I was looking forward to this stunning Aynhoe Park wedding from the moment I received the first call from Victoria last summer. As soon as we started discussing her wedding I knew that we would get on well . The fact that they were holding it in Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire was the icing on the cake for me. It is a wedding venue that I had wanted to work at for a long time. It is so individual and a wedding photographers dream. Vic and Ali got married on a beautifully sunny day last December and there were so many personal touches, from the collection of family photos in the entrance hall to the beautiful vintage wedding car owned by Alistair’s father.
I started the day with Victoria getting ready upstairs in the Matthew Williamson suite. With the low winter sun streaming through the windows I was greeted with stunning contrasty light. Whilst you can get married in a civil ceremony at Aynhoe there is also neighbouring St Michael’s Church just a stone’s throw away and this is where Victoria & Alistair tied the knot. Victoria’s car journey to the church from Aynhoe Park wasn’t the longest – about thirty seconds as it happens – but when you have a wedding car like they did you’d be mad not to use it!
After a lovely service everyone returned to Aynhoe Park for a drinks reception which took place amongst tigers, rhinos, polar bears, alligators, unicorns, cheetahs, giraffes…..and plenty more. Aynhoe Park is so much more than a wedding venue, it is an art gallery, a museum and a party place.
The speeches took place before dinner in the Orangery before guests sat down to eat amongst the incredible paraphernalia of Aynhoe and enjoyed stunning food provided by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts. I have to admit, I knew Jamie Oliver had his finger in a lot of pies but I didn’t realise he did event catering and it was delicious – very impressive and excellent service.
With dinner consumed guests were treated to cocktails in the bar and brilliant live music in the Orangery. It was a brilliant day to be a part of and a delight to work at one of the UK’s most unique wedding venues.
If you are having an Aynhoe Park wedding and are looking for a photographer please get in touch – it would be great to hear from you.