As usual the summer has been a whirlwind of weddings and I’m just catching my breath now. I’ve been waiting to share this beautiful Oxford wedding as it was a hugely happy celebration, and ticked all my boxes for my ideal wedding day – a perfect joining of two families, far-flung loved ones coming together to cheer and to party, and a whole lot of love in the room. Rebecca and Brett chose the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library in Oxford for their ceremony, and it always feels like an enormous privilege to photograph in there; such an awe-inspiring setting for their wedding vows. Brett is Australian and so it was extra-special that so many of his family had made the trip to celebrate with them. The entry of the bride, with a dad who didn’t want to let her go, is one of the most emotional and joyous I’ve been lucky enough to witness.
Rebecca and Brett were so wonderfully relaxed on the day, and after the ceremony – while guests boarded the double-decker bus to take them to the wedding reception at the fantastic Jam Factory – we went for an Oxford walkabout to take some photographs of the two of them together as newlyweds. I can heartily recommend a city walkabout after your wedding: such a feelgood factor with everyone wishing them well and commenting on how wonderful they looked! We had permission to visit the gardens of Exeter College, where their engagement had taken place, and look out over the Radcliffe Camera. They popped into The Bear Inn, reputedly Oxford’s oldest pub, for a quick whisky shot, before walking on down for the speeches and meal. The funky, art-filled Jam Factory was such a great contrast and a fun, intimate space for their guests to spend time together (and the food is mouth-wateringly good, I was treated to a meal as well!).
Having a ceremony at the Bodleian makes for a later start to a wedding day, once they have closed to visitors, so Rebecca and Brett booked my half-day package, and I was delighted to be working alongside my friend Sarah Clifford who co-ordinating everything to run smoothly. The Jam Factory is the site of what was once the Frank Cooper’s marmalade production (hence the name), which is why the jars filled with flowers (all florals provided by Daisies Flower Shop) had the nod to Frank Cooper’s Vintage Marmalade! The literary theme of book covers and printed pages fitted in perfectly with Oxford and with their own interests and occupations. Have a look through this little slideshow; I hope it gives the impression of how brilliant this wedding day was!