Saturday 22 October
- Old Hall Ely
Whilst I hadn't visited Old Hall until
the morning of Chloe and Martin's wedding, I had seen so many
photos from weddings shot there that I felt I knew it already.
The last time I was in Ely, I'd climbed the cathedral tower
so this time it was great to see the view in reverse.
On arrival the bridesmaids were having
hair and makeup done in the marquee before we moved to the
lovely bridal suite, with the biggest bathroom I have ever
seen, for final preparations. I knew that I'd worked with
the hair and makeup artist (Kate Atalay) before but it took
us all day to figure out which other wedding it had been at.
The first job for the groom seemed to
be sorting everyone's bowties out! Unusually there was plenty
of time to get him and the boys together for a full pre-ceremony
shoot and they seemed to be having too good a time to be nervous.
The bride's brother provided bestman duties and it was clear
just what good friends these two have become.
Unfortunately the weather was just too
chilly for the ceremony to be held outdoors (well it was near
the end of October) however indoors was cosy which meant no
one was shivering or turning blue. The level of fun and laugher
even during the vows had everyone in giggles.
So whilst the ceremony couldn't be outside,
I still coaxed everyone out into the autumn sunshine for group
photos. Now I can be pretty loud when I need to shout but
trying to direct all the guests from my viewpoint on a second
floor balcony was not easy ... maybe I need to invest in a
The grounds at Old Hall have a great
view of the Cathedral so it had to feature on a few occasions.
Ely as a whole holds great significance for the couple as
they'd lived there previously and it's where Martin proposed.
The wedding breakfast was held in the
marquee, but believe me, this is no ordinary tent. It is a
proper room with double glazed doors and windows. Another
surprise was when the flowers arrived they were by none other
than Kirsten from The Flower Room in Sandy, who's wedding
I'm shooting in May!
The sun set during the speeches but after
a quick refresh before the evening guests arrived, I was able
to get the pavilion lit up for a set of nightime shots. The
couple then got a sneak preview of their huge light up letters
and dancefloor which had been completely hidden away from
the guests all day. The guys from Piano DJ did a fabulous
job of making sure the dancefloor was packed all evening and
like me, bopped and danced along whilst working... I approve
of people who obviously love their job!