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Stephanie + Eddie Caswell House wedding film

Stephanie + Eddie Caswell House wedding film

26th November 2016 Stephanie & Eddie– Filmed at Caswell House, Oxfordshire

On a crisp November day, I was thrilled to document the wedding of Stephanie and Eddie, in a winter wonderland celebration at Caswell House that mirrored the couple’s love of the outdoors, particularly of the snow! As an Olympic Mogul skier, Eddie was thrilled to discover that Stephanie could not only keep up with him on the slopes but also matched his enthusiasm and sense of adventure during their first trip to Switzerland together. Their wedding, although missing the element of real snow (Oxfordshire wasn’t quite able to recreate the white peaks of Switzerland) still had the feel of a classically elegant celebration with the simple cleanness of a winter’s morning on the piste.

Stephanie’s jaw-dropping gown was fit for a queen, in shimmering satin with an asymmetric design and glorious full skirt. Her hair was gathered delicately in a regal yet soft style, with a halo of gentle curls around her face. Her two flower girls were angelic in white, with mini fur shrugs, and they made a very charming pair as they slowly made their way up the aisle ahead of Stephanie’s arrival, placing petals on the floor one by one! The guests were enchanted by the two little girls, who eventually reached the end of the aisle and enabled Stephanie to begin her own important journey to her new husband.

Eddie and Stephanie gazed in adoration at each other during their short and sweet ceremony, and emerged as husband and wife with beaming smiles. At their reception, Eddie thanked his new bride for making him “a better version of myself” and graciously thanked her father for inviting him officially into the family. The couple’s wedding cake was aptly graceful in icy blue, with five enormous tiers and a layer of blue icing ruffles at the base. Their first dance was upbeat and incorporated a fun routine- Eddie in particular showed off his super star moves! It was a joyful occasion from start to finish, and I wish the couple many happy adventures both on the ski slopes and off!

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Katie + Chris Heythrop Park wedding film

Katie + Chris Heythrop Park wedding film

1st October 2016 Katie & Chris – Filmed at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

I was honoured to document the fairytale wedding of Chris and Katie at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, on a rainy but glorious October day. This was a day of light, laughter, wonderful sparkling detail and a venue to match the pride and joy of the couple and their loved ones. At the reception, Katie’s father gave a moving tribute to his own marriage during his toast, and commented shrewdly “it’s a good wife, that makes a good marriage!” His advice clearly resonated with the glowing couple, who had committed to both ensuring their happiness in marriage!

Katie was certainly the princess of the day, in her stunning strapless gown with a full skirt, sparkling beaded detail throughout and a scalloped hem. Her look was topped off by glittering, red, Dorothy-esque shoes, that she clicked together to signal the start of her special day. The bridesmaids were suitably matching in ethereal attire- their lavender dresses were elevated by lovely white lace bodice overlays. The maid of honour looked gorgeous in pale, blushing pink. Two of the bridesmaids were accompanied down the aisle by strapping young mini-groomsmen, one of whom delivered a charming reading from the much-loved animated film, Frozen. Accompanied by a groomsman to support him, the plucky young Frankie read a dramatized version of ‘Love Is an Open Door’ and despite becoming slightly overwhelmed by the emotion of the occasion he gave a fabulous performance and ran the risk of stealing the show during the ceremony!

At the reception, the grandeur of Heythrop Park provided the perfect, elegant background for the continuation of the fairytale theme. The wedding party was entertained by singing and dancing from their waiters and waitresses, a fun and surprising additional touch to proceedings. The couple’s extraordinary cake was also appropriately elaborate, with several tiers and exquisite decoration to suit a Prince and his Princess.

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Alice + Jack Caswell House Cotswolds wedding film

Alice + Jack Caswell House Cotswolds wedding film

18th September 2016 Alice & Jack– Filmed at Caswell House, Oxfordshire

“I love Jack and Jack loves me and that makes him pretty darn intelligent to me.”

This, Alice’s father had to concede, made a lot of sense- and during his toast, he delighted in welcoming his new son-in-law, Jack, to the family officially. He described this momentous day as a “joining of cultures” and indeed, there were many layers to this special gathering for the wedding of Alice and Jack at Caswell House, in Oxfordshire. Jack was dressed in his official military regalia- including wearing spurs on his boots, which Alice had pointed out as being very “dashing” to her father when she was telling him about her new boyfriend a few years before! Alice’s American and Sicilian parents were evidently as proud of their beautiful daughter as Jack’s family was of him, and the confirming of the love between the two families was wonderfully palpable.

