Tythe Barn wedding – Alex & Mark

A Tythe barn wedding on Sunday for Alex and Mark and contrary to the weather reports running up to the wedding day, the sun shone!

Situated in the village of Launton, on the fringes of Bicester in Oxfordshire, the fourteenth century barn is a quiet, scenic venue for a wedding under blue skies. Even better, I didn’t get stung by a wasp there this time, unlike my last visit!

Mark’s family live in Oxfordshire but both families share their roots in the North-West of England. Around Greater Manchester and Cheshire ( just like me! 🙂 ) This was a joining of families and there were some beautifully drawn up family trees on hand for guests to spot how many of them were related to each other.

Waterloo Bridge got a mention, in the readings, as it was a location for their first date. As did one of their shared loves, a love of beer. Each table had an empty bottle of ale with a flag denoting the name of each tipple. Beers with unique names. Titles like ‘Seven Giraffes’, ‘Gamma Ray’, ‘Old Lech’, ‘Love not War’, ‘Rogue’, ‘ Gentlemen’s Wit’ and my favourite name, ‘A Side Pocket for a Toad’ . Clearly I need to experiment more with my beers and not just drink London Pride. I’ll be asking Alex & Mark for their favourites when they return from their honeymoon. Time to try these this summer. To compliment the beer, their cake was a tower of English cheese.

With the weather holding, the ceremony was held outdoors. UK law requires there to be a covering over the couple during the ceremony – hence it takes place in the vast barn doorway. Friends and family sit on wooden benches in front of the doorway – it’s a nice relaxed, intimate setup. This weekend last year I shot another outdoor wedding, down at River Cottage in Dorset, both were lucky with the weather. The year before, a wedding on this weekend, had felt like a cold wet winter’s day, with everyone huddled around the heater in the marquee. The blue skies were a big bonus but the best bit was that everyone was relaxed and happy, not least the smiling couple themselves.

Here are a few images from the day at the Tythe Barn…

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Tythe barn wedding venue near Bicester
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Wedding guest adjusting her shoe outside the tythe barn
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Wedding guests gather outside the barn before the ceremony
Tythe barn near Bicester set for an outdoor wedding ceremony
Groom gives thumbs up to a wedding guest
Bride admires herself in the mirror before the ceremony shot on a Fuji X-T1
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Bride gets ready for her ceremony at the Tythe Barn
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Bride and her father head to the wedding ceremony
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Outdoor wedding ceremony at the Tythe Barn
Groom place ring on bride's finger
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Bride and groom kiss after getting married at the Tythe barn
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An uncle plays violin during the signing of the register
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Bride and groom walk through confetti and bubbles after the ceremony
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Wedding reception at the Tythe Barn near Bicester
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Guests greet the newly married couple.
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Wedding guests at the Tythe barn wedding reception in the sunshine
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Summer wedding at the Tythe Barn
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Tythe barn wedding shot on the Fuji X-T1
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Fuji X-T1 wedding photos
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Portrait of the bride and groom shot on a Fuji X-T1
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Bride smiles during her father's speech at Tythe barn wedding reception
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Wedding guest's leg shot on Fuji X-T1 and Zeiss 85mm ZF lens
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Groomm required to walk in a straight line during best man's speech
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Bride and groom exit the Tythe barn to applause from guests.
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Young wedding guests taking a selfie
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Wedding gusest have coffee near the Cowshed
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  1. Fantastic photos here! I also use Fuji cameras and can’t wait for my wedding season to begin. I like your style as it shows a lot of depth and you capture the scene really well. Very nice black and white’s as well! Time to wander around your website some more.

  2. Brilliant coverage as ever Martin – those Fuji’s really suit your style, and really make the images sing. Are you ditching the Nikons yet?

    1. Not ditching the Nikons yet ( unless Fuji would like to give me some gear? 😉 ) Good camera though, just needs a few tweaks.

  3. Your photography is awesome. I am not a good photographer. But have had e better experience after seeing your wedding documentary. I am an amateur photographer. I am now using Nikon D5100. But my first preference is Fujifilm X series. But I can’t bare at this time. So, nice to see your photographs.

    Thank you for showing this.

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