Being an Oxfordshire Wedding Photographer, I often get the lovely task of capturing an Oxford College Wedding and Rebecca and Doug’s Merton College Wedding was so quintessentially Oxford it was such fun!
I had the pleasure of flying over to Copenhagen last summer to do an engagement/Pre-wedding shoot with the couple where they got engaged which was a lot of fun and I loved the city and the Danish way of life! Here are a couple of images from that shoot to set the scene.
Merton College Wedding ceremony
The happy couple were married at Merton College, where they studied, in a beautiful chapel on the site. For those of you that don’t know Oxford well, the centre of town is dotted with hundreds of different college buildings dating back centuries, in fact some of the streets can still transport you back to the 1700’s. Merton is right in the centre of town, so after the ceremony the newly weds took their guests on a guided tour through the sites of Oxford including the Radcliffe Camera and the Bridge of Sighs, with some photo opportunities thrown in there!
The wedding reception at Rhodes House, Oxford
Their fabulous tour ended at the reception venue, Rhodes House. Styled to almost recreate a Cotswold Country House in the centre of Oxford, Rhodes House provided the perfect backdrop for Rebecca and Doug to celebrate with their family and friends. The reception kicked off with afternoon tea and lawn games in the grounds, surrounded by landscaped gardens and ancient trees. Rebecca, being a fully qualified doctor just couldn’t resist beating all the guests at the classic ‘Operation’ super sized game. Following some rather competitive games of giant Jenga, the festivities moved inside to one of the rather grand dining halls. High windows to let in the light and wooden paneling create a beautiful setting for a wedding breakfast.
Sumptuous Hydrangeas in blues and purples adorned the tables matching the bridesmaids purple gowns, and the guests were given tiny bottles of Limoncello, many of which were definitely popped during the meal! A stylised map of Oxford was used for the table plan, and delicate paper hummingbirds as place cards.
Rebecca wore a beautiful full lace wedding dress by Augusta Jones from the one and only Ellie Sanderson, whilst the gents opted for very dashing grey tails. A band helped to get everyone up and dancing long into the night!