A hot and sunny Summer’s day and a glorious Hampton Court Palace wedding
I’m scooting back to last summer for today’s blog post. On a scorching hot day in July Jess & Nick married at St Mary’s Church in Hampton and then celebrated with their loved ones in The Garden Room at Hampton Court Palace.
At Jess’s parents home there was a buzz of nerves and excitement. Jess was in the middle of having her make up done when I arrived. She chose to enhance her natural English Rose complexion with a soft, pretty look perfectly applied by makeup artist Rachel Lavery. I loved that Jess kept her hair softly styled and partly down with one simple hair accessory. It was a very relaxed morning, with bacon butties being eaten and Mary Poppins on the TV to keep the little flower girl (and the older bridesmaids!) entertained. Once hair and makeup had been done and the father of the bride was all dressed and ready, it was time for the girls. The bridesmaids looked wonderful in their navy blue knee-length dresses and Jess looked simply elegant and stunning in her lace ‘Amile’ gown by Watters from London Bride Couture.
The ceremony at St Mary’s Parish Church in Hampton was a very happy part of the day. Lots of smiles, giggles and a little embarrassment as the hot day meant the rings didn’t fit quite as easily as they would normally! Jess & Nick married amongst cheers and happy tears. While the newlyweds headed in their car to Hampton Court Palace the guest travelled on the wedding bus and walked through the grounds to The Garden Room for champagne and canapés by Ampersand catering.
Jess, Nick and I took a wander around the Palace taking some relaxed photos in the main building and the gardens. It really is the most amazing place and a real treat to be able to take photos there.
Back in the gardens, the couple arrived to be greeted by cheers from their guests and a very welcome drink of champagne. The sunny weather made for the most perfect wedding reception as everyone relaxed with cold drinks chatted and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. Jess and Nick had chosen very simple table decorations, with little bags of lavender as favours and aromatic lavender plants as the centrepiece of each table. A beautiful white cake decorated with simple blue and lace ribbons that matched the bridesmaids dresses sat in the corner with its fabulous ‘Mr & Mrs Brown’ topper.
Dinner and speeches soon followed with lots of laughter, some friendly teasing and a lot of love all around. I whisked the Jess & Nick away for a few moments after the speeches, to grab the sunset in front of the main iconic building of Hampton Court Palace. By this time all the tourists had gone home and we had the place to ourselves. It was so much fun to wander around the grounds on our own and capture some stunning golden hour photos.
Jess & Nick’s first dance was extra special as the music was played by their friend’s band. The dance floor filled and everyone partied the night away. It was a really fun, relaxed and beautiful wedding and one I was thrilled to be a part of and to be able to photograph.
Huge thanks to Jess and Nick for asking me to be a part of their amazing Hampton Court Palace wedding. Here are some of the other people who made the day run smoothly.
Grooms suit – Ede & Ravenscroft
Brides shoes – Rainbow Club
Grooms shoes – Church’s
Flowers – Harpers Bloom
Cake – Made by a family member
Band – Sykes
DJ – GJ’s Discos
Stationery (Invites) – Strawberry Sorbet
Stationery (Church & Reception) – Announce it!
Wedding signage – Hayden Signs
If you have enjoyed this elegant and fun Summer wedding head over and take a look at this elegant Eltham Palace wedding with the most beautiful sunset!
Thanks for popping by