Banbury Oxfordshire Winter Wedding – Julie and Hendrik

Julie and Hendrik chose to have their wedding right at the end of the year, in the picturesque village of Kings Sutton, near Banbury in Oxfordshire. On the morning of the wedding, while driving from our hotel to take photos of Julie getting ready, a beautiful mist had settled amongst the hills, which was illuminated by the low-rising sun, casting a warm glow across the fields. Light like this always makes for interesting compositions.

Once we arrived in Kings Sutton, we noticed that the frost had created a white carpet around the church, reminiscent of something out of a children’s fairy tale. This idyllic scene was complimented by the white horse that stood waiting for them at the end of the confetti line!

The white horse was a nice touch, but also has added meaning. The pub Julie and Hendrik own and manage is called the White Horse, and is situated across the green from the church. You really couldn’t ask for much more, and both the bride and groom looked picture-perfect. The bridesmaids had pastel blue dresses that matched the wintry conditions outside, and made for lovely group shots on the whitened grass.

Holding the reception in their own pub, they were able to decorate exactly how they wanted, and combined the natural warmth of oak beams, a roaring fire and candlelight with contemporary touches like photo boards and sweetie jars. While the guests ate the delicious food, there was an excellent performer playing stripped back piano versions of modern classics, which the kids were fascinated by and enjoyed dancing to.

Julie and Hendrik capped off the evening by hiring a DJ to play into the small hours. Meanwhile, I managed to sneak out to take a couple of long exposure shots of the pub and the church, which were enhanced by the returning mist. All in all, you couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque and romantic winter wedding. Julie and Hendrik, thank you for asking me to photograph your wedding, and I look forward to putting together a lovely wedding book for you!

 

Banbury Oxfordshire Winter Wedding

         Banbury Oxfordshire Winter Wedding – Julie and Hendrik

 


An Hour in Barcelona (with a camera in hand)

What to do with an hour in Barcelona (and a camera in hand)?

Last weekend, me and the lady visited her brothers for a weekend of fun in Barcelona. While not exactly basking in the heat (in fact, there were very strong winds which threatened to topple any number of terracotta pots from the thousands of balconies lining the narrow streets of Barcelona), it was a far cry from the Baltic conditions of the UK at the moment.

We didn’t manage to get much sightseeing done, unless you count seeing the inside of many, many bars as such. I tend not to take my camera out to bars, so I didn’t get much photography done until the last day. We had a one hour window to stroll around La Boqueria Food Market and grab some tasty chorizo before heading to the airport, so the following images are a small selection of what we strolled past on our way there. It was enough time to remind me how photogenic this city is; even more so without the masses of tourists you get during the summer months.

 

An Hour in Barcelona

An hour in Barcelona


Wilburton Theatre Group – Bonnie and Clyde

It’s a new year and with that comes a new musical! Wilburton Theatre Group are currently rehearsing their latest show – WTG – Bonnie and Clyde. As you probably know, Bonnie and Clyde are the infamous couple that rampaged across America robbing banks in the 1930s, becoming a media sensation in the process. Without giving much away, this show is obviously a shade darker than your usual musical, and contains more than your fair share of guns and shootouts to boot.

The cast are still in the blocking stage and have yet to drop their scripts, but you can see how much fun they’re having with it, and I have to say the singing is top drawer. Tickets are now on sale at the Wilburton Theatre Group website, and the show dates are 23rd – 25th March, 7.30pm.

Anyway, here are some photos from last week’s rehearsal. I look forward to seeing you all there!

WTG - Bonnie and Clyde

WTG – Bonnie and Clyde