Marisa and Sean chose to hold their wedding ceremony at Queens’ College Chapel in the heart of Cambridge. This charming and romantic venue is perfectly placed in Cambridge’s historic buildings alongside the River Cam creating a stunning venue for a wedding. This, for me, makes Queens College wedding photography a pleasure to shoot.
The couple enjoyed glorious sunshine all day. Marisa prepared for the wedding at nearby hotel the Hilton Double Tree, where she was looked after by attentive bridesmaids Jess, Susie, Rachel and Lucy. Marisa looked amazing in her elegant dress, which was decorated with fine lace and Swarovski crystals and cut to give her an elegant silhouette. The dress was made by Allure and fitted and arranged by Tailor’s Cat in Cambridge. Hair and make-up was done by Stilo Hair Salon in the city centre.
Marisa and her bridesmaids, walked from the hotel to the college chapel, making the most of the beautiful weather and the beautiful views (and they made a fine view themselves for all the well-wishers they passed by!) Marisa’s and the bridesmaids’ pretty bouquets were provided by Peter Graves Florists.
Sean was all ready and waiting at the college with best man Mike and ushers James, Dave and Dan. (I say waiting, they did manage a drink at the college bar!) The ceremony was held in the majestic college Chapel. The grandeur of the chapel, that had the guests seated along the sides of the room, gave the ceremony a lovely character and charm and despite there being over a hundred guests present, felt very intimate.
After the ceremony everybody enjoyed reception drinks and meandered around the delightful Queens College Fellows Lawn that runs alongside the busy river. Some of Marisa and Sean’s more energetic guests played boules and badminton!
Then everybody was invited into the magnificent old Hall, built in 1448, for dinner and speeches. After a sumptuous wedding breakfast, it was on to the moving and at times funny speeches bravely taken on by the mother of the bride, Sean and best man Mike (whose sporting stories and anecdotes were hilarious, though needed some translation for Marisa and Sean’s Canadian, French and Australian guests!)
For the evening the wedding guests moved into the College Bar for dancing and drinks. First dance was to ‘Just in Time’ by Tony Bennett. It was such a warm evening that guests spilled into the courtyard. There was a very popular photo booth for silly pictures and guests were offered bacon sandwiches and cupcakes (these two really thought of everything!)
A lovely couple, a laidback and friendly wedding set in a stunning location. Congratulations to Marisa and Sean for getting married and creating such a wonderful day for you, your family and your friends to remember. From my point of view all I can say is that it was a satisfying Queens college wedding photography days’ work.
Venue for bridal preparations: Hilton Double Tree, Cambridge
Venue for wedding: Queens’ College, Cambridge
Dress: Allure at Tailor’s Cat, Cambridge
Hair and Make Up: Stilo Hair Salon, Cambridge
Flowers: Peter Graves Florist, Cambridge
A selection of Marisa & Sean’s pre-wedding photographs can be seen here.