Kirtlington Park Wedding – Justyna & Tom

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Reportage wedding photography at Kirtlington Park

Last Friday saw Justyna and Tom’s wedding in a church in Woodstock, with their reception at the splendid Kirtlington Park. Being the start of the August Bank Holiday, the weather showed promise at first but then the drizzle and the clouds came in order to keep with the Bank Holiday tradition.

Justyna, her mother, sisters, niece and a friend got ready at Kirtlington Park ( a unique Grade 1 listed Palladian mansion outside Oxford, unspoiled by some giant hotel chain ) before the ceremony at St Hughes of Lincoln Roman Catholic church in Woodstock – a significant church for Tom’s family. The service was even conducted by a friend of Tom’s from his primary school days.

Drinks on the terrace and inside – sadly not the weather to use the extensive grounds.

As Justyna is Polish there was also the traditional ceremony of bread and salt.

The Bread and Salt Blessing is an old and most popular Polish tradition. At the wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom greet the newly married couple with bread, which is lightly sprinkled with salt and a goblet of wine.
With the bread, the parents are hoping that their children will never hunger or be in need. With the salt, they are reminding the couple that their life may be difficult at times, and they must learn to cope with life’s struggles. Also, it was believed that salt had the power to heal and cleanse, uncover thieves, protect houses against fire, dispel storms and hail, and drive away evil spirits. The wine symbolizes the desire that the couple will never go thirsty, and that their lives will be filled with health and happiness. After the bride and groom each taste a piece of bread they break the plate and glass for good luck. The parents then kiss them as a sign of welcome, unity, and love.
” as well as some rousing Polish singing during the wedding breakfast. The latter accompanied by napkin waving.

Here are a few images from the day at this Kirtlington Park wedding…

View from a window at Kirtlington Park
Getting the dresses ready
Bride's neice
Eye makeup for the bride at Kirtlington Park
Bride getting ready in a room at Kirtlington Park
Getting ready
Getting ready at Kirtlington Park
Young wedding guest
Wedding guests arrive in the drizzle
Bride arrives at the church
Bride's mother adjusts her veil
Bride waits for late guests to go into the church
Entering the church
Bride enters the church with her mother
Wedding ceremony in Woodstock church
Hymn singing
Smiling bride and groom
Wedding look
wedding ceremony
Walking back down the aisle
Confetti at Oxfordshire wedding
Bride in wedding car
Kirtlington Park wedding reception on the terrace
Kirtlington Park wedding guests
Kirtlington Park wedding reception
Kirtlington Park wedding
Kirtlington Park wedding drinks
Kirtlington Park wedding reception inside
Kirtlington Park wedding reception
Colour and tattoo
Laughter at Kirtlington Park wedding
Bride and groom hug at Kirtlington Park wedding
Polish wedding bread and salt
Polish wedding custom of throwing salt
Couple portrait at Kirtlington Park
Kirtlington Park wedding
Bride and groom make an entrance to dinner at Kirtlington Park
Painting at Kirtlington Park
Kirtlington Park detail
Polish folk musician
Wedding toast at Kirtlington Park
Waving napkins
Bride and groom kiss at Kirtlington Park wedding
Bride's speech
Groom's speech
Wedding speeches at Kirtlington park
First dance at Kirtlington Park wedding
Couple's first dance kiss
Wedding dancing at Kirtlington Park
Kirtlington Park wedding

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