A Summer Wedding

Nick & Elsie – Friars Court, Oxfordshire

A summer wedding at Friars Court in Oxfordshire is something special. Jeffrey Cleaver of Silver Pear Weddings organises weddings here. It’s a venue that still has that feel of a private country home (it is actually still home to the private owners).  And, when Nick and Elsie first showed me Friars Court it struck me how pretty and romantic it was. It’s no surprise then that they chose to hold their summer wedding at Friars Court. Naturally, they also had their pre-wedding shoot at the venue! So, by the time their wedding day came around in June, I couldn’t wait to return. The house and gardens in their full summer glory, perfect for Nick and Elsie’s gorgeous wedding.

Wonderful Oxfordshire Friars Court Wedding

Getting Ready: The Bride and Bridesmaids

Elsie was able to get ready for the day ahead in the lovely ‘Bride’s Day Room’.  With space enough for her bridesmaids they were all able to take time out to relax and calm their nerves. The photos of them chatting and laughing as they prepared for the day ahead are so relaxed. For Elsie and Nick they’re priceless memories of a beautiful wedding day.

Elsie looked elegant, composed and beautiful in her Charlotte Balbier gown. Her hair and make-up perfectly complemented her look. We especially love the bridal portrait of Elsie as she heads downstairs to her waiting car. Whilst you can walk from the house to the ceremony venue, the British weather was unpredictable. So, a car for the short distance ensured that Elsie would arrive looking composed rather than drenched!

Oxfordshire Friars Court Wedding Venue

Wedding guests arrive at Oxfordshire venue friars Court

label on box for buttonholes and corsages attached to box for flowers

groom has a flower fitted to button hole by female guest while standing in gardens of friars Court watched by ushers

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride with bridesmaids in dressing gowns sitting talking

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bridesmaid helps bride put on shoe as other bridemaids watch

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding smiling bride holds hands of bridesmaid

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride holding dress walking down corridor

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride at top of stairs looks out window as bridesmaid adjusts dress

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride comes out of doorway

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bridesmaids in blue bride in background

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bridesmaids walking around puddles to ceremony

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bridesmaids reflected in car window as bride arrives

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride helped out of car by father as bridesmaids watch


A Romantic Wedding Ceremony

With the weather so unpredictable, Elsie and Nick chose the shelter of The Stone Barn in which to hold their wedding ceremony. With pretty summer flowers and simple lime-washed walls it was perfect. And, there was plenty of room for all the guests to have a good view of their joyous ceremony.  Don’t you just love the Elsie’s radiant smile?

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bridesmaids walk down aisle to groom

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding second set of bridesmaids walk down aisle groom watches

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride starts to walk down aisle on fathers arm

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding Bride smiles as she reaches groom after walking down aisle

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom gaze at each other holding hands during ceremony

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding groom places ring on brides finger

bride and groom holding hands

bride places wedding band on grooms finger during friars Court barn wedding

bride groom embrace at end of ceremony at friars Court barn wedding

registrar announces marriage

bride groom prepare to walk down aisle at friars Court barn wedding

bride and groom walk down aisle at friars Court barn wedding


The Reception: A Pretty Marquee and Gorgeous Gardens

With the skies clearing, everyone headed to the marquee and gardens for the celebrations. Hugs, laughter, tears and abundant joy defined Elsie and Nick’s wedding party. The light was just perfect as the ‘walls’ of the marquee opened up to reveal the setting for their reception. And with the weather on our side, Elsie and Nick took the opportunity to explore the gardens. The photos from their ‘walkabout’ at Friars Court are so romantic. From delicate flowers, to stone arches, a rose garden and graceful trees, the gardens at Friars Court are stunning. Truly, they have all the ingredients for romantic wedding portraits.

And, when it was time to return to their guests? Well, it was back to the fantastic marquee for their first dance and the big party with all their friends and loved ones.

smiling bridesmaid holding basket of confetti at Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

Wedding guests laughing under umbrella

Wedding guests under umbrellas Que to enter house at Oxfordshire friars Court

Wedding guest brushes hand through hair

laughing and drink guests standing in marquee during friars Court wedding

friars Court Wedding guests enjoying drinks and conversation

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding making a point

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding guests in garden an small marquee

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding smiling female guests talking to guy

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding male guests trying snacks

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride touches face of bestman as groom talks to older gent

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding guests in conversation bride in background

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding marquee full of guests

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding four gents talking one in Scottish kilt

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding Bride laughs as she talks to three ladies

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding champagne being poured into glass

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding female guest smiles as she give the groom a big hug

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding watching the bride

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding ushers showing lining of suits

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding guests in conversation outside marquee in garden

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom and bridal party

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride with bridesmaids

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom embrace in front of door with mirrors in garden

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom in gardens in front of door embrace

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding brides bouquet

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom laughing while they walking in gardens

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom embrace in front of flower covered gazebo

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding romantic moment in archway

