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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ulam and Monika's Wedding at Blenheim Palace

As I watched the weather forecast leading up to this wedding my heart sank - heavy and persistent rain was forecast at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock on this particular Wednesday in April.

Ulam and Monika live in Switzerland and chose Blenheim and the UK because their guests were travelling from various locations to be with them.  This is the smallest wedding I have had the pleasure of photographing - with just 11 guests including the bride and groom.

They all stayed together at the Bear Hotel and I arrived just as they were finishing breakfast.  My good friend Cat Fransham was looking after Monika's hair and make up and Joanna Carter supplied the beautiful flowers.

Right from the start Ulam and Monika were not prepared to let the rain spoil their day.  At any wedding the mood is set by the bride and groom and some would definitely let weather like this have an impact.  Having a shorter dress also helped - no bride wants a long dress out in the rain!

Monika chose to have one of her closest friends walk her down the 'aisle'.  

My favourite moment of the day - on the proclamation that they were man and wife they both yelled with joy and threw their arms around each other.  It was gorgeous. 

The bouquet was caught my Monika's daughter and luckily her boyfriend seemed delighted!

Ulam had organised 2 of the Blenheim golf buggies to show their guests the grounds.  Undeterred by the wind and rain we all jumped on board and set off.  Stopping at some of the best views for some photos.

 Back up at the Palace we headed towards the Water Gardens.  On the way a school trip spotted Monika and with whoops of delight from the crowd she twirled around Mary Poppins style.

I  love this shot for the range of expressions and behaviour!

 One of my fave spots at Blenheim - undeterred by the conditions they all had some fun as they walked towards me.

 We were all relieved to come inside again and I took the chance to take Ulam and Monika to a quiet spot that I love - where the tourists don't come and the light is lovely.

 Ulam clearly thinks that Monika is gorgeous and here he is letting her know that.

 After this they had dinner at the Wild Thyme Restaurant in Chipping Norton - a lovely, intimate restaurant that serves delicious food.  Despite most of the speeches not being in English I got the gist of what was being said by the range of emotions expressed - from tears to laughter - like all good wedding speeches.


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