Oxford Wedding Photography : Emily & Nick : Part One

Emily & Nick celebrated what I term an Anglo-Antipodean wedding, with Emily hailing from the latter climes, a citizen of New Zealand and Nick from the former, a denizen of Oxford. Theirs was the latest of several weddings I have photographed that involved one party from the British mainland and the other from either New Zealand or Australia. My use of the Anglo-Antipodean label however does not simply reference the geographical constitution of the marriage but more-so an abstracted reference to the seemingly consistent tone of planning and exposition of these wedding days, ones wherein the deep rooted philosophy at work seems simply to revolve around the notion of, we get married, we celebrate, simple as that. This isn’t to say that a great deal of detail, abundant thought and hard work is not inherent in the planning and the manifestation of the day but that that philosophy, that pure simplicity in what this is all about, permeates the day and is never over-ridden by the minutiae; the material detail of the day never over-takes the core essence of what everyone gathered together to observe and to celebrate.

Emily & Nick’s wedding was just beautiful, both on the surface and below. Above, beneath and beyond all of that though it was simply, utterly, the most laid back affair.

They married at the remarkable Convocation House, part of the Bodleian Library in Oxford and celebrated at The Queen’s College, and this is the story of their day.

Emily’s preparations were conducted at The Queen’s College, where everyone would return post-marriage ceremony to eat, drink and make merry. Much of the environmental fabric of the day was interwoven with family connection. Emily and her entourage made ready in the the study of Nick’s father, a professor of French at the College.

The weight of the typeface assigned to each aspect of the day pretty much sums up the aforementioned philosophy :~)…

It was a short and fascinating walk between The Queen’s College and Oriel College, where Nick and his groomsmen were preparing themselves for the day ahead.

Whilst the chamber that Nick was getting ready in had no direct connection to family, he was amused to discover that a photograph of his mother was one of a number, featuring College staff, that adorned the walls…

Meanwhile, back at The Queen’s…

Convocation House…

Pronounced…

Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung…

A short and thoroughly pleasant walk through the back streets of Oxford, back to The Queen’s College…

La deuxième partie >>

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