If you are planning a wedding in the Wokingham and Bracknell areas do take a look at the Prices, the Photo Galleries, the Videos, and the Albums. This gallery illustrates just one of many venues for you to browse.
Kathy and John chose the delightful Cantley House Hotel on the outskirts of Wokingham berkshire for their wedding ceremony and reception.
Our couple booked a short duration combined photography and video package, starting shortly before the ceremony and ending a little after the speech delivered by the groom at the start of the wedding breakfast.
The weather teased us on the day, starting with heavy rain which made it look like the group photos etc after the ceremony would have to be shot inside. Not a problem as Peter always carries lots of auxiliary lighting equipment for just such eventualities. But its always nicer if you can get outside into the natural light, plus although the hotel has plenty of pleasing interior nooks and crannies to act as backdrops it can be challenging to shoot large groups inside. The drizzle abated just about in time to grab a few essential photos outside before the guests were called through for the wedding breakfast in the adjacent Briar restaurant.
The registrars were as always an absolute delight to work with.
Kathy and John chose a most unusual and charming duo of musicians to provide background entertainment before the ceremony and during the wedding breakfast. Kathryn Young played harp whilst Mervyn Mewis played a fascinating instrument called a hammered dulcimer. You can experience some of Kathryn and Mervyns' music on Vimeo. Mervyns was kind enough to allow Peter to record some of the music for use on our couples wedding video.
Lets start by having a look around the gorgeous exterior of the Cantley House Hotel, first off the grand entrance complete with the wedding notice and the special floral arrangements:
We had rain early in the day and so the next photo illustrating the gardens to the rear of the hotel was actually shot by Peter in the late afternoon once the clouds were largely blown away and whilst the guests were busy over their reception meals:
There are lots of great spots for photos in the hotels extensive gardens. On the day it was too wet underfoot for the ladies to venture onto the grass plus we were short of time to complete the essential group photos. Oh well!
The oak-panelled ceremony room looks great prepared ready for the wedding:
The instrument Mervyn is playing in the next photo is the hammered dulcimer:
Its hard to shoot the bride and grooms faces in ceremonies in the Oak Room as they are positioned very close to the registrar who is in turn located in the window alcove as you can see in the next photo:
We crammed as many of the essential group photos as we could into short time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception. You can see more in the main gallery. The terrace next to the Oak Room is partly sheltered by large mature trees and this is invaluable when there is some drizzle in the air:
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