OK, let me ask you something. When was the last time you saw a giant dinosaur walking nonchalantly down the aisle carrying a basket of flower petals at a wedding ceremony? This stroke of GENIUS is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Lucy and Ben’s Joyful Cambridge Farm Marquee Wedding. After travelling to the Arctic circle for their epic northern lights engagement shoot, I’d been looking forward to their big day like a kid on Christmas Eve, and it was fantabulous. Beautiful, bonkers and bursting with love, this has to be one of my favourite weddings of all time!
Joyful Cambridge Farm Marquee Wedding
Where do I even start with telling the story of this joyful Cambridge farm marquee wedding?
When Ben, Lucy and I first chatted, apart from the usual questions, they really wanted to know one thing. Would I have a drink with them at their wedding.
You might think, WHAT? I don’t want a drunk photographer at my wedding!
But their question wasn’t really about the drink nor about whether I drink when I’m at a wedding. What Ben and Lucy really wanted to know was how long I actually stay when I say that I stay well into the party, and if I am an outsider to the party, or if I will get stuck in and celebrate one of the most important events in their life with them. In other words, would I be ‘just’ another supplier on their day, or would we be friends.
I’m sure you can imagine which way that particular cookie crumbles for me and I was thrilled when they decided to booked me.
When finally their day came along, I couldn’t wait to get there and see where the celebrations would take us. And how awesome was this wedding!
Let’s start with Lucy’s wedding cape. Yeas, you read that right – a cape. She didn’t want a veil to hold her back, to get caught on stuff, or to have it blow all over the place, but still wanted a beautiful lacy element to her outfit. That’s why she chose a super cool wedding cape instead.
Then, after a dinosaur and giggle-filled ceremony, the reception was held on Ben’s mum’s farm, and there was a ton of entertainment to keep guests occupied. A magician and silhouette artist wowed guests and made for some brilliant reactions. There was a wonderfully simple ‘gateway to the meadows’ (i.e doorframe in the middle of a field) that served as an impromptu photo booth, and a roving string quartet that kept the music flowing as guests mingled. And let’s not forget the sheep. Which party would be complete without one of those?
This wedding was just bursting with candid unposed moments and gorgeously happy people grinning and guffawing all throughout the day and even the group shots were just great fun. It was a documentary photographer’s treat.
Let’s talk about the Dinosaurs
Time to touch on the elephant…well…T-rex in the room. I remember plotting the dinosaur with Lucy on our pre-wedding call, making sure that Ben didn’t hear us, so that it would be a surprise. And what a surprise it was. HA! Yep, Lucy surprised Ben with an extra ‘flower girl’ for their church ceremony. This one rocked an enormous inflatable T-rex outfit and a tiny basket with flower petals. I mean, talk about hilarious epicness.
She walked down the aisle and more and more guests started to laugh. Ben turned back to have a look at what was happening and just exploded into laughter. It was hysterically funny, and had the whole church in stitches. Definitely the funniest start to a ceremony I’ve ever seen, with proper belly laughs from everyone, including the vicar who was a family friend and who also kept Lucy’s secret from Ben throughout the planning process. See if you can spot the moment Ben clocks the dinosaur in the gallery below. Very hard not to get camera shake while laughing uncontrollably, let me tell you!
Lucy and Ben continued the dinosaurs throughout their wedding theme and decor. They used little gold dinosaurs as favours on the tables, as part of the centrepieces, and T-rex models adorned with flowers on their gift and card table and their glitter station. Of course this wedding had a glitter station, which everyone hit HARD in the evening. So many shiny, sparkly people on the dance floor. The amazing band, Swagger, knew just how to get everyone up and moving, and people really let loose and had fun. Boys vs Girls dance off? Check. Dirty Dancing lifts? Check. Crowdsurfing. Yes. Bride doing the worm. Totally.
There’s really only one word that describes this wedding adequately. It was simply phenomenal.
Joyful Cambridge Farm Marquee Wedding Favourites
It was incredibly hard to choose, and you can see some of my absolute favourites from this crazy amazing day below, but if you would like to see more, be sure to check out their glorious Cambridge Farm Marquee Wedding Slideshow which shows so many of their moments that I just don’t have space to include.
If you’re planning a wedding that’s full to the brim with fun and laughter, and want photographs that capture the glee and silliness as well as the romance and emotion, then we should talk. Get in touch, because I want to hear all about your incredible wedding plans.