When Hannah and Terry contacted me to enquire about my availability to be their Queens College wedding photographer, I was over the moon. This fantastic wedding venue is right in the midst of Cambridge’s historic centre. It is bursting with excellent architectural features while being situated right by the River Cam. So much so that it is always a pleasure to shoot weddings there.
The couple decided to have their photos taken before the ceremony; very much like it is usually done in the United States. Getting the couple’s and some of the family’s formal photos before the arrival of the guests meant that the drinks reception ended up being much more relaxed and less rushed.
The wedding ceremony was celebrated in the college very own Chapel. With the guests seated parallel to the length of the room, lit by candlelight. The ceremony which had bits in the bride’s native language was very moving with one particular uncle giving a rendition of his reading without his lines; having learnt the whole long text by heart.
The drinking reception was then held in Queens College Fellows Garden ideally placed along the river Cam. We basked in sunshine for most of the day in a typical late September Indian summer day.
Everybody then retreated into the grandiose old Hall for dinner. After the wedding breakfast, it was on to the traditional speeches and the cutting of the cake. For the evening do, the guests moved to the “sun dial” court for afternoon tea and champagne. Which was a welcome alternative to the usual bar plus first dance combination.
Congratulations to Hannah and Terry for tying the knot in such a lovely wedding venue. If you’re planning to get married at Queens College, Cambridge do not hesitate to enquire about my availability as I would jump at the chance to be a Queens College wedding photographer again!
Venue for wedding: Queens’ College, Cambridge