Weddings at The Old Hall Hotel, Ely, Cambridgeshire

  Emma and James’ beautiful winter wedding at The Old Hall, Ely

 

Ring ceremony St Mary's Church Ely - Wedding photographer Cambridgeshire

 

Andrew, we cannot thank you enough for the amazing work you have done. You have captured so many happy memories from the best day of our lives, and you have done it in such a wonderfully creative way. Given that it was a grey November day, you clearly have the touch of a genius! Thank you so much for being such an important part of our day and for helping it to run so smoothly.

- Emma & James

 

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.

 

 

 Want to See More? For more of my work as a wedding photographer in Cambridgeshire, check out this summer wedding at Holmewood Hall or this lovely day at Sissons Farm
 Want to Know More? If you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer in Cambridgeshire or elsewhere in the UK, please feel free to contact me via email or call me on 07870 135 986 and I’d be very happy to provide you with full details about my approach and packages.

4 Responses to Weddings at The Old Hall Hotel, Ely, Cambridgeshire

  • Jai Eastwood

    Holy Moly ! as the deranged crazy auntie I can forgive you for leaving me in the pictures as the others are so beautifully wonderfully outstandingly gorgeous !! You really caught the personalities and emotions of the day and so many ‘oh wow’ images!  thank-you so much for sharing your wonderful work with us.

    • andrew

      Hi Jai – Not sure whether your self-description is strictly fair but it does take a certain type to do this for a living! Thanks for such a lovely comment – the fact that it comes from a fellow photographer makes it all the more special. It was a great day and your thoughts are very much appreciated. All the best, Andrew

  • James & Emma

    Andrew, we cannot thank you enough for the amazing work you have done. You have captured so many happy memories from the best day of our lives, and you have done it in such a wonderfully creative way. Given that it was a grey November day, you clearly have the touch of a genius! Thank you so much for being such an important part of our day and for helping it to run so smoothly. Best wishes, James & Emma

  • Helen

    Andrew, your photos and recollection of the day are just lovely.  You have captured so many beautiful moments, both posed and natural. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Helen (one of the grown up bridesmaids)

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