If you are a regular reader of The Oxford Wedding Blog, or of my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I’m constantly on the look out for local wedding venues and suppliers, that offer something a bit different in Oxfordshire.  I feel like Oxford can sometimes be a bit low on offering the less traditional couple ideas for their wedding.  So with this in mind, I decided to organise a shoot based on the theme ‘urban rock bride’ as this doesn’t only celebrate the non-traditional bride, but it also shows how Oxford isn’t all about cobbled streets and a city of dreaming spires, it has a great music scene and the Cowley road celebrates some epic graffiti art.


The first thing I did once I had this idea was to get in touch with Anna Munday and Rosie Jacobs from Independent Oxford.

Independent Oxford is a guide to Oxford’s indi businesses.  They are all about supporting, shopping local, and do an amazing job at keeping all of us indi businesses in Oxford chatting with each other by providing meet ups, photography walks, workshops and talks.

So I approached them with the concept of this wedding shoot, proposed the idea of collaborating with them, and asked them to be the face of the project.  I squealed with excitement when they said yes!

“We love the fact that you can plan a big day, using purely local suppliers, who are so invested in what they do and want to share it with you. Independent businesses thrive on community and collaboration and this shoot is a wonderful way to showcase people working together to create something extra special. We hope that it encourages people to explore local more and also see the high quality of indies right on their doorstep!”

Independent Oxford - Anna + Rosie at Tap Social Wedding Shoot

Anna Munday (left) and Rosie Jacobs (right) from Independent Oxford


The shoot was held at Tap Social, which is a large warehouse at the back of an industrial estate that has a bar, brewery and community space inside.  It couldn’t have been more perfect for this shoot, and it really makes it the perfect wedding venue for those looking for something unconventional.  They can cater for a relaxed street food style wedding, or for a fancy pants Michelin star style wedding, that’s how flexible they are!  This is definitely a venue which has the ethos of your day, your way, stamped all over it, and I feel like Oxford has been waiting for a place like this for some time.

“We haven’t advertised our space as a wedding venue, but couples have been drawn to us as they are increasingly looking for something a bit different to have on their wedding day.  Also, we are so close to the city many couples are opting to have a traditional ceremony in the beautiful city centre, then come back here to kick back and have a relaxed dinner followed by a big party.  We have the space to host 150 guests and couples seem to really like the relaxed vibe we have going on.”

The Tap Social was created from a passion for good beer and social justice, and the guys who run it provide training for people who’ve recently been released from prison.  They are seriously passionate about giving opportunities to those in the criminal justice system.  You can read more about their story over on: TAP SOCIAL MOVEMENT

tap social movement in oxfordTap Social Brewery

Tap Social Weddings Oxford

 Alt Wedding Shoot at Tap Social Movement Oxford

Independent Oxford at Tap Social


Jane from Bicycle Blooms is just adorable.  She has a fantastic vision and is a real team player, going above and beyond to make things look just right.  Her concept of mixing pretty flowers with the rustic colours of autumn, created a stunning fusion of colour.  She explained that she was influenced by what she sees around her at this time of year, in the gardens, hedgerows and flower markets, plus the venue and the choice of accessories to be worn by Anna and Rosie.

“The flowers include chrysanthemums which come in to their own at this time of year with a greater number of varieties and colours, combined with berries to reflect the hedgerows and gardens and add some colour – rose hips and hypericum berries – Autumnal shades for the foliage used – bronze, orange, yellow, burgundy to reflect the trees in Autumn, with a mix of seed heads – teasels, scabious and clematis – to add texture, shape and interest, and the roses and astilbe to soften it and add a pop of colour.”

Jane runs a shop just off the Cowley Road and her emphasis is on seasonal flowers, and berries and foliage that reflects the year.

