the oxford wedding blog

Hey, I’m Philippa.  I set up this blog as a go-to place for couples who are getting married in Oxford and it’s surrounding areas.  It’s where I share some ace things I’ve come across at weddings, and all the amazing hidden gems I’ve found in and around Oxford.

Tips on choosing your wedding band from Ear Candy Oxford

Choosing your wedding band for your wedding can be quite a challenge so I decided to catch up one of the most popular function band in Oxford; Ear Candy.  I pretended I was you (aka getting married) and asked them six questions to help me (aka you) through the...

FIRST DANCE SONG INSPIRATION (that aren’t cheesy)

When you think of a first dance at a wedding, you might imagine the couple dancing to a song that's filled with meaning and memories from THAT special moment.  Like they do in the movies. But what if the song from THAT moment was a rap, filled with language a little...

TABLE SETTING INSPIRATIONS

There is something very special in dressing a table ready for a feast.  Even for a small dinner party at home I always like to put some effort into making the table looks nice.  I feel it's a way to respect the meal and make the guests feel extra special.  Decorating...

WEDDING DAY TIMINGS

Here is a guide to what your wedding day timings may look like.  I’ve written this blog post based on the majority of weddings I shoot, but obviously every wedding is different. GETTING READY So I usually arrive with you between 1.5 – 2 hours before the ceremony to...

WEDDING TRADITIONS + WHAT THEY MEAN

Weddings are full of traditions, no matter how alternative, but do we know where they actually come from?  Here is a potted history of ten popular wedding traditions in this country… 1.GIVING AWAY THE BRIDE This wedding tradition stems from the days when a daughter...

SULGRAVE MANOR – OXFORDSHIRE WEDDING VENUE

I was so excited to receive an email from Victoria at Ross and Ross Events who asked if I'd be interested in joining her team in a styled shoot at their new wedding venue Sulgrave Manor in Oxfordshire... not sure if you've tasted any of the food from Ross and Ross......

SAME SEX WEDDINGS AT THE ASHMOLEAN OXFORD

One of the world's oldest museums, The Ashmolean in Oxford, has been hosting weddings in its galleries for twelve years.  The lovely Beck and Lucy were the very first couple to exchange their vows there and in celebration of Oxford Pride Festival, The Ashmolean...

TOP 10 BARN WEDDING VENUES IN OXFORDSHIRE

There is no denying that there is something very romantic and laid back about having your wedding in a barn. They inspire the couple looking for a romantic rustic look (natural colour palette, wild grasses and foliage, bare wooden tables and muted colours) and also...

HEIRLOOM BOOKS (AKA THE WEDDING ALBUM)

After an art exhibition I love nothing more than going to the gallery shop and browsing through all the lovely photography books.  Always a sucker for buying one, I get home and snuggle up on the sofa with a glass of wine and brows through it again... seeing something...

YARNTON MANOR WEDDING SHOOT

When Michelle, the event planner from Yarnton Manor, got in touch to see if I'd be interested in getting involved in a photo shoot at the Manor - I obviously jumped at the chance. Yarnton Manor is a fairly new wedding venue, based in Yarnton, just outside Oxford....

WAREHOUSE WEDDING VENUE: TAP SOCIAL OXFORD

I'm always on the look out for alternative wedding venues in Oxfordshire, and The Tap Social Movement is definitely a place the alternative bride will be drooling over.  Set in an industrial estate in Oxford, it's a large warehouse, has two floors, and is perfect for...

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING – THE GROUP SHOTS

Wedding photography group shots have a bit of a bad reputation.  We’ve all been to those weddings where we the guests, are left standing around for hours while the photographer awkwardly poses the couple with every combination of family member possible. Some of my...

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