Kirtlington Park Wedding – Justyna & Tom

Kirtlington park wedding venue

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


[…] hugs and smiles outside the chapel and then off to one of my favourite Oxfordshire wedding venues, Kirtlington park. A lovely Grade 1 listed 18th century, Palladian country house, Kirtlington Park, […]

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