Mar 13, 2017

Ashmolean Museum evening wedding, Oxford

A night at the museum

Over the years I’ve learnt that anywhere could be a potential wedding venue; from a transformed tatty old village hall, to a farm, to beautiful country home or a private garden… and now a museum.   It also so happens that shooting a wedding in a museum was on my bucket list so I was SUPER excited to break into the season with this one.

The first time I met Holly and Sean they told me that they wanted to step away from “the norm” on their wedding day and give their guests an exciting and different way to celebrate their marriage.  And I have to say they pulled it off a treat!

Alternative wedding venue – Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

They chose the fascinating Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as their venue, it was special to them as they live in Oxford and spend lots of time around the beautiful architecture.  The Ashmolean stood out for them partly because it is so beautiful and partly because it is literally across the road from the Randolph Hotel where they got engaged – a place very close to their hearts.

The Ashmolean is the perfect collision between stunning old-Oxford architecture (complete with fluted stone cloumns, archways galore, grand piano, chandeliers and oak lined rooms) and the super contemporary clean lines, glass and general modern touches found in the newer part of the building.

Choosing to be the first large wedding ceremony to ever be held in the striking long gallery (a room normally reserved for fine dining at weddings), their gorgeous guests were joined by up-lit statues and artefacts to watch the happy couple say I do.  Their evening wedding was closely followed by lots of fizz and bowl food in the Atrium; watched over by huge statues with fantastic old family photos projected onto the wall above.  After speeches on the stairs it was straight into the party… now that is how to do it!

Chasing Deer, a band Holly & Sean found performing at a local beer festival close to Holly’s home, provided the perfect music for the main aim of the night; dancing the night away!

This wedding was filled with so many smiles, so much fun, laughter and love – what an absolute pleasure to capture.  Even had me a good old boogie whilst catching all of the guests in action!

Here are my favourite pictures to give you a flavour for the day:
 Bride having makeup applied in her suite at the Randolf Hotel, Oxford when getting ready for her wedding at the Ashmolean Museumbridal flowers on the bed in the Randolf hotel OxfordBride putting her wedding dress on in her suite at the Randolf Hotel, Oxford when getting ready for her wedding at the Ashmolean MuseumBride putting her wedding dress on in her suite at the Randolf Hotel, Oxford when getting ready for her wedding at the Ashmolean MuseumBride and her mum laughing together in her suite at the Randolf Hotel, Oxford when getting ready for her wedding at the Ashmolean MuseumBride, her father and bridesmaids walking out of the Randolf Hotel, Oxford ready to go to her wedding at the Ashmolean MuseumExterior entrance to the Ashmolean Museumsigns found at the entrance to the Ashmolean MuseumExhibit inside the Ashmolean Museum Oxfordimpressive sheep statue exhibit inside the Ashmolean Museum Oxfordthe groom and his ushers awaiting the brides arrival in the ashmolean museum Oxfordthe bride walks up the isle in the long gallery of the Ashmolean museumthe bride and groom hold hands whilst the take their vows in the long gallery of the ashmolean museum in Oxfordthe groomsmen laugh and share a smile whilst they stand at the top of the isle in the ashmolean museum OxfordA bride and groom kissing at the end of their wedding ceremony in the Ashmolean Museum OxfordA bridge and groom look down the long gallery of the ashmolean museum at thier wedding guests as they clap and cheer at thema beautiful smiling bride with her bridesmaids at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxfordclose up portrait of a beautiful brideFather of the bridge looks over his glasses when doing his speech at theBride and groom give a speech at their wedding reception in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxfordwedding guests gathered in the Atrium to listen to speeches at the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordTeary eyed bride listens to her new husband's loving speech about her at their wedding at the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordChef putting food into bowls for a wedding meal at the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordDIY Wedding Cake at wedding recpetion held in the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordBride and groom lean in and kiss as they sit in a beautiful traditional oak panneled gallery in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Up-lit statues and glass fronted galleries at the Ashmolean Museum OxfordPhoto of the Ashmolean Museum's Cafe dressed and lit for a wedding party with purple and blue lights and fairy lights around the pillarsSinger from the band Chasing Deer looks out into the crowd as he sings and plays the keyboardLead singer from the band Chasing Deer looks towards the camera mid-song under his blue spotlightsGuitarist from the band Chasing Deer looks towards the crowd as he plays his acoustic guitar and sings into the mic under blue and purple spotlightsBride and groom dancing thier first dance as a married couple, with a flash backlighting them behindBride and groom caught in action dancing with their bridesmaids at their wedding party in the Ashmolean Museum OxfordThe bride and her smiling friend dance at her wedding party in ashmolean museum cafeFriends caught in action dancing at a wedding party in the Ashmolean Museum OxfordGreat Auntie Rosie dances with the children under purple and blue lights at a wedding held at the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordThe father of the bride dances with young blonde haired lady under purple lights at his daughters wedding held at the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordBride and her friend dance and sing under purple and blue lights at her wedding held at the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordBride and her mother caught in action dancing at her wedding party held at the ashmolean Museum, OxfordA sign on the wall of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Reading "We hope you enjoyed your visit".The exterior of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford lit up at nightBride and groom kiss under the moonlight between the pillars of the main entrance to the Ashmolean museum, Oxford

If you’re planning an Ashmolean Museum Wedding or a wedding elsewhere and like my style of wedding photography then please get in touch to check my availability!

Shout out to the suppliers:

Well there aren’t too many to mention here.  Holly didn’t carry flowers, made her own tulip bunches for her bridesmaids and good friend made her beautiful cake.

Of course the Ashmolean was the key cog in this wheel; housing the event and managing it like clockwork, as well as cooking all of the beautiful food: http://www.ashmolean.org/weddings/

Chasing Deer made the evening and the epic party that Holly and Sean wanted: https://www.chasingdeer-official.com/

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