The Copse – Alice & Matt

Wedding at The Copse near Reading

Reportage wedding photography at The Copse

The Copse, an luxurious house, situated down a narrow single lane track, in a quiet part of the Oxfordshire countryside. A canvas for Alice and Matt to create their wedding day (weekend) on. All you need is for the weather to play ball in September. It sort of did…there were blue skies, there was sunshine and there was rain. The rain waited until everyone had sat down to eat. It was slowly stopping as the guests walked across, plates in hands, to tuck into Greek and Argentinian dishes. But that was later…

The Copse…as they say on their website...When you hire The Copse as your wedding venue it becomes your home.The space is yours to create as you wish your dream wedding weekend.”

How to plan and hold a wedding – especially when you are creative.

So the photos….Alice got ready upstairs with her parents and friends, as below Matt tended to the final details. The guests gathered in the covered courtyard, ready for the ceremony to begin. It began with tears – good ones. A confetti run after, to the outdoor bar. Drinks in the sunshine – a quick portrait in the field, while the sun was still out. Some competitive coconut throwing. A friend playing guitar on the balcony. The second set, from there, came from Alice’s brother and father. A quick group picture across the pond and then into the dining area. First the FOB speech, then rain and the food. Followed, in the rapidly fading light, by Matt and his best man. More laughter and tears. Ice cream around the open fire, before the dancing, back in the courtyard.

This is how to create a wedding – plenty to drink and eat – good friends and family – and a relaxed vibe. One of the most relaxed weddings I’ve documented.

Here are just a few images from the day…

Copse wedding

Tearful bride

Wedding rings

Wedding vows


confetti run

The Copse wedding photography

Wedding reception at The Copse

Wedding group photo at the Copse

Unique table plan guide

Photos of each guest on the tables

DIY wedding detail

Wedding table detail

Entrance of the bride and groom

Father of the bride speech

Guests getting their food in the rain

Very young wedding guest

Speech by the groom

Loud MC!


Best Man speech

Laughing groom

Wedding videographer

Dusk at the wedding

First dance on the 18mm batis lens

First dance

Shots on the dancefloor

Bride and groom on the 55mm zeiss lens

When guests join in

wedding guests on the dancefloor


Lovely Capture
Stunning Images !!

Martin… Where do I start…??

I think anyone who photographs things for a living has a critical eye and the more you shoot and the more you look at others work, it’s harder to be moved by images. Clearly these are photos of our wedding day, our family and best friends but that aside I think I can objectively step back and just say ‘Wow’.

I took a long time to find you but was excited when I did but I didn’t expect in my wildest dreams that your images would be that original, joyful and encapsulating of everything we tried to achieve on the day.

They will be on our and our families and friends walls forever more.

So from both of us, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us, we are beyond thrilled!

Matt and Alice

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