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Bridge of Sighs {Vi & Melanie}

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

Ria Mishaal PHOTOGRAPHY

Based in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire

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