On the 4th May I was the wedding photographer at Temple Island for Emily and Simon.
I’m the venue recommended wedding photographer for Temple Island so am extremely lucky to photograph weddings here each year. It is a beautiful location for weddings in the middle of the River near Henley-on-Thames. There is something very magical about Temple Island and the ever changing reflections on the Thames. In fact if I had to choose one wedding venue to work at every week it would be this one.
I caught up with Emily at the couples home in Remenham Hill, just a short drive from Henley-on-Thames, and took some photographs of the wedding preparations. I was greeted with a glass of champagne, thank you Emily! Just the one you understand for creative purposes. My next appointment was to catch the boat from Henley Royal Regatta’s HQ, I had to make sure I was on time for this or it would have been a two mile swim to Temple Island. Simon the groom also boarded the boat and we set sail for Temple Island.
The wedding ceremony took place outdoors on the lawn with the River Thames on all sides, what a truly amazing place for a wedding ceremony under a big blue sky and with boats steaming past. There was a slight disturbance when a large passenger boat complete with musicians passed by during the ceremony, raising a big smile of Emily and Simon’s faces and a lot of waving passengers on the boat.
The wedding breakfast and speeches took place in the Etruscan room which features large picture windows with views of the river down to Henley.
After the wedding breakfast and speeches the river reflected the last embers of the setting sun before the first dance.
One interesting thing at Temple Island is when you want to leave, and as the photographer this is usually before all the guests. Thankfully it didn’t involve getting wet and a big thank you to the caterers Elegant Cuisine for not only ensuring I was well fed but in also getting me back to dry land at the end.
These are some of the wedding photographs from Temple Island for Emily and Simon.