Vi & Melanie met have been together for 10 years, and Cambridge has been the backdrop for their life so far. We had explored some of their favourite places on their engagement shoot earlier this summer.

Rather than choosing one location, they wanted to celebrate their wedding in meaningful and important places all over the city.

They decided to have their ceremony on the banks of the River Cam, where they have spent many a happy afternoon near the Mill Pond, and close to where they used to have a flat together. With blue skies above and ducks underfeet, it proved the perfect day for it. After, they punted along the Backs to St John’s College for a garden party and their wedding breakfast in the 16th century Dining Hall. Their first date 10 years ago was at St John’s May Ball, so it seemed perfect to have their wedding reception here.

After a beautiful meal, Vi & Melanie took a stroll through the city centre streets in the setting sun. I could see them visibly stopping and taking in the day they had looked forward to for so long. They were so incredibly happy, and it was beautiful and moving to watch.

Their evening reception was held at The Michaelhouse Centre, in the converted St Michael’s Church, bedecked with fairylights and filled with music.

When I lived in Cambridge, there was a shop I adored to browse. The Tailor’s Cat stocked the most beautiful ball and bridal gowns, which appealed to the discerning magpie in me. When I found out Melanie had chosen her dress there, I knew it would be stunning and special. The beaded back suited her so well. Dana Young created the most elegant bouquets with a touch of the natural country garden to them, which proved a beautiful match to the dress.

Vi & Melanie, your unique celebrations were such a joy to be a part of, and we hope these images bring back all those happy memories for many years to come.

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Vi & Melanie’s Cambridge Wedding Team:
Venue: Double Tree Hotel; St John’s College; The Michaelhouse Centre
Melanie’s dress: Tailor’s Cat,
Melanie’s shoes: Debenhams
The bridesmaids dress: Champagne and Strawberries (Taunton, Somerset)
Flower girls dresses and details: Monsoon
The bouquets, buttonholes and reception flowers: Dana Young Flowers
Groom’s suit: Ted Baker
Groom’s details: Hawes and Curtis
The cake: Croquembouche—Biscotti di Debora
Music: Swagger Funk Band
Photographer: Ria Mishaal

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One is loved
because one is loved.
No reason is needed for loving.
– Paulo Coelho

We had explored the wild and beautiful Northumberland coast on their Bamburgh beach engagement shoot, and I had learnt a little of the connection and romance that Dan and Christine hold. I knew their South Farm wedding was going to be something very special, full of original details chosen with thought and meaning.

Dan & Christine had chosen to weave a countryside theme throughout their day, with grasses and grains in the bouquets and buttonholes, with favours of specially chosen whisky. Dan’s favourite colour, purple, played a key role from the exquisite stationary that Christine designed and printed, to the Hummingbird Bakery Cake, from an array of purple sweets to the ties the boys wore with woven knots, tied by hand. A striking cardboard castle was constructed for the children to play in, and a display of instant film cameras were laid out as an instant photo booth for the guests to enjoy.

A particular joy for me was to see how Dan & Christine had used the images we created on Bamburgh beach. They had printed them with accompanying beautiful quotes and used them for their table plan and sweet and camera table. It looked so beautiful and I adore to see images in print.

This was a magical day, with a sky painted with evening colours and a first dance with stunning lighting that created an enchanting atmosphere.

Dan & Christine, you are very special people, so clearly loved. We are grateful to have got to know you a little over the last year and we wish you every happiness.

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Dan & Christine’s South Farm Wedding Team:
Venue: South Farm
Christine’s dress: Pronovias
Christine’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde
Hair and Makeup: Hair by Amelia Garwood & Makeup by Sam Cooper
The Bridesmaids and flower girl’s dresses and details: Little Bevan
The bouquets, buttonholes and reception flowers: Tracey Campbell at Campbell’s Flowers
Dan’s suit: The Cad & The Dandy
Dan’s details: Cufflinks: Christopher Simpson/Roses and Raindrops, Tie: Jeff Banks, Shoes: Dune
Stationary: Bride
Unique reception details: Decorations by the Bride, Quilled Bride and Groom by Elaine Crooks
The cake: Hummingbird Bakery
Music: Steve Bean (Acoustic Guitar), Penfold (Evening Band), The Singing Waiters
Photography: Ria Mishaal

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It was an absolute treat for me to be able to photograph Vicky Rowe’s debut collection of wedding dresses earlier this year. I have known Vicky since 2010, when I met her at the Hobbs Fashion Show in Bristol. Then she designed and make cloche hats under her brand Clara Bows. Vicky then went on to set up a vintage styling company Vintage Tea Sets, the first of its kind in the UK and one of the most successful. She has always been one to watch.

She has now found her true calling in designing unique intricately hand embellished wedding dresses evocative of the 1920’s and 1930’s but with a more contemporary feel for today’s bride. Vicky lives in a 16th Century Farmhouse on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and I adore the idea of these dresses being designed in such a breathtakingly British landscape. Her creations are truly exquisite, from the elegance of the lines to the precision of the craftsmanship, I am only sad they were not around when I got married.

I was overjoyed when Vicky asked me to be involved in the shoot for her debut collection. She chose the Midland Hotel in Morecambe as the backdrop. Built in the 1930s, it had just the right feel. Michelle Sisson provided the fabulous hair and make up for our two models – Rachael Tennent and Leela Tikadar.

Vicky launched her brand new site last week, and I thoroughly recommend any brides to be to go and spend a few minutes getting lost in the prettiness of her new creations.  You can also check out the stunning feature on Love My Dress of this new collection.

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I love how the images have been incorporated into Vicky Rowe’s website. Below you can see the front page, the collections page, and the fabulous look book.

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The city rises up from the tree line in the distance. The sky expands out over the grasslands for what seems like forever here. I met Clare & Toby for their Hampstead Heath engagement shoot and we explored the hill top and gardens surrounding Kenwood House.

They are getting married at South Farm next month, and all their final details are coming together. It will be wonderful to see them celebrate with their closest friends and family….and it’s not long to wait!

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