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Monday, 29 April 2013

Matt & Fi's Merton College Wedding

I don't think that Fi would argue that the word 'serendipity' is a suitable one when explaining how I came to be shooting this lovely wedding at the beginning of April.  Fi is something of a wordsmith so will already know the definition of serendipity:  a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.

I was exhibiting at Blenheim Palace Wedding Fair and Fi was having a wander with her mum.  As she passed the stand one of my wedding albums caught her eye and she couldn't resist finding out which Oxford College was in the imagery.  We began to chat and have both since admitted to liking each other immediately.  In theory she wasn't looking for a wedding photographer but ended up finding one. 

I am photographing more and more weddings in Oxford and loving every minute of it.  It's a hard backdrop to beat.   Fi got ready at The Old Bank Hotel and Matt at The Old Parsonage and due to Oxford being easier to navigate on foot I just walked between the two.  The ceremony was at Fi's old college chapel (Merton) and their reception was at Gees Restaurant. 

It was FREEZING but absolutely beautiful.  Strong, contrasty, creative light that I love. A day full of love and laughter - a wedding you would like to be a guest at.  I found myself grinning throughout the vows and there is an image below of Fi, with the cutest of smiles, shot during a prayer and right after the vows that sums up the mood.

Much thought and effort had gone into the details and many family members had contributed - whether to the stationery, the wonderful jars of jam or the handmade clutch and hair piece 'made with love by Lyndsay' (Fi's mother).

The flowers were stunning and created by Joanna Carter.  Thanks also to Jade Osborne who assisted me on the day.

So here's to happy accidents Fi and Matt.  It was a pleasure from start to finish. xx



  1. Gorgeous! I love the shadows that you have in the images - proof that hard light can look awesome when used correctly! T x

  2. Stunning as ever Kate, I always look forward to seeing the photos you take at the weddings we have worked on together and these are just gorgeous. It was the first sunny day of this year and that shows beautifully in the pics. Jo x

  3. Breathtaking work with those shadows, another fabulous masterclass in light!

  4. These are incredible, as always! Such a happy couple. And the things you do with light - magic! x

  5. Another wonderful collection of wedding day images Kate. Your choice of compositions and shooting into the light is as masterful as ever...


  6. What a gorgeous wedding and gorgeous photos!



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