The Perch Oxford Wedding Photographer: Erin and Tom
It was wonderful to head to the city of dreaming spires to photograph Erin and Tom’s wedding. Erin and Tom met at university in Oxford and The Perch is really special to them, as they spent a lot of time there together, cycling along the river for Sunday lunches on the Thames The Perch sits in a beautiful spot on the edge of Port Meadow and after a ceremony at Oxford Town Hall we headed down the river for a sunny boat ride.
Here’s what Erin and Tom had to say about working with me as their wedding photographer:
We absolutely love our photos! We loved Laura’s work because it was so colourful, relaxed, and creative. We knew that we didn’t want photographs that were too stiff or formal – we wanted photos that would capture how much fun it was to celebrate our wedding in the gardens of our favourite pub! We were really nervous about the couples portraits – neither of us are particularly natural in front of the camera, but Laura and Pete made it really easy and fun. We actually found it was one of the most relaxing parts of the day, because it was the first time we were alone together! So it was a special moment.
Scroll down to the bottom to read about the rest of their day in their own words.
We met in Latin class! We were both doing postgrad degrees at Oxford, and met there. We lived in Oxford together for several years – with brief stints in London, Cambridge, Venice, and Boston, MA!
We love Oxford, and there are many meaningful places there for us. One of them is The Perch, a country pub set on the Thames just outside the town. We lived nearby for several years, and cycled there – once even through a flood! – often for Sunday lunch. We both love the countryside and thought that The Perch would be a perfect for this. We also really love good food – no sad chicken/fish! – and The Perch has an incredible wedding feast menu.
Erin‘s grandparents live the US and couldn’t travel to Oxford for the wedding, so it felt important to us that they be included. Erin asked her grandmother to write a short reading for the ceremony, which her sister read. We also chose to have a poem read – ‘The Master Speed’ by Robert Frost. Erin is from New England, where Robert Frost lived and wrote, and we wanted to incorporate this into the ceremony. Frost wrote the poem for his own daughter’s wedding.
The Decor and Styling
We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere, with informal, blowsy flower arrangements and rustic tableware that suited the countryside style of the pub. Our florist, Daisies, is right in north Oxford near The Perch, and perfectly captured the relaxed, rustic atmosphere that we wanted to create.
The Best Bits
The boat ride up the Thames! We traveled between the ceremony and The Perch by boat, and it was just perfect.
The Words of Wisdom
Don’t worry about the small things – napkin colours, wedding favours, etc. No one remembers, and most don’t even notice. Focus on the things you really love (flowers? food? cake?!) and it’s easier to enjoy planning, and much less stressful.
Dress: Dolce and Gabbana
Alterations by London Fitting Rooms
Suit: Mullin and Mullin, York
Florist: Daisies, Oxford
Venue: Ceremony: The Oxford Registry Office; Reception: The Perch
Cake: Barefoot Oxford
Caterer/food/event planning: The Perch
Entertainment: Wedding Smashers
Transport: Oxford River Cruises
Umbrellas: Brolly Bucket
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