Kew Gardens weddingPhotography copyright Martin Beddall

Exquisitely elegant – a wedding at Kew Gardens

Claire and Nick chose the gorgeous setting of Kew Gardens for their wedding and were blessed with glorious sunshine for their elegant celebration.

Claire chose a simple theme with pure white hydrangeas to complement her flowing wedding gown, which is a stunning white dress with a jewelled, plunging neckline and exquisite back detail: the loose back of the dress makes for a ‘Greek goddess’ designer style with the backdrop of Kew completing the naturally elegant feeling for the day.

Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall submitted these beautiful images for the English Wedding blog. I love them: Martin’s informal reportage wedding photography style means there’s a relaxed feeling to the pictures.

With reportage wedding photography the focus is always on you and the story of your wedding day, as told in fleeting glimpses of emotions, key moments and the enjoyment of the occasion. Martin Beddall is, for me, one of the best.

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is a venue with lots to offer: there are 300 acres to enjoy at this impressive world heritage site.

Cambridge Cottage is where Claire and Nick were married, and is an exclusive use wedding venue. A former royal residence, Cambridge Cottage is elegant and caters for up to 80 guests for a ceremony and reception, and up to 170 for an informal cocktail reception or standing buffet.

Martin Beddall explains his approach to documentary wedding photography as “Good photography is about storytelling – it’s as simple as that. It is about the day in a series of memorable pictures. It is about the people, the characters, the incidents, the events, the emotions, the warmth, the details – above all, the essence and the spirit of the day.”

Thank you Martin for sharing this lovely wedding. For more information about Martin Beddall please visit his website at

Is anyone looking at Kew Gardens for a wedding venue? I’d love to hear a little about your wedding plans, it’s such a gorgeous place to get married… send me a tweet or come and say hi on the English Wedding facebook page 🙂

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Laura Finger
    9 years ago

    I’m not planning on getting married for a loooong time, but I have to say that these images are amazing! That must’ve been a great wedding.

    And Claire, I’m loving the design on your blog.

    • Claire
      9 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Laura 🙂 I keep tweaking the design, it’s nice to hear you like it – I’ll leave it alone now! (anyone else notice things turned a little pinker over the weekend!)
      Claire xx

  • Kerry Taylor
    9 years ago

    Gorgeous photos. So many lovely moments captured naturally. I love the cheesecake! xXx

    • Claire
      9 years ago

      Thanks Kerry! Martin’s fab isn’t he, I love the documentary photography style… I guess the cheesecake stopped him in his tracks for a moment 😉
      Claire xx

  • Kerry Fleet
    9 years ago

    Great looking venue, and a fab day by the looks of things, did not even know you could get married at Kew, a friend is getting married at Kensington Palace this year, they get to use an apartment at the Palace I will tell her about this site for some tips.

    • Claire
      9 years ago

      Thank you Kerry, neither did I until I saw this wedding on Martin’s own blog. I love it – Kensington Palace looks amazing too, you have some amazing venue choices around London!
      Tell your friend to say hi with a comment when she comes for a look at the blog 🙂 I love having a chat!
      Claire xx

      • Kerry Fleet
        9 years ago

        Hi Claire,
        Will do, she is having a evening tour of Kensington Palace this month at some point so she is getting really excited.

  • Incredible photographs as always!

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