Alice wore an off-the-shoulder lace and satin gown with an exquisite, perfectly rounded train. She removed the lace sleeves later on in the day, transforming her look into something equally gorgeous: a strapless gown with a beaded belt. Her bridesmaids wore blue and purple print halter-neck dresses, a wonderful twist on classic bridesmaid attire. A friend of the couple read a poignant piece during the ceremony addressing the bride and groom’s embarking on a new journey, and proclaimed that “now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.” Indeed, during the toasts at the reception later, Jack declared that Alice “makes me happier than I ever dreamed I could be,” and thus it seemed the two were perfectly ready to begin that one life together.

Their dinner was in an opulent yet understated setting, with stunning silver candelabras dotted around the tables. The couple cut their traditional and elegant cake with a sabre- a fitting choice given Jack’s profession as a soldier- and the pair danced by the shimmering reflections of the silver globe that spun above them.

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Rebecca + Andrew Caswell House wedding film

Rebecca + Andrew Caswell House wedding film

17th September 2016 Andrew & Rebecca – Filmed at Caswell House, Oxfordshire

 “Rebecca is quite literally the best person I know.”

Rebecca and Andrew’s wedding at Caswell House in Oxfordshire was a delightful celebration of the love between these two special people. Their families and friends gathered to witness a charming and heartfelt union between the pair, who first met in an Irish sports bar, and the celebration brought together guests from the many different walks of life that the two have shared. There were tributes to New York in particular throughout the ceremony, from the fun Big Apple and Statue of Liberty props, to the table names laid out in a map of Manhattan.

Rebecca wore a stunning off-the-shoulder gown with lace detail and a flared mermaid skirt, with delicate scalloped edges. Her glittery peep-toe Jimmy Choos and dainty tiara completed the glamour of her outfit. Her bridesmaids were elegant in dusty pink infinity gowns, matching the pink ties and button holes of the groomsmen. Rebecca’s father admitted in his toast that he was rather choked up when he first saw how exquisite she looked on her big day, and Andrew was also evidently blown away judging by his expression when he snuck a cheeky look of his bride as she walked down the aisle. During the ceremony, Rebecca and Andrew made their own promises to each other- which featured Rebecca promising to try not to be late, and to allow Andrew to ride his bike when he wanted to… within reason!

After the ceremony the Nero String Quartet entertained the guests while they enjoyed champagne and canapés- as well as a range of fun lawn games. The evening saw the party move into the barn where the bare brick walls and beams were lit up with twinkling fairy-lights- the perfect setting for the couple’s first dance. They cut their lovely, elegant cake made by The Pretty Cake Company, and then it was really time to party. It was a truly special day, between two wonderful people very much in love- I wish them the best for a very happy future! A little mention to David Bostock and Katie Reay Scott makeup artist, glad to be apart of the dream teams.

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Jamie + Jamie Kings Hotel wedding film

Jamie + Jamie Kings Hotel wedding film

10th September Jamie Lee & Jamie – Filmed at Kings Hotel, Buckinghamshire

Jamie Lee and Jamie’s spectacular wedding was all about the details, lovingly thought out by the bride herself, who spent two years planning this special day. She had help from her gorgeous team of bridesmaids that included her sister, Paula, and she gave a particular toast to thank each of them individually during the reception. The day was, of course, all about the bride and groom- and I was privileged to share in their day at the King’s Hotel in Buckinghamshire. Jamie Lee’s father admitted to feeling immensely proud of his beautiful daughter, and thanked her for the honour of walking her down the aisle, exclaiming: “I will cherish this moment forever.”

Jamie Lee wore a strapless and sleek dress with an exquisite lace overlay and beaded belt. Her bridesmaids were regal in shades of mauve, coffee and grey. The bridal party arrived at the ceremony in a Rolls Royce, and didn’t let the slight drizzle dampen their spirits for a moment. Jamie, in his toast at the reception, described himself as a “blubbering mess” the moment he saw his wife-to-be begin her walk down the aisle, and said he couldn’t possibly have prepared himself for how she looked that day. With her side-swept blonde locks and beaming face, it was not hard to see why he shed a few tears!

Jamie thanked his wife for her fun-loving charm and her support of him, and he proclaimed his love for her “quirks” including her very specific criteria for the perfect cup of tea! To her husband, Jamie Lee declared “you are everything to me- everything” and she recalled the first moment she saw him and felt that she’d very much like him to be her boyfriend. Now married, she could admit to feeling rather smug!

The reception was made all the more beautiful by the little touches- from the cake pops on the tables, to the little blackboards emblazoned with love song lyrics, and the baby’s breath decorations. The wedding cake itself was a tower of cupcakes, reflecting the fun-loving characters of the bride and groom. It was a fantastic and memorable day, and I wish Jamie and Jamie Lee all the best for their future together!

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Benjamin + Charlotte St Marys Bampton wedding film

Benjamin + Charlotte St Marys Bampton wedding film

3rd September Benjamin & Charlotte – Filmed at Bampton St Mary church & Friars court, Oxfordshire

The way you look at me just melts me.”

