Cambridge Wedding Photographer – Anna and Richards St John’s College Wedding.
St John’s College Photography
James Thomas Photography provides St John’s College wedding photography with a modern and stylish edge.
Anna had been a student at St John’s College so decided she wanted it as her wedding venue and when I saw the venue I could see why it is absolutely stunning.
I met Anna and Richard at St John’s College a couple of months before their wedding to shoot their engagement images. This gave us an opportunity to work out the type of images they wanted and plan for the wedding. As a St John’s College Photographer, I’m always blown away by just how majestic the buildings and grounds are. You know instantly that there will be no shortage of wedding photography opportunities.
Bridal Preparations and Groomsmen shots
The day started at the Varsity Hotel in the city centre where I met Anna and the bridal party for some preparation shots. Later in the morning, I headed over to St John’s to meet Richard for some shots of the guys in and around the grounds. Richard and the guys were looking great and we got some really cool shots before I headed back over to finish shooting the bridal preparations.
Once everyone was ready we headed up to the roof terrace for a few formal portraits. We got the whole party together for this and got some great images in the open air while taking in the beautiful views of Cambridge.
Walking through the city in a wedding dress
I knew the next part of the day would attract some attention, but I didn’t realise just how much! Anna and the bridal party began their journey to St John’s through Cambridge on foot!. It was so nice to see so many well-wishers along the way and made for a really nice atmosphere. We had to stop outside St Johns to document this amazing experience.
The ceremony was amazing, the chapel is absolutely stunning and made for some beautiful images, I was able to get shots from two vantage points and with a mix of lenses, I was able to get a fairly varied set of images from different perspectives.
Following the ceremony, all the guests went for drinks in the gardens which helped me get everyone together for group shots. The newlyweds had requested a few comedy images as well as the formals so we had a bit of fun with these. After the group shots, we got some of the couple portraits images in this time but planned to get out again later when the sun was a bit lower in the sky for some more.
Like something out of Harry Potter
The wedding breakfast was held in The Great Hall. It was like something out of Harry Potter, three long rows of seats with a grand top table. It felt like stepping back in time and created a great setting, you can’t help but imagine all the stories that have happened there over the years.
Time for a few more couple portraits
We just had to get out again to make the most of the stunning buildings and bridges, you will see the iconic Bridge of Sighs featured in the pictures. We had to include this bridge as it symbolises Cambridge and I know Anna was very keen for it to be included.
Time to dance!
There was quite a bit of mystery around the first dance, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. The couple put on an excellently choreographed display for their guests enabling me to get some great action shots.
Finally, we finished off with a couple of silhouette night shots. Below is a small selection of the images captured on the day.
I would definitely recommend visiting St John’s College, it’s such an interesting building and was actually featured in the film “The Theory Of Everything”.
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