Just before Valentines Day Mark travelled to photograph the wedding of Dave & Gill at Sulgrave Manor near Banbury.
Sulgrave Manor is the ancestral home of George Washington the first president of the United States. It is a wonderful historical building & is open to the public. It is also available for weddings & looked beautiful bathed in candlelight.Gill & Dave’s wedding party included the bride & groom, the registrar & witnesses & we gathered in the great hall for the ceremony. It was so intimate Mark was asked to be a witness!
Mark was really pleased to be asked to be a part of such a special day & loves the photographs he captured around this beautiful building.Congratulations Dave & Gill, wishing you every happiness. We hope you enjoy your sneaky peek!
Recently Kiti & I found ourselves back on the banks of the river Thames at The Compleat Angler in Marlow. We were there for the wedding of Pete & Laura.Firstly I dropped Kiti off at The Crowne Plaza where she met with Pete & his best man before making the short hop onto The Compleat Angler.Meanwhile I was with Laura & her bridesmaid in the Sandingham suite at The Compleat Angler. I love this part of the day capturing some shots of the bride & bridesmaid preparing for the big day.Of course getting ready at the hotel meant that Laura only had a short walk on her Dad’s arm to the main hotel building to meet her groom in front of their friends & family.After a lovely service we made our way outside & whilst guests mingled with a glass of champagne we took some group shots. I do keep these to a minimum as group shots can take a little while and I would hate to be known as the photographer who kept everyone waiting about, causing their champagne to loose its fizz!It was now time for everyone to board a wonderful traditional Victorian steam boat the SL Streatley for a trip on the Thames.
It was a lovely trip & everyone really enjoyed their time on the boat – photographer & assistant included! Once we were back on dry land Kiti & I took the Bride & Groom away to do some shots of the two of them together. This included, of course, stopping traffic & getting some obligatory shots on the bridge!We now let the Bride & Groom get back to their guests & they made their entrance into their wedding reception to a round of applause.After some great speeches & a delicious meal it was time for cutting the cake & Laura & Pete’s first dance. As everyone joined them on the dance floor there was one particular groovy dancer!
As always Kiti & I left them tearing up the dance floor. We hope you enjoy your sneak peek Laura & Pete. Congratulations & wishing you both every happiness!
Kiti & I breathed a sigh of relief as we made our way to Sam & Charles’ wedding in beautiful sunshine after what seemed like 24 hours of rain the day before.
I photographed Sam’s sister Georgie’s wedding last year & for those of you that keep an eye on my facebook page will have seen the shots of Sam catching Georgie’s bouquet that I reposted last week. Sam was one of Georgie’s bridesmaids last year & Georgie was one of Sam’s lovely bridesmaids. It is always lovely to be recommended by couples to their friends & families & even better when the new couple have seen me at work!
Kiti started the day with Charles, his best man, ushers & family at Charles & Sam’s home before boarding an original routemaster bus to make the journey to the church. They picked up a few guests along the way & made a pit stop at the pub!
Meanwhile I was with Sam at her family home getting ready with her bridesmaids & family. Sam’s family are great fun & the preparations even included her dad swinging from a rather high rope swing! Not many fathers would risk life & limb on their daughters wedding day & I must admit my heart was in my mouth!
By now the bus had made its way to the church & it was time for Sam to get to the church to see her groom!
It was a lovely service & Sam’s Dad certainly seemed pleased to get his final daughter of three married!
After the service & a flurry of confetti Kiti & I went back to Sam’s parents house for some shots of the two of them together. Charles decided against having a go on the rope swing!
Not wanting to miss out on the party we made our way back to the wedding reception which was located in Sam & Charles’ beautiful garden. The entered through a lovely floral arch & a tunnel of their friends & family.
Whilst their friends & families mingled in the sunshine to the sounds of a steel band we did the more formal….& not so formal group shots.
Which included this intrepid photographer risking life & limb to climb a ladder to capture the entire wedding party!
Now it was time for the wedding breakfast & speeches, which involved lots of fun & laughter & childhood videos.
After the speeches Sam took to the stage to throw her bouquet this time caught by Charles’ sister & Sam surprised her groom with a song accompanied by her bridesmaids.
It was now time for everyone to hit the dancefloor & we left them dancing the night away!
Wishing you every happiness Sam & Charles. Hope you enjoy your sneak peek – lots more to come!
It’s not everyday you get to photograph a cowboy wedding It was with much excitement that Kiti & I travelled to Montana…..sorry Beckley in Oxfordshire to photograph the wedding of Beth & Chase.