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom kiss standing in arch way

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom gaze in to each others eyes standing in front of wooden gazebo

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom kiss in front of blue wooden gazebo

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom look at each others wedding bands standing in gardens

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom hold hands walking through garden

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom standing on bridge

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom kiss standing on bridge

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom standing on bridge under a dark sky

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom kissing viewed through bushes

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride walking away showing back of dress and veil

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding guests walking in gardens

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding smiling male guest in glasses

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding smiling guests talking to bride

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding conversation outside marquee

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding talking and drinking

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding confetti throwing smiling bride groom

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding groom ducks as confetti is thrown smiling bride

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding groom looking puzzled

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding removing confetti from hair

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding brided talking to smiling gent

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding couple sitting on bench against green hedge

lady in sunglasses looking over hedge

bride has selfie taken with a couple of guests

bride shows ring to female guest

groom gestures to guests

friars Court Wedding table seating plan

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride groom journey to wedding

friars Court Wedding venue marquee decoration

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding flowers on table in marquee

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding venue marquee decorated with colourful lanterns

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding table setting with fudge

wedding table place setting and menu

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding marquee decorated with flowers and lanterns

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding table flowers

kisses and laughter in the recieving line

laughing female wedding guest in blue dress

wedding guests in recieving line talking to father

hugs for bride from guest during receiving line

bride ushers everyone through during receiving line

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride shows ring ot female guest during receiving line

bride groom enter marquee at Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding reception

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding rear courtyard

Wedding sign indicating direction to stone barn at Oxfordshire friars Court

guests around dining table

laughing guests at dining table during reception at Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

bride groom embrace whilst sat at dining table during reception at Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

man with breard making a point with female guest

bride talking to female guests while having hair done at Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

groom sitting at table talking to bestmen and bridesmaid during reception at Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

female wedding guest puts lipstick on male guest while sitting at dining table

bride reaches for her father whislt sat next to groom at dining table

smiling bridesmaid sat at dining table

Oxfordshire friars Court marquee full of wedding guests

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding guy in flowery shirt filling in quiz sheet

bride talking to seated guests

Wedding guests looking at bride and groom

laughing best man places hand on grooms shoulder during Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

bride with hands wide showing flowers in hair

bride faining surprise as she about to drink

father of the brides speech

everyone watching father of bride give speech bride ducks down in embaressment during Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

bride smiles broardly during fathers speech

Wedding guests cheers clinking glasses together

grooms speech during Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

laughing at grooms speech

bride surprised at grooms speech

bride caresses grooms calf during his speech during Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding

groom watches bestman during his speech bridesmaid laughs

bride groom laugh during best mans speech

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bride places reassuring hand on grooms shoulder during speeches

bride and groom laugh during speeches

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding bestmans speech

bestman hugs groom bride touches grooms shoulder

conversation at dining table

Feamle guest enjoying glass wine and conversation with guy

Wedding guests all standing round table

bride checks wine glass contents as she walks hand in hand with groom

Wedding cake

Wedding cake cutting by bride and groom

Wedding couple in conversation

Wedding couple cuddle sitting on bench in gardens of friars Court

Wedding guests standing around in the gardens of friars Court

friars Court Wedding bride hugs guy carrying two pints of beer

wedding guests in conversation

checking out the bridesmaids wedding dress

Oxfordshire friars Court Wedding outside the marquee

dance floor rules chalk board

friars Court Wedding first dance in marquee under paper lanterns

bride groom during first dance under colourful lanterns in marquee atched by guests

groom smiles at bride during first dance

bride smiles at groom during first dance

bride groom touch heads during first dance colourful lanterns above them

romance on the dance floor

bride & groom embrace during first dance

bridesmaids watching first dance

bride & groom kiss during first dance

Wedding ring on brides hand during first dance

Wedding guest fun on the dance floor

laughing bride dancing with guests

everyone strutting their stuff on the dance floor

everyone dancing with the bride

bride swirling dress on the dance floor

bride dancing with bridesmaid

friars Court full wedding dance floor

bride dancing with female guest in red dress

Wedding guest getting low on the dance floor

Guests doing the twist

Wedding dad dancing

guests enjoying dancing on the dance floor

A few kind words from Elsie & Nick

“We’ve viewed our photos so many times……We adore them so, so much! They capture our wedding perfectly…..love how you captured all the smiles, laughter and feel of the day……..We’ve had so many compliments about how wonderful they are…… The photos really are brilliant, and we will treasure them for years and years to come.”

Planning your wedding at Friars Court in Oxfordshire?

If you’re planning your wedding at Friars Court in Oxfordshire? Would you love to have Scott-Wood Photography capture your day? Get in touch! Call on 0370 626 5200, or e-mail at hello@scott-wood.uk, You can also use the Contact Form to get in touch. I’ll let you know my availability and send you my latest brochure. I’d love to be part of your wedding day. You can find out more about weddings at Friars Court here.

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon. Kevin.


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