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Madingley Hall Wedding – Charlene and Jonathan

Madingley Hall – Charlene and Jonathan

Charlene and Jonathan got married at Madingely hall near Cambridge earlier this summer. Madingley Hall is fast becoming one of the most popular venues in the area, I seem to be photographing more and more weddings there, and it’s easy to see why. It’s set in beautiful grounds, and internally has several great spaces that the venue utilises for weddings. Interestingly, from a wedding photographer’s viewpoint, the main stair case is one of the venue’s highlights as the light in that area is absolutely amazing!

Charlene and Jonathan’s wedding was mainly inside as the weather wasn’t too great and luckily Madingley Hall is able to cope with indoor receptions as well. We managed to briefly get outside for some group photographs and some bride and groom shots before the rain started again! The ceremony was in the Saloon, a great room with a lovely full height bay window, and the drinks reception on the indoor balcony inside. I think one of madingly Hall’s great strengths is that it managed to feel informal and personal despite being an impressive and beautiful location. It has a great atmosphere and this is helped by the very friendly and helpful staff.

Some of my favourite photographs of the day are below, I particularly like the getting ready shots, this is one of my favourite times of the day to photograph and I think always set the scene nicely.

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Longstowe Hall

Longstowe Hall is one of my absolute favourite local wedding venues. I love photographing there as it is both visually stunning and also has a lovely almost homely and intimate atmosphere. It is set in beautiful woodland and the approach to the hall is through avenues of trees. The bride and groom are welcomed at the front of the hall which makes an amazing backdrop for images with the wedding car.

 

Guests are greeted inside and then lead through to drinks on the lawn. The inside of the hall has the most amazing light, there are fantastic panelled walls and great opportunities for taking dramatically lit portraits as well as atmospheric meeting and greeting shots.

However, it’s only once you get to the lawns at the back that you realise what really makes Longstowe so special – the views down to the lake, the mature trees and the garden borders are utterly breathtaking! Walking down to the water there are some spectacular views back up to the hall and the water’s edge offers numerous spots for photographing the bride and groom with beautiful directional light under the trees and sweeping views over the lake in the background. Walking back up the lawns gives some great opportunities to include the colours from those fantastic beds as well! There is also a beautiful rose garden to the side offering great opportunities for bride and groom shots on the steps and walking through and around with the hall in the background.

 

Group shots are also no problem as the large trees provide great directional light as well as there being lots of neutral green backgrounds to choose from. The wedding breakfast and evening meal are served in a large permanent marquee to the side of the garden. This is raised up slightly and has great views out of its large windows down to the lake side below.

Almost everywhere you look at Longstowe there are fantastic photographic possibilities. There are intimate corners for photographing bride and groom portraits, big sweeping views, interesting steps and architectural features as well as an abundance of varied and high quality natural light. It has a welcoming and intimate atmosphere and is the perfect location for hosting an amazing wedding!

You can visit the Longstowe Hall website here.

 

 

Downing College

One of the nicest things about being a wedding photographer in Cambridge has got to be the opportunity to photograph in some of the most beautiful old buildings in the country. For me at least, this is slightly ironic because I think my main skill as a photographer lies in terms of photographing people and emotions and I don’t feel as though I have a natural flair for “landscape” photography. I don’t naturally take lots of photographs of architecture and locations at a wedding, I’m not really into the bride being a speck in the corner of a vast sweeping vista but am much more closely aligned with Robert Capa’s famous quote about “if the photograph isn’t good you’re not close enough”!

 Despite my musings above it’s very difficult not to be impressed by Downing College and the first thing you notice is that it is absolutely huge!! There is so much space, big imposing column clad buildings, vast lawns and long tree lined avenues. I love the almost artificial grandeur of it and the outrageously audacious spacing out of the buildings.

 As a wedding venue it has a huge number of possibilities. There are smaller drawing room – like rooms, a separate building with its own private gardens, the huge main hall with outrageous chandaliers and marble columns, a more modern annex perfect for serving your drinks reception, terraces for sitting on, sweeping lawns and gardens surrounded by mature trees, smaller intimate corners and gardens as well as the imposing exteriors of the main buildings. These are fantastic for taking photographs on; columns are great for leaning on, the light is nicely directional and there are large steps big enough for photographing large groups on as well.

 The other rather helpful thing about Downing is that there is ample parking on site – there seems to be no need to book a parking space two weeks before the wedding as at the smaller colleges, it is also very easily accessable for your guests being just slightly out of the city centre.

 One of my nicest memories of photographing at Downing College was at the end of an afternoon at a wedding on a beautiful balmy summer evening last year. The guests were eating the wedding breakfast and I sat in the warmth and slightly fading light on the grass under the trees safely backing up and editing some of the images from the day onto my laptop. This is always a great time at a wedding; feeling like I had almost completed a job well done, looking at the images from the day for the first time. The sun was going down behind the buildings and the light was golden and beautiful and in the distance I could here music from a festival playing on Parkers Piece. Best of all I had a sandwich in my hand and a self congratulatory Snickers Bar to look forward to! Happy days!

You can visit the Downing College website here

 

 

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