Ben and Jenny’s wedding was unique in many ways. They weren’t particularly interested in doing the typical wedding stuff you normally see. Instead they wanted a simple gathering of friends and family, in a beautiful venue with plenty of food, drink and merriment.
They opted to rent the Horningsea Pavilion, which is an ideal venue for such an occasion. The owners very helpfully offer a full weekend rental, which means there is no rush to tidy up before the end of the night. They also got to choose their own caterers, and went for Arjuna’s vegan food, which was delicious and healthy to boot. For the carnivores, they rented a BBQ and cooked on the veranda, not before nearly singeing their fringes upon ignition.
One of the best things about the venue is that there is a large field in front of the pavilion, which is ideal for the children to run around in, and for the adults to feel like kids and run after them. Ben and Jenny also took advantage of the space by organising a sports day with classic events like the egg and spoon and the three-legged race. The rain added to the drama, with the guests running for shelter just as they finished their race.
Luckily the showers were few and far between. The happy couple managed to find a moment to get some shots away from the guests in a nearby field. The weather obliged and the sun peeped out to get some very atmospheric shots in front of a majestic gnarled old tree.
All in all, it was an event full of lovely moments and lots of games, dancing and hugging. Ben and Jenny’s main request was that I photographed everyone having fun, and I think that’s pretty clear to see in the photos. Thank you both for asking me to shoot your wedding!
Ben and Jenny, Horningsea Wedding, Cambridge. 25th June 2016.
Last week I was asked to take photos at the Theatretrain show in Ely. This is not a theatrical performance on a train, although the premise of that sounds quite appealing. This is over one hundred excitable children from across East Anglia coming together to put on an impressive show combining singing, dancing and acting across a variety of themes to hundreds of parents and friends in the stands. There was a James Bond theme, A tribute to Mandela and Mother Theresa and a performance of possibly the most cheesy theme song that you will be humming for days afterwards..
I was asked to come for the day. There were two performances – a matinee and an evening show. I chose to shoot backstage for the matinee as they were also performing to judges and had numbers on their backs. I found backstage was incredibly well run. It is no easy thing to organise that many children with multiple costume changes, as well as looking after them and feeding them. On top of that one girl hurt her toe, so they had to deal with that while the performance continued. The show must go on as they say.
The evening performance was packed out and it was interesting to see how different the show seemed when seen from the front. Obviously I couldn’t see all of the hard work the kids had put into their dance routines, but the singing also sounded so much better and I’m sure the audience were just as impressed.
The kids clearly get a real buzz out of it, and it seems like a really wholesome way to keep them busy and focused. If you have children and are interested in learning about Theatretrain then click here.
Disclaimer: If it isn’t already blindingly obvious, the young chap in photo no. 13 is not smoking a real cigarette!
Theatre Train at The Maltings, Ely
Spamalot has now started its run at the ADC and I got to take some backstage photos as well as photos of the show itself. The cast is much larger than some of the previous shows I’ve photographed, and the set design is extensive, meaning that logistically there has been so much to think about. Despite there being 12 shows, they are almost sold out and only 10% remain online, although you can still pick up tickets on the day.
I took photos at the dress rehearsal, along with a select group of people invited to watch it, and judging from their response it went down really well. From what I’ve heard since then its been packed every night and full of laughter. And not a can of Spam in sight!
Tickets are available here, and Cambridge Theatre Group Facebook page can be found here. Photos to be found below!
Spam alot at the ADC, Cambridge Theatre Company.