Flying geese on the lake at Le Manoir


Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons……where better for our ‘foodie’ couple, Helen and Marc, to say their ‘I do’s than at the stunning, 2 Michelin-starred Le Manoir, surrounded by their closest family and friends and unbeatable Oxfordshire countryside views?

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons wedding venue

If you’re looking for a ‘wow-them’ Oxfordshire wedding venue, Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is tough to beat. Bringing that unique Provençal style to the Oxfordshire countryside, it’s utterly captivating and I love all the beautiful wedding photography opportunities the venue offers. The 15th-century manor, surrounded by picturesque walled gardens, flowers and orchards is pure magic and made the dream setting for Helen and Marc’s micro wedding.

The exterior of Le Manoir
Through the walled gardens at le Manoir

The wedding dress

Helen nailed the laid-back elegance vibe which fits Le Manoir so well. Her high-neck, Marylise wedding gown, with embellished edging and floaty train, looked incredibly chic – not forgetting her stunning Louboutin heels, which were the ultimate ‘something blue’.

Marylise wedding dress hanging up in Le Manoir
Blue Louboutin wedding heels
Red soles of Louboutin heels
Bride wearing Marylise gown at le Manoir
Close up of bride in Marylise gown

Helen & Marc’s wedding day

Helen and Marc live in Sheffield, but as passionate foodies they knew they wanted to get married at one of their favourite places, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. And who could blame them? This Oxfordshire venue is absolute heaven!

Bride and groom at le Manoir

The couple booked a pre-wedding shoot with me, which happily they loved, and it gave me a great opportunity to get to know Helen and Marc. I love pre-wedding shoots as they are such a fantastic way of getting any nerves about being photographed out of the way before your big day – Helen and Marc were totally at ease in front of the camera when their wedding finally came around.

Helen and Marc had to wait longer than planned to finally say their ‘I do’s – the wedding was originally booked for 6th April 2020, but the pandemic hit and the couple were forced to rearrange to 6th April 2021. Typically, Covid struck again, and they were finally able to get married on 20th July 2021.

Bride and groom black and white photograph holding hands

Le Manoir is such a great setting for an intimate wedding, which suited Helen and Marc’s micro wedding down to the ground. With only seven people in total – Helen and Marc, the bride’s Mum, the bride’s sister and partner, and the groom’s Mum and Dad – it was a real honour to photograph their wedding day. Sadly, Helen’s Dad is no longer with us, but the couple made sure he was remembered on the day, with Helen’s bridesmaid wearing a special watch that belonged to him during the ceremony.

Father of the bride's special watch
Bridesmaid and bride

The wedding group enjoyed pre-dinner drinks – vintage Veuve Clicquot, nice! – before enjoying an 8-course tasting menu with paired wines. Foodie heaven.

Veuve Clicquot champgane
wedding party toasting with champagne

The wedding photographs

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is a dream to photograph, delivering knock-out setting after knockout setting for wedding shots. Helen and Marc married in Le Manoir’s elegant Provence Suite, then we headed outside for some more photos around the grounds.

Flying geese on the lake at Le Manoir
Couple kissing by lake

The lavender that lines the main path to Le Manoir was spectacular, and the gardens were in their prime ­– the most picture-perfect English country garden (with a touch of French style, too, of course!). 

Lavender-lined Le Manoir

We also walked through the veg gardens, where lots of the produce used in Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred menu is grown and harvested. It’s inspired me to up my raised-bed game in my garden next year!

A surprise celebrity 

Raymond Blanc was actually filming for his TV show while we were there, and at one point we were asked to move to one side while they filmed him coming out of the front door of Le Manoir. Afterwards he came over and spent a few minutes chatting to us – but unfortunately the bride and groom (who are HUGE Raymond Blanc fans) were doing their pre-wedding interviews, so missed him!

Later, after the group shots, I took the couple off and spotted Raymond Blanc with the film crew. I deliberately took the route past him and – seeing Helen in her wedding dress –  he came over and chatted with the couple, which absolutely made their day. Marc speaks fluent French, so they spoke in French for a while which was very impressive! 

Meeting Raymond Blanc at le Manoir
Raymond Blanc chatting to bride and groom
bride and groom posing with Raymond Blanc at le Manoir

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons wedding photo gallery

bride doing make-up
groom getting ready at le Manoir
groom ready to get married
bride putting on earrings
bride and mother of the bride
The Provence Suite at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
bride walking down the aisle at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
bride smiling at groom during vows at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
exchanging rings at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
signing the register at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
bride hugging bridesmaid at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
bride hugging mother of the groom
full wedding party at micro wedding at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
walking through the gourds of Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
bride and groom smiling at each other while sitting down
bride and groom on bridge at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
bride and groom in woodland
bride and long train of dress
bride and groom sitting on steps at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
bride sticking out tongue at groom
bride and groom by water's edge
bride holding up dress as she walks
wedding guests smiling at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
tatsing menu at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
cheers at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons
smiling mother of the groom
smiling father of the groom


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