Okay so, when I received Nat & Steve’s initial enquiry and read the words ‘we’ll be going punting on the river Camb with all of our guests’ – I was hooked. It’s the kind of enquiry every wedding photographer wants to receive. Something different, in a new city, with wonderful people. It would even be fair to call this wedding somewhat of an ‘anti-wedding’. Nat and Steve threw away the rule book, and did things exactly the way they wanted to do them with their Cambridge city wedding.
The breaks in tradition all started in the morning, as the pair got ready in their house together in St Neots, surrounded by friends and family. “We do everything together,” Nat told me, “It just makes sense.” And it certainly did. Those that know me will know I was thrilled to have met their pup that same morning. He was sporting a half chewed ‘best dog’ bandana, which was kind of bad ass. Big shout out to Nat’s mum too for keeping me and the ‘I do’ crew well fed that morning!
To tie the knot and make everything official, the pair headed to the Hilton in Cambridge for their ceremony. Before heading inside, they opted for the American tradition of a first look. By the way, this is a tradition I’d love to see creep in to English culture a bit more. It’s a tender moment for every couple to have. Another fab rule they decided to break was the wedding ring rule. Steve opted for a wedding watch as an alternative to wearing a piece of jewellery he simply wouldn’t have liked wearing. Good for you, guys!
After the formalities were complete, Nat & Steve enjoyed a private punting session (with me tagging along), before heading out for a longer punting session with their 30 guests. We momentarily owned the river Camb, and even scored a free bottle of prosecco from a passing canoe. It’s mad what freebies you can get if you’re wearing a wedding dress.
Their late wedding was rounded off in style at the Pint Shop in Cambridge. Self professed foodies, these two did not disappoint on their menus. With a full on cheese tower chosen by the couple for dessert, the Pint Shop provided us with the tastiest starters and mains. My mouth waters simply remembering it! They also said ‘no thanks, Tom Hanks’ to the first dance and played a game of Mr & Mrs instead. I honestly had the best time with these two. What a way to do the whole wedding thing, huh? Sod what people expect of you, guys. Do you, boo. And do it with a smile, just like these two.
Credit where credit is due… Catering: Pint Shop, Cambridge | Flowers: Willow & Wolf | Hair: Louise Veneer | Makeup: The Whitehouse Beauty Room | Dress: Stella York | Decor: DIY / Sparkling Event Hire | Cake: Neal’s Yard
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