Catherine and Frank chose to hold their wedding ceremony and reception at Selwyn College. I love shooting weddings at Selwyn College. Its distinctive red-brick Victorian Old Court is Tudor gothic in style. The court comprises of seven staircases as well as the Tower and Gateway, Master’s Lodge, Chapel and Dining Hall. It really is a stunning building giving this Selwyn college wedding photographer a wonderful backdrop when taking shots of the couple and their guests.
Catherine prepared in a room close to the chapel where she was able to hear the choir rehearsing. Catherine looked elegant in her dress with hair and make-up done by the talented Ieva Genovesi. The effect was stunning and must have felt a far cry from Catherine’s usual attire working as a Chemical Engineer! The beautiful flowers were generously done by a friend of the couple: Chloe Valenti. Catherine was attentively looked after by her bridesmaids Heather, Emma (Frank’s niece) and Esther as the pretty flower girl.
Frank, a physicist by day, was also in good hands with best man Jonathan. His ushers were Tom (his nephew) and Joe (Catherine’s brother). There was also a mini self-appointed usher David, who in matching cufflinks and hanky, stepped up to assist/lead Tom and Joe in their duties!
The weather had forecast rain and there was a downpour in the morning, but the clouds cleared and the sun shone through just in time for the ceremony and reception drinks.
Catherine and Frank first met whilst singing in the Selwyn College Choir, so they couldn’t have chosen a more apt venue for their ceremony. The choir was made up of friends with Sarah MacDonald and Cathy Lamb switching between the roles of directing the choir and playing the organ. Readings were taken on by Roger France and Elaine Freer (who read the poem ‘Love’ that was written by Catherine’s late Aunt Janey when she was just 16 years old). The funny and friendly choir and the moving readings gave a really warm and personal feel to the ceremony which I know is something Catherine and Frank wanted.
After the ceremony in the chapel, everyone enjoyed a wonderful reception in the College. The amazing gardens and the college grounds are a superb backdrop that made my job as a Selwyn college wedding photographer so much easier. Catherine’s long veil and the playful wind resulted in some pretty amazing images that day! Furthermore, the love of the couple for each other was so obvious that it shone through pretty much every picture of them together.
After reception drinks and food, it was on to the speeches. Catherine’s father Paul White is a beekeeper, and all the guests received honey from his hives as a favour. As a regular at weddings, it’s always lovely to see quirky and personal touches like this (though Catherine replaced Paul’s own honey jar with one with whisky in!). At this point, I feel I must mention the wedding cake. Constructed by the bride, her parents and her grandparents, it really was a labour of love and the resulting cake turned out better than any of them could have expected. Making the White family rightly proud of their achievement!
A lovely personal wedding, in a stunning venue that held, and will continue to provide, many special memories for Catherine and Frank. Congratulations on your marriage and I hope you, your family and your friends will enjoy looking at my photographs and remembering your wonderful day.