Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Cambridgeshire Winter Wedding with colourful and sparkly elements at Swynford Manor.
Images were captured by Liz Greenhalgh Photography.
Liz Greenhalgh is a Cambridge Wedding Photographer who loves nothing more than photographing moments with loved ones.
She knows there is nothing more powerful than a photograph to have the ability to trigger every sort of emotion.”
Your wedding photography is something that is completely unique to you, telling your love story of your day in a way that is unobtrusive, natural and relaxed.
Everyone and every Wedding is different but there’s always a unique connection from two people in love, and Liz loves to capture this in a journalistic way, creating works of art and memories for each couple.
She covers Cambridge, East Anglia, the Home Counties and further afield.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Natalie to share the couples love story, and tell us about their Cambridgeshire Winter Wedding…
How did you meet?
We first met online almost five and a half years ago and spoke for a couple of months through text before meeting for our first date in Cambridge.
Ted was late to our first date having nearly crashed his car on the way into the city!
We planned to go for a coffee but ended up spending the whole day together.
I think we both hoped on our first date that things would go further and once we were officially a couple, we were pretty much inseparable.
Tell us about the Proposal…
We planned a holiday to New York in February 2019 which we spent over a year counting down to.
Little did I know, Ted was also counting down to a proposal!
On our first night, we went out to Times Square and stood on the red steps to soak it all in.
We asked someone to take a photo of us and I was confused as to why Ted asked her for one more photo… until he got down on one knee beside me!
I didn’t suspect a thing and cried a lot before saying yes.
We celebrated with cocktails on a roof terrace nearby.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
We started viewing wedding venues around our area around a month after we returned from New York to get a feel for what kind of thing we wanted.
I had been to Swynford Manor back when it was a hotel for a work feature and thought it was beautiful and I wasn’t finding anything that matched it.
We gave them a call on a Sunday afternoon on the chance they would be available for a viewing, they were, and we knew it was the one.
When we started to look at what dates Swynford had available for the next couple of years, 8th February 2020 was available – one year to the day of our engagement. It felt like fate so we got our big day booked!
Any special touches/DIY?
We were both pretty laidback with what we wanted.
The first thing we booked was a Krispy Kreme donut tower which went down a storm with our guests.
Ted and some of his family play the melodeon (a type of accordion) so at the end of his speech, they did a surprise performance which got feet stomping and really added to the atmosphere.
We named our tables after places in Belfast, a place we both love, and had Northern Irish elements in our food (like champ instead of plain mash).
We had pins for Cancer Research UK as our favours in a nod to two of my grandparents who couldn’t be with us as well as Ted’s grandparents and it was lovely to see so many of our guests wearing them once the meal was over.
Our place names were polaroids of our guests which also made them smile and there weren’t many left on the tables at the end of the meal!
What was the theme / colour palette of your Cambridgeshire Winter wedding?
We wanted our day to be colourful and with lots of sparkle. Swynford Manor is a real blank canvas but very glam and with it being a winter wedding, we wanted to make sure it was bright!
My flowers were very colourful and done by my lovely godmother who is a florist which made them even more special.
My bridesmaids were in navy glitter, I wore gold glittery shoes by Kate Spade, my favourite designer and we had a glitter bar for the evening for all of our guests to add some sparkle.
Ted opted for a classic morning suit with a floral tie for a contemporary twist.
We wove a navy colour scheme into our day but played around with floral elements too such as rainbow petal confetti – we felt it looked quite unique and different.
What was the best bit of your day?
We loved every part of our day. I loved getting ready with my bridesmaids in the morning as it was very chilled and fun.
My highlight was seeing Ted for the first time when I walked down the aisle.
I also loved being showered with confetti from the staircase as it was our first chance to properly see everyone who had come to celebrate with us.
The sun also shone throughout the day, it was the Saturday before Storm Ciara blew in so we were extremely lucky.
Having a winter wedding suited us as the light was available for photos and the darkness was available to really show off Swynford’s garden room to its full potential for our reception and first dance.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t sweat the small stuff – I joined every wedding group on Facebook and followed lots of wedding pages on Instagram and you can get caught up in thinking you need to do things because other people are.
They are great for inspiration but do your day exactly how you want to and it will turn out perfectly for you and your guests!
A wedding isn’t about being perfect to everyone else or what should be done, but perfect for you and your new husband/wife.
Have amazing food! We had an incredible scotch egg starter, steak and ale pie main and sticky toffee pudding dessert. T
he food was so good that our guests are still talking about it and some have even tried to recreate our starter!
Ted is a vegetarian so it was also important to us that the vegetarian option was good – and it was delicious!
Invest in a good photographer and videographer – they are the only things you can take away from your wedding so choose wisely.
We look at our photos all the time and our video is a treasure to us already.
There are so many parts in the video that we didn’t remember or candid shots of people enjoying themselves that are just a pleasure to see.
Finally, have a toastmaster lead your day. We had Mark Greatbatch as our toastmaster in a fairly last minute decision but it turned out to be a great one.
Not once did we have to worry about where we were meant to be, where our guests were, who was going to introduce us or what time it was.
Mark made sure everything was where it was meant to be at each point and took any and all stress out of it for us.
He was a brilliant addition to our Cambridgeshire winter wedding, even noticing before the ceremony that I had forgotten to add our walk out music to the Spotify playlist.
Thanks so much to Liz and the couple for sharing this stunning Cambridgeshire Winter Wedding.
The above image was actually awarded a Wedisson Award.
Take a look at the film by White in Motion…
Venue – Swynford Manor – Cambridgeshire
Photographer – Liz Greenhalgh Photography
Bridesmaid Gowns – Maya via Asos
Suit – Moss Bros
Florist – Nicki Lark at Peter Graves Florist in Cambridge
Videographer – Mark at White in Motion
Rings – Ernest Jones
Stationery – Elle Bee Design
Make up – Victoria Harold Make Up
Hair – Abi Stokes at No 48 – Bury St Edmunds (and also my new sister-in-law!)
Toastmaster – Mark Greatbatch
To Contact Liz Greenhalgh Photography
Website – http://www.lizgreenhalgh.co.uk/
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Phone – 01487 814036 – (Mobile) 07739 853413