For glorious venues from a photography and wedding photographer perspective, Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge has to rank among them, and as luck would have it, I was there in early April as the photographer for Jo and Matt, who were determined to enjoy the full benefit of the famous gardens despite the bitterly cold, albeit sunny weather.
Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust Property that brings its own set of obligations for the wedding photographer, normally in the form of a contract that places an obligation on the photographer to provide the venue with the images from the day. That aside it is a wonderful venue and one of my favourite images from the day is of Jo and Matt walking through the avenue of Silver Birch. The image has a quite magical quality to it.
The Rose Garden provided the backdrop for wedding reception drinks before Jo and Matt went for ‘walkabout’ (translate that as route march – combined with the walk to the reception venue it is probably the most that I have walked at a wedding!).So, after a walk around the gardens, the wedding party and some of the assembled guests set off for their main reception venue in Quy Village, with the bride Jo resplendent in bridal dress, walking boots and sunglasses! As a documentary wedding photographer I always particularly enjoy weddings that involve a walk from ceremony to reception. They remind me of a more gentle age when weddings were very much a ‘village affair’ and didn’t involve travelling huge distances between ceremony and celebrations and they are enormous fun for more candid photography, capturing expressions and movement and the fun and laughter that invariably follows the more emotionally charged time of the ceremony. Come to think of it I have had quite a few weddings like that over the last year, with Sinead and Barnaby taking a walk around Cambridge before their evening reception at The Cambridge Union, Will and Hannah taking a short walk (in freezing temperatures!) from the Varsity Hotel to their evening reception on the other side of Magdalene Bridge, and of Rock and his groomsmen walking from the Varsity Hotel to Christ’s College before marrying the lovely Melanie in their spring wedding last year.
Jo and Matt’s day felt very much like a ‘village affair’ as guests assembled for the reception and Ceilidh in the lovely village hall, with the Ceilidh music provided by the affable and talented Wide Glide Ceilidh band. The all-day Documentary Wedding Photography that I specialise in also gives me the opportunity to capture the celebratory dancing. It is just one part of many in the day that I truly love capturing but it is also one of my favourites; the movement and exhilaration of everyone ‘letting their hair down’ provides some amazing opportunities to work at adverse angles (seeing me crouched or even prostrate on the dance floor to capture a shot is not uncommon!) and get some ’extreme’ shots using ‘slow sync flash’. Jo and Matt’s wedding had some particularly energetic dancing with the Ceilidh and reminded me to a certain extent of the ‘funk off’ with Vicky and Dan at Longstowe Hall and the highly energetic group ‘strutting’ with Roger and Hanako and their guests at Hengrave Hall. Please note that I do try and discreetly ‘exit stage left’ if things are a little too boisterous, to protect everyone’s reputation and my photography equipment!
One fabulous day, many fabulous memories……………………………..
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Hi, I'm Kevin, a professional wedding photographer based in Cambridge, now with a second base in Cornwall! I love working across the UK, Europe (especially Italy) and beyond. When I'm not working you’ll find me running across the countryside or walking on the beach with my chocolate Labrador recharging for the next fantastic adventure!
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