The Origami Wedding: Ceri and Terry

Heavy mist shrouded the Cambridge countryside. As the hours drew closer, it rose up amongst the brightest autumn leaves like a curtain rising, ready for the grand day to begin. I was so excited for this wedding because I knew the personal touches would be incredible (more on that later!) and Ceri and Terry are so openly genuine in their relationship, it is wonderful to be around them. They are two of those people who genuinely seem to fit. They were childhood sweethearts, who grew apart, and then found each other again because the way they are together is how things are meant to be. And this day was full of all the laughter you could imagine.

Ceri and Terry had chosen Great Wilbraham Hall Farm which had a 400 year old 100 meter long heated barn, ideal for their November wedding. But as fate would have it, one night in April, the barn burnt down. The venue rallied and produced the option of a high-end marquee in its place. Rather than feeling set back by this turn of events, Ceri and Terry responded to it by being motivated to make their wedding even more personal. Where they may not have decorated the great barn, they felt they had a blank canvas with the marquee. Ceri, who loves and is accomplished at origami, remembered the ancient Japanese legend that says that he who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. She taught Terry how to fold cranes and over the following 6 months they made 1225 cranes to decorate their venue (you can see them all together here). But they didn’t stop there, no! Ceri also made a menagerie of animals for each of the table decorations and she made the buttonholes for her groom and his groomsmen, and most beautifully, she made her bouquet.

Ceri and Terry, I am inspired by you. I wish you every happiness and hope you had the most wonderful honeymoon cut off from the world in your little house in the wilderness. It sounds blissful.

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  • Janet HainesNovember 15, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Looks like a wonderful, relaxed and extremely happy occasion. Your photos are simply gorgeous Ria. And as for all that amazing origami – WOW. It must have taken years to make! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • HelenNovember 15, 2011 - 4:04 pm

    Another simply beautiful wedding. You’ve captured it perfectly Ria (especially the bubbly seahorse!).ReplyCancel

  • LucyNovember 16, 2011 - 9:14 am

    Ria, I am awestruck by the beauty of your photography. The images are equal in their exquisite detail, delicate colouring and the naturalness of the poses captured. I take my hat off to you, and think that anyone would be lucky to have you capturing their special moments. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Stuart CooperNovember 25, 2011 - 9:07 pm

    Ria what an amazing wedding and what an amazing job you did of capturing it! The blogs and the mags must be desperate to feature this stunning day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding were the weather looks so grey and flat and yet somehow you have made look it so vibrant and so ethereal. The must absolutely LOVE you!ReplyCancel

  • penDecember 4, 2011 - 11:08 pm

    Weddings with a real personal touch really come alive on a different level, and this wedding is one of those.
    I love the cranes! Colourful and beautiful.ReplyCancel