Late summer…………and it’s finally time for Helen and Pete’s Michaelhouse wedding Cambridge, a wedding I have been really looking forward to.
August and September this year have been incredibly busy but I do love being a wedding photographer, and the late summer into autumn is one of the nicest times to be working in this lovely city. Life is returning to normal after the summer rush of tourists and whilst it is busy it has a great feel to it – plenty of ‘life’ without being hemmed in like sardines along the narrow college crescents, and cooler but not so cool that you lose the potential for a ‘walkabout’ around the streets and ‘Backs’ .
Helen and Pete held their wedding on the last bank holiday of the summer with Helen being walked down the aisle by both her parents at a ceremony at St John the Evangelist Church. Everyone then headed to their reception at the quirky Michaelhouse in the heart of the city. Dating back over 300 years, celebrations and events are regularly hosted here but the medieval Hervey de Stanton Chapel is set aside for meditation and prayer. A very unique venue………….
It would be bordering on negligent if I hadn’t persuaded Helen and Pete to go for a walk around town during the day. Yes, it has an element of direction to it but it’s amazing to see how people just relax into themselves; I love the images of Helen walking barefoot through the city streets with Pete by her side; a perfect juxtaposition where everyday life seems not to exist as they move in their own world through the melee of people around them, framed by the ancient college buildings along these narrow streets.
And so to the evening dancing and celebrations; Helen and Pete chose to have a Ceilidh and certainly everyone put their ‘backs into it’ although I am not entirely sure if a couple of people weren’t in danger of putting their backs ‘out’, such was the frenetic pace. Capturing the energy and movement of a party in full swing is incredibly exciting and whilst I don’t use flash that often I did use slow sync flash to great effect with one or two of the images.
And finally, relax………..as evening approached I took my cue to depart leaving the guests to cool off from their dance floor exertions.
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