Preview: Oaks Farm Wedding – Tara & Dean, Croydon, London

A summer Oaks Farm Wedding in July; Tara & Dean had a civil ceremony in The Stable at Oaks Farm, before hosting their drinks reception in the marquee and gardens of this beautiful wedding venue. Just as we came out of the ceremony, we slipped around the side of The Stable building to get a shot of these rustic wooden boards and the rosebush, before walking out for a confetti photo.

Tara & Dean, Oaks Farm Wedding, Croydon, London
Tara & Dean, Oaks Farm Wedding, Croydon, London

Tara & Dean had hired an Imperial Regent Landaulette which looked great with a little of my signature yellow/blue split toning in the post processing. The country lanes running up to Oaks Farm are so peaceful you really do forget that you’re in Croydon.

Oaks Farm – The Garden Wedding Reception

I shot at Oaks Farm over six years ago, and you can view this wedding here. The fountain is a key feature of this beautiful venue, and both wide and telephoto lenses work well for compositions. Fast shutter speeds are necessary to capture the fountain!

Tara & Dean, Oaks Farm Wedding, Croydon, London
Tara & Dean, Oaks Farm Wedding, Croydon, London

Tara and Dean had a socially distanced evening where their first dance was held outside under the open sided marquee. After this, a very special guest arrived (Charlie the Springer Spaniel) for his own photo shoot around the gardens with the family.

Tara & Dean, Oaks Farm Wedding, Croydon, London
Tara & Dean, Oaks Farm Wedding, Croydon, London

A serene wildflower meadow sits just outside the main gardens of Oaks Farm, and although the sunlight didn’t quite fall on us at the right time, we got some great shots in this meadow at golden hour.

Tara & Dean, Oaks Farm Wedding, Croydon, London

Finally, before I left I just wanted to try something a bit different. The lane running up to Oaks Farm is an old bridle path and the trees create a tunnel of woodland that I thought they look quite interesting if illuminated with flash. The shops didn’t quite come out as I expected, and I certainly want to have another go at this idea before I think it’s finished, but I love the result so far.

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