Oxford Wedding Photography is a joy because the city is packed with great locations. “The City of Dreaming Spires” is full of magnificent historic venues and has many unique qualities. Oxford is known best for the University. However, there are fine examples of every major English architectural period since Saxon times in a city centre squeezed into a few streets. Consequently, this creates a labyrinth of beautiful buildings, meadows, gardens and rivers, with unexpected surprises hidden away. These qualities make Oxford one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK.
“And that sweet City with her dreaming spires She needs not June for beauty’s heightening“
Wedding Photography in OXFORD
For a wedding photographer, moments, background and light are key ingredients. Therefore, Oxford is perfect because of the many wonderful locations to choose for wedding portraits and engagement shoots. These include historic Colleges, atmospheric narrow lanes, and beautiful open spaces like Christ Church Meadow. Oxford also has a particular magic at “golden hour” when light for photography is at its best. At this time, the lower sun makes Oxford sandstone glow, adding an extra special warm light.
All of these qualities make it a joy to be a photographer in Oxford. When I am not working, I explore the city every day with my camera.
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My style of wedding photography is is about capturing the moments that will tell the story of the most exciting days of your life! I believe that every wedding is as individual as the people celebrating.
I am a documentary wedding photographer This means my style is calm, relaxed, and discreet. Above all, I want to create a natural and authentic collection of photographs. I like my photos to tell the story of your day..
Getting Married in Oxford
OXFORD UNIVERSITY WEDDINGS
Oxford University has many amazing historic spaces that you choose for your wedding or reception. Examples include the Divinity School, which featured in the Harry Potter movies, the Bodleian Library, Sheldonian Theatre, and the Examination Schools. These venues are perfect for beautiful weddings and as a backdrop for wedding photography.
In addition, there are many other special venues with a connection the University. The Ashmolean Museum for example, has wonderful galleries and a roof top terrace with stunning views of Oxford. Other popular venues include historic locations such as Rhodes House, The Oxford Union, and the Natural History Museum.
If you are fortunate enough, many of the 38 Colleges have stunning chapels, atmospheric cloisters, and beautiful grounds. Some of the oldest colleges date back to the 13th Century and each has its own particular character.
Some Colleges need you to be a member or alumni to get married in the Chapel. You may even need permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury! Consequently, marrying in an Oxford College needs special planning.
If you are not having your ceremony in the chapel, many Colleges are popular venues for receptions and parties. However, Colleges are normally only available out of term time. There is also high demand because they are also popular with conferences and summer schools. Therefore, it pays to plan early.
OTHER OXFORD WEDDING VENUES
Away from the University, there are many other special venues. For example, Oxford Town Hall is full of Victorian splendour, with high vaulted ceilings, and intricate plaster work. On the other hand, if you are keeping things simple, The Dexter Room at Oxford Register Office is elegant and intimate and located right in town centre. This makes it perfectly situated for many beautiful photo locations.
In addition, there are also many wonderful riverside and country pubs to choose for your reception. The Perch at Binsey for instance, has a beautiful riverside location, and a village feel while still close to the centre of Oxford.
In addition, just outside Oxford, Woodstock and Blenheim Palace are wonderfully picturesque. These are perfect for grand weddings, or no less special smaller celebrations. Similarly, The Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon with it’s with medieval buildings is an example of an unusual venue full of interest, and quirky touches.
In conclusion, wedding 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 photograph your Oxford Wedding.