Oakfield House Wedding at Chester Zoo

Claire & James’ wedding photographs from Oakfield Manor in Chester Zoo

Unique Wedding Venue

Claire & James invited me to their Oakfield House wedding in Chester Zoo as their wedding photographer. Oakfield House is a stunning, unique wedding venue. It’s next door to the lion enclosure in the zoo. I wasn’t going to say no! I love Oakfield House wedding photography; perfect for my natural style of wedding photography. There are more Oakfield House and Chester weddings at the bottom of the page…

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester

Claire and the girls were getting ready at The Double Tree about a mile or so away from Chester Zoo. The mood was full of anticipation and excitement for the day ahead. I popped in to see the groomsmen too, and they were really ‘up for it’ (so they told me). Fingers crossed for the weather holding and we were set for a brilliant, unique wedding in Chester Zoo!

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Oakfield House Weddings

Oakfield house is situtaed next to the lion enclosure, and we could hear them  for most of the day. Slightly surreal, but all part of this unique wedding venue’s charm. The groomsmen arrived and walked through to Oakfield House with their buttonholes. A couple of ladies came to the lads’ rescue with the buttonholes!

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As the guests arrived, and ceremony time was fast-approaching, the lads nipped out with a sly hipflask…well, it’d be rude not to!

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Claire arrived with a few minutes on our side, so time for a fe formals of her and dad, bridesmaids etc, before we were ‘live’ again and the ceremony was about to begin. I was using a 24-70mm zoom outside but for most of the day I used prime lenses, 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm on the two Nikon D750 bodies.

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The registrars were great, and let me work with no restrictions. Thank you ladies!

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After  drinks and congratulations, we were off for a quick twenty minute portrait session around Oakfield House. By now Claire and James couldn’t / wouldn’t stop laughing; they were so happy. Brilliant!

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Afternoon Tea in Chester

From the bride and groom wedding photos, we were off for afternoon tea. Proper afternoon tea too. Awesome…and very well received by the wedding guests. Speeches were to be later on the day, and we had a choice of options…just to keep me in my toes. But for now I had a break with a cup of tea and my own butties. My solititude was to be shortlived as Gavin and the boys from The Rush Band walked in to the rear lounge to set up for the evening party. The Rush Band are arguably the best and busiest wedding and events band in the north west, and you really have to check them out for your wedding. Front man Gavin can power a small village alone, with the energy he exudes whilst performing… 😉

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Evening wedding speeches outside Oakfield House

Yes, it was October. Yes, it was going dark. Yes, it wasn’t exactly thirty degrees, but it worked…brilliantly. The speeches were outside Oakfield House as the band had finished sound checking. Great fun to shoot, but challenging with all the different coour light sources and a rapidly fading sky. Let’s hear it for fast prime lenses…

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The Rush Band

Like a switch, the Rush Band fired up and hit the first song. Like a switch also, the dancefloor filled with around fifty dancers….totally packed, amnd remained so for the rest of the time I was shooting there. Incredible! I had very little space to move until Claire & James hit their first dance and we had a little mote space to play with. That didn’t last long beofre we were swamped again… 😉 What an incredible atmosphere and gig. Cheers guys.

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