The sun shone all day for Marie and Richard’s September wedding at the Community Centre in the pretty village of Milton, Cambridge. French-Cypriot bride Marie got ready for the ceremony at home with her friends Christina and Noni to a backdrop of traditional Cypriot wedding music!
It’s always important as an alternative wedding photographer to speak to a couple about their expectations of their wedding day. Marie and Richard were clear that they wanted to take a very personal approach to their wedding. They saw it has an opportunity to express their artistic and musical creativity and it was my job to listen to their wishes and use my images to tell the story of their day. The couple opted for a handfasting ceremony as it gave them the freedom to write their own vows. Handfasting is popular with couples who find that their own lifestyles call for an alternative joining ceremony. The ritual has great spiritual significance as it dates back to ancient Celtic times. Though a drama was averted when one of the candle bearers dropped a lit match on the alter tablecloth! Handfasting official Derek fearlessly put out the flame with his bare hand! The candle bearers were Christina, Stuart, Louise and Matt. Groomsmen Jason and Karl, bridesman Ali, bridesmaid Noni and other helpers Sarah, Barney, Matt and Marie’s godfather Jean-Pierre assisted with organising the event and setting up the room. Jason and Noni were also witnesses at the legal ceremony at the Registry Office earlier in the week.
Marie cleverly made her own wedding dress (with a little help by friend and needle-meister Felix who had also made Richards beautiful waistcoat) and bridesmaid Noni did Marie’s hair. Richard made mosaic tea light holders to decorate the room. After the ceremony, Marie, Richard and their guests enjoyed a vegan buffet provided by vegan specialist caterers Curly Kale Cafe, with drinks supplied by local pub Lion and Lamb. As the bride has French origins, it seemed fitting that the wedding cakes were French as well. They looked stylish and elegant and were made by award winning French patisserie ‘Gourmandises’.
As an alternative to a formal speech, Richard read extracts from books published by his mother before she passed away and Marie’s witness Noni read C P Cavafy’s poem Ithaca in Greek as a metaphor for married life.
Marie and Richard opted for a first song rather than a first dance and sang John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ together. Marie’s singing teacher Cath then introduced everyone as they performed songs for the couple, then there was an open mic session for friends to perform with accompanist extraordinaire Pete. Later there was a disco with DJs Jay and Gayle from Wunjo Music with dancing well into the night.
Congratulations to Marie and Richard for getting married and creating such a memorable day for yourselves, your family and your friends to remember.