Aynhoe Park Wedding : Venue Visit

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Yesterday I popped across for a venue visit in Oxfordshire ahead of the Aynhoe Park wedding I’m photographing there in July.

It was great to meet up with Larissa and her mother to talk through their plans for the wedding day and get a sense of how everything is going to work.


A Visual Assault on the Senses


I’ve not photographed a wedding at Aynhoe Park before but it’s one of those venues I’ve heard a lot about. Walking in it’s certainly a visual assault on the senses, every corner is crammed with witty and interesting artefacts – taxidermy featuring high on it’s list of decorative features.

It got me thinking. I’ve heard photographers rave about the venue and I think it’s because it’s so visually arresting. There’s so much to photograph and the rooms aren’t simply beautifully decorated ‘boxes’ to house guests but more like mini museums. There’s definitely the feel that it’s a place to be explored and enjoyed for the quirky, eccentric decorative style.

It’s the Aynhoe Park ‘Wedding’ Part that’s important


But, as I said to Larissa, I think there is the danger of being distracted by such a visually dense place. You may end up making the house the centre of the photography rather than the wedding. My approach has always being about telling the story of the day and about the people that are coming together to celebrate it.

Francis and Larissa’s day is going to be epic in itself – clay pigeon shooting, string quartets, a special equine guest, beautiful food, al fresco speeches. I think having the wedding in such a setting as Aynhoe Park is going to elevate the look of it but not alter the story and emotion of the day.

I’ll try my best not to get distracted by the polar bear in the army cap or the giraffe floating above the ceremony…. watch this space for Larissa and Francis’s Aynhoe Park wedding photography. I can’t wait!


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