Oxford is one of the UK’s most popular tourist cities after London for a reason. It is seriously beautiful there and I wanted to share some of my photographs with you.
During the half term holidays I was desperate to make the most of my time off and I scoured Groupon and Wowcher for a cheap weekend away deal which wouldn’t be too far from home. I found a great deal on Wowcher which was a hotel, dinner and spa break deal for two nights just outside of Oxford. I have been to Oxford before but it was many years ago so I thought this was a great opportunity to explore the famous University city again and combine it with a quiet, relaxing weekend away from London.
A word about the hotel – the Bignall Park Hotel. A perfectly lovely and comfortable hotel in an excellent location for exploring both Oxford and Bicester Village. We weren’t expecting anything amazing as these deals never are but it was great for what we wanted. The food was really good quality too.
When in a city as beautiful as Oxford it is only right to spend several hours wandering around looking at the beautiful architecture and taking pretty pictures of it. We took the decision to be frugal and not take a bus or person tour but everything is so central it is easy to get round and see all the colleges and university buildings on your own. I love how they are all nestled throughout the city and the students have the total run of the place! The whole city centre has got a really cool, studenty vibe which I really liked.
Other things worth doing while you are there? Well, I’d recommend the covered market in the city centre for food, coffee or a bit of Christmas shopping. It’s full of unique shops and crafty stalls selling beautiful gifts. Of course, the city is full of ‘University Memorabilia’ shops, which ones are legit I’m not sure but you can get some really nice hoodies and mugs with ‘University of Oxford’ emblazoned on the front. My main tips regarding planning a trip to Oxford would be; do not drive! We were planning to but were advised by our hotel to use the local park and ride. It’s super convenient, costs a few pounds and removes infinite stress of trying to finding a parking space and then paying £5per hour to stay there.
It really is a stunning city full of culture and history, and is an important city which defines the UK’s image in a big way. If you haven’t been I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Have you been to Oxford?
If you’ve been following my blog or my insta you will probably be sick to death of my wedding photo spam but SORRY there’s more to come! It was my wedding day after all. Today I’m going to write about one of the most magical experiences of my life (apart from the actual wedding of course); our post-wedding location shoot.
You may be aware that we had less than desirable weather for our wedding day – therefore we missed out somewhat on the stunning backdrop of our cliff top villa reception. We decided to get the photographer to take us back to the villa a few days later in all our wedding get up so that we could capture some of the magic.
It was so much fun! I thought I’d be nervous as I’ve never been photographed professionally before, but the photographer put us at ease and just told us to be natural. We literally just wandered round the garden, chatting and laughing and stopped for the odd smooch occasionally! I’m so pleased with how they came out the villa looks stunning.
Now onto the best bit. The photographer asked us if we would be keen to go and shoot at a tidy, secret beach and maybe even go in the sea as he had an underwater camera! I didn’t hesitate. I love the ocean, being a dive master I am a mermaid at heart and how different and exciting to have underwater wedding photographs?? Not many people can say they’ve got those. I did have a quick thought about getting my dress wet, but then I though HELL I’m never going to wear it again! And incidentally it recovered just fine and you wouldn’t even know I went swimming in it!
My dreams of becoming a mermaid are realised!
What do you think?? Would you wear your wedding dress underwater?