Manolo & Holly’s Wedding at Canterbury Cathedral
I’ve photographed two wonderful weddings at the Cathedral over the past couple of years. The most recent is Pete & Liz’s wedding which was in the main part of the Cathedral- The Quire.
Pete & Liz had their wedding at Canterbury Cathedral and being part of this day was a pure delight! Liz’s Father is the Bishop of Dover so the ceremony was allowed to take place in the Quire. Liz was walked down the centre of the Naive which was the most impressive aisle I’ve seen with tourists and visitors all looking on. During the ceremony myself and Jen were allowed access to where the organist plays with amazing views overlooking the Quire. There were so many moments during the ceremony where I was lost for words at how stunning the setting was for this wedding. The Cathedral made this wedding feel like a royal wedding but Pete and Liz and their family and friends made the wedding feel relaxed and fun. Pete and Liz had a stroll around the grounds and I wanted to get a better vantage point so I climbed up a mound but then realised after taking a few photos that I couldn’t get down- Pete came to help with a smile! The speeches in the Chapter House were so down to earth but also really heartfelt. I don’t think I’ve heard a better Father of the Bride speech before. Liz’s Dad spoke so highly of her and with such affection that it made many quite teary-eyed around the hall. The sit down meal was at the Archbishops Palace with a marquee set up right next to the Cathedral. As the sun set on the Cathedral you couldn’t have asked for a more breathtaking view whilst you ate! The day was like a tour of the Cathedral- in the evening we all went over to the Cathedral Lodge. I’m not sure what music there’d be at a royal wedding but this wedding had a 1980’s glam rock band! Air guitars and inflatable guitars were a plenty on the dance floor! An incredible wedding that I’m so pleased I got to be part of.
Manolo & Holly’s Wedding
The other recent wedding I’ve covered at the Cathedral was for Manolo and Holly. Not only did the couple choose amazing venues- the Crypt in the Cathedral for the ceremony and Mount Ephraim Gardens for the evening reception but there was a real mix of cultures at the wedding too. Family and friends came from all over the world including some from Peru (where Manolo grew up) to many from Hong Kong where the couple are based now. Before Holly got married her surname was Knight so one letter away from my first name and surname. I couldn’t resist making a joke of that for their group picture! The BBC were at the wedding filming for a series they are doing on the Cathedral too. A great wedding!
Manolo emailed me after seeing the pictures to say “Olly, we just spend the morning reliving the great moments with your pictures. Really lovely pics!!! We cant thank you enough.”