Kirtlington Park Wedding Photography: I’m always excited to add a new wedding venue to my portfolio and Kirtlington Park is most definitely one worthy of inclusion on any wedding photographer’s list. Nestling in the heart of Oxfordshire, this 18th century country pile is definitely, in their words, “a magnificent place to say I do”.
Sara, Chris and I first “met” on Facetime (they both live in Belgium) and then again on a brief stopover at Kirtlington Park where we had a good scout around for any photography hot spots to make sure we made the most of this beautiful place on the day.
The ceremony was at 4 o’clock so I arrived at midday allowing plenty of time to capture a few detail shots, Sara getting ready with the girls and Chris having a bit of fun with the lads too – in separate parts of the house of course!
I always love ceremonies that take place in venues like this: so rich in detail and colour and absolutely perfect for those super wide shots that show off the beauty and scale of a space. I must say Sara did look truly magnificent and when she started fanning her tears at a poignant moment in the ceremony it was such a wonderfully touching moment and certainly one photograph I knew they’d love seeing later.
Fortunately, the clouds that threatened rain were all talk so we were able to steal away for a short while to explore the wonderful gardens – manicured and wild – and also get some lovely me time moments which I knew they were keen to capture. Sara had alluded beforehand that this was the part of the day they were most nervous about but you’d never have guessed. I simply saw two people completely at ease in front of the lens having fun. And all in the name of love too!
Following the wedding breakfast – where I found out Sara was an excellent cricketer who played for the Belgium ladies team and Chris was a keen “take no prisoners” footballer – it was first dance and then on to party time! I left shortly after 9 with the dulcet tones of Gloria Gaynor resonating throughout this wonderful house while thinking that I couldn’t wait until I was asked back.
If you happen to be getting married at Kirtlington Park and are yet to choose a photographer for your wedding then I’d love to help. In the meantime do have a look at the selection of shots I’ve put together below…