Rectory Farm Wedding // Louise and Jon

Bride and groom rectory farm cambridge

“We so enjoyed looking through these this morning! What a treat! They are simply excellent. Thank you so much :-)” – Lou and Jon

 

For me, weddings are all about people. Louise and Jon had two fantastic venues at St Andrew the Great Church (yes, that’s the one right in the centre of town near the Lion Yard) and the lovely Rectory from on Madingley Road – but the great stand out feature of the day for me was just the sheer number (there were several hundred at the church!) and the warmth and exuberance of the  throng of people there.

 

After the ceremony there was just so much to photograph! A church crammed to the rafters (literally) of all ages of people chatting, interacting, laughing, eating cake, drinking tea all with music in the back ground children playing, babies being fed and a plethora of interesting faces and great light to work with! Literally everywhere I looked there were images to be recorded and that part of the day particularly was extremely rewarding and gave me a great deal of pleasure to record!

 

I have included a few of my favourites from the edit below and they hopefully give a sense of the joy, exuberance and just the quality and variety of human interaction of the day. It was really hard to choose an image for the top of the post but I went for the one above as it has a lovely sense of spontaneity about it and a great sense of informality. Louise and Jon were just waiting to go into the wedding breakfast –  everyone was out of sight in the marquee – Louise and Jon actually thought they were finally alone I think which is why it has that wonderful intimacy and immediacy to it.

 

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Wedding morning preparations

Above and below: There’s great window light in the room here at Rectory Farm which gave me a number of great opportunities to photograph some interesting prep shots – I do like a good silhouette (although every time I mention that I have to check the spelling!)

Bridesmaid and mirror

Bride getting ready at Rectory farm Cambridge

Above: Louise doing make up and below a couple of some of the many laughing shots of the very funny bridesmaids. Some people just love to laugh and it’s great to photograph!

Bridesmaids laughing

Bridesmaids laughing at Rectory Farm Cambridge

Below: I love the light, colours and angle of this – I always try to make my pictures as interesting as possible and this is a slightly unusual image of a fairly ordinary activity!

Wedding make up

Bridesmaid doing wedding make up

Wedding flowers and bridesmaid

Below: A nice family moment as Louise gets into her dress. Again I tried to include her Mum in the mirror as well just to lift the image out of the ordinary a little!

Bride getting ready for her wedding, Rectory Farm Cambridge

Wedding guestUsher at a wedding at Gt St Andrew's Church Cambridge

Below: A fleeting but telling moment as Jon is greeted by a guest at the church. Gone in a fraction of a second but always the type of connection/interaction picture that I think can often be very meaningful.

Groom and wedding guest

Wedding guestsSmall wedding guestsBridesmaids waiting for the bride to arriveBridesmaids laughing

More laughing bridesmaids as they wait for Louise to arrive.

Below: I really like the busyness of this and the shape as it gives a nice sense of movement and slight urgency as Louise pushed through the shopping throng to church!

Bride arriving at St Andrew the Great Church cambridge

Bride and Dad

Below: Jon checking the time at the last minute and that lovely first look……

Groom checking the time

Bride and groom at St Andrew the Great cambridge

 Bride and Dad

Wedding vows at St Andrew the Great church cambridge

Wedding vows St Andrew the Great cambridgeSigning the registerWitness signing the registerBride after wedding ceremonyBelow: I also have a bit of a thing about reflections, mirrors, water, glass….anything to give an image a bit of depth and added interest. The doors to the church are glass and, to be honest I waited and worked and waited and tried and waited again to get some good reflection images in it – this is one of my favourites…..

Bride and groom reflectionWedding guestsBridesmaid and daughter

Below: Kids just doing strange stuff………..

Small wedding guestsChildren on mobile phoneHugging wedding guestsTray of wedding food

Below: I just love this tie and the fact he’s holding a hand bag!!

Guest's tieChatting wedding guests

Below: ……and weddings can be, well pretty boring really…whatever…..

Bored wedding guestsStained glas at St Andrew the great Church cambridgeImproptu tunnelBride and groom at rectory Farm cambridgeBride and groom

Below: I spotted these three all looking pretty much the same on their phones #usherstextingtogether

Guests on mobile phones at Rectory Farm cambridgeChatting wedding guests

Above: Deep in conversation – I love the light on her face.

Below: This was a long story involving a groom, an empty champagne glass and many many trips by the children to pick flower leaves from the border and put them carefully in the glass.

Playing in the garden at a Rectory farm wedding CambridgeWedding guestsWriting a wedding note

Above : Writing with such earnest care…..

Bride and speechesSpeeches at Rectory farm Madingley Road cambridgeWedding speechesWedding guestsFirst dance at Rectory farm wedding CambridgeWedding dancingLaughing and wedding dancing

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