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…