Jennifer and Al’s wedding – Iffley Village and Tap Social Movement

Happy 2019!

I want to start the New Year sharing some photos of these two beautiful people in love: Jennifer and Al. I had the pleasure to photograph their wedding day last October, on a very cold and dark afternoon. When I reached the church – St Mary the Virgin, in Iffley Village – it was raining. Clear drops were on the trees’ branches, on the falling leaves, and on the wild berries, grown in between some old walls and the wooden fence of an enchanting cottage. Everything was silent and beautiful; then the guests started arriving, and so a smiling and happy Al, followed not long after by the lovely Jennifer, in her long white dress, holding a beautiful autumn’s colours bouquet.

The ceremony was relaxed but touching, and the warm atmosphere of the little church made everything perfect. At the end of it, despite the rain, we managed to find a few minutes to take some photos in the garden. Al and Jennifer were looking radiant! And so they were for the rest of the evening, spent at Tap Social Movement. I loved taking photos to their guests ordering hamburgers in the vans outside, chatting happily under the umbrellas; and I loved taking photos to the children playing board games – organized by Thirsty Meeples – while a band was playing for everybody’s enjoyment. So many special moments have been offered to my camera, on Jennifer and Al’s big day, and I feel lucky I had the chance to capture them. Joy and fulfillment were all over, and I wish them to be in this lovely couple’s everyday life for all the years to come.

Wedding Dress: Maudika Bridal; Bridal Hair and Make up: Daisy Oldershaw; Venue: Tap Social Movement

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Trisha + Paul – An intimate wedding in Woodstock

“The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle –
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea –
What are all these kissings worth
If thou kiss not me?” Percy B. Shelley

What a lovely, joyful, cheerful couple I have photographed a few weeks ago on their wedding day! It was a sweet, intimate ceremony celebrated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and followed by a small reception and of course a portrait session in the historic part of the town (we could not miss it, also considering how nice those little streets were looking!). No fake poses was the rule of the day, and I could not agree more! True love has not need for forced smiles and bright eyes!

©2017 Flavia Catena

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Amanda & Billy – A countryside wedding

Amanda and Billy got married last summer in the lovely village of Wytham (Oxfordshire). I had the pleasure to work and collaborate with Amanda the year before, and I was very happy when she asked me to photograph her wedding, treating me as a friend and really trusting my vision and style! The ceremony, celebrated at All Saints church, was a very heartwarming one, and it was followed by a reception in the Wytham Town Hall. Everything, from the cake to the decorations and the childrens’ games, was handmade (families and friends worked hard on that) and beautiful. Speeches were hilarious, funny and moving. I could not expect anything better from a couple in love! Everytime I photograph a wedding like this, I feel blessed to work with such lovely people. So, thanks again Amanda and Billy, and all the best in life!

©2016 Flavia Catena

 

Victoria & Vinesh’s wedding

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” Aldred Tennyson

This is something Vinesh could have said to his Victoria, among all the other beautiful words that have been shared on their wedding day! They had such a marvelous celebration last June, and I felt honored to be their photographer for the second time. Vinesh and Victoria got officially married last year, and wanted to do a great party for those family members and friends who could not attend the previous civil ceremony. Nothing could be done better! From the location – the amazing Rhodes House – to the table setting and all the little gadget prepared for the fun of their guests, everything was joyful, young and inspiring. Also the speeches – some of which were readings from books – were touching and beautifully romantic. The best I have heard so far! Equally special was the pre-wedding session we obtained the permission to shoot at the Codrington Library of All Souls College (see the photos at the bottom of the post). For a person like me who loves books and historic locations, that was a real moment of happiness. For all these reasons I want to thank again Victoria and Vinesh for letting me be part of one of their best days in life!

©2016 Flavia Catena

 

Inés & Felix – A colorful and joyful wedding in Oxford

Here I am, finally back, after a long month (oh wow, having a look at the calendar, actually I should say two months!) of editing my clients’ photographs and working on personal projects (lots to come).

Today I want to show you a selection of pictures from Inés and Felix’s wedding. It was really a great day, from the morning when I captured the laughs and the excitement of Inés, her bridesmaids and parents, to the ceremony of course (some sweet tears were dropping down), and to the reception at the Cherwell Boathouse in Oxford. Trees’ leaves were already turning to red and yellow, Inés and Felix surprised everybody arriving to the restaurant by punt and were welcomed by a deluge of pink petals, friends and families coming from all over Europe, a big fabric heart with their name on it, and then cakes, cakes again and English tea. This without mentioning romantic decorations, live music and all that contagious happiness.

Thank you Inés and Felix for letting me be part of it, and again congratulations!

©2015 Flavia Catena

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Engagement party – Oxford Isis Farmhouse

I have been silent lately, but that is because of the big amount of work I have (of course this means that lots of new pictures are coming soon). However, today I am glad to share with you some of the photos taken to a sweet couple last July. They celebrated their engagement party with a few friends at the Isis Farmhouse in Oxford. The pub is lovely and the river that flows just in front of it gives a magic and relaxed atmosphere to the place. The event itself was inspired, funny and enjoyable. There were games to play with, delicious cakes to eat, props and decorations. The sunlight was a plus, a pleasant one. And I could really feel the happiness, love and enthusiasm of the guests, wishing all the best to their affectionated friends soon to be married.

©2015 Flavia Catena

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