Val & Dan’s Exeter College wedding was the most incredible day, not only due to the amazing venue but because of the people involved. I don’t think you could meet a more lovely welcoming couple and their families. Both Val & Dan are Russian and met whilst studying. They wanted to get married in the chapel at Exeter College and no wonder because the setting is breathtaking.
I started out photographing bridal preparations with Val, her sister, her mum and Dan’s mum. Hair and make-up was by Jodie for and on behalf of Oxford Wedding Hair & Make-up. Val’s dress was by La Sposa by Pronovias from Mirror Mirror Bridal. Her beautiful shoes were by Dune and her veil by Dolecka. Her bouquet and the flowers were a simple white and green and were by Daisies Flower Shop. Guests began to arrive for drinks in the quad before the ceremony began and meanwhile I caught up with the boys. Dan’s suit was by Lardini and his shoes by Russell & Bromely.
Meanwhile the lovely TaylorMade Band were setting up in the chapel ready for the entrance of the bride. It was a really international wedding with guests from all over the globe and each and every one of them so happy to be celebrating with this lovely couple. At a quarter to three the guests made their way into the chapel to be seated. Val’s Maid of Honour arrived from Denmark to greet her and then it was time to head to the ceremony which luckily was a handful of steps away. Val’s Dad was waiting for her outside the chapel and he looked so proud and happy when he saw his beautiful daughter.
The ceremony was lovely especially when the joke was on the Bride & Groom, someone swapped the real rings for plastic ones and you can see by their reaction that they didn’t know what to do. All was well and the ceremony ended and everyone made their way back out into the quad for another drinks reception. Meanwhile I took Val & Dan to the Fellowes Garden to do their portraits. The gardens looked beautiful and we spent a bit of time together away from the guests before they returned to chat with everyone.
Guests were called through to dinner in the amazing dining hall and then the couple made their entrance. The Russian tradition is that speeches happen all through the meal from various family members. Every fifteen minutes another guest stood up to give their best wishes and some words of advice to the couple. After dinner all the guests made their way through to the Fellowes Garden where the marquee for the even reception was set up. Their lovely cake was by MonAnnie Cakes. After the first dance the couple got to play some games before a Hip Hop rendition from the bride’s sister. All great fun and I know they had such a fantastic day, thank you for letting me be a part of it.