This was really something quite special. Dan is an old friend of mine and when he said he was getting married in a chateau in Southern France it didn’t take me long to decide I’d rather photograph it than attend as a guest. It’s actually now my preference in general to choose the role of photographer over that of guest. As the photographer I’m there the whole day, missing nothing and witnessing all of the special moments.

As a close friend, and having photographed Emma’s sister’s wedding the year before, I really was on the inner circle and this is something I am trying a lot harder to achieve at all weddings – because that’s where the magic happens.

So here we have it – a magnificent French chateau, beneath a perfect blue sky, providing the backdrop to a party like no other – full of fun and emotion. I suppose it also counts as my first “exhibition” as large scale prints of the joke “dudoir” shoot, which we did for Emma to open on the morning of the wedding, were paraded round after dinner.

“Oliver always captures the fun of the weddings he photographs, which is exactly what we wanted. Generally speaking I don’t like photos of myself or like being photographed but he made me feel so relaxed. It was great having him there late into the evening, and the following day as well because this enabled him to get in amongst it all, the product of which is brilliant!” Emma



Wedding dress: Delphine Manivet from Mews Bridal (Clifton)

Shoes: Valentino

Accessories: Nigel Dando Jewellery

Groom: Hackett, Gabucci

Florist: Le Couer Sauvage (Faith Brennan)

Venue: Chateau de Lisse

Makeup: Elizabeth Harbottle




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