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Ham House and York House Wedding for Alison & Derek

It was a stunning summer’s day Alison and Derek were married at York House and then held their Wedding Reception at Ham House in Richmond in South West London. I had been introduced to Alison through my daughters’ Head Mistress who was a great friend of the Bride.

Ham House from the gardens

The marriage ceremony was conducted at York House just across from where Alison chose to get ready with her bridesmaids and Maid of Honour and long term friend.

There was so much laughter whilst Alison was getting ready! Alison’s daughter was getting ready with her mum too. Every bit a Princess! The Bride was marrying a Scot so Thistles were part of the floral bouquet and buttonholes flowers. Indeed, the Groom was from my home town of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The marriage ceremony was conducted at York House, literally across the road from where Alison was getting ready.

Exterior of York House where the Civil Ceremony was to be held

Derek, wearing a traditional kilt, waited for Alison in the cool of York House next to the couple’s son. Alison and Derek had charged Katrina Otter Weddings with the management of the day and she was in place to make last minute adjustments to the buttonholes.

Then Alison arrived and the ceremony commenced.

The wedding party then climbed aboard a traditional Red Route master Bus and headed for nearby Ham House.

Red Route Master Buses transported the guests

Unknown to the Bride and Groom, the bus wasn’t allowed to drive right up to the entrance of Ham House, however, this gave everyone the opportunity to take a short walk in the sunshine before the party began.

It was amazingly sunny! The couples' children had starring roles as Flower girl and Page boy. Their speeches later in the day were also great fun! The cool of the open sided marquee awaited.

The sun did not stop shining throughout the day. The children were entertained and kept cool during the Wedding Breakfast in a beautiful bell tent just beside the open sided wedding marquee.Derek is from my home town of Aberdeen so I felt quite at home! There were quite a few subtle Scottish touches to Alison and Derek's wedding.

Just before heading in to the lovely cool marquee, the sun had just dropped enough to take some stunning wedding portraits of Alison and Derek in the grounds of Ham House.

The Bride and Groom photographed in the grounds of Ham House
The Bride and Groom photographed in the grounds of Ham House

Then back to their guests! It was such a relaxed atmosphere. Their speeches later in the day were great fun! Everyone, joined in. It was a truly family affair.

Rhubarb events created the most amazing food for the guests to enjoy. My personal favourite detail was the desert table.

Rhubarb Events created an amazing Deserts Table.

I loved the personalised cake toppers!

After cutting their fantastic wedding cake, the dancing began. Obviously, with the groom being Scottish, there had to be a ceilidh! Much swinging around - it can be a dangerous occupation being a wedding photographer during a Ceilidh in full flow!

A Ceilidh band led the dancing into the night!

The evening air was a little cooler. The dancing continued without those annoying high heels.

The last shot of the night was just as I left the wedding party. Everyone had discovered the desert table and were busily catching up with one and other. Fuel for more dancing into the night.

Alison said of her wedding photography

“Gill took photos of our wedding in 2016. She caught the joy of the occasion beautifully and made the whole process relaxed and enjoyable. Highly recommended.”


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