Wedding at Great St Mary’s Cambridge- David and Rachel

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David and Rachel opted to split their wedding day into two separate occasions. The wedding ceremony itself was held at Great St. Mary’s in Cambridge, with around 20 family members attending, and was followed by a reception at the Architect pub a week later.

Great St. Mary’s is situated smack in the middle of Cambridge, and is also a tourist destination, which meant it had to be closed off to the public for the duration of the ceremony. You can see why it is popular – it’s a spectacular looking church with huge galleries and a tower with an amazing view of the city.

As Rachel walked down the aisle, three choirgirls sang beautifully, while her niece dropped petals in front of her. After the ceremony everyone strolled out of the main doors to a throng of tourists and their cameraphones. Organising a group shot with an audience and strong winds proved to be an interesting combination, but the winds got everyone laughing and made the photo work.

The following week, it was time to party and invite friends to join in on the celebrations. The pub was beautifully decorated with colourful pom-poms and fairy lights. The food menu and signage was all designed by Rachel herself (check out her Facebook page for more examples of her excellent work).

The Architect pub is a fairly new establishment, and is fast gaining a reputation for its rotisserie chicken, but in fairness all of the food was superb. Having a wedding reception in a pub worked really well – it felt like a homely and intimate occasion that suited David and Rachel to a tee.

After a short speech and a cake-cutting ceremony, the traditional first dance was replaced by a conga line that snaked its way in and out of the kitchen and back around to the front of the pub! It kind of summed up the evening really – people joining together and having a great time celebrating David and Rachel’s marriage… finally!

 

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Wedding at the Double Tree Cambridge – Martin and Elaine

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Martin and Elaine got married on possibly the sunniest day of the year, in one of the prettiest wedding locations in Cambridge. The Double Tree Hilton overlooks the millpond, and has convenient access to the river for punting.

They chose to get married right by the river under a small marquee, which was very picturesque and had the added bonus of having bemused punters float by at the same time.

After the ceremony, Martin and Elaine chose to have a quiet moment by taking a punt up the river. At the risk of feeling like a bit of a third wheel, I jumped on board to photograph their first punt tour as a married couple. Who needs Venice when you have Cambridge! As we floated down the river, members of the public congratulated the happy couple, and in a moment of serendipity, a violinist practising on a bench started playing ‘Here comes the Bride’!

Once we got back, the guests blew bubbles as the couple walked back onto land. It made for a nice alternative to the usual confetti moment. The guests then moved into the reception room for a delicious three course meal.

After the meal and speeches, everyone got together for group shots on the lawn, as the staff prepared the dance floor. We were lucky to fit it in before the sunset. Once the evening guests had arrived it was time to get down to some serious crooning…

Martin and Elaine discovered and hired someone that could sing like Sinatra, Nat King Cole and even modern acts like Michael Bublé. It was so impressive, many of the guests were wondering whether they were listening to a recording!

All in all, Martin and Elaine couldn’t have hoped for a better day to get married, and the guests couldn’t have hoped to have attended a better wedding. Thank you both for inviting me to photograph your beautiful day!

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