Ardington House wedding photo relaxed

ARDINGTON HOUSE WEDDING VENUE |OXFORDSHIRE SUMMER WEDDING | FRANCESCA & NEER

Ardington House wedding photo romantic couple

Francesca and Neer’s wedding was full of joy, as they celebrated their romantic day at the luxurious Ardington House wedding venue, surrounded by glorious Oxfordshire countryside. 

The couple

I was asked to shoot the Western wedding of Francesca and Neer. They are such a gorgeous couple and didn’t stop smiling all day – it was a real honour to capture their day.

Ardington House wedding photo laughing bride and groom

Ardington House wedding venue

Ardington House in Oxfordshire is a stunning venue for a wedding. You get to live out your Lord and Lady of the Manor dreams, taking over the stately home and the grand formal gardens for the whole of your day. I love exclusive-use venues as it gives couples the chance to really feel at home and put their own stamp on the day, which Francesca and Neer certainly did. 

Ardington House wedding photo

They took a gamble on the British weather and it paid off, with a fabulous, romantic outdoor ceremony at the Island Temple, accessible by a bridge and surrounded by weeping willows and rolling parkland. Serious wow-factor!

Ardington House wedding photo Island Temple

The wedding dress

Francesca looked knock-out in a glamorous gown from luxury bridal designer Monique Lhuillier. With a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice and full skirt, it was a romantic and elegant choice that matched the setting of Ardington House perfectly.

Ardington House wedding photo wedding dress

One of the details I really loved was how Francesca had a little pocket sewn into the inside of her wedding dress, for her late Dad’s gold wedding ring. A really beautiful, sentimental touch.

Francesca finished off her look with pearl detail heels, beautiful drop earrings and necklace, a flowing veil and a garter that ticked off her ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something blue’!

Ardington House wedding photo brides shoes
Ardington House wedding photo bride make-up

Her bridesmaids looked chic in soft pink shift dresses, while her mum made a very glam Mother of the Bride in an embellished, boat-neck dress. 

Ardington House wedding photo bridesmaids
Ardington House wedding photo bride and mum

Also, I have to mention the groom, Neer, who looked very cool in his slick black tux.

Ardington House wedding photo smiling groom

The wedding day

Ardington House’s Island Temple made a dreamy setting for their al-fresco ceremony, and the bride was played in by a group of very talented musicians, including one of her own bridesmaids, who played the violin beautifully as she walked down the aisle.

Ardington House wedding photo classical musicians

As Francesca’s father has sadly passed away, her mum walked her down the aisle and they were greeted with beaming smiles from all of the guests – not to mention a very happy groom!

Ardington House wedding photo walking down the aisle

The wedding breakfast was held at Ardington House’s Riverside Garden Marquee, which was elegantly dressed with green foliage, white flowers and hanging chandeliers.

Ardington House wedding photo marquee

The couple also had the genius idea of setting up a mini tepee for the children to use as a den to play in, in case they got bored during the meal or speeches. There was also plenty of bubbles on hand to keep them entertained – always a winner!

Ardington House wedding photo children's teepee

With so many great locations to shoot around Ardington House, we were spoilt for choice for gorgeous backdrops. However, I did take the bride and groom out into a field of cow parsley for some shots (a really pretty setting) and ended up picking lots of insects out of her beautiful dress afterwards. Probably not what Monique Lhuillier had in mind when she designed the gown…

Ardington House wedding photo in meadow

Despite the looming dark clouds, we were lucky enough to have no rain until the very end of the couple’s shoot, where we managed a final few shots on the bridge before diving for cover. Thankfully Francesca and Neer had a golf buggy on hand to take them off to the marquee, so they didn’t arrive for their wedding breakfast completely drenched!

Ardington House wedding photo bride in golf buggy

It was a happy day packed full of thoughtful touches – great fun to shoot.

Ardington House wedding photos

Ardington House wedding photo bride getting ready champagne
Ardington House wedding photo flowers
Ardington House wedding photo bride and bridesmaids
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Ardington House wedding photo bride finishing touches
Ardington House wedding photo bride putting on heels
Ardington House wedding photo groom in mirror
Ardington House wedding photo groom and parents
Ardington House wedding photo groom and family
Ardington House wedding photo ceremony set-up
Ardington House wedding photo lanterns
Ardington House wedding photo groomsmen
Ardington House wedding photo groom in tux
Ardington House wedding photo happy guests
Ardington House wedding photo bridal party
Ardington House wedding photo happy groom
Ardington House wedding photo happy bride
Ardington House wedding photo ceremony reading
Ardington House wedding photo saying vows
Ardington House wedding photo bride and groom kiss
Ardington House wedding photo bride celebrating
Ardington House wedding photo just married
Ardington House wedding photo trumpet
Ardington House wedding photo walking on bridge
Ardington House wedding photo confetti toss
Ardington House wedding photo chairs
Ardington House wedding photo family hugging
Ardington House wedding photo fixing bow tie
Ardington House wedding photo hand in hand
Ardington House wedding photo couple on bridge
Ardington House wedding photo relaxed
Ardington House wedding photo happy couple
Ardington House wedding photo menu
Ardington House wedding photo bride on stairs
Ardington House wedding photo wedding cake
Ardington House wedding photo magician
Ardington House wedding photo happy family
Ardington House wedding photo speeches
Ardington House wedding photo child with bubbles
wedding photo grooms family at Ardington House
Ardington House wedding photo cutting cake
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Ardington House wedding photo first dance

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