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Saturday 22 October - Old Hall Ely

Chloe and Martin

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.

Old Hall

wedding dress


bride makeup


button up dress

bride and bridesmaids

bride ready

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.

groom sorts bowtie



groom and brothers

groomsmen on bench

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.

ceremony laughs

bridesmaids laughing




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 loud hailer?



all guests

bridal party

groom and bestman 'sandwich'

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.

bride and groom on bench

bride and groom with cathedral view

groom kisses bride

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!

marquee set up for wedding breakfast

top table details

wedding cake

speeches toast

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!

pavilion at night

first dance

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