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Cambridge Wedding Photography : Dominic & Katie : Part One

Dominic was, one might say, out there as a student. Very much out there. And he always brought back interesting stuff. He was a computer animation student, one of a cohort of students I taught cinematography to towards the middle of some decade or other, I’m fairly certain whatever the last decade was. He was much liked for many reasons and much respected for a similar number. Katie I got to meet the once before their wedding day, in a Skype conference, and I was pleased to discover that he’d met and would marry a person of great personal calibre. Expansive thinkers and great givers, the perfect team really. Dominic’s brother, Daniel, serving as his best man and an exceptional brass bull-horn toting master of ceremonies to boot, in his speech summed up to my mind something significant regarding Dominic and Katie’s relationship. I quite likely paraphrase here. I actively listen to and absorb the meaning of wedding speeches, but my hands are too busy to take written notes and I rely on my images to serve as aide mémoires. Actually I remember a great deal without looking at the pictures too and it went something like this, certainly in spirit if not in the exact wording. Daniel made mention of how good a thing it was that Dominic had met someone in Katie whom didn’t merely tolerate the scope of his imagination and the extremes of the projects that he dreamt up and undertook but also actively encouraged and participated in those things. They’ll build a Tardis together one day. I’ll not be surprised. The simple things inherent in their wedding day were beautiful and the complex things beggared belief, and were beautiful.

And the weather, let’s talk about the weather; we always do talk about the weather. Well that unseasonable cold snap went away at last. It went away because it generally does warm up a little, when it’s raining. And it rained as I found my way to Cambridge on the eve of Dominic & Katie’s wedding day. Then everyone woke up to glorious sunshine. (It rained again as everyone went in for dinner that day but by then, it didn’t matter).

They chose Murray Edwards College in Cambridge to serve as the venue for their post-marriage ceremony celebrations and that’s where I commenced my day, following Dominic and I would say his band of Dickensian branded groomsmen (evocative even, to my mind at least, of some form of more sedate, loungecore equivalent of steampunk. I stress though that that is my mind interpolating patterns) as they prepared for everything that was to come.

I’m not one to pay much heed to cars myself (other than for pragmatic purposes) but I had to pay photographic service to such striking lines (I had to steal the numberplate too as there’s no knowing where such details might end up)…

I think I could fit most of my camera equipment into the front basket though…

A car, a bicycle and this; Eisenstein would have been proud of me…

“I don’t suppose you know how to tie a cravatte?” It’s a question I have been asked on occasion. “You’d think that I would know but I’m terribly sorry to say that I don’t.” It’s an answer I’ve delivered on occasion. The Internet is somewhat less coy, however…

Hand-held teleportation devices; they’re the future…

An image I wish I could pull off…

Dominic & Katie were to marry at St. Andrew the Great Church in Cambridge. Being constructed of beautifully warm… I want to say sandstone; I think it’s sandstone but I’m of very limited vocabulary, geologically speaking. The church’s Web site says it is built of… stone. I’d got that far on my own. I’ve found myself submerged in oolites and ooids in my search for a definitive answer but maybe it’s not the question that needs asking in the first place, in order to progress out story. Being constructed of beautifully warm… stone, I wanted to photograph it. I wanted to photograph it regardless because, well you know, it’s where they’re getting married. A big bustling shopping street having grown around it over however many years, decades or centuries and a certainly more recent shopping mall having been added as a backdrop, finding a good angle was going to be tricky. I asked a church lady if she might advise on a good angle. Good luck with that came the empathy laden answer (and an ever so helpful, perhaps around the corner there). Cambridge has some great doorways and gates, all over. I’m not sure which you’re allowed to enter but I had a camera on each shoulder and that makes for a good screen to hide behind…

At last Dominic found someone who knew what he was doing with these things…

K for Katie…

Gill had come well prepared for that night’s Céilidh…

And… that time where I go quiet. Largely…

But I have to mention Daniel and his GoPro. He put together a fantastic little movie of the day, with a fisheye view of everything. I was rather tickled at 2′ 30″ in to see myself move at great (personal) speed across the background of a shot (I was in socks only mode; the church had wooden floors), slipping down a side-aisle as I realised I couldn’t get a decent angle on Katie slipping the ring on to Dominic’s finger (I’d been in the right place to see him doing so). I did, of course, manage to get to the back of the main aisle in good time to photograph her completing the act from a solid position. Anyway, forget about me; look at this…

And there’s Daniel’s GoPro in action again, which is of course not what should be the focus of attention in this shot and it wasn’t for me at the time of taking and no doubt wasn’t either for any of the image’s viewers until I pointed it out but I’ve had plenty of time to absorb all the small details and wasn’t it time for me to be quiet? Yes indeed…

(This is written in parenthesis so you can’t hear me, but I spotted it again. I think it’s a sign that I need to buy one…)

Sealed with a loving kick…

I sensed that getting people in place for the group shots wasn’t going to be too tricky…

You may well ask.

Time to catch a bus…

It’s funny, in a way, how I’ll be photographing a wedding and I’ll have no notion whatsoever in my mind that any two other people in the world might be getting married that same day…

Having musically talented friends, always adds that something extra to a party…

And the kind gentleman, image right, will apparently be discussing me at his camera club in Cumbria. Hello to you all…

Onwards to 2. I tried to make it a one-parter. That was my new wedding photography year’s resolution. I really did try but there’s so much to tell. Onwards to 2 >>

Contact Cambridge Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com : 07870 696248

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