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wedding make up at Rectory Farm Cambridge

 

“Thank you so much for these…..they are incredible and tell a fantastic story of the day!” – Ed and Kamila

 

Ed and Kamila’s wedding ceremony was at Stapleford church near Cambridge before going on to their reception at the lovely Rectory Farm. Those of you who know the area will realise that the two venues are a short hop down the M11 from each other and so, theoretically at least, very easy to travel between.

 

BUT – not on the day that the M11 is completely blocked!!! I don’t really get particularly stressed on wedding days but the one thing that always concerns me, mainly because it is essentially out of my control, is getting stuck in traffic! I always build in plenty of contingency time and check the traffic conditions before leaving home and thankfully Google maps warned me of the problem beforehand.

 

Everything was fine before the ceremony as I left with plenty of time in hand and changed my route but, on the way back from the church, traffic chaos ensued and Cambridge was gridlocked! Everyone was driving from the church to the reception and the worst scenario for me would have been not to have known if I was the only one stuck in traffic and to have been worried that I was missing the reception! With this in mind I glued myself in behind Ed and Kamila’s wedding car and endured a journey of nearly an hour that should have taken around ten minutes. Very stressful but at least I knew for a fact that I wasn’t missing any of the bride and groom at the reception and we were all in the same boat!

 

The rest of the day followed without any problems, the rest of the guests arrived bit by bit with various tales of over heating cars and traffic mayhem and a great time was had by all! I have included a few of my favourites from the day below. As ever none of the pictures are scripted or set up as I much prefer to photograph events as they happen, not interfere and direct people and photograph as naturally as possible.

 

If you are planning your wedding and my approach appeals then get in touch. I would love to hear from you and have a chat about your ideas further.

 

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Wedding Speeches - Swaffham Prior Village Hall

 

“Thank you so much! They are wonderful, can’t wait to see them on a proper big screen when we get home…..thanks again!” – Stephanie

 

I really love it when one picture really encapsulates the story of a whole day! The picture above essentially sums up Stephanie and Alex’s day in one frame – there’s a sea of happy laughing faces looking towards Stephanie and Alex during the speeches in Swaffham Prior Village Hall, the two bridesmaids at the front did little apart from giggle and have a great time all day and the whole picture has a real sense of the joy, fun and informality that made the day so special. I love how Stephanie and Alex are looking towards each other in the foreground and that you can just see the best man, who is giving the speech in the corner as well!

 

Swaffham Prior itself is a tiny little village that you don’t really pass through unless you are going there deliberately. Stephanie and Alex got married at the local church and we then took a short wander down the High Street to the village hall for the reception. Alex’s parent’s garden made a lovely backdrop for some bride and groom photographs later in the day so the whole event had a lovely close knit and family atmosphere!

 

Inevitably with a wedding like this everyone just got into the laid back atmosphere and, with a hog roast, bunting and beautiful weather to go with it the reception had a fabulous almost traditional street party atmosphere to it!

 

Another of my favourite images below shows one of the guests sitting outside the hall on his phone surrounded by piles of dirty plates! Not a traditional wedding image but one that definately tells part of the story and is a little bit different!

 

I have included a selection below.

 

If you’re planning your wedding and wondering about having a photographer to be there to document the day for you then GET IN TOUCH – I’m always happy to chat.

 

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Bride and groom leaving their wedding ceremony under umberellas

 

“Gorgeous Andrew, Thank you for photographing for us! It was an awesome and magical day and I am so delighted with the photos.. ” – Nancy

 

I knew that Andrew and Nancy’s wedding was going to be completely unique, amazing and different from the first moment that they got in touch to enquire as to whether I was available for the day. Nancy emailed me over their wedding invitation describing how she was going to arrive for her ceremony on horse back, how it was all going to take place in the orchard on her parent’s farm, how guests would be encouraged to camp overnight, there would be a music festival theme, open mic speeches an that Andrew and Nancy would be making their own cakes and having a decorating competition judged by their guests……..not to mention the family dog being the ring bearer and the 29 bridesmaids!

 

However, there was one defining moment in the day that really summed it up for me….during the outdoor ceremony it absolutely and completely poured with rain, so much so that you could hardly hear what was being said, everyone got soaked through and I remember photographing away literally soaked to the skin. In the height of the storm, just after they had said their vows, Nancy’s Mum who was conducting the ceremony asked the sodden and dripping crowd if they would like to forget singing the next song cut things short and head inside. There was a massive and resounding “No” and everyone resolutely and in amazingly good spirits sang away and sat out the rain right to the bitter end. 

 

Clearly Nancy and Andrew’s friends absolutely adore them! The atmosphere on the day was incredible, there was such an atmosphere of celebration and fun and it really was one of the most memorable days I have photographed for a long time.

 

I’ve included some of my favourites below.

 

If you’re planning a wedding, no matter how different, individual or even much more traditional then

get in touch

– I’d love to hear from you!

 

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