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.

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SMALL INTIMATE WEDDING IDEAS

SMALL INTIMATE WEDDING IDEAS

From 4th July 2020, small intimate wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships are now allowed to take place in the UK.  30 people are able to be present during the ceremony - this includes the couple and their suppliers (for example their photographer, their officiant,...

Oxford Wedding Postponed due to Covid19

Oxford Wedding Postponed due to Covid19

I met Amy from Amy Meadows Events (Queen Oxford wedding planner, and planner of all events) about a year ago, and she is one of those people who you meet in life that you're never going to let go... She's organised, like super organised, has a black book full of...

A super cute outdoor Oxfordshire wedding

A super cute outdoor Oxfordshire wedding

OMG, are you ready for this super cute intimate outdoor Oxfordshire wedding? This wedding was a scene from a film, I'm sure of it. Nathanael and Rachel really are something out of a novel.  They met in a youth hostel in Switzerland and then chased each other around...

The Coronavirus and Your Wedding

The Coronavirus and Your Wedding

The Coronavirus and your wedding... Bloody hell, planning a wedding can be stressful under normal circumstances, let alone with all the uncertainty we are now faced with.  I mean, no one could have predicted your wedding plans being interrupted by a global epidemic....

35 WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT IDEAS

35 WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT IDEAS

Your wedding day is probably the biggest party you've ever hosted, even if your wedding is small, you are the ones hosting it and you want your guests to have the best experience. Wedding entertainment can be so much fun and it's also an opportunity to show off your...

10 WEDDING BLOG POSTS TO READ IF YOU’VE JUST GOT ENGAGED

10 WEDDING BLOG POSTS TO READ IF YOU’VE JUST GOT ENGAGED

From working in the wedding industry, and from planning my own wedding a few years ago, I though I'd put together a post with my top ten helpful wedding blog posts I've read, which I think will be super useful if you've just got engaged and at the early stages of...

ARE YOU HAVING SPARKLERS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

ARE YOU HAVING SPARKLERS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

Having sparklers on your wedding day is so much fun and they make for some photos! Firstly, I'd recommend purchasing two sparklers per person.  You'll want to order the longest sparklers you can get your hands on (the extra long ones are about 40cm), also make sure...

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING CAKE

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING CAKE

Today I'm catching up with Charlene, wedding cake queen and owner of Cherry Tree Cakerie.  I am such a big fan of Charlene's cakes, her style is so unique and she creates the most amazing unconventional designs, some too good to even eat in my opinion!!  She's sharing...

TOM + HANNAH’S RELAXED SOHO FARMHOUSE WEDDING

TOM + HANNAH’S RELAXED SOHO FARMHOUSE WEDDING

If you are thinking of having a Soho Farmhouse Wedding, or just looking for inspiration on how to have a relaxed wedding day, then take a peek at Tom and Hannah's day below.. Tom proposed to Hannah over a cup of tea in their London home, and this relaxed vibe is...

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR ON-LINE WEDDING GALLERY

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR ON-LINE WEDDING GALLERY

For those of you who have booked me as your wedding photographer, here is a little insight into how to get the most from your on-line wedding gallery. About 4-6 weeks after your wedding, your final images will uploaded into your very own on-line wedding gallery.  You...

THE DIGITAL WEDDING ALBUM – FOR YOUR PARENTS

THE DIGITAL WEDDING ALBUM – FOR YOUR PARENTS

After your wedding day everyone will want to re-live the day and see your photos as soon as possible, especially your parents!  I warn you, your parents are going to be desperate to show off your magical day to all their friends, their neighbours, their work...

Tips on choosing your wedding band from Ear Candy 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)

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

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

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

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...

HEIRLOOM BOOKS (AKA THE WEDDING ALBUM)

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...

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING – THE GROUP SHOTS

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...

WEDDING CONFETTI IDEAS

WEDDING CONFETTI IDEAS

Now who doesn't love an explosion of confetti at their wedding? The tradition of the wedding confetti toss traces back to symbolic rituals of throwing rice or petals during special occasions to bring prosperity and fertility.  Today the confetti explosion comes in all...

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING DAY

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING DAY

The morning of your wedding day; this is where the story of your day begins.  You may have woken early, or not slept well, but all that matters is the day is finally here and you are getting married! I love this part of the wedding day.  It usually goes from a very...

HOW TO HOLD YOUR WEDDING FLOWER BOUQUET

HOW TO HOLD YOUR WEDDING FLOWER BOUQUET

So you've chosen your girl gang, you're stunning flower bouquet has arrived, and you are all looking hot!  But how the hell are you suppose to hold this damn thing??   All I’m going to say is “lady garden”….. That’s where you hold your bouquet!   Philippa...

5 TIPS ON EMBRACING RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

5 TIPS ON EMBRACING RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

So we are in the UK after all… even in the hight of summer there is always of a massive chance of rain on your wedding day in this country!  I know none of us want rain on our wedding day, and no one ever plans rain for their wedding, but if it does rain it’s always...

