Kew Gardens Engagement Shoot – Last weekend took me to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew to photograph Claire & Rich for their pre-wedding shoot. As my first Kew Gardens engagement shoot and wedding, I’d planned a visit to familiarise myself with the venue, gardens and location of some of the Kew landmarks because Kew is so big! So we decided to do the pre-wedding shoot at the same time. It was a really beautiful spring day, the sun was out, the birds were singing and things were finally beginning to blossom – it couldn’t have been lovelier day. Claire & Rich are getting married at the historic Cambridge Cottage next month, one of several of Kew’s lovely wedding venues. They wanted a natural, documentary style for their wedding photography, and loved the English garden loveliness that Kew had to offer. Nothing staged or dramatic. Most of my wedding clients want a small number of formal group shots so its always nice to visit a venue, wherever possible in advance of the wedding day to plan where to do these, including checking out any indoor spaces in the event the weather doesn’t hold out. This is England after all! At Kew, you’re spoilt for choice with so many lovely backdrops and locations. After our relaxed 2-hour walkabout, we decided to keep it very simple for this portrait shoot.
It’s not always possible to meet wedding my wedding couples before their big day because of work commitments and the natural logistics of busy lives, but I always try to where I can. I very much like to click with my couples and to feel the chemistry is right, especially as I’ll be spending an entire day with them and their nearest and dearest. Wedding photography isn’t just a job for me – I’m there to document one of the most important days in a couples life so don’t compromise when it comes to getting on with your photographer.
Here are a few from the day and more to follow next month after Claire & Rich’s wedding. Hope you like them – to follow future blogs on Facebook like me here! Thanks for stopping by.