Emma and James’ beautiful winter wedding at The Old Hall, Ely
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Cambridgeshire wedding of Emma and James. Their day started at St Mary’s Church, Ely. I’d worked there before, so I already knew that weather allowing, the pretty pathway to the church would provide me with lots of good opportunities to photograph the guests and wedding party as they arrived.
In the event, the conditions were just about on our side. Forecasts had predicted rain, but it held off and the light cloud covering stayed just the right side of oppressive, creating a lovely soft light that was a pleasure to work in.
As the guests arrived a happy pre-wedding vibe began to build as old friends and family reacquainted themselves. James clearly relished his role, greeting all with a warm smile, a big hug or handshake, and radiating the classic groom’s mix of joyful excitement and nervous energy.
I often find this is one of the most enjoyable times to be a wedding photographer. Witnessing so many positive interactions and trying to compose and capture them in a way that is visually striking has an excitement all of its own. It’s an adrenaline rush I wouldn’t have predicted before doing this job – blink or miss-focus and the moments gone, but when you’re in the flow and get it right it really is a lovely feeling.
Emma looked radiant – full of smiles the moment she stepped out of the car – and her father was clearly very proud as he walked up the aisle with her.
After a lovely and relaxed ceremony, the guests gathered outside St Mary’s again before heading off to the reception at The Old Hall Hotel, Ely. It’s one of Cambridgeshire’s newest wedding venues and from what I saw, it’s bound to be a huge success. The building has been completely renovated and extended in recent years, and now makes for a fine venue, with several large rooms to entertain guests in and an impressively long new bar. But it’s the location itself that makes it – behind the Hall are stunning views over the Cambridgeshire countryside and back towards Ely Cathedral.
This was a relatively short booking for me and when the guests all headed over to the marquee for the wedding breakfast it was time for me to go. It was a pleasure to be a part of such a relaxed and intimate wedding and I’d like to thank Emma and James for the opportunity to meet and work with them. Good luck for the future and hope you enjoy the images for many years to come!
Below you’ll find a selection of my favourite images from their day. If you enjoy the images or have thoughts on the photography or the day itself that you’d like to share, please feel free to add a comment to this blog. I’d love to hear from you and will reply to any questions as soon as I can.
If you’re planning a wedding in Ely, or elsewhere in Cambridgeshire, please feel free to contact me and I’d be very happy to give you more information about my approach and packages.