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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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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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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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Jillian + Tom Heythrop Park wedding film

Jillian + Tom Heythrop Park wedding film

29th May Jillian & Tom – Filmed at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

Jillian and Tom first met while working on the cruise ships, and their wedding was a symbolic union between not only their hearts, but the hearts of two families from different parts of the world. As the groom stated in his speech, to have all of their friends and family there, who had witnessed their relationship grow over the previous few years, was truly spectacular. The setting at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire was suitably grand and stately for the occasion, and the bride was dressed to match in a gown from Brides by Demetrios. She had opted for a strapless, beaded corset with sweetheart neckline, a full skirt with ruffled detail at the back and an elaborate train. Her hair was curled subtly and completed with a sparkling beaded tiara. Jillian’s bridesmaids were gorgeous in deep purple, to match the purple flowers of her bouquet and the elegant ribbon adorning the chairs during the ceremony. They were also joined by two adorable flower-girls all in white.

The bride, along with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, descended a pair of curving stairways from the house to where their guests stood waiting, outside. The groom was evidently awestruck at the sight of his bride, who was accompanied by both her parents- as she reached the aisle, she gathered herself quickly before giving her father a swift smile and beginning the walk to her waiting groom.

After the couple had said their vows, and “promise promised” to love and honour one another for the rest of their lives, they were pronounced husband and wife and showered with rose petals before heading inside for the reception. There were many tearful speeches, particularly from her father who was overcome by the excitement and joy of the day. The couple cut their exquisite cake by Claire Louise Curtis from Cakes With Grace with a sabre, before they enjoyed their first dance on the spot-lit dance-floor. Tom spun his new bride across the floor, dipping and lifting her to the guests’ delight. They were soon joined by their families, and both were raised on chairs to be hoisted around the excited crowd. Finally, a dance for Jillian with her father was in order, and the crowd cheered them on as they hugged and shed a few more tears of happiness at the occasion.

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Vicky + Pip Boarstall Tower wedding film

Vicky + Pip Boarstall Tower wedding film

28th May 2016 Vicky & Pip – Filmed at Boarstall Tower, Oxfordshire

Vicky and Pip’s vibrant, quirky, colourful wedding was a joy to witness, and a beautiful day filled with love and laughter. The celebration was replete with distinct symbols and signs of the couple’s fun-loving and lighthearted characters, and their families threw themselves into the spirit of the day as well. The morning was spent industriously, with Vicky and her bridal party creating exquisite buttonholes made from, well, buttons. Vicky’s bouquet was also made from a selection of gorgeous blue buttons, and her full-skirted gown with lace embellishment on the bodice was also complemented by a striking beaded flapper headband. Even her shoes featured a special, quirky detail, and had the poem ‘Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ etched into the soles.

The bridal party travelled to the church in roaring high spirits, and in a series of three vintage automobiles. Hooting to announce their arrival, they gaily descended from their various vehicles and headed down the aisle to where Pip was waiting. Vicky’s father handed his beloved daughter to the groom with a quick request to him to “Look after her” which was acknowledged solemnly by a nod from Pip. After the ceremony, the bride and groom gave each other their first kiss as a married couple, and the congregation was encouraged to give them a big round of applause by the minister.

Outside, Vicky had to be given a little help by her new husband as she clambered back up into their vintage wagon to head to the reception. The party was a wonderful, fairground-style affair, with delicious traditional fish and chips served from a food truck, and a proper ice-cream van for guests to be served their desserts- the bride even took up her place in the van to hand people their pudding!

The wedding cake was as artistic and fun as the couple, with yet more buttons as the signature adornment. The groom’s speech was also completed with that cheeky flair seen throughout the day, as he called upon that “excellent lyricist, Beyonce Knowles” to provide a few words of wisdom. He had, as she suggested “put a ring on it” and was thrilled to be starting his new life with Vicky (also known as Vicky Squirrel).

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Emma + Pete Caswell House wedding film

Emma + Pete Caswell House wedding film

20th May 2016 Emma & Pete – Filmed at Caswell House, Oxfordshire

I was thrilled to film Emma and Pete’s charming outdoor wedding, which was bathed in glorious May sunshine, at Caswell House in Oxfordshire. Emma’s elegant gown with gorgeous lace detail on the bodice and sleeves was heightened by her sleek chignon up-do, with delicate pink roses both in her bouquet and her hair and she wore absolutely exquisite, peach-coloured pearl earrings. Emma’s bridesmaids were the epitome of elegance in their rose-gold gowns, and they were preceded down the aisle by two dapper young pageboys who were given a well-earned high five each by the groom as they reached him. The congregation was soon distracted by the arrival of Emma and her lovely ladies, and Pete was not the only one to appear overwhelmed with emotion by the sight of them.

The couple walked back down the aisle, now husband and wife, to applause and a showering of delicate petals, before being handed a glass of champagne each. There were endless trays of Pimm’s and delicious eats, as well as Giant Jenga and croquet to be played on the lawn in the sunshine! As the sun went down, the gathered guests moved into the glorious fairy-lit barn for dinner, seated at tables adorned with boxes of truffles and jars of sweets.

In his heartfelt toast, Pete thanked his new wife for making him “the happiest man-boy alive,” and also thanked their parents in a tearful tribute for their continuing love and support. Soon, it was time to cut the cake- a stunning, modern gold and white piece of art- and the party headed to the dance-floor where the guests were entertained by a full live band. There was also a fun photo-booth set up in the Bentley outside, for guests as well as the happy couple to take silly photos with giant emoji’s and other props. It was a glorious celebration filled with fun and laughter, and I was honoured to witness these two wonderful people begin their lives together!

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Tegwen + Tim wedding film Tythe barn Launton

Tegwen + Tim wedding film Tythe barn Launton

14th May 2016 Tegwen & Tim – Filmed at The Tythe Barn, Launton, Oxfordshire

On this gorgeous sunny May day, I was honored to witness Tim and ‘Tegs’ fulfill a promise that was, in fact, first made while they were at school. Tim admitted to having adorned his exercise book with “Tim Loves Tegs” in a big heart in Lower 6th, and this pair that had been told off for flirting in class were both overjoyed that this prophecy came true today. Tegwen looked flawless in a fitted, elegant gown with exquisite pearl beading on the bodice, and a stunning ‘up-do’ that framed her face in ethereal, wispy curls.

Her husband looked strapping, as did his band of merry groomsmen who each had a pair of brightly coloured socks on, only revealed during the photo session after the ceremony!

Tegwen’s bridesmaids looked wonderful in classic navy, their blue and pink bouquets just picking out the subtle but elegant tones of the couple’s colour scheme. For the guests, there was Pimm’s on arrival as they waited for the ceremony to begin, and once settled in their seats they gazed in awe at Tegwen and her father as they meandered down a path lined with twisted tree vines that met above their heads in a fairy-like archway.

As the groom led his new bride out again, he punched the air triumphantly with his beaming wife on his arm. After the ceremony the guests dined in the rustic yet elegant space of this wedding film Tythe Barn, twinkling fairy-lights strewn across the beams above them. Each table was named after a particular pub, so the guests were seated at a variety of much-loved establishments from The Red Lion, to Mullins, to The Devonshire and beyond! This quirky touch set the tone for the party to come, as after dinner the guests danced the night away with the beautiful bride and groom at the centre of the crowded dance-floor.