Wedding Photography at Ham House

Wedding Photography at Ham House

Lucy and Archie’s wedding was one of those quintessentially English weddings. Beautiful light throughout the day and wonderful people made their ceremony at The Sacred Heart Wimbledon and their wedding photography at Ham House in Richmond so much fun. I’d shot another of my favourite weddings at The Sacred Heart a few years ago, so I knew what a beautiful space it was to photograph, and having my second photographer Chris with me on the day, meant that we were able to document the whole build up to the ceremony and capture the full story of the wedding from all angles.


the bride on the morning of her weddingfather of the bride makes last minute changes to his speechthe flower girl does her own wedding makeupyoung and old prepare for the wedding ceremonyfriends on the wedding morning


After a beautiful ceremony it was on to the National Trust property of Ham House and Gardens. Sitting on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond, Ham House was built in the 17th-century and was the creation of the Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband, the Duke, who together transformed Ham into one of the grandest Stuart houses in England. The restored gardens that surround the property make a beautiful backdrop for some informal portraits and the spacious marquee, set back among the walled kitchen garden, offers just the right level of privacy to enjoy the wedding reception with family and friends.

This wedding is also a great example of my approach to documentary wedding photography. It’s become a bit of a buzz word among wedding photographers in recent years, and can sometimes be used to describe any picture that isn’t posed. For me, there’s a bit more to it than that, and it’s not quite so black and white, if you excuse the pun! For me, it’s about looking for those little “in-between moments” that aren’t necessarily obvious wedding moments that a couple would expect from their photographer, but which fill in gaps in their memory, like the bridal party gathering outside the family home as they wait to go to the ceremony, or a father/daughter hug after a wonderful speech (the finishing touches to which, you can see dad making earlier in the day). It’s also about shooting through the moment and realising that the story may continue after the moment, like the joy after the first kiss, or the wonderful sequence during the wedding photography at Ham House that takes place when one of Lucy’s bridesmaids caught the bouquet. Note to self, I need to start carrying more business cards for situations like this!


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“We’re enjoying showing everyone our photos, and I love looking through them over and over again! Thank you so much for all your hard work.” Lucy & Archie


  1. May 9, 2018 / Reply

    Great set of story-telling images full of emotion.

  2. May 9, 2018 / Reply

    Ahh so lovely. What a beautiful wedding. Particularly love the dancing shots!

    • May 9, 2018

      Hi Sharron, Thanks so much, it was a great party!

  3. Nice work – lovely close up work.

  4. May 9, 2018 / Reply

    What a beautiful wedding. Wonderful photographs.

    • May 10, 2018

      Thanks so much Ally, they were such a great couple to work with.

  5. May 10, 2018 / Reply

    Great documentary set David

    • May 10, 2018

      Thanks Maria, I’m really proud of this one!

  6. May 10, 2018 / Reply

    Gorgeous work David! I love the party shots!

    • May 10, 2018

      Thanks Robin, it’s always so good to round off a wedding with a great party!

  7. May 11, 2018 / Reply

    lovely work as always. love the shot with the camera phone and lady leaning back – fabulous capture

  8. May 18, 2018 / Reply

    fantastic photographs of what looks like a fun wedding! LOVE your dancing shots!

  9. May 21, 2018 / Reply

    fantastic shots! I LOVE what you’ve captured during the dancing, some priceless expressions! Great job

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