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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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….

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