The Copse – Alice & Matt

Wedding at The Copse

Reportage wedding photography at The Copse

The Copse, a 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 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 this day at The Copse...

Bride getting ready at The Copse
Bridal makeup at The Copse wedding venue
Bridesmaid at The Copse
Bridesmaids get ready at The Copse
Helping the bride into her wedding dress at The Copse
Wedding guests take their seats for the ceremony
Bridesmaid smile at the groom
Wedding ceremony starts at The Copse
Tearful bride
Wedding rings
Wedding ceremony at The Copse
Tearful bride during the wedding ceremony
The Copse wedding
Confetti run at The Copse wedding
Couple portrait at The Copse
Reportage wedding photography
Wedding reception at The Copse
Beer on tap
wedding games
The Copse wedding photography
Large group shot at The Copse wedding
Table plan
Bride and groom announced into dinner
Groom's speech at The Copse wedding
The Copse wedding first dance
Wedding photography at The Copse
Drinks on the dance floor
Bride and groom on the dance floor
Copse wedding

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  1. 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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