Romantic Richmond Park Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot | Sarah & Kam
I was so excited to spend the day with Sarah and Kam in Richmond Park, an ideal location for an outdoor engagement shoot. As their wedding photographer, this engagement shoot was a great opportunity to get to know them ahead of their wedding. We had great fun exploring the eleven acres of landscaped gardens at Pembroke Lodge, and Sarah and Kam were keen to get amongst the local flora and fauna.
Pembroke Lodge is a stunning Georgian mansion, with a Grade II listing. It is located on the highest grounds of Richmond Park, London with views across the Thames Valley, over to Surrey and Windsor and Surrey. If you want to explore the area yourself, their tea rooms and gardens are open to the public.
During their engagement shoot at Pembroke Lodge, I wanted to capture a mixture of formal poses and unguarded moments. This gave me the opportunity to discuss the brief for their wedding photography, and get to grips with the styles of photographs they would prefer. The photo shoot gave us a chance to really get to know each other and helped the couple feel more relaxed in front of my camera. And as an added bonus, they also have some beautiful photos to remember the fun we had during the day.
If you love the look of this venue as much as I do, you’ll be pleased to know it is available for hire as a wedding venue, with seating for up to 140 guests. Sarah and Kam however, have chosen to get married at the luxurious Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon. The hotel boasts 200 acres of grounds, offering a variety of backdrops for outdoor wedding photographs. With this in mind, I kept the majority the engagement shoot focused on the gardens at Pembroke Lodge.
As you can see in the photographs we spent much of the day roaming the grounds, walking through a wildflower meadow, and attempting to see one of the local deer.
And we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit King Henry’s Mound. This romantic setting has a very unromantic backstory. The spot earned its name as it is reported to be the location from which Henry VII of England watched a rocket which was launched on 19 May 1536 from the Tower of London to signal the execution of his wife Anne Boleyn.
From the Mound you can see St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 miles to the east in the City of London. The Cathedral is visible to the naked eye, but is even better viewed through the telescope installed on the Mound.
Towards the end of the day the fading light created a romantic atmosphere, perfect for a handful of intimate photographs. It also made my job much easier as there were far fewer passers-by wandering into shot and asking questions.
I’m so pleased that Sarah and Kam are happy with the results of their engagement shoot, and I look forward to working with them again soon. Their excitement and connection was easily captured on camera and shines through in the final images.