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Oxfordshire Wedding Photography – Aynhoe Park Wedding {Shauna & Nathan}

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Quirky wedding at Aynhoe Park wedding venue

Aynhoe Park wedding venue in Oxfordshire is basically every wedding photographer’s dream venue to shoot at, so when my friend Debs Ivelja from Cornwall mentioned she needed a second shooter for a wedding there, I was pretty much like a kid in a school class, jumping up and down with my hand raised, yelling, “Pick me! Pick me!” And luckily she wasn’t weirded out by my craziness, and said yes.

Aynhoe Park has a gorgeous old church attached to the grounds, where Shauna and Nathan’s ceremony was held, and after that there was a mad dash through the rain – which disappeared almost immediately – and into the house itself, to introduce everyone to the craziness that is the interior. A polar bear in a cap and aviator goggles, an alligator holding out a welcome tray like the most prim and proper butler, a lion wearing (of course) a crown,  a unicorn sculpture, a floating giraffe held up by balloons, and more statues and sculptures than you could care to count – Aynhoe Park is utterly bonkers and yet stylish as hell. You can read all about its history here.

Shauna and Nathan are a stylish couple with a bit of quirkiness, so the venue suited them perfectly. We did photos all over the place – why would you not? – from the interior of the house, to the charming village streets outside, and finally back to the front of the house, with its huge metal sculpture. The meal was served in a long series of rooms presided over by the the King Lion, and the speeches were probably my favourite part of the whole day (well, aside from the bonkers taxidermy :-)); Shauna’s Dad is hilarious and had everyone in stitches.

Debs, thank you so much for inviting me along to be your second shooter at this Aynhoe Park wedding! I’ve been dreaming about shooting there for years, and now my bucket list venue number one can now be crossed off the list!

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Alternative Wedding Inspiration: My favourite cool and quirky wedding venues

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings at a lot of awesome places over the years. So today I thought I’d make a list of some of my favourite non-traditional, offbeat and generally cool-as-hell quirky wedding venues in the UK, that I haven’t the chance to shoot at yet.

All of these venues are on my Wish List-slash-Bucket List! So if you’re planning to get married at any of these places, you can totally hit me up for a bucket list discount on your wedding photography!

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