As an Oxford Documentary Wedding Photographer I am blessed to be working in such a stunning city. Oxford is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK. “The City of Dreaming Spires” is full of magnificent historic venues and wonderful locations. There are fine examples of every major English architectural period since Saxon times in a city centre squeezed into a few streets. There is a labyrinth of beautiful buildings, meadows, gardens and rivers, and unexpected surprises hidden away.
For a documentary wedding photographer, moments, background and light are the key ingredients for taking great photos. Oxford is perfect because it has so many awesome backdrops for your wedding portraits from historic Colleges and University buildings to beautiful open spaces like Christ Church Meadow. I love the particular magic of the way that the golden hour sun makes the Oxford sandstone glow with a with a truly special warm light. These special qualities make Oxford an ideal location for amazing location for wedding and engagement photography.
It is a joy to be a photographer in Oxford because there is so much to discover. When I am not working, I explore this wonderful city every day with my camera.
“And that sweet City with her dreaming spires She needs not June for beauty’s heightening“Matthew Arnold
Oxford Wedding Venues
Oxford University has many amazing historic spaces that you choose for wedding or party. Venues like the Bodleian Library, Sheldonian Theatre, and the Examination Schools are gorgeous and all very popular for weddings. Other stunning venues with a connection the University include venues like Rhodes House, The Oxford Union and the Ashmolean Museum.
Marrying in an Oxford College needs special planning, but this is definitely worth it for a unique and historic venue. If you are fortunate enough, many of the 38 Colleges have stunning chapels, atmospheric cloisters, and beautiful grounds. Some of the oldest date back to the 13th Century, and are beautiful and atmospheric wedding venues full of wonderful decoration and hidden corners.
Some Colleges may need you to be a member or alumni to get married in the Chapel, and even special permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury! Even if you are not having your ceremony in the Chapel, many Colleges are popular venues for receptions and parties. However, Colleges are often only available in term time and are popular with conferences and summer schools so it pays to plan early.
Away from the University, you could consider the Victorian splendour of Oxford Town Hall which is a spectacular venue with stunning interiors, high vaulted ceilings, and intricate plaster work. Looking further afield Woodstock has Blenheim Palace and is also a wonderfully picturesque location for less grand but no less special smaller celebrations.
Photography in and around Oxford is a pleasure and is always full of interest. I would love to hear about your plans and talk to you about how I can capture special unique beauty of your Oxford Wedding.