I’ve been eager to share some images of Áine and Craig’s unique Cambridgeshire garden wedding held at the beautiful Holt Island Nature Reserve in St Ives, and the time has finally come!

Áine and Craig’s stunning wedding was held in my home town of St Ives and was a very special event, as it was the first wedding celebration to be held within the beautiful grounds of the nature reserve.

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Although their official ceremony was held the day before at a registry office, their outdoor wedding day was fantastic, with a romantic ceremony in view of the river under the graceful sweep of a willow. The couple put their personal stamp on many elements on the day, writing the service themselves which included extracts from literature to suit them.

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The reception was held at Slepe Hall, just 100 metres up the road, where a ceili band encouraged guests to party into the night and offered a touch of Irish charm and guaranteed dancing. Great fun and definitely a brilliant nod toward Áine’s home of Sligo, in the west of Ireland.

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It was such an honour to photograph the couple and I was thrilled when Archant Bride magazine selected my pictures of Áine and Craig’s wedding to be featured within the publication in January. Talk about a positive start to the year! It’ll also be appearing on the Bride website.

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I’d decided to try out a couple of different lenses to photograph the whole wedding – a 50mm and a 100mm – which really helped to draw out the lovely details of the day and both Áine and Craig from the lush green scenery. It isn’t something I normally do on the day, but I was so glad I did because the lenses delivered some great results that made me consider different approaches to my portraits. Something I’m always trying to do as a wedding photographer.

Thanks to Áine and Craig for letting me share their special day with them.

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