My New Year’s Eve 2016 turned out a little different than planned. Just after lunch on 31 December, I received a phone call from a slightly stressed Groom looking for a photographer for his Bix Manor Wedding in Henley at 3 pm that day! Unfortunately his photographer was no longer able to make it and he was desperate to find someone at very short notice. I felt very sorry for his predicament and jumped in at the last minute to help them.
Knowing very little about the wedding, I turned up one hour later at the bride’s mother’s house in Henley. Considering the situation and also that their Vicar had also fallen sick at the last minute, Bride Rosie was very chilled and relaxed when I arrived and I was welcomed with open arms. She looked simply stunning in her Jesus Piero wedding gown from Miss Bush in Surrey.
The ceremony was at St James Church, Bix, a beautiful old church a short walk from their reception venue, Bix Manor. After the ceremony, catching the last of the winter light, we sneaked around the side of the church for some photographs while the wedding guests exited the church and formed a confetti archway for Rosie and Tim to walk through.
The Great Tithe Barn at Bix Manor is a beautiful stylish 17th century brick & flint barn and a lovely place to hold a winter wedding. Rosie and Tim were already drinking their first glass of champagne around the fire pit outside the venue when their guests arrived.
There were lots of surprises for the bride and groom throughout the speeches, a flashmob of ukulele players which was just amazing, an impromptu song by Rosie’s father and the bridesmaids.
I was hugged and kissed by lots of people happy that I had saved the day and stood in at the last minute. Rosie’s family has a tradition of marrying on New Year’s Eve and her Grandmother, Mother and her sisters were all celebrating their wedding anniversary that day. It was a party to end all parties and I enjoyed capturing their story. If you are considering a Bix Manor Wedding, please do get in touch.