Wow what a wedding. Trinity College has to be one of the prettiest places in the world to shoot. Really nice to be back with Caroline and Elliot this time where it has extra significance as Caroline’s father is actually the master. Anyway, enough from me, I’m going to hand over the blog again, this time it’s Caroline’s turn to talk you through the day!
“Elliott and I met at an engagement party of mutual friends – we were together for just under a year until we were throwing our own engagement party. When you know, you just know! Elliott proposed to me on the hottest day of 2012 on the top of a private boat on the River Thames at sunset – it was a magical day and evening and the start of our journey to marrying at Trinity College.
On the morning of the wedding my wonderful bridesmaids, my Mum, Dad and sisters did their best to help me relax but I was really struggling to control my nerves. My chief bridesmaid (Noush) decided we should start on the champagne early and – this had the desired effect and I finally calmed down! I recall vividly how I felt the moment I put my dress on – I was overwhelmed and overjoyed that the moment had come where I would walk into the chapel to my best friend and soul mate who was waiting to marry me.
Away from the frenzy of hair and make-up my Grandma was having a quiet read while my sisters checked their dresses. I love the photo of my sister Suzanne on the sofa and the one of my Grandma relaxing while my sister (Rosie’s) boyfriend (Tim) is taking the labels of her shoes!
Over at Elliott’s camp in true “leave everything to the last minute” style, he was finishing writing his speech and his best man (Dave) and his ushers, Craig, Ben and John, were watching videos on how to tie cravats!!
My bridesmaids (Louise and Jemma) delivered my wedding present to Elliott . They came back with a video of his reaction and also his present to me, a stunning pair of sapphire earrings complete in a box with a very sweet engraving. A beautiful wedding present, a future family heirloom and my something blue.
Cravats tied and ready to go the boys made it over to Trinity in time to greet the guests. He was thrilled to have a moment with his Nan before the ceremony and we are both thrilled that Alex captured the excitement in her face as Elliott hugs her.
Before the ceremony I had some time with my bridesmaids and my Dad and we enjoyed a brief moment of calm before the big event. The bridesmaids were telling jokes and the photo in Alex’s blog captures the moment us girls all lost it as Jemma showed us what a vicious circle looked like! We walked across to the chapel in high spirits – I love the photo that captures me, my Dad and Louise all sharing a joke on the way.
I made my entrance to the organ playing Sweet Caroline – many thanks to Jeremy Cole for humouring me and not only learning the piece but also executing it fabulously. When I met Elliott at the end of the aisle it was really hard to go against my natural instinct to greet him with a kiss. Elliott had an emotional moment when he saw his Nan watching on proudly – it dawned on him just how far she had travelled and what an effort she had made to witness her grandson’s wedding. I could hear someone on the bride’s side audibly sobbing, I turned around expecting it to be my Mum to see my bridesmaid Charlotte looking on with tears in her eyes –that was an emotional moment for me!
We followed the ceremony with a drinks reception and then the wedding breakfast in the Great Hall at the Trinity. During this time Elliott and I crept off occasionally for some solo shots with Alex – one of my favourites is the photo with the smoke behind us highlighting how beautiful the streaming light was. We had four speeches, from my Dad, Elliott, Noush and Dave – we loved every minute of them and spent many moments on our honeymoon smiling and laughing as we recalled our highlights.
The day turned into night and with it we travelled to the Doubletree by Hilton to carry on the celebration. We had wanted the evening to contrast with the formality of the day and to have a more party like atmosphere. We danced to a band playing covers of 80’s classic and our first dance to Take That – Rule the world. Towards the end of the night the boys had a macho moment outside with cigars – we love the photos of this. I adore the photos of me and my girlfriends wearing badger masks – it is a long story, and not one for this blog, but basically badgers need all the help they can get these days!
I had asked Alex for a photo that was typical of Cambridge, this was to include bicycles – as ever Alex delivered – take a look at the last photo in his blog.
We absolutely loved every minute of our day and we will treasure it forever. It was made so special by the efforts of our friends and family and we would like to thank each and every one of them for being there and sharing our special day.
Here is a selection of Alex’s photos from the day, we hope you like them as much as we do.”
Venue: Trinity College, Cambridge Reception: DoubleTree Hilton, Cambridge Dress: Brides by Losners Makeup: Elle Abbott Hair: Rita Ferraro Flowers: Perfume Zone Cake: Sue Pohill Second Photographer: Tom Archer
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