Set amongst the almost savanna-like scorched grass of Bushy park, Hampton Court House School was the perfect setting for Andy and Gordon’s wedding, with a nod to Scotland, and the iconic deer shared by both the London parks, and the Highlands. It was a great privilege to be the wedding photographer for Andy and Gordon’s wedding at Hampton Court House, I have been looking forward to it for along time!
There is something about a wedding where everything is beautifully styled, and each little detail is a true reflection of the couple. The copper and green’s in Andy and Gordon’s Twickenham home were perfectly reflected in the details; in Gordon’s Kilt, the ties, even the orange classic Colnago bike which welcomed the guests at the door, another reference to their shared love of cycling, which was how they met, when cycling in to Alpe D’Huez together on a group cycling trip. Every little detail of themselves as a couple was beautifully interpreted and styled by Cristina of the Black Sheep Wedding Company.
Hand painted cards, beautiful flowers from Violets and Velvet, and one of the most beautifully styled wedding breakfast layouts I have ever seen, it was a marvel to see in the main room at Hampton Court House. Deer were present on the tables, on Gordon’s Kilt pin, and in the park through the window, and it was quite a moment when a young Roe Deer came to the bottom of the steps, a few feet away from Andy and Gordon, as they exchanged their vows, as if passing on the best wishes of the whole herd of deer.
The day was filled with happiness, and also emotion. This was the first gay wedding I had photographed, but I didn’t treat it any differently; photographing respectfully. Love is love, and it was beautiful to see the true emotion come through, as Andy and Gordon celebrated amongst family and friends. And boy, did they celebrate! There was a beautiful moment when they cut the cake, which to their surprise was a perfect rainbow, and then Rich Gordon the piper lead them onwards towards their first dance. With the deer outside, and the sound of bagpipes, close your eyes, and you could have been in the highlands.
A wild afterparty ensued, and only once I had captured this, was it time to leave. A truly beautiful wedding which I will remember for a long time.
As we say in the cycling world, “Chapeau” (hats off!) to you Andy and Gordon, a perfect day!
Wedding Planners – The Black Sheep Wedding Company
Styling – Cristina Kennedy, The Black Sheep Wedding Company
Venue – Hampton Court House
Band – Dirty Weekend
Piper – Rich Gordon
Florist – Violets and Velvet