Laughter, Tears and Punting Too!!!

Jeremy & Robyn – Trinity College, Cambridge

I was so delighted when Robyn and Jeremy told me that they were holding their wedding ceremony at Trinity College Chapel. Robyn is an alumnus of the college so it holds a special place in her heart. And it would be a wedding with an international flavour as Jeremy hails from the USA. I loved that they were keen to get photographs in and around the college as well as the chapel. Not only that, the wedding ceremony would also going to be followed by punting down the River Cam. It is so much fun when a wedding party includes punting!  

Getting Ready at Trinity College: The Bride and Bridesmaids

As an alumnus of the college, Robyn also had the opportunity to get ready for the wedding ceremony there. In a spacious room she and her bridesmaids prepared for the day. Robyn was lovely to work with. She was confident, warm hearted and generous to everyone around her. And she absolutely rocked her wedding day look. My favourite photo has to be the one of Robyn reflected in the mirror. It shows the back of her dress, which Robyn was keen to capture. But, at the same time it captures that sense of ‘just before’ nerves and anticipation.

Arriving at Trinity College Chapel

Trinity College Chapel is historic with a capital ‘H’. Its current windows may be Victorian but the chapel itself dates back to the 1500’s. Built during the reigns of Mary and Elizabeth I, it is a breath-taking building. Arriving on the arm of her brother, Robyn looked poised and elegant, and not one bit over awed by the grandeur of the chapel.  But waiting in the ante chapel with her bridesmaids there was time for a little bit of nervous humour. I love the photo of Robyn as she composes herself, watched over by the statue of the poet Tennyson. It is an incredible privilege to get married here. Permission to marry here is given at the discretion of the Dean of Chapel. And you also need a Special Licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury.  How’s that for exclusive?

A Romantic Wedding Ceremony

Walking in on the arm of her brother, Robyn looked radiant. Cambridge college chapels pews are laid out in a unique arrangement, down each side of the church. So, as Robyn glided down the aisle everyone was able to turn to see her.  And of course the beaming smile of her husband to be Jeremy waiting at the altar couldn’t be ignored!

The wedding ceremony itself was genuinely lovely.  Robyn’s family priest conducted part of the ceremony. Blessed with a wonderful sense of humour, Father Parkinson was an essential part of the whole day. There were of course tears, but also laughter. I adore the photo of Jeremy and Robyn seated at the side of the altar as they listen to Father Parkinson. Robyn discreetly wipes a tear from her eye and looks at Jeremy. Jeremy provided a generous dash of glamour and romance when he dipped in a romantic embrace. A great way of doing the ‘first kiss’!

Exiting the chapel Robyn and Jeremy were first showered with congratulations and ‘bear’ hugs.  Next came the shower of confetti in The Great Court. Famed for the ‘The Great Court Run’, depicted in Chariots of Fire, there was no running on this occasion! But there was great fun and I love the joyous shots of Robyn and Jeremy leading their guests out of the Great Court.  We also took a bit of time out to photograph Robyn and Jeremy walking amongst the cloisters and the grounds. It was a chance to them to have a little time alone and enjoy the romance of the day. Jeremy also loved wearing his top hat and found all manner of excuses for it to feature in the photos!   

To the Punts! Punting to the Party

I’ve photographed many weddings featuring a punt down the river. Tom & Ellen’s celebration at Homerton also involved a picnic punt! With champagne to hand and a blanket for warmth, Jeremy and Robyn led their guests down river. Father Parkinson was of course present, entertaining onlookers with great conversation! And don’t you just love the Canadian Geese following the happy couple down the river? What a perfect way to arrive at their riverside wedding reception.  It was time to party with friends and loved ones. And what a brilliant afternoon of fun and laughter it was. And what a great capture of Robyn throwing her bouquet! 

It was a fabulous wedding day. Thank you to Robyn and Jeremy for allowing me to be part of your beautiful celebrations.

A few kind words from Robyn & Jeremy

“When the pictures arrived we were astounded…… You managed to capture every emotion; from laughter to tears of joy. The composition of each picture is perfect – every picture tells a story. We can honestly say they are the most beautiful wedding photo’s we’ve ever seen, and we look forward to revisiting the day with them for many years to come!

They are just so joyous! Many, many thanks.”

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