Ham Polo Club is a fabulous wedding venue in its own right. There is the simply wonderful St Peter’s Church in Petersham where you can choose to get married, and then go onto Ham Polo Club for your reception. This is exactly what Sam and Lucy decided to do.
Lucy and Sam were very laid back about their wedding day which is so great to be part of. Lucy was getting ready at home in Ham, while her husband to be was finalising details at the Church and Ham Polo Club.
I have been fortunate enough to photograph at Ham Polo club many times. The clubhouse and the roof terrace make this the perfect destination for your wedding day – why? It’s a stonesthrow from Richmond Upon Thames with great rail / road links for your guests. It’s adjacent to all the stunning areas that Richmond Upon Thames have to offer. For example, Richmond Park, The Terrace and Petersham Meadows all make wonderful backdrops for couples portraits.
The bridal preparation at Lucy’s mother and father’s house was relaxed and not without a bottle or two of bubble. Lucy looked stunning in her gorgeous wedding dress and emotions were running high as Lucy prepared to leave for the Church with her father.
I had walked passed St Peter’s Church in Petersham so many times and had never photographed a wedding there before. It is so beautiful and a real treat. This was a winter wedding at the end of November 2019 and candles lit up the church for Lucy and Sam.
After the confetti shot (which with such a large group of family and friends, literally stopped traffic)! I love taking newlyweds for their ‘couple portrait’ wedding photos.
So many opportunities here. We incorporated The Terrace on Richmond Hill, which has a protected view of the River Thames from the Terrace on Richmond Hill. It has been made famous by poets and artists such as JW Turner and William Wordsworth.
I really prefer taking couples for ‘pockets’ of time rather than a whole hour at a time. I feel couples are more relaxed and don’t spend too long away from their guests. After all, when you are just married you want to mingle and enjoy your reception before you sit down for your wedding breakfast.
Also, but taking the newly weds for shorter periods it helps take advantage of the different types of light throughout the day. You can see the different light in some of my chosen images for this blog what a difference the timing makes.
This whole day, combined with an amazing couple (who were totally meant to be together) was fabulous. Here are some very kind words from Lucy and Sam:
“Thank you so, so, so much for these! They’re spectacular, it was a pleasure having you shoot our wedding and we went through all the photos yesterday and relived the best day ever!”. Congratulations Lucy and Sam, you were both amazing to work with and totally rocked your wedding day. Here are a selection of my favourite images from a very special day…..enjoy x