London Weddings

Strawberry Hill House wedding photography

I’m a Strawberry Hill House wedding photographer with a passion for capturing real memories and real moments, and whenever I’m invited to a wedding at this incredible Gothic villa it’s always a thrill. Who wouldn’t want to be let loose with a camera or two in Strawberry Hill House? It’s one of the most magical and photogenic wedding venues in SW London, and the fact it’s so close to me, tucked away in the leafy suburbia of Twickenham, is just a bonus.

My couples tend to be looking for photos that capture the atmosphere of the venue without it turning into a fashion shoot spending hours on portraits. I do love making creative portraits here but I want you to spend as much of your day as possible making tons of your own cherished memories. And then I can just fit in around you and your guests and capture all the love, tears, and joy, in stylish candid photos. I’m not a poser, and you don’t need to be either.

Getting married at Strawberry Hill House

You can host your whole wedding at Strawberry Hill House if you want, not just your reception and party. The villa has two rooms suitable for the ceremony itself: the Gallery has a fan-vaulted ceiling, crimson walls and golden canopies (seen during the banquet above); or the Round Room has a more intimate feel with stunning painted glass windows (it’s where the cake is being displayed above). Then there’s a wealth of other rooms to host your champagne reception, wedding breakfast, and first dance, plus 5 acres of Grade II listed garden and woodland to spread out into.

Of course one of the biggest added benefits of choosing Strawberry Hill House is the wedding planning team at Bovingdons. They’ll look after you every step of the way, including handling the all-important catering – what’s a wedding day at a Gothic villa without an incredible banquet to feast on, fuelling you for the dancing and celebrations to come? They also take care of Fulham Palace weddings, so I know the whole team very well and they’re always on hand to make every couple’s dream day come together.

Getting married at Strawberry Hill House?

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If you’re getting married at Strawberry Hill House I’d love to be there for you. I only photograph 25 full weddings a year, and only one per weekend, so if you’ve got a date in mind let me know.

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A stunning wedding venue in Strawberry Hill

After your ceremony you can start your champagne reception out amongst the romantic garden behind the villa. Originally inspired by the English Garden Movement, there’s an expanse of lawn and meadow surrounded by winding paths through fragrant flowerbeds, and a grove of lime trees complete with a clearing lit by dappled sunlight.

The original architect Horace Walpole described it as “an open grove through which you see a field which is bounded by a serpentine wood of all kind of trees and flowering shrubs and flowers”.

That serpentine wood exists to this day, lovingly recreated by the Strawberry Hill House restoration team, along with a recreation of Walpole’s extraordinary Shell Seat feature.

As a wedding photographer it’s like a playground of beautiful moments. You could be wandering hand-in-hand through the lime grove, or along the winding flowerbed paths, or head out across the lawn as the sun sets. And inside Strawberry Hill House itself the sunlight streams through stained glass windows all through the day.

The magic of Strawberry Hill Gothic architecture

If the weather doesn’t work out just take your cocktails inside to The Library, amongst floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a tall stained glass window, and ornate Gothic carvings. Later on take the first dance and party to The Great Parlour downstairs. Featuring a grand fireplace and cornice it can accommodate a dance-floor and DJ booth, all lit dramatically by Effect Event.

In fact there’s not a single part of Strawberry Hill House that isn’t intricately and beautifully detailed. From the staircase to the ceilings to the window mouldings, everywhere you look is a feast for the eyes. Even the walls themselves draw you in with their rich texture and colour.

Other venues near Strawberry Hill House

To start your wedding day in relaxed style with bride and groom prep there’s a wealth of nearby hotels to choose from. I’m a frequent visitor to both Richmond Hill Hotel, and The Petersham Hotel, both in the Richmond area and around 15-20 minutes drive away.

If you’re planning to have the wedding ceremony in church, before heading along to Strawberry Hill House for your reception, St Mary’s University chapel right next door in Waldegrave Road could be the perfect option.

In fact the university bought the House in 1923, but the Strawberry Hill Trust took over the 120 year lease in 2002 so they could focus on their successful restoration works.

From the chapel it’s literally a two minute walk across St Mary’s University Park at the back straight onto the ground of the House. But to really appreciate the grandeur of approaching the Gothic castle from the front, take a five minute stroll along Waldegrave Road and make your grand entrance through the main gateway in the front wall.

Recommended wedding suppliers

Ceremony & Reception Venue : Strawberry Hill House | Accommodation : The Petersham HotelRichmond Hill HotelFlorists : Flowers By Kirsty • Mary Jane Vaughn • Albert + Arthur • Mystique Flowers • Twilight Trees | Hair & Makeup ArtistsKristina Gasperas • Anabela SeguroCarla Francesca (makeup) | MusicThe Dominos • Real KuduStretto Quartet • Daniel Mills | Entertainment : Lee Smith MagicStationeryChelsea Fine Stationery | Wedding Cars : Lux Wedding Car HireCaterersBovingdons | Event DesignEffectEvent

Getting married at Strawberry Hill House?

Tell me all about it.

I only book 25 all-day weddings a year, and just one per weekend, so if you’re getting married at Strawberry Hill House let’s connect and have a chat.

Let's connect