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Caswell House – Christopher & Anna’s wedding

Second Shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Christopher & Anna’s Wedding – Caswell House – Sat 6th July

The forecast was set to be hot hot hot and it didn’t disappoint.  I set off early to second shoot for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Christopher and Anna’s wedding which was going to be an outdoor ceremony set int he gorgeous grounds of Caswell House in Brize Norton, Oxford.

As I drove up the long, windy tree lined drive to Caswell House situated amongst beautiful Oxfordshire countryside I knew I was in for a real treat today – it was a quintessentially English affair.  I met up with Kate and we wondered though the main entrance of Caswell House and stepped into a fairytale – beautiful lavender lined gardens, climbing roses set amongst old stone walls and the quaint covered area where the ceremony was to take place.  After taking a little look around we then wondered back to meet up with the bride.  Anna  had chosen a short 50’s style dress with layered lace – it was so cute and the bridesmaids dresses were in a similar style with a lovely bold floral design.  Anna couldn’t wait to get into her dress – she was helped by her mother, sister and two bridesmaids.  She looked so sweet and glowed with happiness.

Kate and I left the bridal party to get organised while we ventured off to meet up with the Groom, his Best Man and Ushers.  They were in full suites and it was starting to get quite warm but they were all cool and were not worried about the heat.  I stayed with the Groom while the guests started to take their seats while Kate headed back to meet the bridal party.  We then all waited excitedly.  Anna walked in through the barn and out onto the lavender lined path and looked gorgeous.  The guests had their sun umbrellas up and fans wafting as the garden heated up but the Bride & Groom seemed lost in each others company.

The ceremony was very sweet and after the initial attempt to get the ring on the Brides fingers it all went really well and before we knew it the confetti was being throw to a loud cheers and the Pimms and Champage started to flow as the guests enjoyed their drinks on the lawn and games of croquet and skittles.

Kate and I took Chris and Anna off for some couple shots around the private gardens of the house and the amazing barley fields outside.  Kate has such a skill in directing couples and makes it so seamless.  Chris & Anna looked so in love and the setting was extremely romantic.

The band arrived so the couple cut their amazing Lego themed cake and headed into the barn for their first dance which was very rock n roll followed by the rest of the guests on the dance floor – not even the heat could stop this wedding party dancing……What a wonderful day in a picturesque setting….for more on this wedding go to Kate’s blog www.katehopewellsmith.com

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