Cara and Ollie’s St John’s Chapel and Caius College Wedding, Cambridge
B ack in September 2014 I photographed the spectacular Cambridge University wedding of Cara and Ollie. It turned out to be a wonderful occasion, with Cara and Ollie both looking great and taking centre stage among some of the most beautiful locations I’ve had the good fortune to work at.
Their day was split between St John’s College Chapel for the ceremony and then Caius College for the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast. Although I’ve photographed at several of the Cambridge colleges in the past, nothing had quite prepared me for the grandeur of St John’s Chapel – it really is a stunning building and, with Cara’s brother conducting the choir, the scene was set for a magnificent ceremony.
Everyone then took a brief stroll to Caius College. Walking through Cambridge in their wedding finery Cara and Ollie caused quiet a stir, with tourists and locals stopping to admire the couple, and I found myself working quickly, dodging through the crowds to get some fun images of their walk.
This was the second wedding I’d photographed at Caius College and it was a joy to be back among such beautiful architecture. Moreover, with it’s wood panelled walls, ornate wood beamed ceiling and stained glass windows, the dining hall at Caius is a joy to photograph and judging from the buzz during the wedding breakfast, it’s clearly a great place to be a guest. After some amusing and emotional speeches – including one by Cara’s mum that proved the Father of the Bride tradition could easily be consigned to history – the couple and their guests were taken for another drinks reception and treated to some close harmony singing by their friends. Next up was a waltzing lesson for all the guests and arguably the best first dance I’ve ever seen. All in all, a truly magnificent day.
I’d like to thank Cara and Ollie for the opportunity to photograph their amazing wedding and wish them the best of luck for the future.
Below you’ll find some of my favourite images from their day. Feel free to add a comment – I’d love to hear your thoughts.