Kew Gardens wedding photography Surrey
Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens - Surrey wedding photographerCambridge Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew , Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB Phone: 020 8332 5641
Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens - A brief history
Augusta, the Prince of Wales from 1719-1772 followed her late husband's plans to improve Kew Gardens, spending an estimated £30-40,000 extending it and adding features and buildings. She was assisted in this undertaking by Lord Bute, her botanical advisor and a friend of her late husband and a well-known botanist who resided in Cambridge Cottage. After Augusta's death it was purchased by King George III in 1772 and one of the subsequent residents was the Duke of Cambridge who had it remodelled in 1840 and extended to make it his permanent residence.
Kew acquired Cambridge Cottage and the gardens in 1904 and the latter was named the 'Duke's Garden' rather than the more obvious 'Cambridge Cottage Garden' to avoid confusion in the horticultural circles with the classic 'cottage garden'. Cambridge Cottage now houses the Kew Gardens Gallery and is know to everyone at Kew as 'Kew Gardens Gallery'.
Wedding photographer opportunities at Cambridge Cottage Kew Gardens Surrey
Cambridge Cottage is an elegant Surrey wedding venue situated in the world renowned Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and is a lovely venue for a wedding photographer to work at.
Wedding ceremonies are held in the elegant Drawing Room which has exposed wooden floor boards, is dressed in cream and can accommodate up to 80 wedding guests.
The light and airy Gallery next door displays botanical art of past and present and seats up to 80 guests for the wedding breakfast.
After dining, guests can return to the Drawing Room whilst the Gallery is made over for the rest of the evening’s celebrations. The number of guests with these two rooms plus the ante-room and lobby can be increased to 150 for the evening wedding reception.
There are many photographic opportunities and different vantage points inside for capturing memorable wedding pictures and the corridor that connects The Drawing Room and The Gallery also exhibits some fascinating and colourful London Transport posters which have advertised Kew Gardens as a rail destination since 1908.
Both rooms open up onto the Duke’s Garden, which is a secluded and picturesque space perfect for guests to relax over a canape and a glass of champagne after the wedding service.
This area is also ideal for the group wedding photographs as well as informal reportage wedding photography.
As well as being a lovely area to take the Bride and Groom off for some romantic personal wedding photographs there is also the opportunity to take a buggy tour of some of the most popular parts of Kew Gardens, weather permitting.
Recommended spots include Kew Palace and the Queens's Garden; the Secluded Garden (near the Princess of Wales Conservatory); the Rock Garden (again near the Princess of Wales Conservatory).
Then of course there is the magnificent Palm House, built between 1844-48, the dimensions of which are 363 feet long by 100 feet wide and 66 feet in height and fronted by a large pond on the approach.
And then to the rear there is long stretch of lawn dissapearing into the distance with it's wonderfulul vista of the gardens at Kew.
In addition, other opportunities include the King William's Temple (near the Temperate House); the Sackler Crossing; the Temperate House and the Japanse Gateway.
There is only ever time to get a few of these so the Kew Garden's wedding cooardinator and the buggy guide staff will advise what is possible.
A combination of the above and other smaller and closer sites such as the fabulous Wisteria Tree or the Hive are things to consider at the time.
But whatever you do decide on, the scope is there for some lovely romantic wedding pictures of the newly wed couple.
Needless to say the staff at Kew Gardens are all very professional, friendly and willing to help make the couples wedding one to remember.
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Cambridge Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew , Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB Phone: 020 8332 5641020 8332 5641
Call us on 0203 397 7549 to check our availability for your Kew Gardens wedding, to book a meeting, to have a chat - or send us an email