Above are just a few of the very many thanks Peter has received from couples who were married at Reading Registry Office.
There is a detailed Price List on Peter's website; if you prefer to have coverage of just the ceremony, or perhaps some extra time before and after please do get in touch for a special quotation.
Reading Registry Office - also known as Reading Register Office - currently is in Castle Hill near the town centre and is very well known by Peter as this wedding venue is almost within walking distance of his base in Burghfield. He has photographed and video'd weddings at the Office dozens of times as you might expect.
The Castle Hill Registry Office is a short distance from junctions 11 and 12 of the M4 motorway. There is a decent amount of free parking to the rear of the building. Plans are in progress for the Register Office TO BE RELOCATED TO THE TOWN HALL FROM 3rd NOVEMBER 2018 in the town centre and parking will not be available so the multi-storey car parks will need to be utilised.
At Castle Hill there is a lawned garden at the front shaded by mature trees so there are plenty of opportunities for backdrops for the group and portrait photos.
The Office is very busy - especially Saturdays - and weddings may be booked for every 30 minutes. Therefore it is essential for brides, and everyone, to arrive in good time. This can also make things crowded for the outside photos so it may be a good idea to arrange for the photo session to take place at an alternative location. There is no indoor area at the office suitable for photos in inclement weather; if there is no other wedding immediately after your own it may be possible for the photos to be shot within the ceremony room with the agreement of the staff.
Forbury Gardens is a large mature semi-formal park in the town centre and this is an ideal location for photos. It is walkable - just - from the current location on Castle Hill. Parking may delay things and some couples arrange taxis or mini-buses instead. But on the plus side Forbury Gardens is only about 200 yards from the proposed new Register Office in the Town Centre.
The Registry Office staff are easy-going and helpful - even more so when they are at other civil marriage venues rather than under the pressure of 30 minutes on Castle Hill.
Brides often like coverage to start with the "getting ready" - all the girls with the hair, the make-up, the dresses, the shoes, the bouquets, the jewellery, the ..... well you get the idea! Some like to include some semi-formal portraits with the bridesmaids and especially with the parents. The first photo below shows a lovely bouquet in the girls getting ready venue - the nearby Forbury Hotel in central Reading:
This couple used a mini-bus to transport everyone around the town centre:
Its always great to shoot some photos of the bride's arrival at the wedding venue:
Its great to get some candid photos of the guests before the start of the ceremony:
Our groom nervously anticipates the arrival of his bride:
There was standing room only for this wedding! Some couples do not have such numbers - sometimes there are just two guests and they are needed as the official witnesses:
Lots of couples have one or two readings during their ceremony:
The civil marriage register is signed by the bride and groom plus the witnesses at the end of the ceremony. Most registrars do not permit the signing to be photographed or video'd but a "pretend" signing is usually set up afterwards if there is sufficient time allowed by the staff:
The civil register is then handed to the bride and groom:
Peter usually shoots a variety of semi-formal photos within a few seconds as the bride and groom come outside the building:
Confetti is allowed outside the office:
There is a good sized garden at the front of the venue which is suitable for some group and portrait photos:
The couple in the next photo arranged that we shoot the various photos in nearby Caversham Court Gardens:
Others chose the excellent Forbury Gardens:
The bride and groom chose to include some indoor photos in the nearby hotel:
Oh just look at those knees!
Lots of couples choose to have a riverboat for their reception venue:
Its good to shoot some detail photos of the reception venue. This was in the Griffin Pub in Caversham:
The speeches are always a terrific photo and video opportunity:
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