Michaelhouse is one of the more unusual Cambridge wedding reception venues that I have had the pleasure to photograph. Set in the oldest part of this ancient city it dates back over 300 years, it’s part of Great St Mary’s parish and beautifully located opposite Caius College, at the tip of timeless Kings Parade.
In 2000 a renovation was undertaken to acknowledge and respect the 14th century roots of this stunning building and to bring it into this century in order for it to sustain itself financially. The renovation also included the uncovering of incredibly beautiful stained glass windows and arches that had been sealed over in a previous renovation, and the building remains fully consecrated for services, baptisms and of course weddings.
I love its mission statement of ‘to be a different kind of church, engaging with people, offering hospitality, and with a spirituality open to all’. So, even if you don’t marry in the church you can have your celebrations here. It holds 90 people for a lovely sit-down meal and a lot more for more informal events. Where else would you see guests chatting and enjoying great food in the pews, before putting their energies into the evening dancing? If it all gets too hectic you can cool off outside and ‘people watch’ or maybe enjoy a wander around the streets that surround you. The river and famous ‘Backs’ are not too far away if you want to while away a little time in a punt, or just sit by the riverside and drink in the atmosphere of a glorious summer evening. In all a very unique reception venue………….