If you are planning a wedding in the Pangbourne area do take a look at the Prices, the Photo Galleries, the Videos, and the Albums. This sample gallery illustrates just one of many venues for you to browse.
This little known wedding venue is tucked away in the lush Berkshire countryside but close to Reading - Herons Farm Pangbourne.
Herons Farm is much better known among the horsey set as Cullinghood Equestrian Centre; in fact that is how Peter first heard of Herons Farm as his neighbour keeps her pony there!
Anyway, getting back to weddings! The farm is easy to reach being so close to Reading and to Junction 12 of the M4 motorway. Satnav is recommended for the last few miles as all those country lanes can get to be quite confusing. There is plenty of onsite parking.
The wedding venue is photogenic, comprising a Victorian farmhouse, large landscaped gardens, a large barn which hosts the actual ceremonies and receptions, and a mews courtyard which has adjacent function rooms available should the weather be unsuitable for going outside.
Indeed on the day of the wedding featured in this gallery Autumn well and truly arrived and we had to contend with a nagging gusty wind. Fortunately rain did not arrive until later and we were able to complete a good selection of the all-important family and friend group photos in the grounds and courtyard, even if the wind did play havoc with some of our ladies hair and skirts! The overcast sky gave us excellent even natural light - something which photographers always pray for even if brides do not!
Our featured couple booked a short duration package comprising photography and video, starting shortly before the bride's arrival and finishing after the wedding breakfast speeches.
Browse some more galleries in the same area:
The Old Mill Aldermaston, Wokefield Park, The Great House at Sonning, Newbury Manor, The Swan at Streatley, Ufton Court, Silchester House, Trunkwell House, Mill House Hotel Swallowfield, Easthampstead Park, Cantley House, South Hill Park, Stirrups, Forbury Hotel
and lots more via the main Galleries Page.
The first photo below illustrates the view which awaits you as you proceed past the equestrian centre towards the wedding venue itself. The farmhouse is at the centre of the photo. You can see the barn peeping out from behind the wisteria festooned courtyard wall just to the left of the farmhouse:
And the entrance to the barn in the mews courtyard:
Soon the marriage ceremony got underway in the barn. The barn is quite tricky to shoot in mid-ceremony because of its layout; professional photographers unfamiliar with this venue should arrive in good time to recce suitable vantage points whilst avoiding the obvious distraction that would be caused by taking up a position right next to the celebrant in the alcove - which unfortunately some photographers will do.
Our couple concentrate on getting their vows right:
And the guests view from the other side of the barn:
The registrars from the Newbury Register Office were easy-going and set up our couple for the guests to take their own photos towards the end of the ceremony:
Its possible for photographers to go onto a first floor balcony in the main farmhouse at Herons Farm to shoot the big group photos. This ensures that as many of the guests as possible can be seen without other guests obscuring their faces:
We had lots of choices for photogenic backdrops in the gardens. Bright sunny days would be much more limiting because portraits usually look best when shot in even light rather than in contrasty light:
Tasty nibbles soon arrived:
The mews courtyard at Herons Farm was ideal for smaller group photos as it provided some shelter from the wind, and an adjacent function room to dive into should the threatening rain materialise:
Our couple had a receiving line in a very tight space as by that time outside was not really suitable. Tight but still some nice photos to be had:
The chilly blowy conditions could not dampen spirits:
The wedding cake was cut at the start of the wedding breakfast so that it could do its duty as the desert:
This little person seems to feature in a lot of photos. So cute!
Not sure whats going on here!
Our couple had their speeches at the end of the wedding breakfast. Peter videod the speeches in full - always a terrific memento of the day and an important element of the family history to be enjoyed in years to come:
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