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Fiona & Tom – Pembroke Lodge Wedding

“Thank you so much for being part of our special day, and thanks so much for these perfect memories. The photos are fabulous, you’re a star, can’t thank you enough”

Fiona Tom Pembroke Lodge Wedding Sophie Duckworth Photography

Pembroke Lodge Wedding

Fiona & Tom – A beautiful wedding on a rather windy day in Summer. I can’t really get enough of these guys, I met Fiona as we walked around their venue, Pembroke Lodge, along with one of their daughters, Matilda. When she told me it was a very family orientated wedding I knew I was going to love it! If anyone knows me, knows I absolutely adore my family photography, and having lots of kids at weddings not only makes it feel more homely, it makes for lots of fab moments too!

Fiona (or Fona as she’s affectionately known) and Tom were keen to have the atmosphere of the day captured rather than too much focus on the details and the more typical ‘day plan’. I love this approach as it means I get to blend in chatting with the guests a little, get to know everyone a bit more and maintain that lovely natural and relaxed environment. I started the day at St Joseph’s Church in New Malden, which was an enormous and beautiful building! It was a fairly formal ceremony so I was asked to keep my distance but I am really pleased with the shots I was able to achieve. Especially capturing the adorable flower girls, some of whom did little bidding prayers which just about made my heart explode!

We came outside to glorious sunshine, although for July we definitely had a bit of unseasonal wind which contributed way to some quite fun photos – also, I LOVE that Fona had her hair down, I have total hair envy now as it’s absolutely stunning and looked flawless all day, despite the crazy wind! We all headed off to the lovely Pembroke Lodge in the middle of Richmond Park and enjoyed just the most relaxed and gorgeous reception. The kids had a riot with face painting and balloon making, as did some of the adults (!) and I couldn’t have felt more blessed that I was involved in such a perfect day.

Fona & Tom and I headed off to take some photos round Pembroke’s stunning gardens. July really is the perfect time of year, all the roses were out and Fona’s simple but stunning Laure de Sagazan dress just looked so pretty amongst all the foliage.  The speeches that followed were emotional, witty, heart-felt and truly lovely to listen to. It’s no secret that the speeches are my favourite part of the day to shoot. There are so many moments, glances and fleeting looks of love thrown around I sometimes don’t know where to point my camera! This wedding was no exception, and all you could see was how much their guests adored them.

Then came a wonderful end to a fabulous day, a blooming brilliant dance-floor! Everyone got involved in the first dance, and essentially didn’t stop! It was a full dance-floor from the minute I started shooting until it was sadly time for me to depart. Looking back through these photos (almost 2 years later..what!) has been a delight. I had forgotten about so many wonderful moments, and so many lovely faces I’d met. This is the best part of the job, being able to reflect upon photos from years ago, hoping that as the years go by, they’ll become even more important to my couples. Thank you, lovely Fona & Tom, for being the sweetest, most chilled out, and fun couple to work with. I treasure the day I had with you, and I hope you’ll have the best life together. Here are a few of my faves from your day! x

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Maddie & Ali – Betchworth Garden Wedding

“We’ve looked through the photos several more times since that first look, and they are absolutely wonderful. I discover new favourites each time I look at them. Going through them with family was like going through the day all over again, and there were so many laughters and happy memories. Your candid shots have captured so much real emotion and joy and incredible details which we now won’t ever forget thanks to the photos. We’re so happy you were our wedding photographer and would have picked you again a thousand times”

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Betchworth Garden Wedding

Oh Maddie & Ali. Where to begin with these two and their stunning Betchworth garden wedding. I was fortunate to meet them at a beautiful wedding I captured five years ago and knowing they chose me based on their friend’s recommendations was always a lovely feeling. We had a fun little pre-wedding shoot up in London in the absolute scorching heat (I am not sure I’ve ever been quite so sweaty!) and that was the day I fell in love with them. Every so often I get to meet people who I hope will remain in my life forever in some format. These two absolutely fall into that category. They chose my favourite style of wedding, a beautiful countryside church followed by a back garden marquee. I just love weddings held at home, they are ALWAYS so special, everyone feels relaxed, seeing the hard work on the gardening during the months leading up, and that feeling of ‘home’ surrounded by your loved ones. I am very fortunate that 75% of my weddings are of this style, which is why I’ll never stop sharing them, as they are so unique and each tell their own special story.

Maddie chose to rent a beautiful house closeby to get ready in with her sister and her Mum and Dad. Although it wasn’t their family home, it did remind me just how much more relaxing this form of prep is, outside of a hotel room. I was working alongside one of my favourite suppliers, Carolanne Armstrong, who did my make up for my own wedding, just a mere week prior to Maddie & Ali’s day! I must say it felt strange coming back to work a week after our day, but it was actually so lovely to be back amongst the same love and happiness felt at my own. I truly felt at home around both Maddie and Ali’s families and feel so honoured to be have been involved. They were married at the prettiest St Michael’s Church in Betchworth, and continued their celebrations at Ali’s family home down the road. Maddie is Swedish, and warned me there may be a few ‘ad-hoc’ speeches made, as is tradition. I am not quite sure I’ve ever yo-yoed so much during a wedding breakfast! :D But what was so touching was how heartfelt each offering was. Maddie said not to capture everyone – but how could I not, there were bespoke songs, gorgeous kiddies performing, and many, many happy tears! I’ve never experienced anything like it and I came away from their day with a new sense of fascination by how other cultures celebrate. And how much I love it when cultures mix. It was a wonderful few hours and I couldn’t help smile and sing along with all their guests. The evening drew near and it was time to party. I LOVE photographing dance-floors, and theirs didn’t disappoint, some brilliant moves made! I said my goodbyes after a sunny, warm and just SO happy a day. Maddie and Ali, thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to capture such an important day in your life. It was my absolute privilege and I look forward to when our paths cross again…lots of love, here are a few of my favourites from your wonderful day! xx

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