As a Cambridge wedding photographer I really looked forward to covering Barbara and David’s wedding at Emmanuel College in July. Barbara and David had booked me earlier in the year when they were looking for a photographer with a relaxed, natural wedding reportage approach.
Their wedding day was one of the better days weather-wise this summer. The sunshine really brought the beautiful architecture of Emmanuel College to life.
Barabara and David had their legal ceremony earlier in the day at the Cambridge Registry Office. I was booked to cover their blessing service at the Emmanuel College Chapel followed by their celebrations in the College.
I met up with Barbara to capture some photographs of her preparations with her bridesmaids and flowergirls Emma, Dee, Keri, Emma, Eva & Krystyna in one of the student rooms at Emmanuel College. Then it was over to the Emmanuel College Chapel to catch up with David and his best men, Edward and James. By this time the sun was shining brightly as the guests and family started to arrive in the cloisters outside the chapel. Barbara looked stunning in her wedding dress as she was escorted to the chapel by father Bruce and her bridesmaids
The blessing service was conducted by Julian Smith. Julian had a very relaxed approach and was happy for me to move around the chapel to capture the events, guests and family. As always this is something I always clear with the vicar or officiant to make sure that they are happy with where I stand, etc.. I always stress that I if I am able to move around it is always with respect for the ceremony and service, such as:
- never crossing in front of family and guests behind the bride and groom
- never taking pictures over the officiant’s shoulder, and
- never, ever, ever using flash.
Although that should be a given – you would be amazed at some of the horror stories you hear!
Barbara & David had engaged the services of singers who beautifully serenaded Barbara’s entrance into the chapel from the organ loft. Later in the proceedings the singers came down into the College and we were all treated to a fantastic rendition of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. This unexpected choice and the way it was so brilliantly performed brought a lot of smiles and laughter throughout the chapel.
After the service there was an impromptu line-up as guests and family exited the chapel to congratulate Barbara and David. I know some photographers hate line-ups. Personally I find that they offer great opportunities to capture totally candid and un-posed magical moments between the bride and groom and their family and friends. And this one was no exception.
After the line-up was finished everyone made their way across the the College gardens for the champagne reception – another great opportunity for wedding reportage.
After a few group photographs the wedding party made their way into the College Hall for the wedding breakfast. The speeches were touching and emotional- just as they should be.
In the evening, Barbara and David hosted their evening reception in the Emmanuel College Old Library.
It was a beautiful day and I would like to thank Barbara and David for asking me to photograph their wedding celebrations.
My best wishes Mr and Mrs Owens.
The whole gallery of Barbara & David’s photographs can be found here.
Nic Skerten is a Cambridge wedding photographer specialising in natural, relaxed photography weddings across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and UK-wide. If you are looking for a photographer to cover your Cambridge wedding please get in touch to discuss your requirements in more detail.