So this is an absolute stunner of a wedding… John and Lucy are sooo gorgeous and their wedding day is full of wonderful makes and beautiful details. I love it to bits and I hope you will too! Lucy’s dress is out of this world, the images are light and fresh and make me want to see more. The minimal styling is really refreshing – the Cambridge venues and emotions of the day really do say it all.
Lucy’s mum made her wedding dress… isn’t it fabulous? Other details were homemade as well, from stationery to flower arrangements and even props for the photo booth! “We sourced the flowers ourselves and my mum, sister and niece arranged them. We also used tealights, fairy lights, and created our own photo booth with some props and an instant camera. I really enjoyed designing our wedding stationery, and the photo booth was also a lot of fun – sourcing all the props etc.”
Images are by fine art wedding photographers Benni Carol Photography. Do take some time to discover more from their outstanding portfolio here:
Photographer Carolina told me, “Both Lucy and John have been the nicest people, it has been a pleasure to be their photographers for the whole day. Also, John’s family was part from Scotland and part from Italy, Sardenia, you can imagine how fun the mix was!
The wedding had been different and interesting throughout the whole day, it was never obvious and it gave us the chance to take some very nice and alternative shots. The picture of Lucy and John’s kiss on Castle Hill has been our signature image for quite a while, but also the walk from the first location (the registry office) to the second one (Fisher House Catholic Church) was a highlight of the day. With bride, groom and all the guests we passed by the most iconic and beautiful places in the city centre, we also went through the market, it was definitely not an usual walk!
Lucy and John’s wedding had been quite itinerant, so we had been around different venues. The college in which they had the wedding breakfast was definitely unique and peculiar, but also the venue in which they organised the party was simple and just very pretty, perfectly respecting the general vibe of the wedding.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: John and Lucy
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How did you choose your photographer?
We found them in a local ad – they were offering an introductory offer that seemed too good to be true, and we loved their natural style
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely! Benni and Carol are so professional, but such warm and friendly people. They were so patient. They met our needs perfectly, working around us and our plans for the day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were both taken aback, not only by the professionalism of the images but by the fact that Benni and Carol had really captured the feeling on the day. The photos reflected exactly what we were hoping they would – they were relaxed, and natural.
Two ceremonies at Cambridge Registry Office, and Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy. Reception at Wolfson College, Cambridge with drinks and dancing at Grantchester Village Hall. So just the four venues!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A Scottish/English/Italian wedding. Family and friends at the heart of the celebration
Your wedding style or theme:
Quite a laid-back wedding with no set theme, but the village hall was decorated with a 1920s/1930s ‘colonial’ vibe
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We used local suppliers for food at the village hall – Shelford Deli http://www.shelforddelicatessen.co.uk/, Romano’s Kitchen, https://www.facebook.com/BakedByRomanos/, and for the three cakes http://gourmandises.co.uk/, http://www.thesweetkitchen.co.uk/, and https://afternoontease.co.uk/.
The flowers came from Cambridge market and Scotsdales Garden Centre, and the palms for the village hall came from a local plant supply firm, http://www.cambplant.co.uk/.
Our band are again local, and were recommended by friends http://www.swaggerfunk.com/
Our wedding car was a result of a google search!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
If there are aspects of the day that you know you’ll enjoy arranging then try to do them yourself!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The band, car and food
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We designed and made all our own wedding stationery
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! My mum made my dress, it was incredibly special and I absolutely adored my dress. I (hope) my mum enjoyed making it too – I tried to make it as stress-free as possible for her!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mother of the bride, Stella Tranah – designer extraordinaire!
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore some of my gran’s jewellery (my something old), and my shoes were very simple peeptoe strappy slingbacks from Debenhams.
And what did the groom wear?
Savoy Taylor’s Guild
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Dresses from ASOS (and John Lewis for the flower girls).
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a cheese ‘cake’ made up of tiers of round whole cheeses, plus three extra cakes – carrot with cream cheese frosting, dark chocolate and lemon, and Victoria sponge.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Getting the right band was really important to us and we’re so glad we didn’t try to save money on that aspect of it – it was worth it, the dancefloor was never empty!
I walked down the aisle twice (!) – once at the registry office and then again at the Catholic ceremony, so I could choose two quite different songs – an instrumental version of ‘My Love’ by Paul McCartney, and Brahms Waltz Opus 35 #15.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy it! All your friends and family are there to celebrate with you and you should too.
What’s the best thing about being married?
You get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. It’s a lovely kind of normality that gives you a warm feeling inside.