Wedding Photography Anstey Hall
I was at the wonderful Anstey Hall in Cambridge to photograph the wedding of Claire and Adam. This is a quirky, yet very grand venue along with lovely gardens and a very large marquee. Anstey Hall is also positioned within walking distance to the church where the happy couple would be having their ceremony.
On arrival I quickly found Claire and spent time with her and het bridesmaids before then catching up with Adam and the guys.
The ceremony was lovely and then following the family photographs everyone made their way to the wedding breakfast, where the bride and groom had a surprise for everyone; even their families weren’t in on the secret!
Over to Claire and Adam to find out more about their wedding day. More photographs from the day are below.
1. How did you decide on the venue you had your wedding/reception?
We decided that we felt at home as soon as we first visited Anstey Hall. I had said to Adam on the way that we wouldn’t go for it due to budget unless we loved it. We loved it!!! We love the quirkiness of it. Furthermore, the fact that it felt special yet also very relaxed. Also, we love the decor, including the fabulous ballroom and the traditional yes unique style to it. We also love Tracy and John I felt relaxed with them straight away.
2. Was there a theme to your wedding?
Our overall theme was traditional vintage. We both wanted a traditional church wedding with traditional elements – Dress, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, cake, top hats and tiles, vintage afternoon tea, hessian and lace theme of the decor etc.
3. What was the best moment(s) of your wedding day?
We had so many favourite memories that it is hard to decide! Claire’s best memory is sitting in the church, holding Adam’s hand having just said our vows and got married before God, and listening to our friend Ruth singing ‘Unfailing love’ whilst looking at all our amazing friends and family! Another favourite is in everyone’s faces when a surprise ‘Singing Waiters’ came on!
Adams favourite memory is Clare know exactly what he was thinking when it was time to cut the cake and he was just about to pull a chainsaw from underneath the table! 🙂
4. What style was your wedding dress? Who was it by?
My wedding dress was called ‘Brighton’ by Ronald Joyce. It was originally a strapless sweetheart corset with a full organza pearls, decorated with pearls on the corset. I added some sheer straps to go with this.
5. Were there any meanings behind the aspects of your wedding? Theme, colour, style etc?
We had neutral colours – browns and pinks. This was to go with our traditional vintage theme. Our food for the wedding breakfast was a traditional afternoon vintage tea and we chose this to go with the theme and because we both love tea! Our evening food was burgers and chips and we also had a doughnut stand with Krispy Kremea as they are Adams favours! We also had a sweet stand for the favours as Claire loves sweeties!
Adam had a pocket watch in his suit pocket as a remembrance to his grandad passed away and he was his father figure. We mixed up the seating arrangements to ensure we mixed our friends and family so they can get talking. We had our friend Ruth sing at the wedding to make it more special and we had Claire’s dad do they preach to make it personal.
6. What cars/transport did you choose to arrive/leave your wedding in? How did you make your choice?
Adam chose his Land Rover as it is his pride possession and Claire walked from Anstey Hall to the church! We stayed at Anstey Hall with family and friends left the next day for honeymoon to Sri Lanka in the Land Rover!
7. Did you follow any family wedding traditions?
Just the regular Christian wedding – Family traditions are just to praise God and to celebrate!
8. What was the title of the song for your first dance?Why did you choose that particular song?
Our first dance song was called ‘Feels Like Home’ by Chantal Kreviazuk. We chose this song as we love the lyrics and thought that it matched us as a couple well, as we always feel like we are home when we are together no matter where we are. Claire had a second dance with her dad to ‘I Loved Her First’ by heartland and we chose this as Claire and her dad are very close and there was a pass over to new era for them.
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