punting, cricket and energetic dancing

Tom & Ellen – Homerton College

There is a palpable sense of history and academia as you wander through the streets of Cambridge and its stunning colleges; I am always intrigued by what lies within those hallowed walls and halls.

Homerton College is no exception. Originally founded in 1730 by ‘Protestant Dissenters’ for the education of young men, the life of this College started in Homerton High Street in London, before moving over a century later to its present home in Cambridge.

I was privileged for the first time in 2014 to photograph Tom and Ellen’s wedding celebrations who, with their connections to the College, enjoyed an amazing drinks reception in the Combination Room before dining in the Great Hall.

OLEM Church cambridge

grooms men take selfie walking

grooms men around groom

grooms men

grooms men inside OLEM Church Cambridge

best man hands over rings to vicar of OLEM Church Cambridge

vicar bridesmaid in door way of OLEM Church Cambridge

smiling bride and father first look outside OLEM Church Cambridge

bride enters OLEM Church Cambridge watched by vicar

bride in entrance to OLEM Church Cambridge bridesmaids adjust veil

groom waits at alter of OLEM Church in Cambridge as bride walk down aisle on fathers arm

bride arrives at alter of OLEM Church Cambridge

kneeling bride and groom during reading

bride and groom share a look during cerermony

bride smiles at groom during exchange rings

kneeling bride and groom for blessing

OLEM Church Wedding Cambridge OLEM church interior

bride smiles at groom as they walk down aisle of OLEM Church in Cambridge

young girl watches bride groom walk down aisle

OLEM Church Wedding Cambridge confetti

bride holds bouquet dress detail

Wedding bridal selfie

wedding party walking

helping bride get on punt

smiling bride holding veil

bride gets on to punt

bridal portrait sitting on punt

smiling bride sitting on punt adjusts veil

bridesmaid catches purse sitting on punt

bridesmaids take selfie while sitting on punt

bride and bridesmaid get photo taken by passing punters

bridal party passing cambridge kings college whilst punting on river Cam

bride and groom romantic punt

Bride and Groom punt passing under bridge smiling bride

groom punting on river

Wedding party pass under bridge whilst riding on punt

groom unposed portrait holding champagne glass

about to pop champagne cork

unposed groom portrait on punt

wedding party laughter on punts

wedding party picnic on punts


man in morning suit holding champagne glass

bridesmaids looking at phone whilst sitting on punt

punting wedding party pass under bridge

removing dirt from trousers whilst on punts

smiling bride lifting dress as she walks

arriving at Homerton College wedding reception

man in morning suit tipping top hat as he looks at seating plan

Homerton College Wedding guests in conversation

smiling wedding guest

wedding party go for walk in grounds of Homerton College

groom walks with bride holding veil as it blows in wind

bride groom walking amoungst trees in grounds of Homerton College

bride kisses groom in grounds of Homerton College

bride surrounded by Cambridge blues at Homerton College

bride hits cricket ball in Homerton College gardens

Wedding guest in kilt talks to guest as walking

bride playing cricket is caught

Wedding guest touches brides arm during conversation

bligh table name

whos who table entertainment

bradman table name

bride and groom walking hand in hand in homerton college on way to reception

bride kisses groom brides mother smiles

bride smiles at groom

girl recording wedding speeches on phone

speeches in the grand hall of Homerton College

three female guests having a chat at dining table

Wedding guest with phone

man hides behind menu laughing

bride pulls face at thought of drinking from animal horn

Wedding guest reads menu by candle light

laughing guests talking to bride

bride and guest wearing top hats

lady talking to groom guests laughing in back ground

group of three have conversation under painting

Wedding guest offered a choice of lollies

how many drinks can I carry

enjoying a cup tea talking to groom

grooms speech from outside of Homerton College

Bride and groom cutting cheese cake

Homerton College Wedding first dance watched by smiling guests

bride and groom elaborate first dance

bride and groom dance surrounded by guests

dancing guests

bride applauds guest dancing

guest makes bride laugh with his dancing in homerton college main hall

Wedding guest energetic dancing in homerton college main hall

homerton college wedding venue at night

A few kind words from Tom & Ellen

“Amazing!!! We have just got home from work and seen the images….They are superb! Strangely, they have made us feel sad that the journey is over. However, on the flip side we now have an exceptionally high quality record of the best day of our lives so far.

It was was an absolute pleasure having you as part of the wedding and we cannot thank you enough for all your hard work. We shall certainly be recommending you to all of our friends! We don’t, however, look forward to the potential job of having to select the photos we may wish to include in an album as there are so many good ones to choose from!”

So why is Homerton College exceptional as a wedding venue?


One of the aspects of having your wedding celebrations in a Cambridge College is that they are all so different from one another and you and your guests often see areas of a college not normally open to the public. The Combination Room has incredible wooden doors that look out onto the Fellows’ Lawn, with the patio and gardens perfect for gatherings on a beautifully sunny day.

Abounds with History and Style

Built in 1889 the Great Hall was designed in American Gothic style with the standard medieval layout of a college hall.

History peers down through the ages from imperious portraits of previous Principal’s hanging above the wooden panelling that surrounds the walls. This is dining on a grand scale…….I particularly love being able to incorporate the portraits and panelling into the shots that I capture during the speeches, giving the day a sense of grandeur.

Intimate Options

Oh, and If you haven’t got a lot of people and want something more intimate you can also opt for the Arts and Crafts beauty that is the Fellows’ Dining Room.

Limited to use for weddings exclusively in Easter and Summer holiday periods this is a venue that remains pretty exclusive and one that I would be delighted to photograph more weddings at.

Getting married at Homerton College?

If you’re planning your wedding at Homerton College or elsewhere in Cambridge and like my style of unobtrusive wedding photography, get in touch by giving me a call on 0370 626 5200 or e-mail me at hello@scott-wood.uk to request my latest brochure, check my availability or to discuss your photography requirements for your day.