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Dorchester Abbey Wedding | Oxfordshire Photographer | Sarah & Alex

Sarah and Alex combined relaxed rustic styling with a grand Dorchester Abbey wedding for the perfect, and very personal, big day.

The Preparations

The celebrations began at home for Sarah, with a glass of bubbly in hand and surrounded by her bridesmaids, her modern bohemian style was complemented by makeup from Katie Reay Scott.

For Alex a trip to the pub with his groomsmen decked out in matching grey suits from Anthony Blay Menswear was in order and The White Hart in Dorchester, originally a 16th century coaching inn, provided a cosy atmosphere to settle any pre-wedding nerves – the ale might have also helped!

Dorchester Abbey Wedding

The ceremony took place at Dorchester Abbey, a glorious church, dating back over 1000 years. The couple said their vows in front of the Rose window, a beautiful medieval masterpiece that created a stunning back drop for the images.

Fison Barn wedding

Following the Dorchester Abbey wedding ceremony, the party moved on to the Fison Barn at the Earth Trust. Nestled in the shadow of Wittenham Clumps, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and visible across Oxfordshire, the Earth Trust was the perfect venue for the couple, and their focus on sustainability an amazing bonus. A convertible 1977 Beetle, from Triple White Weddings provided the transport for the couple, and despite biblical rain after the ceremony we found a spot under the tree for some shots that looked like summer!

Wittenham Clumps

We also went for a wander up the clumps, which hold great significance for Sarah having spent a lot of her childhood running around the unmistakable wooded hill tops, the brooding grey clouds create some amazing atmosphere in these shots.

Sarah is an artist and painted all the table signs and pictures. The couple also made the favours of sloe gin, which were cracked out in force during the reception!

After the rain subsided an incredible sunset appeared at about 9pm, leading to some lovely shots of the couple to finish off a wonderful day!

Dorchester Abbey Wedding Photos

Flower girl getting ready

Bride having makeup done

Bride getting ready

wedding dress

wedding dress and veil

Wedding shoes

flower girls

flower girls with head bands

Bride getting ready

bridal makeup

bridal bouquet

bouquet and headbands

wedding dress details

bride and bridesmaids hugging

bridal party group shot

champagne glasses

Bride with parents

Dorchester abbey sign

Inside the abbey

Groom in the pub

guests in the pub

guests in the pub

groom in the pub

the white hart pub

order of service

wedding rings


the groom

the groom

bride arriving in Beatle

bride in convertible Beatle

Bride at church

bride getting out of car

Bride walking down aisle

Bride arriving at wedding

Bride and groom during reception

Bride and groom at alter

Bride and groom in front of windows

church flowers

toddler playing in church

Bride and groom leaving church

flower girls

flower headbands

wedding guests

wedding dress back

confetti shot

couple in the car

wedding car

earth trust

couple in car

couple shot by car

couple shot with rain

couple shot during rain

guests in rain

guests chatting

wedding decorations

table plans

wedding favours

flower decorations

couple shots

couple shot at whittenham clumps

couple shots at whittenham clumps

couple shot with view

whittenham clumps

wedding decorations

couple enter reception

wedding decorations

table plan on window

fairy lights

wedding cake

guests chatting

guests drinking sloe gin

drinking sloe gin

guests chatting

guests clapping

couple with sunset behind

first dance


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  1. mark

    great natural documentary pictures

    • David Bostock

      thanks very much Mark that’s praise indeed!

  2. Jon

    Great work and some lovely moments!

    • David Bostock

      Thank You Jon that’s really appreciated it was a gorgeous wedding to shoot!

  3. Martin Dabek

    Lovely shots David. Like the b&w image on the field.

    • David Bostock

      Thanks Martin I got those images just before the mother of all downpours! thanks for your comments!

  4. Maria Assia

    Wow I love her hair piece. It’s very pretty and that church is gorgeous too.

    • David Bostock

      Hi Maria, yes Dorchester Abbey is a pretty amazing place but it’s quite restrictive in terms of where you are allowed to shoot the ceremony as a photographer, feels like ‘hiding in the bushes’ somewhat LOL!

  5. Neil Walker

    Lovely shots David, vey natural & great use of light

    • David Bostock

      thanks Neil glad you liked the images and thanks for your comment

    • David Bostock

      hey Lee so glad you liked the images and thanks for leaving your comment

    • David Bostock

      Damion thanks thats really kind of you to say

  6. Jim Davidson

    Very stylish, crisp & clean images with some brilliant moments captured, great work!

    • David Bostock

      Hi Jim so glad you liked the images and thanks for leaving your kind words

    • David Bostock

      yes Sonia it was a lovely wedding in an amazing church with even lovelier couple to photograph!


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