Having photographed several of Ellie and Shane's friends weddings over the year, I feel I have gotten to know this couple quite well, so I was extremely excited and honoured that they wanted me to photograph their's too, and I just knew it was going to be a lot of fun!
My day started with the ladies, at Ellie's parents house. Ellie had a 'slumber party' with her bridesmaids the night before, taking her back to her teenage years, so they were all full of excitement when I arrived. After photographing the ladies having their hair and makeup professionally applied, I joined the men at St Aloysius Gonzaga Church in Oxford (The Oxford Oratory). I've mentioned many a time how much I love this church; it feels so hidden from the city centre, despite being right there amongst it all, and the inside is just breathtakingly beautiful. Shane and his men joined me shortly before the Bride arrived, so I was able to grab a few photographs of them before they went in.
Following a beautiful service, we all made our way over to Head of the River to jump on a boat for a 2-hour journey to Abingdon. This was a great opportunity for Shane and Ellie to see their guest (all in one location) and enjoy some lovely sunshine before their evening commenced. Lamb catering provided a delicious spread on the boat, followed by the wedding breakfast - I can't recommend them enough, they are an amazing catering company.
The reception was held at Abingdon Medieval Abbey Buildings, a really rustic wedding venue and a great option for those looking for something a little different. I joined Shane and Ellie for a walk around the Abbey Gardens to get some portraits of the two of them before they joined their guests for drinking and dancing.
From Ellie and Shane: The pictures are brilliant, thank you so much! Thanks again for being such a brilliant, relaxed and approachable photographer, just who we needed on our wedding day xxx