Ham Polo Club wedding
Coverage kicks off at their home in West London – where Philippa was getting ready with family and friends.
The wedding ceremony was at St Andrew’s church in Ham. Luckily not an anti-photography vicar for once! But he did manage to confuse his words – the marriage was almost that between “Nicola and Philip’ – it got some laughs.
Hugs outside, followed by some confetti and everyone then made their way to the nearby Ham Polo club
The summer rain held off!
An unusual wedding reception venue, with a terrace for drinks that overlooks the polo ground. Ham Polo Club is the last remaining polo club in Greater London – a favourite for royalty. Established in 1926 and often quaintly described as being ‘ less than eight miles from Hyde Park. A slice of easy access countryside for the wealthy of Mayfair and Knightsbridge? Positioned between Richmond Park and the river Thames, in extensive grounds, as well as overlooked by the grand Ham House. Does it count as a London wedding or a Surrey wedding?
A painted white colonial style pavilion sits within the 23 acres, surrounded by mature oak trees. A drinks reception on a raised platform, overlooking the grounds. It’s different.
There had been some rain earlier in the morning and it came again at nightfall, but held off in the late afternoon, albeit with some moody skies, allowing the couple and their guests to mingle on the platform. They were accompanied by a small jazz band, that fitted in well to the surroundings.
Some quick couple portraits in the grounds, then the couple were announced into dinner, in the clubhouse. Food, drink and speeches to follow, in a cosy candlelit room.
Here are a few images from the day, a wedding in Ham, at the Ham Polo Club…