Rectory Farm Cambridge Wedding Photography – Lizzie and Ben

I first met Ben at Hayley & Jamie’s Wedding at Careys Manor during the 2012 Olympics, and it was a pleasure to photograph his and Lizzie’s wedding on a return visit to Rectory Farm. The day started in the village of Melbourn at Lizzie’s family home, with a small army of bridesmaids, lots of tears and lots of fizz.

Lizzie was driven to the ceremony at All Saints Church in the village by her grandfather in a Morris Minor belonging to the family, which was then driven by Ben himself to Rectory Farm up the road near Cambridge. The glorious weather allowed for much drinking on the lawn and liberal use of the swing by the kids. Dinner in the marquee was followed by the speeches (cue more tears from the bridesmaids) and an opportunity to enjoy the last of the sunshine.

Trouserless selfies, bubbles and more swinging, then the cake was cut and the band struck up. A very full dance floor, until some of the guests spilled out to light a cigar, or a sparkler. However, it wasn’t long until they were straight back to the dancing.

Keythorpe Manor Wedding Photography – Louise and Steven

Last time I visited Keythorpe Manor was on a very murky day just before Christmas in 2012, so it was nice to experience it in friendlier weather. After making her preparations in the on-site accommodation, Louise arrived in the barn for the ceremony to be greeted by a very emotional Steven. I think the music set him off!

After the ceremony there was a brief pause for confetti, then everyone headed over to the huge marquee for drinks and nibbles. For the second wedding in a row we had some very tasty looking cocktails, and soon it was time for the wedding breakfast. As this came to a close the guests got the shock of their lives as four of the waiting staff burst into song. Turns out that secret wedding singers had been embedded in the ranks, and they entertained until it was time for speeches.

Steven got particularly stitched up by his best men who had some very embarrassing photographs to share. The day ended with the opening of the last portion of marquee revealing the band and dance floor. Cue shape-throwing!

Zetter Townhouse Wedding Photography – Amber & Declan

My second very small wedding of the autumn, and a return trip to the Mayor’s Parlour at Islington Town Hall. Amber managed to get dressed in record time after her hair and make-up appointment over-ran. In the end the ceremony was held up by the late arrival of her brother and dad! A short taxi journey into Clerkenwell, and everyone got comfortable in the unique dining room at the Zetter Townhouse, across the courtyard from the Zetter Hotel. My short time with the wedding got me a glimpse of the naked cake (very on trend for 2014), a taste of the fantastic canap├ęs and a chance to be the couple’s excuse for a few private minutes away from the family to enjoy a toast to their new married status.