I first met Ben and Iola at a Guides for Brides wedding fair in 2016. They liked my natural style of photography and booked me to photograph their Crown and Thistle wedding in Abingdon. They were married in St Nicolas’ Church in the centre of Abingdon and they held their reception a short walk away in the quaint Crown and Thistle Hotel, a Grade II listed coaching Inn dating back to 1605.
On the morning of the wedding, I met Iola and her family getting ready in Kingfisher Barns B&B in Abingdon. It was a beautiful but very windy sunny March day which gave us some interesting veil shots later.
You will find me at this part of the day photographing pretty things such as bouquets, buttonholes, dress, shoes and all the accessories. Iola chose a rustic bouquet by the very talented Flowers by Kirsty. I also capture candid shots of the bridal activity and then some bridal portraits with Iola and her family.
St Nicolas’ Church is in the centre of historic Abingdon and I managed to sneak some shots of Ben and his two bestmen before Iola arrived. Iola’s sister in law sang ‘Ave Maria’ while the register was being signed, she had an amazing voice.
Iola and Ben asked their wedding guests to follow them a short walk to Abbey Gardens for group photos. We then stayed on for some relaxed bride and groom portraits using the ruins, archways and trees around the gardens. We had a lot of fun doing the photos and battling with the wind. I love a long veil but we had to admit defeat and remove it when it just had a mind of its own.
The wedding reception at Crown and Thistle in Abingdon was a friendly and relaxed party with family and friends. I really enjoyed capturing this wedding, and if you are thinking of booking your wedding in Crown and Thistle, Abingdon, please do get in touch.