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Rivervale Barn has been built and maintained to an excellent standard. It has an olde worlde charm about it whilst at the same time being light airy spacious and clean; not an easy thing to achieve. And the gardens are absolutely gorgeous, which is probably a consequence of the wedding venue being in private hands rather than in the grip of corporate accountants.
The location of Rivervale Barn on the north Hampshire Berkshire border is great if you have guests travelling from afar. Just a short drive from Heathrow Airport and a little further to Gatwick. And easy links to the M4, M3, and M25 motorways. Ok you may not immediately be able to recognise the name of Yateley - its well-known near-neighbours include Sandhurst, Aldershot, and Camberley.
The registrars who conduct weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at Rivervale Barn are from the nearby Aldershot Office. They are always a joy to work with, probably the best in the South of England
Rivervale Barn has a good amount of onsite parking to the front of the venue in the camera position in the photo below. This is your first view of this wedding venue as you approach it via its private entrance drive from nearby Yateley:
Marriages in the Ceremony Barn benefit from good natural light by virtue of the huge cathedral-style windows. The space is big and airy. Here you can see the room all ready for the wedding to start. Ultra-wideangle lenses can be great for capturing the context and ambience:
The photographic coverage often starts with the later stages of the girls getting ready in the Barn's Honeymoon Cottage. Detail photos of the flowers dress shoes and such like always make a great start to the wedding album:
This bride and her entourage completed their initial getting ready elsewhere and then moved into Rivervale Barn's Cornstore Cottage for the finishing touches. Its good to have a few photos of the dress, shoes flowers etc at this stage, and of course the latter parts of the girls preparation. It also gives any nervous brides the opportunity to get used to the presence of a professional photographer. Here we see the bride having her dress finished and checked by her mum and bridesmaid:
The interior of Rivervale barn is actually split into two barns - one normally for the marriage ceremony and the other for the reception - and with a foyer in between. It is in this area that guests gather before the ceremony, take drinks afterwards, and dance away the evening.
The Ceremony Barn at Rivervale Barn is overlooked by a Minstrels Gallery. Great if you have musicians scheduled for your ceremony and also a good vantage point for professional photographers. The next photo shows a guest who is also an accomplished musician playing in the Gallery:
Some couples have their marriage ceremony at a local church rather than at Rivervale Barn. This couple's wedding took place at St Michaels Church Sandhurst:
There are some great individual studies to be photographed during ceremonies, such as the next photo where see our bride's mum totally absorbed in the proceedings. Would it be wild speculation that she is also remembering her own wedding day and then the bride's life from newborn to little girl to the bride today:
An established part of ceremonies is where the celebrant asks "who gives this woman to be married to this man?". Sometimes it is a solemn moment but others - as with our couple - it results in much hilarity and attacks of the giggles:
The Aldershot registrars are very easy going, enabling a good record of the entire ceremony to be shot - including both stills and video.
The first kiss is not actually an official part of most wedding ceremonies whether they are religious or civil, but it has become pretty much established and expected. So needless to say the excellent Aldershot registrars do incorporate it into their running order. And of course it makes a great photo!
Guests busily shooting their own memories of the day:
The staff from the Aldershot Register Office are invariably very pleasant to work with and have no onerous restrictions on professional photography during wedding ceremonies. Just the fairly common rule of no photos to be shot during the actual signing of the civil register (this is always re-staged afterwards for the benefit of guests wishing to take their own photos). It is OK to shoot the real signing from a distance. The presentation of the marriage certificate is of course shootable:
Once the guests are finished and the registrars have presented the bride and groom with their marriage certificate, then they organise the "recessional" - the exit of the couple from the room. The bride looks pretty pleased - eh!
Rivervale Barn Yateley has a large and airy bar area in-between the Ceremony Barn and the Reception Barn. This is great for the post-ceremony drinks especially if its too chilly to step outside into the courtyard. All the function rooms have vantage points from above from which some great wide photos can be taken such as in the next image showing guests congratulating our bride and groom after their ceremony:
The courtyard is available for guests to congregate ready for the ceremony and of course is great for the group photos afterwards. The courtyard is enclosed on all four sides and so affords valuable shelter should the weather be less than perfect. Behind the camera position there is a stairway which professional wedding photographers can use to shoot large groups of guests from a high angle:
The gardens at Rivervale Barn are extensive and varied, making this a very desirable wedding venue for professional wedding photographers:
The Gardens at Rivervale Barn Yateley are a splendid location for those all important posed photos with friends and family. Peter encourages couples to make a list and let him have a copy before the day. Then with a little help from an usher or two who know as many guests by sight as possible it is surprising how many photos can be completed in a short time. Here we see a fairly typical photo of the wedding party. Unlike many wedding photographers, Peter never discourages couples from having as many posed photos as they want; after all it is your day and so long as you allow sufficient time why should you not have the photos that matter to you:
The Reception Barn at Rivervale Barn looks splendid when dressed for the wedding breakfast as you can see in the next photograph. This barn also has a gallery which takes in the barn and the bar and can work well for photos. You can see the top table along the right wall. Sometimes it is positioned differently such as adjacent to the far wall:
The speeches are another great photo opportunity:
The Reception Barn also has a gallery at one end which makes a great spot from which to shoot the entire room. This photo shows the wedding breakfast in full swing:
Confetti is not a common sight any more as so many venues restrict or prohibit its use. Rivervale Barn allows confetti in the Courtyard. It usually works best when it is semi-organised, and our couples guests joined us after the wedding breakfast forming a gauntlet in the Courtyard:
Another rare sight these days is the bouquet toss but Katie was determined to have that. After a little trial run it went well!
The Courtyard at Rivervale Barn Yateley is adjacent to the foyer and the Reception Barn and so it is easily accessible within a few seconds. We had rain showers later in the evening at this wedding - when the confetti was scheduled for - but we were able to hop outside for just long enough to ensure that this fun part of the day could be completed (n.b. confetti is not allowed inside the buildings):
This couples' wedding also coincided with the groom's birthday and unbeknown to him a second cake - a birthday cake - had been organised:
In the evening the foyer at Rivervale Barn Yateley is transformed into the dancefloor:
Exotic evening snacks are popular with the guests:
Its nice to finish with a few photographs of Rivervale Barn illuminated at night:
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