Bodleian Library Wedding in Oxford with Bride in Sassi Holford Tamara Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids in Forest Green Jenny Yoo Dresses by Lucy Davenport Pin Image

Bodleian Library Wedding, Oxford, with Bride in Sassi Holford Tamara Wedding Dress

This Bodleian Library wedding in Oxford is the perfect combination of contemporary and traditional. Incorporating many new, fun elements, such as a joint bride and groom wedding speech, and opting for timeless attire in the shape of bride Ali’s stunning Sassi Holford Tamara wedding dress. Images come from the lovely Lucy Davenport whose light, documentary-style tell this tale beautifully. Plus the use of trees and beautiful florals to decorate the historical space is going to knock your socks off!


“What made our day unique was only incorporating the traditions that were important to us. I love all types of weddings but for us, the gender roles, traditional speeches and top table format just didn’t feel right. Instead, we had my brother as a bridesmaid, Andy’s 9-year-old nephew as one of the ‘best men’, made a joint speech and had a friend’s top table. We also ditched favours. Instead, we opted for a bottle of one of our fave gins and a selection of Fever-Tree tonics on each table. We found a great personalised gin table plan on Etsy which was just perfect.” – Ali & Andy

Bodleian Library Wedding

Oxford is doused in history, spectacular architecture and wedding venues such as the Weston, the Sheldonian and the beautiful Bodleian Library where Ali & Andy chose to have their stunning wedding reception. The rooftop has spectacular views of the spires, which designers Bigtop did a fantastic job of incorporating into the designs of the stationery and signage. It also made a wonderful backdrop for portraits captured by Lucy Davenport photography. Every inch of this Bodleian Library wedding will make you smile, it’s hard not to when the couple as so evidentially happy.


“We wanted our wedding to be as relaxed and as joy-filled as possible, but still look elegant and in keeping with the Oxford city location. We decided on a colourful summer palette of corals, pinks, greenery and blue, which was beautifully executed by Fabulous Flowers. We were incredibly inspired by Oxford, the city that we live in and both love. My favourite part of the wedding day had to be the ceremony; walking into Convocation House with my dad, best friend, sister and brother and seeing the smiling faces of our closest friends and family, and of course, Andy, waiting, looking incredibly handsome, was very emotional.” – Ali & Andy

Ali & Andy most certainly did things their way encouraging other couples to “Question traditions” and ““incorporate the bits that are right for you.”. They also did their homework when it came to selecting wedding suppliers, including scouring our wedding directory, The List. Make sure you take a look too.

Photography by Lucy Davenport
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband, three beautiful children and pet dog.

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