Lucy & David's elegant summer wedding at The Belvedere, Richmond Park
I first met Lucy and David in Shanghai. We started working at an international school the same year as my husband and I. It turned out that Lucy and I are from the same area of London! David is from Canada, which is where they now live, with their beautiful daughter.
The wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year in July. The Belvedere is right in the middle of Richmond Park, and is a quiet oasis of calm., with an outdoor terrace that has an incredible view over Richmond. The white and purple flowers fitted in perfectly with the summery, purple bridesmaid dresses, which were in two different styles. I love a big bridal party, and this one was so much fun to work with, being happy and smiley all day, despite being swelteringly hot in their floor length gowns and 3 piece suits!
David's closest family members came all the way from Canada to celebrate the wedding, and what better way to show off our beautiful country than to wed on a balmy English summers day, surrounded by beautiful parkland.
The decorations were just as spectacular as the venue. The bride and groom had put a huge amount of effort into sharing their love of travel with their guests. There was a large table spread with momentos from the bride's home town, London, the groom's home town, Montreal and the city where they got engaged, Shanghai. There were miniature London buses and maple leaves and pandas, showing off the couples sense of fun and adventure. There was even a huge wall of polaroid photos from their travels together.
There were 4 best men and a maid of honour and each one of them made a speech on the terrace while the sun was setting. They had all made their speeches individual, and my favourite was one of the best men, who wrote an amusing poem instead of a traditional speech.
My favourite part of this wedding was the fact that the groom just could not take his eyes off the bride. For the whole day. Literally, every second. I took lots of photos of the groom and his best men just after the wedding, and the ones where everyone is looking at the camera aren't my favourites. My favourites are the ones where the best men are looking at the camera, but the groom is looking off to the side, to where his beautiful new wife was standing, waiting to have her photo taken. The look on the groom's face is wonderful; like he is the luckiest man in the world, and on this day, he was.
It was the perfect day for this lovely couple, with friends and family travelling from all over the world to celebrate with them. The fun-filled day was topped off with sparklers on the terrace, really summing up the magic of the day.