FIVE TIPS ON WRITING YOUR OWN WEDDING CEREMONY

FIVE TIPS ON WRITING YOUR OWN WEDDING CEREMONY

I caught up with  Lynn from Lynn Tierney Ceremonies again, and asked her to share her top five tips on doing your own wedding ceremony.  You may want to hold your wedding in an alternative location that means that you can't legally get married there... so you can...

WHAT IS A WEDDING CELEBRANT?

WHAT IS A WEDDING CELEBRANT?

If you're looking to have an alternative wedding ceremony or perhaps you'd like a ceremony on top of a mountain, but marriage restrictions in the UK mean that you can't, you may want to think about hiring a celebrant. I had a catch up with Lynn from Lynn Tierney...

WEDDING PLANNING – WHERE TO START WHEN YOU’VE JUST GOT ENGAGED?

WEDDING PLANNING – WHERE TO START WHEN YOU’VE JUST GOT ENGAGED?

Just got married, great - now what??? WEDDING PLANNING If you have no idea where to start with wedding planning, give yourself a couple of weeks to do some fun research.  Scroll Pinterest, read some wedding blogs, and buy a couple of magazines... just to wet the...

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME AS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME AS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I'm going to give you a the low down on what to expect from me as your wedding photographer, from booking stage to receiving your images after your wedding day.  Obviously each and every wedding is different, but this post should give you an idea of how I work....

5 controversial ideas for weddings on a budget

5 controversial ideas for weddings on a budget

When I say five controversial ideas for weddings on a budget, some really are controversial and II don’t mean that you shouldn’t have them, it’s your wedding – you can have whatever you want! But in my experience of going to so many weddings, if you chose to get rid...

2018 ROUND UP OF WEDDINGS IN OXFORD

2018 ROUND UP OF WEDDINGS IN OXFORD

Weddings in Oxford... That's what this year has all been about for me.  Not just photographing them, but researching and digging deeper to discover about what's on offer in this area. I've been seeking alternative venues, and amazing suppliers to write about in this...

SIX WEDDING CEREMONY IDEAS YOU WOULDN’T HAVE THOUGH OF

SIX WEDDING CEREMONY IDEAS YOU WOULDN’T HAVE THOUGH OF

Over the years I’ve come across some really amazing wedding ceremony ideas. So today, I wanted to share my my top six inspirational ideas that I'm sure you wouldn't have thought of. 1. SING DURING YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY I can honestly say, that this was the most...

YOU ONLY NEED FIVE THINGS FOR A GREAT WEDDING DAY

YOU ONLY NEED FIVE THINGS FOR A GREAT WEDDING DAY

When planning for your wedding day you can get so bogged down in the detail that it can sometimes be hard seeing the wood for the trees.  In this blog post I'm going to clearly point out the five most important things to think about when planning your day, and the...

6 OXFORD WEDDING FAIRS I RECOMMEND

6 OXFORD WEDDING FAIRS I RECOMMEND

Oxford wedding fairs can be a bit hit and miss if I'm honest, so I've created this post to tell you about the one's I think are pretty cool and some of which I'll be attending. The great thing about wedding fairs is that they can be a great place to start when you are...

A MUST READ IF YOU ARE HAVING CHILDREN AT YOUR WEDDING

A MUST READ IF YOU ARE HAVING CHILDREN AT YOUR WEDDING

So, you've decided to have children at your wedding but are not sure how much you need to entertain them, feed them, sit them, or really what to do with them... I've shot many weddings with kids, and at my own wedding we invited 50 children (you can take a peek here:...

AN OXFORDSHIRE WEDDING FESTIVAL

AN OXFORDSHIRE WEDDING FESTIVAL

I married my man Alex, FOUR years ago today!! Wooohoooo!!!  We had the best weekend wedding festival in Oxfordshire, so I though it would be appropriate to write a blog post about it and share it with you.  The great thing about being a wedding photographer myself is...

WEDDING STYLING

WEDDING STYLING

A chat with... Last week I had a great time meeting up with the lovely Camille from A Little Je Ne Sais Quoi about wedding styling. Camille is a talented event stylist working in and around Oxford. I caught up with her for a coffee and a chat about how to style a...

5 TOP TIPS FROM A PREGNANT BRIDE

5 TOP TIPS FROM A PREGNANT BRIDE

Finding out you will be pregnant on your wedding day can be mega exiting, but it can also come with a few logistical challenges that you may want to think about.  In this post Alana shares her experience of being a bride with a bump, and shares her 5 top tips Alana's...

HOW I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING

HOW I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING

HOW I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING? The simple answer is, I photograph a wedding with a lot of feeling. What does that even mean? When you look back through these images in years to come, I want you to be transported back in time, and feel all the feels you felt on your...

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

With so many talented wedding photographers out there, when it is time to book one it can feel quite overwhelming.  Here is my guide on how to choose your Oxford wedding photographer,  who is right for you. STYLE Firstly, think about the kind of look you’re after. ...

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