Blog / Relaxed, rustic wedding photography & street food reception at Childerley, Cambridge
I really loved doing the wedding photography at this his relaxed, rustic wedding with street food vans at Childerley, Cambridge. It really was incredible. The main thing that made it so? Well, the people of course. It’s always all about the people. But also numerous other factors. The venues. The food. The dress. The speeches. The dancing. Oh the dancing! Oh the food!
The bride got ready with friends and family at the lovely gem that is Knapwell Wood Farm. This is a beautiful bed and breakfast close to Cambridge, and it was a stunning place to start the day. The flowers were delivered by the lovely Clare Kenward. Stunning rustic bouquets and buttonholes with pinks and greens (one of these day’s I will learn the names of some flowers….trust me though, they were stunning!) Perfect for this rusitc wedding at Childerley, Cambridge.
I headed off to the church prior to Jessie setting off. It was St Andrews at Stapleford, a beautiful church in stunning setting, and Jessie and William’s local church since they moved to the village. Jessie arrived driving her Dad’s vintage Morris Minor – what cool bride. My absolute bride idol I must say! The rain had started threatening to come down by now, but it wasn’t going to dampen anyones spirits.
After the ceremony, Jessie and William and I headed round the back of the church to take a few natural, honest couples portraits. After Jessie has kicked her shoes off of course!
We all then headed to the wonderful reception which was Childerley. A wonderful place just outside Cambridge in Dry Draton. Incredible gardens, a Tudor Hall, Elizabethan Chapel and magnificent Victorian Long Barn make up this beautiful place. So, the plan was for an informal garden reception. Afternoon tea, ice cream bicycle loveliness, and lots of garden games and lounging on straw bales.
But the weather had other ideas. This is Great Britain after all. This happens. Not hugely regularly in my experience (thankfully) but sometimes it just rains all day. We were lucky in the after the ceremony it was dry, and it held off a little when we all arrived at the barn. But then the heavens opened. And do you know what? It really didn’t matter. Everything moved into the magnificent Long Barn, and the party continued. This is a huge space and worked so well for all of the days elements coming together.
You could dwell on the what if’s. What if we could have been out in the sunshine etc. But the reality is that all the couples favorite people were gathered in one place, having fun, catching up, and it was beautiful and special. I’d say that if you are planning a mainly outdoor reception, just have an option just in case. And just know that the thing you cannot change is the weather. And it will all be Ok.
After the afternoon tea and icecreams were consumed, and a few drinks too, there were lovely speeches which were relaxed, heartfelt and fun. The evening guests arrived, and then there was the food. Ooh the food! Jessie and William had arranged for street food vans to come and be the evening food. Such an amazing idea. Burgers, vegan wraps, sweet potato fries and fragrant curries were amongst some of the incredible offerings. (See the bottom of the post for links)
Everyone loved the idea and were thrilled wondering round choosing what to have. This amazing part of the day was then followed by an incredible Ceilidh Band the Magogs. Jessie and William were up first and then everyone was invited to take part. Just watching them all made me feel worn out, it’s so fast paced but such good fun. A really marvelous way to celebrate such a special day, and hugely memorable for everyone.
Thanks Jessie and William for having me there with you. If you’re interested in finding out if I’m available for your barn wedding or garden party wedding, then please do get in touch.
Flowers Clare Kenward
Dress Charlie Brear
Cake Cafe Coucou
Want to know more about my rustic barn wedding photography? I’d love to chat, so please do get in touch.