I dropped Kiti off with Chase & family at a lovely cottage they had rented for the duration of their stay from Oxford Country Cottages in the nearby village of Noke. She got some great shots of Chase & his groomsmen in their all-American outfits of cowboy boots, wrangler jeans & tweed waistcoats all topped off with big shiny belt buckles & stetsons. I love the timeless, Butch Cassidy feel of the black & white & de-saturated shots that Kiti took.
Meanwhile I was at Beth’s childhood home which was a buzz of activity with 2 x bridesmaids, 7 flower girls & family. I love this moment of the day where I photograph the bride preparing to meet her groom.
I also take the opportunity to photograph the flowers in detail whilst they are fresh. Beth’s flowers had been arranged by the wonderful Green & Gorgeous near Wallingford. They grow a stunning range of flowers for weddings which they arrange in a wildly wonderful garden and hedgerow style. I thought the flowers they did for Beth were beautiful, a wonderful arrangement with some lovely, unusual flowers. They fitted with her day perfectly.
Beth & Chase’s was slightly different to the standard wedding day & everything was expertly organised by the fantastic Jeni from Vanilla Rose Weddings. They were already legally wed in Montana so they would be having a blessing in Beckley church. So before the blessing, with no bad luck to worry about, they met in Beth’s parents garden next to the church & I was there to capture their ‘First Look’. We also took the formal, group shots in the garden & then together we all made the short walk to the church.
As it was a blessing Chase walked Beth up the aisle to take part in the service together. After the service Beth & Chase walked down the church path to a flurry of confetti & along with their guests walked to the marquee for afternoon tea.
The marquee was positioned in a field looking over beautiful countryside & was decorated in a quintessentially British way with bunting & mismatched china.
The afternoon tea was supplied by the wonderful Chipping Norton Tea Set. They specialise in vintage weddings & not only do they supply beautiful vintage china & table linens but they also do the catering too! They had a beautiful ‘naked’ wedding cake adorned with fresh fruit & flowers by Cake by Rachel.
After the afternoon tea it was time for Kiti & I to take Beth & Chase off for their bride & groom shots. Beckley is a picturesque Oxfordshire village with lovely honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages & provided lots of lovely backgrounds. The sun was even shining in that lovely soft late afternoon way…..& a horse even came along to join in with the shoot!
It was now time for Beth & Chase to rejoin their guests for their first dance.
Rather than the usual disco or band Beth & Chase had a live band performing country dancing with a caller shouting out the moves. It was great fun & everyone joined in.
Hope you enjoy your sneak peek Beth & Chase back in Montana. Lots of memories of a very British summers day….& lots more to come!
Wishing you every happiness for your future together. Should we ever find ourselves in Montana perhaps you could teach this Cornish photographer how to be a cowboy?
Recently Kiti & I travelled to a venue new to both of us for the wedding of Paul & Samantha. Their wedding was held at the lovely Manor by the Lake near Cheltenham. I photographed Paul’s sister Louise’s wedding a few years back & she reminded me that was nearly ten years ago! Since then I have photographed various family shoots for them too so we have stayed in touch. I was really pleased to be asked to photograph Paul & Samantha’s wedding.
Manor by the Lake is a characterful manor house with fabulous period features & is surrounded by lovely gardens perfect for drinks reception & stylish bride & groom shots.
I started the day with Samantha & Kiti with the groom & ushers. The rooms at Manor by the Lake are elegantly decorated in neutral colours & silver. With lovely natural light these are photographers dream offering uncluttered backdrops for some stylish getting-ready shots.
Whilst I was with the bride & the bridal party Kiti was with the groom & ushers. She used the period features of the arches on the outside of the manor for some fabulous shots with Paul & the boys.
Now it was time for Paul to see his bride. As he nervously waited his bride walked into the sun-bathed ceremony room. After a lovely service with readings from Samantha’s Mum & bridesmaid Shanti it was time to celebrate!
As their guests mingled Kiti & I took Paul & Samantha off for some bride & groom shots. We wandered around the grounds using some lovely garden backdrops as well as the architecture of the building.
Paul & Samantha then joined their guests for the traditional wedding breakfast & speeches.
After the speeches it was time for Paul & Samantha to hit the dance floor…followed by their guests! As always after capturing some dance floor action Kiti & I wound our way homewards.
Congratulations Paul & Samantha, wishing you every happiness. Hope you love your sneak peek!
We started at the church in the village & captured images of the groom greeting the guests before the bride’s arrival. The bride arrived at the church in a vintage Bentley, actually the groom’s own car which he had reluctantly sold but it was loaned back to him for the day.
After a lovely service in the beautiful church the bride & groom made the short walk to Nether Winchendon House followed by their guests.
