SUZANNE & BARTON I PETERHOUSE COLLEGE I CAMBRIDGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
As a Cambridge Wedding Photographer its sometimes nice to shoot weddings nearer to home. Suzanne and Barton had travelled back from the United States to have their wedding in Cambridge. Now thats not to say I wouldn’t have travelled to them in the US. Suzanne had studied here. Even before their epic move across the pond Cambridge was somewhere that seemed like home for so long. The ceremony was held at the beautifully quaint Little St Mary’s Church along from the college. Restoration work and a prior scheduled event meant that the college chapel was unavailable but the intimacy of Little St Mary’s played the perfect host in the proceedings.
The day started in a very relaxed way. Bridal prep took place in one of the main residence halls in the grounds of the college. Kate Fletcher of Flashkate Bridal MakeUp was on hand to pamper this cool relaxed bride. If the cool exterior was hiding a plethora of nerves it certainly didn’t show. The emphasis was always going to be on the guests and their experience on this wonderful day. Via several phone calls and face time meetings we’d discussed how the day was to play out. A flying visit from Barton to the UK a couple of weeks before the wedding afforded us the chance to meet up and go through the finer details.
Its unusual for me not to have spent months with my couples helping plan their day, ironing out some of the small issues that crop up. This was certainly not the case for Suzanne and Barton as any challenges were overcome by the meticulous planning back in the US. Until now I had only fleetingly caught a glimpse of my bride during one face time meeting but as I try to attend all wedding rehearsals this was soon put to rights before the day itself.
This wedding was so full of love. From an extremely diverse pool of talents Suzanne’s family played a massive role in the day. Suzanne’s Uncle presided over the wedding service. Her Brother played the church organ and piano and two further family members sang in the magnificent choir. A spine tingling sound that filled the entire space of the church. I know it’s a common occurrence to hear the likes of this coming from any one of the famous Cambridge colleges but to be standing in amongst the sound was simply breathtaking. It was evident from the musicality this was one very talented family.
Peterhouse provides the perfect stage for your special day. As with all Cambridge colleges, Peterhouse is steeped in history and tradition. The magnificent panelled walls of the great hall provide a richness and elegance, not out of place on a film set of Harry Potter. The rolling grounds and exquisite courtyards the perfect backdrop, a photographers dream. A cavern of beautifully decorated rooms gives you the opportunity to move around this amazing building.
Planning your day?
If you are planning your own very special day and looking for a wedding photographer in Cambridge or further afield, then please get in touch. Contact me via my Contact Me page or by calling 07982 077883. Cambridge Wedding Photographer.
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I asked Suzanne and Barton some questions to personalise their blog post
Who designed your magnificent dress?
Irish, New York based designer Don O’Neill Bridal. I knew I was in good hands as he’d just designed the wedding dress for Meghan Markle which looked absolutely amazing on the steps of St Georges Chapel Windsor Castle.
How did you meet?
We met met while we were covering the World Economic Forum In Davos, Switzerland. I was working for the Irish Times and Barton was working for the BBC at the time.
Tell me how Barton proposed?
At The Rainbow Room at the Rockefeller Centre in New York. It was so romantic and unexpected. I was on the 65th floor but feeling on top of the world.
How long did you plan for your big day?
A total of six months. My job schedule and our hectic life styles meant we just had to get on and do it! We had people flying in from all corners of the globe so had to plan meticulously. Barton is incredibly good at that and together we just made it happen.
What was your favourite part of the day?
The wedding ceremony. Having so many key people in our lives playing a part and being there with us to celebrate our day was mind blowing.
Did you fall out over anything during the planning stage?
No nothing! I can honestly say that. We just wanted the same things and as long as our guests had a marvellous day we would too.
Finally, Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to the Caribbean and to New Orleans. What a amazing way to start an amazing chapter in our lives.