Credit: Philippa James Photography

Credit: Philippa James Photography

Credit: Philippa James Photography

Credit: Philippa James Photography

The Ashmolean is Proud to Celebrate over 10 Years of Hosting Weddings

The world’s oldest public museum has been hosting weddings in its galleries and events spaces since 2007!

Within the Ashmolean, located in heart of Oxford and with over sixty galleries to choose from, there is a wealth of opportunity to wow your guests and create a show stopping day.

Oxford-based owners of Frog Orange Balloons, Beck and Lucy were the first couple to exchange vows against a backdrop of half a million years of art and history. The Ashmolean invited them back for a fabulous photoshoot and walk down memory lane captured by local wedding photographer, Philippa James.

Beck and Lucy got together in London in 1999, and they decided to settle in Oxford and tie the knot at the Ashmolean.

Lucy says: “Our ceremony took place in the European Art Gallery. The Wedding Planner at the time gave us the genius idea of us going up in the lift before the ceremony, and surprising our guests by descending via the rather dramatic staircase, which we did indeed do, accompanied by our saxophonist […] my knees were shaking so much I thought I was going to fall down the stairs!”

Beck says: “It was a wonderful, wonderful day, and the venue could not have been more perfect. In a world where same sex couples were not always accepted, we always felt warmly welcomed by the Ashmolean.”

For more information on Weddings at the Ashmolean, please contact

Photographer: Philippa James
Cake: Lulu’s Little Oxford Kitchen
Models: @frogorange⠀

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