Wedding Photography at Oxford University Church
University church, the heart of the town, the heart of the university. Or the full title, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The location for the wedding of local residents, Wenlin and Shaoyang (Tony) last week. This largely thirteenth century church still dominates the high street in Oxford. The site of a church since Anglo-Saxon times. Long before the concept of a university in England. This was where Oxford University began. Gradually the university grew up around it, so that most of it’s parish is college and university buildings. Now it sits next to one of the university’s, and Oxford’s, most famous buildings, the Radcliffe Camera (a library).
Across the street, Wenlin got ready, with her bridesmaids. The church is literally a stone throw’s away. Wenlin was still a few minutes late though! 😉 A graduate of St Hilda’s college in Oxford, there was the added bonus for Wenlin, that the vicar of the University church, Revd Canon Brian Mountford, is also the chaplain of her old college. He led Wenlin and her father into the church, through the baroque porch (which does seem at odds with the rest of the architecture), and which still bares the bullet holes made by Parliamentarian soldiers during the English Civil War. Not too keen on the baroque were Oliver Cromwell’s boys! Oxford drips history at every turn.
Capturing natural wedding photography in Oxford
The ceremony done, the signing of the register took place to one side of the nave and atop the fourteenth century tomb of a former rector, Adam de Brome, who founded Oriel College. Big tombs are useful for more than brass rubbings. It was then out to a bit of confetti and finally….some sunshine!! It didn’t stay long but it was some. Being March, you grab it with both hands. Some pictures nearby before walking back across the high street, down Magpie lane, past Merton College and across the Christchurch meadows and on to the reception venue, The Folly restaurant.
A riverside venue, next to the bridge and last week, next to a rather high and brown looking Thames. It’s a nice, intimate location with good food. Some drinks and bouquet throwing before the meal. Speeches after the food and then the chaos of sparklers on a cold terrace at night! What a great Oxford University Church wedding to photograph!
Here are a few images from the day….