Why Kew Gardens?
If you live in urban West London but you crave greenery and nature, what do you do? You go to one of Londons many stunning parks and spend the day relaxing with friends. Now, what if that day is your wedding day and you want a beautiful English garden wedding? You book the historic Kew Gardens, of course!
The world-renowned Royal Botanical gardens, Grade I and II listed properties and Glass Houses which make up this World Heritage Site were the perfect choice for Lulu and Adam, who fell in love with the stunning views across the River Thames, the private gardens and especially the Nash Conservatory, which was moved brick by brick from none other than Buckingham Palace! It’s the perfect alternative to a city hotel wedding. And as a bonus you’ll be donating towards the flower and plant conversation which goes on there.
Their wedding day began with fun and frivolity with Lulu’s bridesmaids at the modern Kew Gardens Hotel, which is about a 3 minute drive (10 minutes in London traffic of course…) from Kew Gardens. The girls were in great spirits, which the rain outside simply couldn’t dampen (sorry for the pun..). Lulu had splashed out on some lavish Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, which have become incredibly popular over the last 10 years.
Adam had made her a card from scratch – a really touching gesture – and the girls were blown away by his creativity. Good going Adam! As Lulu’s makeup was finished by my good friend and exceptional makeup artist Claire Salter, the guys were in the pub readying their nerves with “just a couple”.
On to the main event
And then suddenly everything was ready and the girls were transported to the Nash Conservatory, with Lulu hidden from view behind a heart shaped parade as she walked towards her groom. A touching ceremony was followed by drinks and canapes since the weather didn’t allow them to go to the private lawns as originally planned.. but smiles were still everywhere as I took them for their bride & groom portrait photographs.
Kew Gardens wedding photographs will obviously take advantage of the flora and fauna, the iconic bridges and the incredible tree-lined lawns, but it’s a couples spirit together which makes the wedding photographs, and Lulu and Adam were not lacking. They were so incredibly happy and fun together and every kiss spoke volumes about their joy as we were ferried around the venue on the buggy.
Back at the Nash Conservatory there was just time for group photographs before making our way to the colourfully decorated Orangery for the evening reception. The macaroon stack was particularly impressive (and scrumptious!) and the individually printed menus and huge, lit L&A were testimony to the detail they had planned.
After the wedding breakfast, everyone was treated to laughter, tears and much embarrassment as the speeches were completed in exemplary fashion and a romantic first dance completed their evening.
It was a pleasure to do this destination wedding in London. If you’re getting married at Kew Gardens, please get in touch to see how I can help.