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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Adam & Anastasia - Blenheim Palace Wedding

I met Adam and Anastasia at the Blenheim Palace Wedding Fair and liked them instantly.  You just do.  Adam is from Canada, a fab personality and entrepeneur and his beautiful new wife is Anastasia.  She is from Russia and has incredible grace and charm.

Families and friends flew in from all over the globe to help them celebrate the wedding - it was a day where the fluctuations of emotion matched those of the weather.

Anastasia started her day getting ready with her mum at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford.  Her stunning, one off dress from New York hung patiently between the two rooms and I couldn't wait to see it on Anastasia.   I love the shot below where one of her bridesmaids sees the dress for the first time.

 As I arrived at the Randolph and came out of the lift I saw the staircase and immediately knew that I had to get a shot like this of Anastasia leaving the hotel for Church.

The were married at St Mary Magdalene in Woodstock.  My favourite moment of the day?  When Adam surprised and delighted everyone by finishing the first kiss with a sweep and dip.  

From the Church we drove to the gates at Blenheim.  An iconic view of this stunning Palace.

It was touch and go in terms of timing as rain clouds were sweeping in.  You can see below that only 5 minutes later when they were dropped off at the entrance to the Orangery that the rain had arrived. 

Whilst the shower passed over us I took them to one of my favourite spots at Blenheim.  Where I like to create some art for my clients.  Quiet, beautiful portraits.

 And these images are just about Adam appreciating how stunning Anastasia looked.

After this we headed down to the Water Terraces - by now the sun was shining again. 

 After taking some group photos it was time for the Reception in the Orangery.

There were lots of short speeches - which I love.  You can see the happy mix of emotions that followed.

 A changeable day of weather settled into a calm, beautiful evening with the prettiest light.  Adam and Anastasia thought nothing of running outside when I told them we had a 5 minute window to catch the last rays of light.

 Just before I bid them both farewell we had some fun with sparklers.

It really was such a wonderful wedding - a pleasure to photograph.  Thank you so much for trusting me to tell your story in pictures.

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