A classic flowing gown, top hats & tails and historic splendour at Victoria & James’ Wedding at St John’s College Cambridge.
I was so excited to be photographing Victoria & James’ Wedding at St John’s College Chapel Cambridge. We had met at the College some months before for a walk about, to plan the day. There is so much rich photo potential, that we needed to focus on certain aspects. I could have spent a week working there!
Sadly, Covid then struck, with the numbers for the wedding having to be restricted and the planned drinks reception to be cancelled. However, Victoria & James were happy to go ahead and we were still permitted to wander the beautiful grounds afterwards, to take shots at important spots.
The couple met whilst both studying at Cambridge and as a former student of St John’s, the location had special meaning for Victoria. Her old room overlooked the 2nd court, within earshot of the chapel’s services.
St John’s Chapel interiors are truly breath-taking – incredible architecture, magnificent ornate windows, and the vast height of the ceilings, leave you in complete awe. The chapel aisle is quite some length but Victoria and her bridesmaids managed it perfectly. Special moments of the bridal party serenely walking in procession, accompanied to the organ music, with James waiting patiently at the end.
No singing, but the music was impressive. Readings were allowed and given by close friends.
The wedding party exited into the First Court. I loved the shot of their kiss, with James lifting his top hat for ‘easy access’.
It was a warm bright day and magical to move through the College’s grounds, like a period movie set. We took photos in the various courts, passageways and at the classic Bridge of Sighs. It was fun to line all guests up on the bridge, with floating passersby giving their approvals from various punts on the Cam.
Despite restrictions, it was a v special wedding at St John’s College Chapel Cambridge and a real privilege to be Victoria & James’ photographer. The couple plan to have a full reception party in 2021 and I look fwd to seeing them again.