I’d love to be closer to some of England’s beautiful historic cities – just to be able to explore the architecture and beautiful craftsmanship from days gone by. Seeing news from some of the glorious spaces which are now hosting weddings in Oxford has me yearning to be able to visit – and this sounds like such an exciting event I wanted to share it with all of you.

The Bodleian Libraries is throwing open the doors to its unique wedding showcase at 7pm, Saturday 3 November 2018. The event will take place in the historic Divinity School, Convocation House and Chancellor’s Court, all within the Libraries’ site in central Oxford and at the Sheldonian Theatre next to the Bodleian Libraries.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of fizz on arrival at the free event. A host of Oxford’s finest wedding suppliers as well as the Bodleian’s in-house wedding team will be on hand to inspire and advise prospective brides and grooms on how to achieve their dream wedding in the Bodleian Libraries’ special historic spaces.


The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, cake designers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this week?

Surrey wedding photographer Jessica Grace Designer wedding stationery Elizabeth Tyrer wedding stationery lancashire

Jessica Grace is a natural documentary wedding photographer in love with the spontaneous moments. “On your wedding day I want to capture the story as it unfolds. The happy tears, the laughter and everything in between. I capture the whole atmosphere for you, all lit up with joy and preserved in beautiful photos to be cherished for the rest of your lives.”


New event added!! For those of you who missed the event in July, the Bodleian Library is hosting a new event – Bodleian In Bloom – on the 24th of February 2018. Please visit https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/venue-hire/weddings-and-civil-partnerships for more information.

Few wedding venues are as impressive as English Wedding Directory member The Bodleian Libraries. One of the oldest libraries in Europe, in the romantic and historic city of Oxford – it’s a bookworm’s dream wedding venue. I would LOVE to be married here – and if you haven’t booked your wedding venue I have a great opportunity to share with you today!

The best way to appreciate stunning spaces and striking settings is to experience them first hand. Bring your friends, family and partners for the very first wedding open evening at the Bodleian Libraries.

With an enchanted wedding theme, the Old Schools Quadrangle will be transformed into a fairytale garden party on the evening of the 15th of July, giving you the chance to appreciate the beauty of the Bodleian Libraries as the backdrop for your wedding. All aspects of your wedding planning will be considered on the evening, giving you the opportunity to let your creativity run wild whilst chatting through ideas with our suppliers on site.


Josie and Simon’s wedding is just fabulous: the colour they created in every aspect of their day is just wonderful for a January wedding. Peacock feathers look stunning in a British flower bouquet; herbs as favours and place settings are perfect, and I adore Josie’s gorgeously vibrant wedding dress – you’ll love this!

A fabulously colourful wedding dress and gorgeous details for an intimate Oxford wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (27)

Wedding photographer’s website:


Chance and Google led us to Carol. We knew that we would be getting married in an iconic venue, that needed someone who knew it to photograph it well. We searched for online portfolios of the Bodleian and found Carol’s. We liked the style of photography and we liked the range of couples in her photos – not all couples are 20-something instagram supermodels! Then we met her and she put us at ease, and we felt comfortable with her taking care of our special day.

A fabulously colourful wedding dress and gorgeous details for an intimate Oxford wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (18)


We’re blessed to have such fabulous historic wedding destinations in the UK – our coastlines, countryside and quaint, quintessentially English cities inspire the loveliest of weddings. I’m so happy to be sharing Janina & Steve’s day with you this morning. They’re the sweetest couple – the details are stunning (LOVE that bouquet!) even though they chose not to have a theme: the spirit and style of their day comes from the grace of the city of Oxford and its architecture.

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Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

Web: http://www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Email: carol@carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
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“We love Oxford’s libraries, gardens and architecture. Getting married in two historic buildings, one of them among the most iconic buildings in Oxford was a privilege. We have both moved to Oxford from abroad and the wedding was our chance to share the life we have built here with our friends and families. Many of the most important people in our lives hadn’t met each other before. We had our rehearsal dinner in Somerville College, where we met and where Steve still teaches and we hosted a brunch the morning after the wedding in our house. For the wedding itself, we both immediately knew we wanted to celebrate in the Divinity School when we first visited it.”