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Anna Independent Oxford

Bicycle Blooms Oxford Florist

Alternative Wedding Ring from Payne + Son, Oxford (link below)


Oh my goodness… the hair and make up are to die for in the shoot… Both teams produced styles that completely matched the brief; they brought with them their own creative flare and exceeded my expectations.
Emma and Jodie from Kenny’s Hair Boutique salon in Headington, collaborated seamlessly with Jane the florist and incorporated her flowers into the hairstyles resulting in the most stunning bridal styles.  Rosie’s bright pink hair colour was in an up-do, with a wreath of leaves and foliage pinned in to give a flower crown effect.  The contrasting colours looked really vibrant.  Anna’s big quiff and elegant punk style was simply striking, especially with the finishing touches of foliage and pink roses… her hair looked like a piece of art!!   It was so good working with these girls, and it doesn’t surprise me that they have recently been awarded the best hair salon in Oxford.
Clare Moroney who recently qualified as a make up artist was involved in the project via the Independent Oxford Girls.  I was thrilled with the striking smokey eyes she created on the models. Clare can be found on Instagram but snap her up quickly before she gets booked up, as her new business is booming. (Contact details below)

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Anna from Independent Oxford


I first met Maud from Maudika Bridal when I interviewed her for a blog post: VINTAGE INSPIRED WEDDING DRESSES IN OXFORD. I was so excited when she came to Oxford – I was gutted she wasn’t around when I had my own wedding!  So when I told her about this shoot, I knew it would be right up her street.
The first two designs below came from the ‘British Legacy’ collection, where her main inspiration came from the UK’s rich heritage. Rosie wore a black BEUTE t-shirt and black leather studded jacket on top of a dress called ‘Goldie’.  It’s a dress with a blue lining with a layer of spot net tulle on top, for brides to get their something blue!
Indépendant Oxford Styled Wedding Shoot at Tap Social
Anna wore the ‘Emily’ dress.  The top part is made with delicate French lace, and the skirt is made with spot net ivory tulle, and composed of 20 metres of fabric to create all the frills a bride needs!  Again, a black leather jacket and gold shoes accompanied this dress a treat.
 Wedding Shoot at Tap Social Movement Oxford
The last two dresses come from the ‘Cowley Colours’ collection, where Maud’s inspiration lay in the vibrant colours and melting pot that Cowley Road represents.
The ‘Diana’ skirt worn by Anna is made from 6 meters of chiffon, which give lots volume to play with and she wore it with her red wine, lacy body suit and mustard yellow leather jacket.  Rosie wore the stunning ‘Nadia’ dress, a V- neck top in pearls and silver sequins, with the bottom of the dress made from pure satin silk with a small train.
Maud is busy working on her next collection which will be called ‘Cosmic Love’ and will show dresses adorned with moons and stars, as well as some new colourful delicate fabrics. Stunning tulle embroidered with pearls will symbolise the starry night! Coming in January for all 2019 brides!  Can’t wait to see them!
Tap Social Wedding Venue

warehouse wedding in oxford at tap social

What I love about this shoot is mixing the traditional wedding dress with a number of non-traditional accessories and it working really well.


Oh the cake… the beautiful semi-naked cake with edible gold leaf by Louise from Lulu’s Little Oxford Kitchen.  The bottom tier of the cake was a classic Victoria sandwich with vanilla buttercream and homemade strawberry jam. The top tier was a zingy lemon sponge made with fresh lemon juice and zest, sandwiched together with a lemon buttercream. The flowers adorning the cake were specifically matched to the wedding bouquet and enhanced the overall dramatic style of the shoot.

“Although I have been making cakes for many years I officially launched Lulu’s Little Oxford Kitchen in the Spring of this year. After very many requests to make wedding and celebration cakes it was a small step to make the business official. My cakes are always made from scratch using only the best quality ingredients to create design led, individual and specific cakes for each unique celebration.”

It was such an amazing day, and a wonderful experience to be collaborating with so many like minded creatives.  I hope those of you who are planning your alternative wedding in Oxford are inspired by this shoot and excited to get in touch with some very creative local suppliers.  If you were interested in researching other alternative wedding venues, then this post will definitely interest you: 10 AMAZING AND ALTERNATIVE WEDDING VENUES IN OXFORDSHIRE


VENUE – Tap Social

MODELS – Independent Oxford. Also check out the blog post they’ve written on the shoot: AN ALTERNATIVE WEDDING SHOOT WITH PHILIPPA JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY 

PHOTOGRAPHER – Philippa James Photography 

MAKE UP – Claire Moroney 

HAIR – Kenny’s Hair Boutique 

CAKE – Lulu’s Little Oxford Kitchen

DRESSES – Maudika Bridal

FLOWERS – Bicycle Blooms

RING – Payne + Son

VARIOUS ACCESSORIES – Eagle Vintage and The Retro Room

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