23 Oct Oxfordshire Marquee Wedding Photographer
Oxfordshire Marquee Wedding // Ellie & Luke
Piddington is Oxfordshire is chocolate box cute, and you’d be hard pushed to find a prettier village . It was on its rambling lanes, and in its idyllic village church that I found myself this summer to photograph the wedding celebrations of Ellie and Luke. The day was heavy and humid and rain had been promised, but there was nothing but blue skies for the drinks reception in Ellie’s parents’ garden. Canapes and champagne circulated, kids swung in hammocks, and a string quartet played amongst the apple trees. The wedding breakfast was to be served in a large marquee in the field behind the house; tables were dressed simply with garden flowers and candles, and the seating plan definitely wins my award for the best named tables this year; Betty, Don, Skylar, Walt, Tony, Carmela, Nucky, Margaret… Couples from some of the best TV shows ever to be made. Kudos! Amazing platters of antipasti were enjoyed and the speeches began. They were in turn hilarious, outrageous and emotional. The day remained hot and everyone spilled outside between courses, and the sky got blacker and blacker and the clouds, menacing dark yellow, billowing clouds came closer and closer until they opened directly over the marquee. In scenes reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, there was a mad rush to batten down the hatches as the rain pelted in sideways. I am sure I wasn’t the only one who thought that they marquee was going tp be whipped up off the ground. Panic over though, as the rain eased and the storm passed, and it was back to enjoying champagne and delicious strawberries and cream wedding cake (made by the couple’s sister in law; great job, it looked fab and tasted delicious). The evening entertainment was provided by Fitty Gomash, a full throttle folk band who took to the hay bales outside for an al fresco knees up and had everyone dancing in the twilight with their shoes off. Back on terra firma, Ellie and Luke ‘opened’ (I use the term lightly, it had been opened by the party mad guests 3 hours previously) the dance floor with a hip shaking mashed potato to The Contours ‘Do You Love Me’. Brilliant couple, brilliant day. Thanks for having me along, Ellie and Luke!