man and woman in cowboy hat smile at camera during banbury garden party

Banbury Photographer – Emily’s 21st Birthday

Jun 20, 2020 | Portrait

Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing Emily’s 21st birthday party at her family home in Banbury, Oxfordshire.  They chose me as their Banbury photographer and I couldn’t have been more pleased.  Their stunning home and garden in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside played host to the event. You really couldn’t ask for a better location

The theme was travel and the dress code was black tie and there was a real mix of the two elements.  Emily’s mum Joanna is a wedding and event planner so it was always going to be a well organised and beautifully decorated party. It really didn’t disappoint, it looked amazing.  The marquee in the garden was decorated with the most beautiful flowers, all put together by her lovely sister Penny.  The colours were absolutely stunning and really set the tables off.  Penny is looking for a future career in flower arranging and I would say she certainly has one.  The candle lanterns and all the little detail on the three tables looked beautiful, as did the hanging paper lanterns which matched the colour scheme perfectly

Drinks Reception

When the guests arrived they were treated to a drinks reception in the beautiful garden.  The sun was shining and it was a beautiful evening for a party.  The canapes were divine, a mix of tempura prawns, beef and bearnaise sauce, honey and mustard sausages and wild mushroom arancini

inflatable monkey in wicker basket in garden at banbury party
floral garland necklaces hanging up in garden for banbury party
white Moroccan tent in garden with sofas and cushions in banbury
cushions inside Moroccan tent in garden of banbury party
girl holding champagne glass and wearing hat in banbury drinks reception
parents and daughter in group shot in garden in banbury
two men and a woman speaking and laughing in garden during drinks reception
king prawns on wooden board in garden at banbury birthday party
girl holding champagne glass in garden party at banbury
man holding champagne glass in garden during banbury party outdoor reception
man in tuxedo talking to man in fez in banbury garden party
man in floral necklace eating canape during banbury garden party reception
woman in green dress laughing during garden party in banbury
woman in pirple dress taking canape in banbury garden party reception
two women laughing in garden party in banbury during drinks reception
woman in summer dress drinking champagne and laughing in banbury party
man in skirt and blazer and floral necklace during garden party in banbury
man in cowboy hat hugs woman in garden party at banbury
man and woman in cowboy hat smile at camera during banbury garden party
male guest in suit smiling during drinks reception at banbury birthday party
man smiling in sombrero during drinks reception at banbury birthday party
canapes on a tray in drinks reception during banbury party
man in tuxedo smiling and talking during garden party in banbury
two women looking at a mobile in garden party in banbury during birthday party
man in fez hat talking with women during drinks reception in garden in banbury

Food and Speeches

The guests were then invited into the marquee for the main event.  The seating plan was based around continents. All the guests were sitting in different parts of the world, in keeping with the travel theme.  Emily’s father delivered a very touching and heartwarming speech to his beautiful daughter. One of her good friends then read out a poem she had written about Emily.  The guests were then all treated to a delicious buffet, provided by Greens catering.  The main meal included Balinese chicken, Moroccan beef tagine (which was epic), minted cous cous, red pumpkin curry, plus a host of different salads.  Pudding was served to the tables on slate and was a chocolate lovers idea of heaven!  I was lucky enough to partake in the food also and all I can say is it was absolutely divine!

globe sitting on a pile of books in marquee in banbury garden party
pair of binoculars sitting on a table with a bottle of dry gin
table set up with pink and purple flowers in marquee at banbury party
pink and purple flowers on table inside marquee at banbury party
orange roses with pink and purple flowers
map of the world table names for banbury party
tomato salad in bowl on table during meal at banbury party
couscous in wooden bowls on table in marquee during reception at banbury party
greek salad on plate on table during buffet meal at banbury party
buffet food on table in marquee for banbury birthday party reception
man taking selfie in white marquee while guests watch in banbury party evening reception
woman sitting at table smiling during evening reception at banbury birthday party
two men sitting at table during dinner reception of banbury birthday party
man in tuxedo sitting at table smiling during evening reception at banbury birthday party
man sitting at table laughing during evening reception meal at banbury party
woman sitting at table during evening reception at banbury birthday party
male in cowboy hat smiling at table during evening reception at banbury birthday party
silver lantern on trestle table with purple runner and candle inside
male and female sitting at table during evening reception laughing during banbury party
male sitting at table smiling during evening reception at banbury party

Party Time!

After dinner the birthday girl was called up to the front by her father for the obligatory ‘Happy birthday’ song and blowing out of candles and then the party started.  The music was provided by mighty fine entertainment. He put on a really good show with a great mix of songs.  As you can see from the images, everyone was up dancing and having a jolly good time. I had an absolute ball at this party, I really do love my job sometimes.  Emily and her family and friends were so welcoming and such a lovely group of people to be around.  The suppliers were all fantastic and brought the evening together with real class.  Thanks for choosing me as your Banbury photographer and happy birthday!

two men dance on dancefloor at banbury party
girl dances with friends on dancefloor in banbury birthday party
girl in hat dances on dancefloor during banbury party photography
two men dance on dancefloor during banbury party photography
man in purple hat holds drink and dances on dancefloor
woman and friend hug on dancefloor during banbury birthday party
woman in pink hat dancing on dancefloor in banbury party
birthday girl dances with friends on dancefloor at party
girl dances and fist pumps on dance floor in marquee in banbury
male and female dance on dance floor inside marquee at birthday party
girl dances with her father inside marquee in banbury
three girls hug on dance floor and dance in banbury
male and female laughing inside marquee at birthday party in banbury
male holds two pineapples smiling in marquee in banbury
four girls dancing on dance floor in marquee in party in banbury
male in tuxedo dancing on dance floor at birthday party in banbury
male in black suit dances on dance floor at birthday party
man and woman on dancefloor at banbury birthday party
girl and boy laughing at camera as he looks through binoculars
back of girl in pink sombrero on dancefloor at banbury party

The fantastic team of suppliers involved in this party were:

Event planning and decor – Joanna from Joanna Wilford weddings

Catering – The fantastic team at Greens catering

Entertainment – Award winning Mighty fine entertainment

Cake – The cake shop

Marquee – Cotswold marquees

Flowers – Penelope Heald

Hanging lanterns – The hanging lantern company

Well done team, awesome job!

I really hope you enjoyed reading my blog as much as I enjoyed putting it together. If you would like to book me as your Banbury photographer or you would like to discuss your photography requirements please contact me here

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