Pictorially my post begins with this split composition image at Wokingham Town Hall, though expand to see more documentary wedding photographs from Ollie and Laura’s reception at the incredibly photogenic Bearwood College, a relatively new wedding venue in Berkshire. Few things photographically lift my heart more than clients who desire me to; ‘with great respect, melt into the background best you can,’ and registrars who ask how I would like to cover the event, instead of firing a list of don’ts, won’ts and can’ts disarmingly across my photographic bows, the moment I walk into their environment. I’ve only photographed a handful of Wokingham Town Hall wedding ceremonies, but I reckon you could ask any photographer who has had the pleasure of working here their thoughts, and they’d praise this institutional island in Berkshire as a haven for incredibly soft warm natural available light with equal warmth in the welcome extended by those that preside over the ceremonies. WTH could be a natural light photographic studio, it’s that good. Okay, a couple of images to look out for from the town hall; the split composition above, bridesmaids and groom awaiting arrival of our bride separated by a wall and their thoughts. And then the groom showing quite an emotional embrace for one of the ushers, who only an hour or so previously had been a feature of Radio 2′s travel bulletins for spinning his car from a blowout on the nearby M4. I also have a soft spot for the beautiful emotion displayed by the father of the bride, enveloped by emotion during the ceremony comforted by the eye’s of his wife. Then from Bearwood College, a number of natural group portraits set by guests that work all the better for my capture as a ‘guest,’ and the first dance shot with a cavernous perspective of height.
Although the lead picture in this post features a moment from earlier during the day at church, click more below and you’ll get an idea of the majesty of light and photographic opportunity afforded a wedding photographer when working at Windsor’s Beaumont Estate. The White House is one part of this estate and boasts a large neighbouring chapel that’s now used as this Berkshire venue’s banqueting room. Some particular memories from Rikki and Gemma’s day, which you’ll find within the click through – the cheeky lads playfully engaging in a little horse play during the prayers, the banqueting suite of course and the groom’s surprise; a car that his wife thought had been bought by a rival bidder recently.