The groom’s words to his new bride epitomized his utter adoration for her, which had been clear throughout the day. Ben and Charlotte’s wedding in the picturesque church of St Mary the Virgin, Bampton (of Downton Abbey fame), was a heart-warming affair of two families being brought together. The rain did not dampen spirits in the slightest, and Ben became very accomplished at guiding his new wife across the lawns with an umbrella carefully held above her head to keep her dry.

Charlotte wore an exquisite satin and lace dress, with a spectacular mermaid skirt and delicate, capped lace sleeves, and she was supported by four captivating bridesmaids in gowns of softest blush. Ben, understandably, needed a supportive and reassuring pat on the back from his best man as the bridal party began their slow and sedate walk up the aisle towards him, and he was overcome briefly by his emotions. During the ceremony, there was one particularly giggly moment when Ben appeared to drop one of the rings- but they collected themselves and managed to keep straight faces throughout the more solemn parts of the service! A charming folk band regaled the congregation with an acoustic version of the much-loved hymn, ‘How Great Thou Art,’ while the bride and groom signed the register surrounded by their closest family. They emerged, husband and wife, to rapturous applause.

Taking shelter from the rain in the luxurious Rolls Royce awaiting them outside, Ben and Charlotte were handed a glass of champagne each to signal the start of a wonderful celebration. Silver hearts hung from the trees at Friars Court where the reception took place, whilst inside there were pink and white globe lanterns cascading from the ceiling. Charlotte’s father gave a moving speech in honour of his daughter and new son-in-law, and he gave them wise words of advice from his own 34 years of marriage experience: he pointed out the pearl Ben had given Charlotte, symbolizing that “from difficulty, something beautiful can be produced.”  For the couple’s first dance, they surprised their guests with a choreographed number for which they were joined by their closest friends and family, much to everyone’s delight. It was a fantastic end to a magical day!

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Michelle + Max The Dairy wedding film Waddesdon

Michelle + Max The Dairy wedding film Waddesdon

27th August 2016 Michelle & Max – Filmed at The Dairy, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

“I love how much we laugh together.”

The romantic setting of The Dairy at Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, was suitably magical for the union of this fun-loving pair. Max and Michelle’s wedding was such a pleasure to witness, as it was a true celebration of love and laughter- in spite of the rain! The couple met on an HR course, and the groom proclaimed that during their first date at Nando’s, “I knew we had a special connection!” Despite this somewhat unromantic start, the couple have clearly only had eyes for each other since that moment, and as they gazed adoringly at each other while wandering among the willow trees in this beautiful venue, their happiness was overwhelming and infectious.

Michelle wore a strapless, figure-hugging gown from Pure Couture with a sweetheart neckline and mermaid skirt. Her bridesmaids were stunning in burgundy, and there were touches of pink and lavender in the details throughout the day. During the ceremony, the guests were unperturbed by the persistent drizzle and simply popped open their umbrellas while the couple was mercifully sheltered under the awning of the Dairy roof. The rain seemed to hold off once they were pronounced husband and wife, and they were able to walk beaming down the aisle together.

A harpist entertained the guests in the beautiful grounds while the bridal party had their photographs taken, and then it was time for the reception. During his toast, Mike thanked his new wife for all her wonderful quirks and qualities, from her love of chocolate, to her singing in the shower and her obsession with the 2p machines at the arcade. He confessed to an early experience of Disney karaoke with his then-girlfriend, Michelle, and said he had felt “as if I was performing a duet in the Aladdin musical!” This, it seemed, set the tone for their relationship to come, and I can only wish them all the best as they begin an exciting new set of adventures together.

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Charlotte + Scott Wokefield Park wedding film

Charlotte + Scott Wokefield Park wedding film

26th August 2016 Scott & Charlotte – Filmed at Wokefield Park, Berkshire

Scott and Charlotte’s wedding at Wokefield Park in Berkshire was a fabulous, vibrant day. Beginning with a parade of vintage sports cars for the groom and his party to arrive in, the tone was set for a fun but elegant day. The stately setting of Wokefield Park was perfect for this couple’s light-hearted but thoroughly romantic commitment to each other. While getting ready for her big day, Charlotte received a letter from Scott that enclosed a heart locket, to remind her of the first time he told her that he loved her, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris: “I knew from that moment that this day would come.”

Charlotte wore a beautiful strapless gown with sweetheart neckline and intricate lace detail, her gently curled hair falling to her shoulders. Her bridesmaids were in deepest indigo with exquisite beading at the shoulders and dainty sparkles in their hair. They carried cream rose bouquets to match the bride’s, which also had purple roses peeking through. The bride’s father had special ‘Father of the Bride’ socks and matching cufflinks!

