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Bride and groom by the lake at Chippenham Park

 

“Thank you so much for photographing our wedding – it was a pleasure to have you there and you did a fantastic job for us!” – Menaka and Iain

 

Chippenham Park is situated just on the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk border near Newmarket. Despite being really close to me I hadn’t actually photographed there before Iain and Menaka’s wedding although I knew of it by it’s reputation as being a fantastic venue! It didn’t disappoint and I was bowled over by just how stunning and picturesque it is.

 

Chippenham is privately owned and the Grade 11 listed house is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland and gardens created in the 1690’s by Admiral Russel (I do like to get a bit of history in!). It’s been in the same family for about 250 years and you really do get a sense of a warm family welcome and a home of individuality and character! Obviously it’s an amazing place for a wedding and Iain and Menaka were actually married in the woodland by the lake before having a reception on the terrace and the wedding breakfast in the fabulous marquee.

 

The image above is one of my favourites and pretty much sums up the feel of the venue and the style of the day for me! I love the sense of tranquility and space, the calmness of the water and the reflections of the trees – this in essence is Chippenham! I took Iain and Menaka for a bit of a stroll to take some pictures and also let them have a few moments together away from the wedding, it was then just a case of stepping back, composing and waiting for the moment!

 

There are some more of my favourites below. If you are planning a wedding at Chippenham park or any other fantastic venue for that matter GET IN TOUCH – I would love to hear from you!

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Bride and groom during speeches.

 

“Thank you so much for all your work on our photos – they are really excellent and we’ve loved re-living the day over and over. You were exactly what I was hoping for with a photographer and captured all those little moments we missed. With huge thanks, Louise and Steve”

 

Selwyn College is part of the University of Cambridge and is situated on Grange road just a short walk from the very famous riverside College backs. It’s one of the newer University buildings (well it’s all relative isn’t it!) in that building started in 1880 for the College to be opened for it’s first academic year in 1882. It was named after the rather illustrious sounding George Augustus Selwyn – the first bishop of New Zealand.

 

The Victorian Old Court really has a lovely Tudor Gothic style to it and this is the part of the college where the Chapel is situated along with the Master’s Lodge and it’s beautiful gardens and the dining hall. There are also no less than seven staircases leading to different parts of the building.

 

Before Louise and Steve’s wedding the only time I have been to Selwyn was for the College May Ball many, many, many years ago as a student. I have hazy memories of that night, a vague recollection of the survivors photograph and walking home in the early morning light. I’ve been past the College many times over the years but never back inside and walking through the gates into Old Court did bring back a few memories!

 

I started the day photographing Louise getting ready at her parent’s house before setting off to Selwyn to photograph the boys. This was great fun and I would really like to do it more, generally it’s just drinks in the pub but there’s nothing like a bit of tie tying and cuff link fastening to make a good picture! The ceremony itself was in the chapel with the reception in the fantastically lit dining hall. As ever I spent the day looking for storytelling pictures, images with emotion and authenticity – it was a fantastically fun day so not a hard task!!

 

If you’re planning a wedding and looking for a photographer to photograph it in a natural and unobtrusive way then GET IN TOUCH – I’d love to hear from you.

 

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“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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