Sidney Sussex College Cambridge Wedding // Emily and Michael



“Thank you for the lovely photographs – they are wonderful! Thank you also for doing such a great job and being such an important part of the day.” – Emily and Michael


Appropriately enough Sidney Sussex College was founded on St Valentine’s day in 1596 by Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex. It’s part of Cambridge University and is situated right in the historic heart of Cambridge. Rather helpfully there is parking nearby (unusual for the city centre) and a largish Sainsburys opposite – all very useful for any wedding photographer that arrives by car and needs supplies of snacks, water and paracetamol to sustain them through a wedding day!


Sidney (as it’s locally known) is a great venue for a wedding with it’s beautiful buildings and gardens and I’ve been lucky enough to photograph several times there over the last few years. The chapel is lovely to photograph in and both chapel court and cloister court are a great background for pictures. A wander around the Master’s garden can be a great way to get some nice couple shots as well!


Sidney is also well known for a rather gruesome Oliver Cromwell story (a bit Horrible Histories!) in that Cromwell was one of the first students at the college and his dhead is buried in the ante chapel. Apparently the head was dismembered from the body and hoisted on a spike for all to see. It was struck by lightening and fell to the ground before being kept in a private museum until 1960 (really?!) and then buried at Sidney Sussex shortly after!


I started my day photographing Emily getting ready at the rather lovely Duke House before moving to Sidney chapel, the college grounds and gardens, dining hall and then finally into a marquee in the college gardens for the evening reception!


As ever all of the pictures are “as it happened” allowing Emily and Michael to get on celebrating their day without the photography getting in the way.


If you are planning a college wedding then GET IN TOUCH – I would love to hear from you and have a chat about your plans!



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