Wonderful Wedding at The Old Hall Ely

A Wedding at The Old Hall Ely is always special…

The Old Hall Ely is a superb wedding venue positioned in the Hamlet of Stuntney on the outskirts of the beautiful small Cathedral City of Ely in Cambridgeshire.

It’s a hugely popular wedding venue with stunning views across the fens. Big skies and Ely Cathedral make for an epic landscape the surrounds the venue.

The good people at The Old Hall Ely host weddings of all sizes throughout the year on most days of the week. There are an incredibly well run venue and know how to run weddings very smoothly. They have everything covered so everyone can relax and enjoy the day in the knowledge that they’re in very safe hands.

Melissa & Stephen’s Wedding at The Old Hall Ely. 

Fun loving part couple Melissa & Stephen had invited over 150 guests to share their big day with them and they absolutely everyone was there to have a blast.

My day as photographer began in the venue’s bridal suite. At The Old Hall Ely this is plentiful in size and even a bridal party large in numbers will comfortably be accommodate. No chance of getting in each other’s way here, with two rooms for bridal prep housing large mirrors and great lighting in addition to the bedroom itself – which is huge!

On this occasion the planned outdoor ceremony not an option due to the rain. One of the great things about a Summer wedding at The Old Hall Ely is that they’re always prepared. Today they had set up for both outdoor and indoor ceremonies and then made a call around a hour a before he proceedings to move inside. The indoor ceremony room had a real feeling of intensity – all the guests were squeezed in as the entry music played. Stephen the groom was taking deep breaths as the Bride Melissa and her Dad both struggled to contain their tears,  It’s fair to say emotions we running high.

Despite the mixed weather there was ample room for the guest to enjoy reception drinks in the bar before dining in the venue’s permanent marquee.

The Wedding breakfast was followed by hugely entertaining speeches from Melissa’s Dad, the two best men and the groom which were greeted rapturously.

As the afternoon became evening the sun finally burst through and everyone was in party mood and ready to hit the dance floor.  With my camera poised we took this opportunity for some time out, the newlyweds walking the grounds as I captured some natural portraits while scouting for some great light and an opportunity for some intimate captures with some stunning golden light finally emerging.

By the time we headed back inside it was clear everyone was ready to party and the first dance triggered a long night of dancing singing and joyous celebration.

View to Ely Cathedral from the bridal suit at The Old Hall, Ely

Bottle of bubbly in a bucket Hall in Ely

Bridesmaid relaxing in the Bridal suite at The Old Hall in Ely

The spacious Bridal suite at The Old Hall in Ely

Yound bridesmaid ties her laces at The Old Hall Wedding in Ely

Bride's dress hangs on the bed in the bridal suite of The Old Hall in Ely

Bride sitting by the window at The Old Hall in Ely

Guests arriving for a Wedding at The Olde Hall Ely

Nervous looking groom before wedding ceremony at The Old Hall in Ely

Guests adjust ties at Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

Groom's nervously waiting for his Bride at The Old Hall in Ely

Groom awaits his Bride at ceremony The Old Hall Ely Wedding

Tearful Bride walks aisle with her Dad. Wedding ceremony at The Old Hall in Ely

Bride & Groom during wedding ceremony at The Old Hall

Mother and Father of the Bride look on during ceremony at The Old Hall in Ely

Tearful Bride during wedding vows at The Old Hall

Mother of the bride wipes away a tear during wedding ceremony at The Old Hall Ely

Groom placing the ring on the bride's finger. Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely.

Indoor Wedding ceremony at The Old Hall in Ely

Just married at The Old Hall in Ely

Wet August Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

August Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

Guests enjoying a drink reception during wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

Details shot "Please sign a heart"

Wedding speeches at The Old Hall in Ely

laughter during wedding speeches at The Old Hall in Ely

Groom's Wedding speech at The Old Hall in Ely

Wedding guest laughing at speeches. Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

The Old Hall Wedding venue near Ely

view to Ely Cathedral at The Old Hall wedding venue near ElyThe Old Hall Wedding Venue near Ely.

August Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

Bride and Groom at The Old Hall in Ely

Bride portrait at The Old Hall in Ely

Ladies posing during Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

Wedding group shot at The Old Hall in Ely

Groomsmen smoking cigars Wedding at The Old Hall Ely

Guest pulling silly faces during Wedding at The Old Hall in Ely

Wedding cake cutting at The Old Hall in Ely

First dance at The Old Hall Wedding

Woman enjoying the dance floor at The Old Hall, Ely

Wedding guests dancing at The Old Hall in Ely

Bride and Groom on the steps outside The Old Hall Ely

Sunset Wedding couple portrait at The Old Hall in Ely

The Old Hall Wedding Venue near Ely.

Weddings at The Old Hall, Ely

The Old Hall is an awesome country retreat just under mile from the heart of the historic Cathedral City of Ely in Cambridgeshire. It’s a recently renovated Jacobean manor house, with stunning views over lakes and fields to the medieval marvel of Ely Cathedral which dominates the local fenland skyline.
The venue offers all that is best in English Country House hospitality. It is renowned for a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is entirely family run. The owners at The Old Hall have many years experience in hosting weddings and have everything organised to precision.
They offer totally exclusivity and aim to be creative, flexible and personal in their approach to hosting weddings. Couples and their guests will have the house and gardens to themselves for the entire day and night.

The venue is very accessible with plenty of on site parking and it’s just a mile from Ely railway station which has excellent links to London and the rest of East Anglia.

For more on alternative Cambridgeshire venues see my post 10 alternative wedding venues in Cambridgeshire

Damien Vickers is a Cambridge Wedding photographer based in Ely shooting weddings in a relaxed and informal documentary style.