Last November was my first visit to Bix Manor to photograph a wedding. It is a beautiful wedding venue and situated just a few miles from Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire.
When Laura and Rob first approached me about photographing their wedding at Bix Manor, it became obvious from our first chat that their wedding was going to be fun. They just wanted all their family and friends together and to have a party which is my kind of wedding and always fun to capture. Laura also planned the wedding in less than 2 months which is definitely a challenge as they did not have a small wedding! She also mentioned they wanted to have a few documentary style wedding photographs taken with the donkeys that are kept in a field behind Bix Manor. This was going to be interesting.
The civil ceremony was being held at The Great Tithe Barn at Bix Manor, a beautiful stylish 17th century brick & flint barn, a few miles from Henley on Thames. They had also planned to hold a marquee reception at their favourite pub, Home Sweet Home in Roke, Oxfordshire. If you have never visited this cosy, quintessentially English pub, I definitely recommend it.
Laura is a very keen cyclist and on the morning of her wedding to Rob, I arranged to meet her and a couple of her bridesmaids on their way home from an early morning cycle to capture a few informal shots. Later, I joined Laura and her family at her parents’ home in Henley in the morning. Laura’s Dad is a model railway enthusiast and had a mini railway track running around their garden. It was a beautiful, cold autumn day but I wanted to incorporate some of this feature into the wedding detail shots. I just loved her wedding bouquet provided by the very talented Charlotte from Time for Tea Vintage Flowers in Henley.
Laura looked beautiful in her wedding gown and was very relaxed which gave us plenty of time to do some bridal portraits with her parents and bridesmaids before we left for Bix Manor.
The reception room at Bix Manor is a beautiful room for a wedding, full of character. Because it was a winter wedding we planned to do the bride and groom photography session straight after the ceremony to catch the last of the daylight. We walked to the fields at the back of Bix Manor and were joined by the donkeys and llamas that are kept by the owners of Bix Manor. There is always a first time for everything and the donkeys took an immediate shine to the bridal bouquet and created some unusual wedding photographs and we all had a good laugh.
I was totally thrilled with the pictures Mary took for my wedding last year. We got married in November and both the light and the weather can be tricky at that time of year. She captured the day beautifully and went above and beyond what we expected. I would always highly recommend her, a very talented photographer.
After the drinks reception we drove to the Home Sweet Home pub in Roke for the wedding receptions. Laura had also planned and decorated a marquee in the pub garden. The whole day had a very relaxed and laid back feel and a great wedding to photograph.
After the wedding breakfast, we did some additional couple shots in the pub’s cosy candle lit interior.
If you are considering a wedding at Bix Manor or a relaxed marquee wedding, please do get in touch.