Whilst their guests mingled at the drinks reception with delicious canapés from Feast Events based in Marlow Kiti & I took the Bride & Groom around the grounds for some stylish couples shots. Nether Winchendon House has lovely grounds & offers some great backdrops. When booking Nether Winchendon House you have exclusive use of the grounds so it was lovely & peaceful & we got some lovely shots of Emma & Jonny…..& his beloved Bentley!
It was now time the couple to rejoin their guests at The Carriage Barn for their wedding breakfast. After some fantastic speeches & much laughter it was time for cutting the cake.
We hope you enjoy your sneak peek Emma & Jonny! Wishing you both every happiness!
Sophie & Paul’s wedding was held on a beautiful sunny afternoon in July. It was a real family affair & they celebrated it with their children including baby Alice.
Their wedding was held in the parish church of St John the Baptist in the riverside village of Moulsford followed by a reception at The Pavillion in the village. It was a lovely day of celebrations, they also celebrated Alice’s christening & Paul’s 40th birthday all on the same day.
Kiti & I both started the day at the church. We took some images of the guests arriving before Sophie, Paul & the children arrived.
The church wwas very strict regarding images of the service but we able to take some lovely ones of Alice being christened.
After the service the guest made the short trip to The Pavillion whilst I did some lovely shots of the happy couple in the countryside.
Their reception was a lovely afternoon tea party which was enjoyed by all ages before the children all ran towards the playground.
Sophie, Paul & family – we hope you enjoy your sneak peek. Wishing you every happiness for your future together!
Mark is based in rural Oxfordshire & specialises in country weddings. He works regularly across the Chilterns, beautiful Berkshire downs & into the Cotswold countryside.
This area offers so many quintessentially English landscapes & Mark has a few favourite rural venues across his region that offer fantastic & fabulous country wedding locations for those who love the countryside.
Mark has always worked very closely with The Tythe Barn, Launton & would highly recommend it as a venue for your country wedding. Will & Emma have lovingly restored the barn to a very high standard & they put this same level of dedication into every wedding. The barn is beautifully rustic with some wonderful design touches. Mark has photographed weddings in Summer when the bride walks up an aisle which is an arbour of Wisteria in flower & Winter weddings when the barn is decked with twinkling white fairy lights. Other barns of note that Mark loves photographing weddings at are Luxters, Lains Barn, Notley Tythe Barn & Ufton Court Tythe Barn.
Early last summer Mark took part in a wedding photo shoot at the stunning Merriscourt between Burford & Chipping Norton. Merriscourt is a fantastic venue in a beautiful rural setting. It combines traditional Cotswold stone with bright stylish interiors. There are two fantastic barns that can be decorated completely to your taste, you can go for full blown vintage with bunting & floral china ware, shabby chic or go modern vintage with art deco glass & illuminated letters from Vowed & Amazed.
If you are looking for a rural venue you can, of course, choose a stately home across this beautiful region & one of Mark’s favourites is the beautiful Hedsor House. Hedsor House is set within its own parkland above the river Thames & is only 25 miles from London. With beautiful, opulent décor it enables you to style your wedding your way. You can have your drinks reception in the stunning Centre Hall with its glazed dome & your reception in the oak panelled ballroom with beautiful views across the parkland. Hedsor House gives Mark an endless array of backdrops for stylish Bride & Groom images. In particular he loves photographing the Bride & Groom with their wedding party on the steps.
There are now so many beautiful country venues & wherever you choose to hold your country wedding Mark is simply the best photographer you could choose.
Recently I photographed the winter wedding of Clare & Conor on a seasonably wintry Friday afternoon.
My day started with Clare at the beautiful Long Crendon Manor to capture some shots of her, her Mum & bridesmaids getting ready. The manor is a luxury bed & breakfast in a beautiful historical house. The house provided a picturesque setting for some stylish shots with the bride before she made the brief journey with her Dad to meet her groom….
Clare & Conor held their wedding & reception at another historical building in Long Crendon; Notley Tythe Barn. Last time I was at the barn it was in the middle of the summer & it was lovely to see the barn decorated for the season.
After the service I always take my bride & groom away for some shots of the two of them. I always strive for relaxed, stylish portraits of the happy couple that really capture the personality of the bride & groom. Clare & Conor are country lovers & were happy to pull on the wellies. So off we went into the countryside surrounding the barn & got some great images of the two of them….and a horse or two!
Not sure the horse was as happy to have his photograph taken as Clare & Conor!
Here is your sneaky peek Clare & Conor, many more great shots to come! Hope you enjoy your sneaky peek, it really was a pleasure to photograph your happy day. Wishing you all the best for a wonderful life together.