The groom waits as the bride comes down the aisle at the start of the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.

Oxford Documentary Wedding Photographer

Wedding Stories

I didn’t hesitate in saying “yes” when Klem and Jamie asked me to be their Oxford documentary wedding photographer.  After all, to shoot in such an historic and beautiful university city like Oxford is an absolute privilege and honour.

The wedding ceremony itself was to take place at the stunning Worcester College in the city centre and the evening reception was at the Oxford Jam Factory, so I really couldn’t wait to get started.

The Wedding Morning Preparations

Bridesmaids do up the bride's wedding dress on the wedding morning in Oxford.

The bridal preparations were well under way when I arrived at the hotel in Oxford that the bridal party were staying at.  The groom and his party were staying at the Jericho Tavern, across the city, and were covered by my second photographer for the day.

Klem broke with tradition a bit by having her close friend, Basil, being a “bridesman” – certainly a role he relished.  This came about as Klem had been a “groomsgirl” at Basil’s wedding previously.

Worcester College Oxford Wedding Ceremony.

The groom adjusts his buttonhole during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.

Worcester College is one of the constituent colleges that make up Oxford University.  Founded in 1714 as a men’s college, it only became a coeducational college as late as 1979.  Notable alumni have included media mogul Rupert Murdoch and screenwriter Russell T Davies and Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame.  In fact, you can only marry there if you were an alumni – of which Klem was.

The wedding ceremony was held in the college Chapel, built in the 18th Century but redecorated between 1864 and 1866.  It is highly unusual and decorative; being predominantly pink, the pews are decorated with carved animals, including kangaroos and whales, and the walls are riotously colourful, and include frescoes of dodos and peacocks.  Oscar Wilde once said of it, “As a piece of simple decorative and beautiful art it is perfect, and the windows very artistic.” 

So photograph a wedding within its splendour was indeed an honour.

Drinks and Cockatils in the Grounds

The bride and groom pose on a bridge over the lake in the grounds of Worcester College in Oxford.

When the college was first built, it was actually on the edge of Oxford, rather than being in the urban centre as it today.  This means the college has maintained some beautiful grounds, including a lake – all of which are perfect for the post ceremony drinks and cocktails on the lawn.

There are also a number of more secluded parts, which are ideal for the wedding couple to slip away to and enjoy some relative quiet “me time” after the inensity of getting married.  Even though I am a non-traditional wedding photographer who thrives on the natural and candid moments of a wedding day, I still like to get a small number of more formal portraits for the couple – and the bridge over the lake was ideal for this.

Breakfast and Toasts in the Main Hall

The best man gives his speech during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.

The wedding breakfast and the speeches take place in the college’s main hall – another building around the quadrangle of the college – making it convenient and close together for a wedding day.

Spacious and airy, the hall is an ideal place for the wedding speeches to take place.  It was restored to its original decoration in 1966, giving it a fitting and traditional feel, that resonates through the whole wedding at Worcester College.

An Evening Wander Through Oxford

The bride and groom walking through the streets of Oxford after their wedding.

After the wedding speeches, and whilst the wedding guests moved onto the Jam Factory for the evening wedding reception, Klem and Jamie had a little wander around some of the iconic Oxford sites.

I’m sure that like a lot of people I instantly think of the likes of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials books when I heard the word ‘Oxford’.  So it was wonderful to see some of these places that feature in them as we wandered the streets.

Oxford Wedding Venue The Jam Factory

A hen party pass the bride and groom as they're walking through the streets of Oxford after their wedding.

Amusingly, on the way to the Jam Factory – where the evening’s wedding celebrations would take place – we passed a hen party on their way to celebrate.  Instinctively my street photographer habits kicked in and I had to get a shot that I’d happily have in my personal street photography portfolio – it’s those kind of spontaneous and amusing moments I love to work into my non-traditional wedding photography wherever I can.

At the Jam Factory celebrations were already underway – a fantastic bar and restaurant that is an ideal Oxford Wedding Venue for those evening celebrations.  Not only are there the usual dancefloor and bar areas, there’s also an outside area complete with ping pong table and bar football. What more could wedding guests want?

As a non-traditional wedding photographer I shoot weddings as they really are.  So here are a small selection of some of the photos that best show Klem and Jamie’s real and natural wedding story as it happened.

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painting and cross during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The flower girl puts a finger to her lips during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.A bridesmaid sorting out the wedding dress during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom sitting during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride smiles at the groom during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The groom puts a wedding ring on the brides finger during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom's first kiss during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The parents of the bride look on proudly during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The signing of the wedding register during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The vicar signs the wedding register during the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.Guests leave the the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom after the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.A guest blows a kiss after the wedding ceremony at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom walk thround a stone gateway in the grounds of Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom walk through Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom walk through the grounds of Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom during the confetti train at Worcester College in Oxford.A wedding guest takes confetti out of the bride's hair during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.Polish wedding guests give the bride and groom yellow roses during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom with wedding guests during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.A guest sorts out the bride's dress during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.Guests taking photos on the lawn during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.Wedding guests sitting on benches on the lawn during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.Wedding guests enjoyong drinks on the lawn during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.Some female guests having a photo taken during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.A wedding guest on her mobile phone during the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.Wedding guests on the lan the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.Wedding guests in the groundsthe wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.The top table the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom enter the wedding breakfast the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.The groom gives his speech the wedding at Worcester College in Oxford.A wedding guest with head in hands during the wedding speeches at Worcester College in Oxford.The bridal party during the wedding speeches at Worcester College in Oxford.Wedding guests writing during the wedding speeches at Worcester College in Oxford.The two mothers of the wedding couple during the wedding speeches at Worcester College in Oxford.A wedding guest in a red dress after the wedding speeches at Worcester College in Oxford.A bridesmaid has a cigarette after the wedding speeches at Worcester College in Oxford.The mother of the groom hold a big pot of wedding flowers at Worcester College in Oxford.The bride and groom walking through the streets of Oxford after their wedding.A shadow of the bride and groom walking through the streets of Oxford after their wedding.The bride and groom under the Bridge of Sighs in Oxford.The bride and groom pass a fast food van whilst walking through the streets of Oxford after their wedding.A big hand and finger points down at the bride groom during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.Guests during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.Wedding guests playing ping pon during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.Guests sitting around chatting during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.The bride and grooms first dance during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.The bride and groom have a kiss during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.Wedding guests on the dance floor during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.A bridesmaid on the dance floor during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.A wedding guest dances during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.A wedding guest pulls a funny expression during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.The bride on the dance floor during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.Wedding guest dancing during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.A guest almost drops her drink during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.A bridesmaid sticks out her tonue during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.The flower girl does a handstand during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.The bridal party dancing during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.The bride and bridesmaids on the dance floor during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.A wedding guest checks his phone during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.A wedding guest caught on his phone during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.The bride dancing during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.Wedding guests and the bride on the dance floor during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.Wedding guests dancing during the evening wedding reception at the Jam Factory in Oxford.

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