No Throughfare For Carriages or Horses Sign - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Candlelight creates the perfect ambience for a winter wedding, and this is exactly what Elizabeth and Kamal wanted for their beautiful December wedding at Queen’s College Chapel and Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Photographed by Laura McCluskey Photography, this beautiful winter wedding was styled by Elizabeth, with romantic candlelight, seasonal flowers in mismatched glass vases and each table named after the couple’s favourite authors. Elizabeth wore a classic fishtail-style Vera Wang dress and her Grandmother’s antique veil

Elizabeth explains the ideas behind the styling…

“We wanted our wedding to be festive, intimate and candlelit as much as possible. For those reasons, I chose the bridesmaids’ bouquets and dresses in jewel-like reds – purples, mulberries, crimsons – and ordered some bunting to decorate one of the reception areas in matching colours. I didn’t think about having a ‘theme’ as much as wanting the whole day to be elegant, atmospheric and, most importantly, fun. In many ways, the beauty of the venue informed the styling: the chapel and the dining hall were historic and striking and that meant I wanted my dress to be timeless, to complement rather than to detract from the setting.

“I handmade the guests’ favours – individual packets of mulled wine spices that I’d ordered online, complete with a hand-tied ribbon and hand-written luggage label – as well as the postcard pictures we had on each table showing me and my partner at different stages in our life. The cake was baked by my mother and iced by my (very creative) sister. My veil was a piece of lace from my late grandmother that I asked a local dress alterations place to sew a hair comb onto. It meant the day was even more special because there was a part of her with me as I walked down the aisle.”

Pouring Champagne - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Make-up brushes - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride having make-up applied - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride having mascara applied - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride having her hair done - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bridal preparations - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Hanging Vera Wang wedding dress - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride's Vera Wang wedding dress - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Vera Wang wedding dress - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bridal shoes on a bath - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride putting on her shoes - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride having her veil adjusted - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride looking at bouquet - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride sitting on bed - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

White rose bridal bouquet - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Rose buttonholes - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Wedding flowers - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride standing at window - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Vintage wedding car - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bridesmaid looking out of car window - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Queen's College Chapel - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride with father - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride walking over bridge at Queen's College Chapel - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride holding bouquet - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Order of Service - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Candles inside Queen's College Chapel - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Hymns during wedding service - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Wedding ceremony - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride and groom just married - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride and groom in Queen's College Chapel - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Wedding reception - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride standing with red background - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Candlelit wedding table display - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Wedding menu - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Photo booth pictures - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Duck wedding favour - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride and groom walking into Magdalene College

Bride and groom holding hands - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Candlelit wedding breakfast - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Paintings at Magdalene College - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Wedding table display - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Flowers on a wedding table - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride and groom posing - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride and groom sitting on stairs - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

Bride kissing groom on cheek - Picture by Laura McCluskey Photography

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