.
Ellie, one of the two adorable ring bearers stealing the show again :-).Catherine with her sister Siobhan (who kindly plied me with champagne and good conversation later on!).I love this bench at Ham House – perfect for a relaxed and fun alternative to the formal group shots that are often taken at weddings. We started with the bride and groom and just used the bench as a focal point for the photos. People often feel more at ease when seated so I always look for a bench or seat for these shots if the bride and groom are willing.
Good socks Jim!
No set of wedding photographs is complete without one of all the boys!
The groom and his friend Paul relaxing with a cup of tea – an unusually relaxed start to a wedding! Thanks Paul for taking such an interest in the photography and for being there with your camera. I hope you like the photos. I’d like to see the ones you took too.
It’s lovely when the bride and groom enter the ceremony together as is often the case with smaller weddings. They look so happy!
The wedding ceremony was conducted by Michael Ward from Richmond Register Office. Good to see you again Michael.
Ring bearer Cate sang a fabulous solo which made the ceremony extra special. Well done Cate!
All the boys again!
and the whole group in front of the stunning fireplace in the ceremony room.
Amazing wedding can made by Abi, decorated with edible flowers from the gardens. Beautiful English country wedding breakfast served in the refurbished Orangery Café next to the beautiful walled kitchen garden.
Lots of champagne 🙂A happy flower on a truly happy day.
Special thanks to Abi and the friendly team at Ham House who were so helpful.