I first met this lovely couple when I photographed Laura’s sister, Rachel’s, wedding 2 years earlier at Dove Barn. So when Laura and Rupert contacted me asking me to photographer their wedding at Anstey Hall in Trumpington, near Cambridge I was delighted to accept.
We had caught up in the intervening 2 years to do their pre-wedding/engagement shoot in Cambridge a few months earlier which gave us the opportunity to get some casual images of the two of them together while having a good old natter about arrangements for their special day- and an excuse to show off the moves they had been practising ready for their first dance.
The day started with Laura’s preparations at Anstey Hall ably assisted by her sister and bridesmaid, Rachel. The bedrooms at Anstey Hall are beautifully decorated and exquisitely vintage in style with large windows that allowed me to get some lovely pictures of the two sisters getting their make-up and hair done.
After a couple of hours it was time for me to get down to the St. Mary and St. Michael’s Church nearby to meet up with Rupert and get some photographs of him with his best man, Lewis, and groomsmen.
St. Mary and St. Michael’s is only walking distance from Anstey Hall and Laura was escorted by her father, Michael, and Rachel.
After the ceremony everyone gathered outside the church – always a great opportunity to get some authentic and natural images of family and guests congratulating the bride and groom. This is a time that I never ever try and curtail (as some photographers do!) in any way to do groups, etc as these images are by far the most emotive and real – capturing authentic moments as they really happen. As you will see from some of the pictures it was quite windy with a few hats and veils blowing around!
Back at Anstey Hall I managed to capture a lot more natural documentary-style images of the wedding party chatting and mingling in the beautiful entrance hall. I never try to rush things and start any formal groups that have been requested. I much prefer to wait (if the overall schedule permits) until things quieten down naturally before the 15 minutes or so it takes me to do the group photos.
Anyway, enough chat from me – please take a look at some of my favourites from one of the most enjoyable weddings I have covered.
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