Kate and Sam’s Exquisite Blenheim Palace Orangery Wedding


One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve photographed recently was Kate and Sam’s gorgeous Blenheim Palace wedding. There were a so many things I loved about this wedding! Blenheim Palace is a magical venue. The late afternoon light was stunning. Plus the couple were so photogenic and relaxed in front of the camera they were so much fun to photograph.

The ceremony took place at Saint Nicolas Church, a village church situated on the outskirts of Oxford in the small village of Forest Hill. This Norman church has been standing for nearly 900 years. Despite the rain, it was a lovely setting in a part of Oxford that most people don’t get a chance to visit.

A vintage Routemaster bus hired from First Choice Wedding Cars whisked the guests to the venue for the reception –this was a nice touch and ensured everyone got there safely and it meant that the good times continued to roll! The venue was the spectacular Blenheim Palace specifically the Orangery.  The venue boasts grand architecture and elegant design. Historically it was used as a store for orange trees and then as a private theatre. Now, its light and airy feel make it a perfect venues for weddings!

The Orangery overlooks the Duke of Marlborough’s private Italian Garden which is an exquisitely landscaped formal garden. Due to the rain the guests mainly stayed indoors but luckily later in the day it brightened up and I was able to get some fantastic shots of the newlyweds in front of the prestigious grand house.

One interesting detail is that Kate, the bride, is Russian. Her parents had flown over especially from Russia, along with many family members who had never met Kate’s parents before. Among the table decorations were numerous small Russian dolls which provided a reminder of Kate’s homeland and a splash of bright colour. Overall the colour theme was a light pastel one, with the flowers for bouquets provided by Jemini based in the Oxford Covered Market, and the bridesmaids dressed in a pretty pale green shade.

Bride, groom and guests had a wonderful time as the pictures show – and so did I! Here’s what Kate had to say about her photographs:

“It took us some time before choosing our photographer. I searched online for different photographers, their work and reviews. When I saw your website I really liked your work. When looking at your photos, you can definitely say that you know what you are doing. This also made my day even more special when I saw the photos. Every one that attended our wedding agrees that you are a brilliant photographer. Also you are really easy going, which made the photo shoots feel natural. For example, Sam does not do photo shoots and could feel rather uncomfortable. However, he actually really enjoyed himself during your photo shoots. He felt comfortable and confident. Also, we have recommended you to all of our friends!”



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Flowers: Jemini
Wedding car: Wedding Car Hire
Bus: First Choice
Bridesmaids Dresses & Accessories: Fresh Oxford
DJ: Regency Entertainment



  • Jordan Totney - February 23, 2017 - 10:26 am

    Lovely wedding and some amazing photos. Everything looked stunning. Congratulations to Kate and Sam and all the best to them in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Samuel Waters - February 18, 2017 - 12:30 am

    She was so happy on her wedding day! Best day ever!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Owens - January 18, 2017 - 10:49 am

    What an amazing venue and gorgeous couple!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Ann Simon - November 15, 2016 - 3:25 pm

    WOW! Kate and Sam had the perfect wedding day at Blenheim Palace!! Beautiful photography, Rachel! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Emma Gates - November 14, 2016 - 8:14 pm

    Simply beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Michael Maurer - November 14, 2016 - 6:11 pm

    Some great shots in here, Rachel. What a stunning venue!ReplyCancel

  • Zoe Emilie - November 14, 2016 - 10:35 am

    Great set Rachel!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy-Leigh - November 14, 2016 - 10:19 am

    Lovely set of photographs Rachel!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsie - November 14, 2016 - 10:17 am

    Lovely photographs and what a beautiful venue!!ReplyCancel

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