Photographed by Nicholas Hill
Natasha & Paras's Wedding
“The choice of wedding venue is so important. A couple will often spend hours deliberating the finer points of where to get married. It is so important for Kew Gardens Photography to capture the venue in the best and most flattering way possible to help tell a story. The civil ceremony took place in the famous Nash conservatory which was originally built at Buckingham Palace before being moved brick by brick to Kew Gardens in 1836. The evening reception was held in the Orangery again in the grounds of Kew Gardens, built in 1841 and carry a Grade 1 listed status it truly is a spectacle to behold.”
Natasha & Paras's Thoughts
From the engagement shot to the last shot on our big day Nick pitched everything perfectly. Neither of us like being photographed but Nick knew exactly how to put us at ease and capture candid, natural shots. The end results were fantastic and so many people have commented on them. We can’t praise or recommend Nick highly enough! In fact, one of the bridesmaids thought he was so good she booked him for her wedding!
It is so important for my Kew Gardens Photography to capture the finer details of the day as well at the bigger moments we all expect. The flowers, rings, and even the choice of socks can be equally worthy of a thoughtful photograph. I tend to put time into setting up the rings as well as ensuring that nothing important is missed.
Bridal preparation is one of the most enjoyable parts of the day for me as a photographer. It is an important time during which brides can be feeling a little nervous or apprehensive. I use this time to good effect by making everyone in the bridal party feel comfortable about having their picture taken whilst trying to be as helpful as possible with tidying and time management where needed. Natasha and Paras were both getting ready at the Urban Villas hotel located about 1 mile from Kew Gardens. Due to severe disruptions to London transport it was necessary for everyone to leave 1 hour before scheduled in order to arrive in time for the ceremony.
Grant arrived at the venue with plenty of spare time. It meant that himself and his groomsmen were able to finalise the little details that were so important to the couple. Matthew joined the boys and ensured that the Kew Gardens Photography we captured of the boys was very relaxed and informal.
The Kew Gardens Photography wedding ceremony is the whole reason for the day, as such I ensure that both myself and Matthew try to be as unimposing as possible. It is helped by the fact there are two of so we do not need to move around and can cover two different perspectives with ease. I can even help advise you both on how to stage the perfect first kiss!
Natasha arrived in an original vintage Rolls Royce along with her very proud Father. Outside the Nash conservatory were no less than 9 bridesmaids waiting to accompany Natasha down the aisle. The conservatory was filled with 200 close friends and family. Despite being a very hot day (34c) the conservatory was surprisingly well ventilated and everyone remained lovely and cool.
The drinks reception is a time when your guests get to mingle and chat amongst themselves. I try to ensure that you both get a good amount of time to greet your guests before we move into the formals and portraits. This becomes a great reason for a second photographer. Whilst we are covering other important aspects of your photography you can be sure that the reception and wedding breakfast table details are being properly photographed.
The Kew Gardens Photography drinks reception took place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory which is used to house tropical plants and flowers. It was warm inside but everyone remained composed and looking great.
The formal photography of the wedding day is very much a time when I will take control to help ensure it is carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is my recommendation that a bride and groom produce a list of around eight to ten formal group shots they would like taken.
Natasha and Paras had taken care of most of the formals during the Indian ceremony the day before at the Sri Murugan temple and so we were able to very quickly get through their list for the day. We utilised the Nash Conservatory again given the quality of light and stunning beauty of the room. The internal decorations were important to the the couple as Natasha’s Father had made them all.
Portraits are often a time to be creative. I am often asked if I can incorporate the venue into the portraits and this is something I try to do whenever possible. It is so nice to photograph the bride and groom as part of an environmental portrait helping show the grandeur and beauty of a venue.
The grounds of Kew Gardens are simply majestic. My background as a landscape photographer meant I wanted to ensure that Natasha and Paras were assured a selection of images that showed off this beauty. We were very lucky with our timings and even managed to incorporate some of the late afternoon light into these beautiful portraits.
Time is always limited so we had use of a buggy to take us to a selection of key locations within the grounds. It is also really helped that the bride and groom had already has an engagement shoot with me prior to the wedding ceremony and so fly really comfortable in front of the camera.
The Breakfast Room
A slightly confusing name but effectively the room in which everyone sits down to eat and enjoy the speeches. It is so important to me as a photographer to ensure we capture the room and attention to detail that has been so carefully thought through.
From the moment a bride and groom are introduced into the wedding breakfast room I like to ensure we capture those special moments as they unfold. I typically do not photograph people eating as this is never flattering but regardless of if the speeches are before or after a meal we are there and ready to capture this and the reactions from the guests in attendance.
First Dance & Cake Cutting
In the evening the ballroom at Kew Gardens Photography elevates. Emma and Grant put a great deal of thought into their beautiful pink colour scheme. The quality of the uplighting and dance floor provided a perfect backdrop.
During the cake cutting Emma decided to do a great impression of Psycho. It was clear that Emma and Grant had practiced a well choreographed first dance.
Everyone loves to dance at a wedding and once the lights are dimmed we ensure that all those great moments are captured properly.