Wedding of Matt & Victoria Hammond, 21st July 2008 at Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire

After the unpredictable weather and downpours of our typical british summer the sun came out and it was one of the best days of the year when I photographed the wedding of Matt & Victoria Hammond a couple of weeks ago at the famous Raymond Blanc resturant and hotel Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Victoria got ready in the wild and crazy Stripe Room at The Crazy Bear Hotel in local Stadhampton, complete with leopard-skin carpet and double ended bath at the end of the bed!!. We did some “getting ready” shots then I headed down to meet Matt and the guys at the lovely church which is right next door to Le Manoir. The sun was blazing down as we did the classic “Resorvoir Dogs” shot of the guys in the main road outside the church then everyone went inside whilst Victoria and her Dad arrived in style. The ceremony in this beautiful church was lovely and the guests afterwards went for some gorgeous pink champagne in the grounds of Le Manoir whilst Matt, Victoria and I set off to do the signature shots down by the 17th century pool and in the Japanese gardens. I always look very enviously at Mr Blanc’s vegetable gardens which are spotlessly kept whereas my allotment is an overgrown mess!!. A real highlight of this wedding was the fact that Victoria and Matt had arranged for my assistant and I to have access to the kitchens during the meal so we could get some shots of the fabulous Michelin starred food being prepared there, we even managed to get a tasting of the salmon course from the chefs, trust me it was AMAZING!.
A really lovely wedding to photograph, great weather, a great fun couple and guests and some great images, it often doesn’t get more enjoyable than this in my job. Remember to check out my website at for details of my wedding packages and lots of wedding images in the Wedding Galleries section.


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