The ceremony was a heart-warming and simple affair, with a tiny young ring-bearer tasked with the honour of presenting the groom with the all-important rings. At the moment the couple was able to take their first kiss as husband and wife, Charlotte admitted to her groom “my legs are like jelly!” Luckily, she now had a husband to support her as they walked down the aisle together. Outside, the beaming couple was showered with cream and crimson rose petals which gathered spectacularly on Charlotte’s skirt as extra decorative features for her already stunning gown. After a reception in a grand banquet hall, complete with touches of indigo to decorate the chairs and tables, the couple cut their indigo and white tiered cake, adorned with white sugar flowers. The dancing could then begin, and the night was topped off by a parade of glittering sparklers outside, a fitting end to a glorious day and the beginning of the couple’s magical life together.

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Doug + Hannah Rhodes House wedding film Oxford

Doug + Hannah Rhodes House wedding film Oxford

13th August 2016 Doug & Hannah – Filmed at Rhodes House, Oxford

David Bostock and I were hugely privileged to share a part in Doug and Hannah’s beautiful wedding alongside , which could be summed up perfectly by his words to his new wife at the reception: “the best feeling in the world.” This was a day of celebrating not only the couple and their new life together, but also the beautiful surroundings of the day, in Oxford. The glorious city played a crucial role in creating a romantic and traditional backdrop for this glorious union.

Hannah looked every inch the radiant bride, with delicate pearls in her side-swept hair, and a gorgeous gown with a lace overlay and flowers adorning the heels of her shoes. The bridesmaids were ravishing in deep purple, and the entire bridal party arrived at the chapel in style in a great purring Bentley. Doug looked suitably awe-struck by his approaching bride, and the pair gazed at each other happily throughout the ceremony.

A boys’ choir sang ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’ for the congregation while the couple signed the register, and then they were officially pronounced husband and wife! The sun was shining fondly on them as they emerged from the chapel, and Doug held a pretty parasol over his new wife’s head to shelter her and keep her cool. The entire wedding party then walked down the cobbled streets and past the historical buildings of Oxford to reach the reception venue, giving the delighted lunchtime crowds something to admire as they sat in the sun outside the local pubs! Once at Rhodes House, there was champagne all round, as well as Giant Jenga, Connect4 and a ‘foozball’ table for the guests to play on. China tea-sets were laid out for afternoon refreshments, before the sun set and it was time to head indoors. Dinner was served at a glorious grand table, with little hints of purple dotted about the room, including on the cake which was in classic white, festooned with gorgeous purple flowers. It was a spectacular and unique celebration of two people with warm hearts and a profound love for one another, and I wish them all the best!

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Annabelle + Mike Leez Priory wedding film

Annabelle + Mike Leez Priory wedding film

6th August 2016 Annabelle & Mike – Filmed at Leez Priory, Essex

“I realized you were Mike’s princess today.”

For a father, the day of his daughter’s wedding can be a bittersweet one. Annabelle’s father was no exception, but he acknowledged graciously during his toast that his daughter was undoubtedly happy with the lovely Mike, and so as a father he couldn’t really ask for more. Annabelle and Mike’s wedding in the jaw-dropping splendor of Leez Priory in Essex was a magical day for a couple truly meant for each other. Mike described his new wife as “the lady of the day, and the lady of my life” and his bride was indeed both, in her gorgeous full-skirted gown with delicate lace sleeves and laced bodice. She wore a sleek veil that was pinned into her chic chignon up-do, and later transformed her look by removing the lace sleeves to free herself up for more elaborate dance moves!

Annabelle’s bridesmaids made a pretty picture in lavender gowns with lace bodices, carrying baby blue and lavender bouquets. It was a glorious sunny day, ideal for an outdoor ceremony- and as Annabelle walked towards her husband-to-be, with the turrets of Leez Priory behind her, she looked every inch the princess she was. Mike had to wipe away a tear as she approached him, and after they were pronounced husband and wife a little while later, he gave her a long-awaited kiss and triumphantly waved at the gathered guests, in happy disbelief at finding such a perfect partner. A string and keyboard musical interlude entertained the guests while Mike and Annabelle signed the register, and then before long they emerged as husband and wife, whooping and pumping the air before walking back down the aisle.

The grounds of Leez Priory made for a stunning sunset location, and the guests sprawled on the grass to enjoy the final moments of the afternoon, before the couple carried out their first dance on the lawn. They entertained their guests with a funky routine, which Mike in particular threw himself into with enthusiasm! At the reception, the tables each features Polaroid snaps of the couple in the various placed they have visited across the world, from Sugar Loaf Mountain, to St. Lucia and the Golden Gate Bridge. In his toast to his new wife, Mike expressed the hope that there’d be “plenty of running, plenty of travelling and plenty of karaoke” in their future, and with those key ingredients they are sure to have many happy adventures together!