September 22, 2019 /
The Bingham Wedding
Emma & Steven | Richmond, London
Hi Jamie, thank you again for such wonderful pictures - we feel you captured the day perfectly. I hope we didn’t break you - we know you had such a long day! x' - Emma & Steven
A Bingham Riverhouse Wedding
Emma & Steve held their wedding at the Bingham Riverhouse in Richmond in the height of summer. It was my huge pleasure to be their wedding photographer at this romantic house on the river.
Firstly I need to say some words about The Bingham Riverhouse as It’s a really special place. Everything, from the space, light, carefully stylish décor, and of course the effortlessly professional and friendly staff. It’s hard to ignore the luxurious surroundings and how well looked after you feel as a guest, even if you’re a photographer. It reminds me of the all-time great boutique hotels Rebecca and I have visited on our travels but with the added benefit of being so close to home. I’m so extremely lucky to photograph weddings here.
Emma and Steven’s wedding took place at the end of July and they chose to take over the entire house for the day (but you can also hire the venue on a semi-exclusive basis, if you have a smaller wedding or tighter budget). I spent the morning with Emma and the bridal party as they got ready at the Bingham, obviously I used the large windows, airy rooms and the spiral staircase in my morning compositions and for some impromptu bridal portraits.
The civil ceremony was held downstairs in the garden rooms, which were decorated with colourful ribbons and floral arrangements. After the vows were made, the wedding guests were led outside to the terrace and gardens for the wedding reception.
It did rain slightly, as it often does even during Summer weddings (It is England after all). Luckily the heated canopied terrace kept the guests dry while they listened to the speeches and watched the release of wedding doves (a surprise from Steven and a massive in-joke shared between them and their guests). The bingham team executed it all brilliantly of course.
Before the wedding breakfast, I spent a few minutes with Emma and Steve exploring the grounds around the Bingham Riverhouse. We also stepped out on to the Thames path outside for a few informal portraits. I always try to keep this time to around 15 minutes to allow the Bride and Groom to get back to their wedding party and enjoy their day. With so many photography options available in close proximity, the Bingham was a great venue for this approach.
I spent some time in the kitchen to watch Chef Shaunak Singh prepare the seasonal wedding breakfast (he’s outstanding by the way) and I also got to try his work – delicious!
The evening dancing was raucous and, as always, I stayed until the very end to see the Bride and Groom make their way through confetti cannons and into the night. I love unscripted moments like this.
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