Kirtlington Park Wedding Photography: Olivia & Ben
Kirtlington Park is located in the beautiful county of Oxfordshire. Privately owned by the Buxton family, it’s undergone extensive redecoration to bring it back to its former glory. It also makes an impressive venue for professional wedding photography!
I’m a preferred wedding photographer for Kirtlington Park and every wedding there is magical. The beautiful grounds, the romantic opulence and grandeur of the rooms complement any wedding day.
My day started with bridal preparation in the most gorgeous of bridal suites. A huge room with high ceilings and a double aspect offered lashings of beautiful light. Natural light is something that I’m always looking for iny wedding photography and Kirtlington Park never disappoints!
In between the bridal prep shots and meeting the bridesmaids, I went to greet the Groom and his Groomsmen. They arrived pretty much dressed so I was able to catch some shots of them putting the final touches to their attire before catching up with the bride and her bridesmaids.
Then it was time for the ceremony, which was in such a beautiful room! I try to position myself at the front of the room to catch the bride walking up the aisle and to catch the Groom’s reaction. Occasionally, I start to one side but this depends on the day, the number of guests and the placement of the table.
I prefer to head down the aisle at the earliest moment as I always feel that standing at the front is a distraction. I prefer to be at the back so I can take shots up the aisle. Unfortunately, this is against the light but compensating for this in the exposure results in some beautiful shots.
The photo shoots
With the ceremony complete, we headed outside for the drinks reception. I tend to give the couple 10 to 15 minutes for hugs, kisses and congratulations. This is often a great moment to capture candid shots!
Then it’s on to the group shots and as long as the numbers are manageable, these don’t take too long (the ideal number for me is 6 to 8 groups).
Once the group shots were completed, it was time for the couple and Kirtlington Park always offers a large amount of location choice, inside and out.
The Wedding Breakfast & Reception
When it comes to the wedding breakfast, there aren’t many rooms that can compare with those at Kirtlington Park. The grandeur, light and a general awesomeness bring everything to life for that perfect romantic photograph.
The room for the first dance and party is also where the ceremony took place. This venue really has to be considered for your wedding day. It’s beautiful, romantic, elegant and has so much to offer.
Finally, a huge thanks to Olivia and Ben. Their wedding was on one of the hottest days of the Summer and has to be one of the most colourful and romantic too. I hope you enjoy the images from the day!
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