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This is a feature wedding / venue gallery. If you are planning a wedding in the Oxfordshire area do take a look at the Prices, the Photo Galleries, the Videos, and the Albums. This gallery illustrates just one of many for you to browse e.g. try the Oxford Thames Hotel, The Manor Weston on the Green Bicester, The Oxford Oratory
Friars Court Clanfield Oxfordshire is an absolutely charming and unique wedding venue tucked away in the rolling countryside between Farindon and Witney. It is a private house and has none of the corporate feel that can detract from the pleasant ambience of the wedding day at some groups of hotel wedding venues.
Weddings at Friars Court are organised by Silver Pear Weddings, and the staff have a genuine love and enthusiasm for what they do.
The house itself is of Cotswold stone and is charming throughout - including the "Brides Day Room" which may be used for the girls to get ready. The gardens surrounding the house are extensive varied and extremely well maintained - a photographers delight! There are several locations licensed for wedding ceremonies around and about Friars Court including three outside ones. You can find full details on the Silver Pear Weddings website.
And the icing on the cake is that the registrars who conduct ceremonies at Friars Court Clanfield are extremely easy to work with - so professional photographers and videographers should not encounter any petty restrictions to throttle back complete coverage of your ceremony.
As you approach this venue - which is also a working farm - your first view of the main house will be as you see in the first photo below. Gorgeous!
The large front lawn is a possible site for a wedding marquee if required:
And around the back can be found more lovely gardens including the Rose Arbour which is one of the outdoor sites where wedding ceremonies can take place:
The house even has its own moat and this of course makes a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos:
Peter's coverage usually starts with the girls getting ready. There are some lovely photos waiting to be captured including the bride as she is helped into her dress:
And a few moments relaxation as the bride chats with her flowergirl before the wedding ceremony begins:
The bridal bouquet and other flowers are popular subjects and look great at the start of your wedding album:
The wedding guests really are spoilt for choice as they relax and chat before the outdoor wedding ceremony:
You can see this outdoor Rose Arbour in the background in the next photo:
And more guests soaking up the loving vibe:
Soon enough the ceremony starts and the bride makes her way through the gardens to the Rose Arbour:
One feature of outdoor ceremonies is that sometimes there can be too much light - just the opposite situation to indoor weddings where professional photographers and videographers routinely have to work around not enough light. But its amazing what can be achieved with the latest software to bring out the detail in otherwise very contrasty photographs making them stand head and shoulders above the efforts of friends and amateurs. Here we can see the bride and groom exchanging rings:
Whilst their guests look on:
The bride and groom must be positioned within a permanent structure for the wedding ceremony to be legal in England. That is why the Rose Arbour is such a robust structure. And here they are again making their wedding vows:
There are some terrific character shots of guests to be had whilst they watch the ceremony:
And another, as she watches her friend marry:
What could be better than an outdoor wedding in lovely summer sunshine in an English country garden!
There is certainly no shortage of great locations for some wedding photos of the bride and groom around the grounds at Friars Court Clanfield Oxfordshire:
The sunshine can create some lovely backlighting effects such as in the next photo with our groom relaxing with the flowergirl and a guest:
Meanwhile the cat keeps a close eye on what the guests are doing in the gardens during the cocktail hour:
The Stone Barn at Friars Court is just that - a stone barn! And couples are given free reign to do with it as they wish. Here it is seen from the outside:
It may be a working agricultural building but it looks great dressed ready for the wedding breakfast:
The caterers did a magic job with the Mediterranean style food for the wedding breakfast:
Next we can view a fabulous wedding cake made by Sadlers Catering of nearby Faringdon Oxfordshire.
A receiving line as guests enter the wedding breakfast gives the bride and groom and parents the opportunity to exchange a few words with every guest:
And soon the meal is in full swing:
The speeches during the wedding breakfast are always a good photo and video opportunity as everyone is up for a good time and looking their best. Sometimes a laugh:
The bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake is not a common occurrence at English weddings but it is a very popular feature in many other traditions. This bride is German hence the indulgence!
The bride and grooms first dance is a must-have photo and video moment:
The Stone Barn at Friars Court is of course good for live bands as the acoustics work well:
A closing photo of your venue at dusk or after dark is a great way to finish your wedding album:
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