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Our couple chose the delightful and friendly Our Lady and St John Church Goring on Thames Oxfordshire for their marriage ceremony. Goring on Thames is not short of churches, thats for sure, and Our Lady and St John - or to give the church its full name - Our Lady and St John and Christ the King Catholic Church is tucked away in Ferry Lane just south of the village centre.
The wedding ceremony was conducted by Father Tom and he has to be one of the easiest if not the easiest officiant to work with in the whole of Oxfordshire. Catholic priests are usually pretty easy-going anyway when it comes to professional photography during ceremonies but Father Tom is exceptional! Far from imposing any artificial restrictions he actually encouraged the guests to use their cameras, and of course Peter was able to shoot a great selection of images and record the whole ceremony on video.
The church itself is located down a narrow lane and parking is extremely limited. Guests are recommended to use the pay and display car park just a short walk away.
The weather on the day threatened to rain many times but we were pretty lucky. Just a few short showers in the morning, then a long period of fine conditions. The rain did catch up with us in the late afternoon and the various posed groups of family and friends had hurriedly to be relocated to a sheltered area beneath some trees at our reception venue.
After the ceremony we departed Our Lady and St John Church for the rest of the festivities in the nearby village of Lower Basildon. Our couple had a terrific marquee in the grounds of the private house.
Prior to the wedding our bride and her entourage completed their "getting ready" at the Miller of Mansfield, a quintessentially Oxfordshire Coaching Inn of 18th Century origins located in the centre of Goring on Thames:
Some of the boys seem to have been diverted by a nearby Oxfordshire staple - a village pub:
This photo shows the little Oxfordshire village church:
There were no restrictions at all on photography or video during the marriage ceremony. Just use common sense! Peter was able to photograph our groom's first few moments of seeing his bride:
Our Lady and St John Church Goring does have a traditional altar at one end of the building but generally it is only used for the signing of the civil register. This works great because if it were the location for the main wedding ceremony then obtaining a variety of photos from different angles would be much more of a challenge. Wedding photographers in Oxfordshire will be aware of many other churches in the area where the internal layout is long and thin, making variety sometimes almost impossible.
Our couple took the carriage down the Oxfordshire lanes to their nearby private house reception venue:
Oxfordshire wedding photography often involves sumptuous marquees in the grounds of beautiful private homes! Marquees usually work great for professional photography as well because their white walls and roof dissipate natural light resulting in a lovely even ambience. In this wedding photo we can see the interior of the marquee set ready for the wedding breakfast:
Oxfordshire wedding photographers - and Peter in particular - are not alone in welcoming photogenic natural features which can be included in the wedding photography coverage. Here we have a romantic Oxfordshire moon adding a lovely touch to our couples evening:
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