Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding Photographer

Kat & Glynne’s highlights from this unique Oxford wedding venue

Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding

Kat & Glynne hired me to be their Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding Photographer – my first wedding of 2017. This was to be one of my weddings where I meet my clients on the day – no fuss, few emails, and a couple of phone calls. Sorted. The Crazy Bear Stadhampton is a very popular wedding venue – part of a very funky, award-winning group of hotels. This is taken from their website:

“The original Crazy Bear has been entertaining guests since its creation in 1993. Abundant gardens, eclectic design, award winning dining and inventive facilities, within eighty acres of working farmland all contribute to its distinctive personality.

The Crazy Bear Stadhampton is a unique oasis in the countryside, and is the foundation for our Crazy Bear culture”.

sign at the crazy bear crazy bear detail wedding dress at the crazy bear stadhampton wedding shoes at the crazy bear stadhampton wedding jewellery in oxford wedding flowers in oxford champagne at a wedding

Unique Oxford wedding venue

The Crazy Bear Stadhampton is a unique Oxford wedding venue, where each room seemingly has it’s own theme, from Thai, through Scandinavian, Traditional and Burlesque. It’s a brilliant venue for an Oxford Wedding, and offers a lot of scope for a Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding Photographer.

bride and bridesmaids in funky t shirts bride hugging her bridesmaid bridesmaid taking a selfie pouing champagne at a wedding team bride shirt bride photo on iphone bride having makeup done bride sister watching on bride looks at herself in a mirror carp at the crazy bear

Wedding guests at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton

As my schedule allowed, I caught up with Glynne and the guests in the bar area. The fun, laughter and all-round atmosphere was beginning to rise. I said my hellos to Glynne and his two children, then quietly got on with it. Glynne is brilliant fun and enjoyed having a laugh with all the wedding guests as they arrived at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton.

groom greeting guests at the crazy bear stadhampton smiling wedding guest at the crazy bear stadhampton grrom drinking beer in the bar groomsman having button hole positioned groom having his buttonhole fitted groom and best man joking

Crazy Bear Stadhampton Bride

With a quick change of location, from the log cabin to a master themed suite, it was time for Kat and the girls to get dressed. The velour-lined walls were black, with a dark carpet and little in terms of downlighters. I used a touch of bounced flash to add some ‘fill’ to Kat’s bridal portraits and was very pleased with the results. Simple, stylish and very ‘me’. Kat made a perfect Crazy Bear Stadhampton Bride.

stunning bride at the crazy bear stadhampton bride photo at the crazy bear stadhampton bride in a room at the crazy bear stadhampton bridesmaids getting ready at the crazy bear stadhampton weddings at the crazy bear stadhampton wedding vows at the crazy bear stadhampton nervous groom at the crazy bear stadhampton bride and bridesmaids at the crazy bear stadhampton stunning bride photo at the crazy bear stadhampton

Weddings at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton

The weather was turning for the worse, sadly…but we didn’t care! It was a short walsk…around ten paces from the suite to the entrance of the ceremony room, giving us chance for a few final portraits before the ceremony. Weddings at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton are  intimate, with little to no room for using long lenses. For the photographers out there I was on 20mm, 24mm and 35mm primes. Yep, that intimate!

wedding music at the crazy bear stadhampton groom at the crazy bear wedding bridesmaids at a crazy bear wedding bride and father at the crazy bear stadhampton bride looks at her father at the crazy bear stadhampton wedding ceremony at the crazy bear stadhampton bride and groom look at each other grrom places ring on brides finger in oxford first kiss at an oxford wedding confetti throwing at the crazy bear stadhampton unicorn at the crazy bear stadhampton wedding reception at the crazy bear stadhampton wedding celebration at the crazy bear stadhampton

Wedding Photos at The Crazy Bear

With the rain a constant heavy drizzle by now, we were lucky to be under cover for most of our ten minute couple portraits. With a quick drop of the umbrella and a handful of quick shots, we nailed it, before moving back inside to photograph some family and friends group photos, plus some classic portraits of Kat.

bride and groom at the crazy bear stadhampton bride and groom in the rain at the crazy bear stadhampton bride looking at herself in a mirror rear view of wedding dress in a mirror reception at the crazy bear stadhampton dinner at the crazy bear stadhampton three boys on mobile phones at a wedding

Wedding Speeches at The Crazy Bear

With the daylight fading quickly, we were into the wedding breakfast and speeches. With the traditional three, plus an extra speech from Kat’s sister Taila, the laughter and fun spilled on for another hour or so. Brilliant. The Best Man suitably ripped Glynne apart, comparing his ‘mediocre achievements at school’  to BAFTA Award-winning sister Nicky – the TV Director on Strictly Come Dancing none the less….

father of the bride speech smiling wedding guest champagne glass nikky parsons at a wedding wedding speeches at the crazy bear stadhampton groom speech in oxford applaudong wedding guests at an oxford wedding sister of the bride speech bride looks at her sister best man speech in oxford best man speech at the crazy bear stadhampton first dance at the crazy bear stadhampton bride and groom dancing at the crazy bear stadhampton wedding guests dancing at the crazy bear stadhampton

 

 

Get in touch and tell me about your Crazy Bear Wedding…

More Winter Weddings…

King Street Townhouse Winter Wedding – Sarah & Rich

King Street Townhouse Winter Wedding Highlights from Sarah & Rich's winter wedding at this unique Manchester wedding venue   King Street Townhouse Winter Wedding King Street Townhouse is a relatively new Manchester-based wedding venue. It is owned by the Eclectic...

Manchester Wedding Photographer – Best of 2017

  Best of 2017 Some of my favourite images from 2017 as a Manchester Wedding Photographer   2017 in Pictures 2017 has been a brilliant year for me. I have photographed fifty weddings, all around the North West, with a slight detour in June, to Limerick in Ireland too....

30 James Street Wedding – Helen & Alex

30 James Street Wedding Helen & Alex's wedding photographs from the stunning 30 James Street Hotel in Liverpool   30 James Street Wedding A 30 James Street Wedding is always one to look forward to. 30 James Street Hotel is a fantastic themed hotel in the heart of...

Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Photography – Sarah & Michael

Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Photography Sarah & Michael's winter wedding photographs from Eaves Hall Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Sarah & Michael commissioned me to photograph their winter wedding at Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley. Eaves Hall is one of the very best, and...

Mitton Hall Winter Wedding Photography – Kira & James

 Mitton Hall Winter Wedding Photographer Kira & James' wedding photos from their winter wedding at Mitton Hall near Clitheroe, Lancashire "Mick they are amazing! We love them! We both even cried! Thank you so so much for an amazing job -  the day wouldn't have been...

Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Photography – Dyanne & Steven

 Eaves Hall Wedding Photography Dyanne & Steven's wedding photos from the stunning Eaves Hall near Clitheroe, Lancashire "Fabulous job with our wedding photo's, we are delighted and you've far exceeded our expectations. Some great pictures of Rupert too. You've...