R + J chose a twiling ceremony for their wedding at Steventon House in Abingdon, near Oxford. Wedding photography at this Oxfordshire venue was practical as everything was all in one location; the bride got ready in one of the upstairs rooms and the groom in a separate block of rooms in a courtyard, this ensured they didn’t accidentally catch a glimpse of each other before the ceremony!
On the day we had a mix of rain and sunny spells, and during the ceremony luckily it wasn’t too dark yet, but we headed out immediately afterwards for a sparkler exit instead of confetti, which worked beautifully with the backdrop of a darkening blue sky. After some group photos and drinks, we headed out to the now pitch black outdoor area for some night time flash photography to take couple portraits. When shooting in the dark like this, it’s about quality not quantity, and we do have to use more posing and less natural movement due to the placement of the flash being important; however these kind of epic photos can make really cool double page spreads in your wedding album, or printed in frames to display!
The couple opted to do a first dance inviting their guests onto the dancefloor very soon after the song started, which is an excellent idea for those who don’t fancy being watched by all their guests for several minutes while shuffling around the dancefloor. I wish I’d thought of this at my own wedding…
The team at Steventon House was also very friendly and helpful, and ensured everything ran on time without hitches. It’s a hotel that is easy to access from all over Oxfordshire, and a twilight ceremony is something they offer to make it easier for couples who want a shorter day. They do also offer daytime, full day weddings of course, and the ceremony room is lovely!
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