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Craig and Kat's Oxford Wedding - What rain? No Problem!

Updated: Feb 8, 2020

Three women walking into a hotel in the rain, each holding an umbrella. - Oxford wedding photography

When I first arrived at the hotel to photograph Kat and Craig's big day I met Craig in the foyer, suited and booted, ready 2 hours before the ceremony. I fully expected Kat to be midway through getting ready but she was no where to be seen! Looking at his phone Craig remarked ‘Kat’s in a coffee shop in Abingdon!’ I love how relaxed both Kat and Craig were all day, it's certainly the way to make sure you enjoy yourself to the fullest.

A groom sitting in a chair in a reception of a hotel, his bride has arrived behind him and is hugging a family member

When Kat arrived, Craig was under strict instructions to look away from the door so as not to see Kat! She got a little peak of him as she came through the reception area but not the other way around. It makes me so happy to work with couples who pick and chose which traditions to incorporate into their weddings based on who they are as a couple - it's your wedding, do it your way. Kat and Craig wanted to stay traditional with keeping Craig's first sight of Kat on their wedding day for the walk down the aisle (and yes there was a tear in his eye when that moment came) but in other ways they are bucking the stereotypes - I love the fact that Craig and Kat both had engagement rings and not just her.

A wedding couple in a suit and dress stand in a foyer of a hotel

Craig and Kat’s wedding day is a testament to the fact that a little (ok a lot!) of rain shouldn’t put a damper on anything. It’s going to be an awesome day no matter if it’s rain or shine! We had plans to follow the ceremony directly with a confetti tunnel and group shots outside but as we came out of the ceremony the rain was still coming down hard. So a quick change of plan and into the entrance hall for group shots. The foyer was beautiful, but busy! But not to worry, I had no qualms about moving everything in the way - I moved signs, I moved suitcases, I moved a conference easel, I even moved people, this is your day and I'm sure the other hotel guests don't mind! And don't worry - we didn't forget about the confetti toss, during the evening reception we grabbed a few of the wedding party and had a confetti shower for the couple inside, quickly followed by the guests spontaneously filling the room with bubbles which Craig and Kat danced under - despite the rain it all turned out perfectly.

Charlie of Amethyst Photography looks excited on the dance floor of a wedding
EDIT - look what Kat and Craig found for me! This is me, getting snapped, rocking your dance floor shots! I love it when I get to have this much fun at a wedding.

The day was rounded out with an epic party following Kat and Craig's awesome choreographed first dance. I even got dragged up and busted a move to the Macarena - sorry there’s no pics of that, I was too busy dancing! I did get roped into a selfie and someone snapped me on a disposable as I was getting those dance floor shots so I’m documented at the wedding somewhere!

All in all a beautiful day where everywhere I turned there was someone smiling, laughing and generally having a wonderful time!

"From start to finish, our experience with Charlie at Amethyst Photography has been exceptional. She took care to scope out the best parts of the venue for photographs, and demonstrated a keen eye for detail throughout the day. Despite constant rain limiting the space for taking photographs, the resulting pictures were incredible. Charlie was so much fun to work with and captured so many great moments, her photographs really tell the story of our day. In every possible way, Charlie exceeded our expectations, and was an integral part of our wedding." - Kat and Craig

Four women walk into a hotel in the rain, each holds an umbrella

The mother of the groom looks excitedly at her son, she wears a pink jacket and purple fascinator

A bride and her bridesmaid get ready together and look excited. The image is in black and white

A card is on a table with the words 'This thing we're doing here, Kat, I'm all in'. There is also a badge with the words 'I'm all in'

The mother of the bride applies eye shadow to the bride using a brush

A bride and her bridesmaid stand in a hotel room. One of the bridesmaid is doing up the bride's dress

The bride looks happy as her bridesmaid does up her dress

The bride looks excited as she looks at her reflection in the mirror, her arms are up to the side and she is laughing

The bride's parents look happy and excited in a hotel room

The groom is standing in the hotel reception surrounded by friends and family

The bride has walked down the aisle and is standing next to her husband to be and father, she holds a bouquet

The mother of the bride looks happy as she watches her daughter get married

The groom places a ring on the bride's finger

A  closeup of the bride, she wears a veil and glasses. The top of her dress is lace and embroidered

The bridesmaids look happy as the couple get married

The bride laughs, she has braided hair and wears a veil and glasses

A bouquet with white and purple flowers, this sits next to the register book and pen

The bride hugs a guest who is a boy wearing a suit

The bride and groom sit and talk on a sofa. The groom wears a purple suit

A bride and groom in the reception of a hotel, they look lovingly at each other

A guest looks happy as she embraces the groom

A guest looks happy as he hugs the groom

A guest looks happy as she enters the room

A guest takes a picture of the bride and groom, on the screen the couple are kissing

The bride's parents toast the couple

the groom laughs and toasts as a speech is made

The bride and groom toast their glasses

The mother of the bride looks shocked and holds her hand to her face, the father of the bride is laughing

the groom and a guest have a video call on a mobile phone with a friend who cannot be present

A closeup of the bridal bouquet held in the left hand, the hand has two rings on the fourth finger

A formal portrait of a bride and groom in a reception foyer

The bride and groom laugh as confetti falls around them

A man in a suit dances and his mouth is open in excitement

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