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 – Julie and Hendrik