If you are planning a wedding in the Basingstoke area 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.
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The elegant Audleys Wood Hotel is located just south of Basingstoke, a short hop from the M3 and M25 motorways, and so is an easy wedding venue for guests to reach from the south of England. There is plenty of onsite car parking.
The hotel itself is fitted furnished and maintained to a high standard in an English country house style. The permanent marquee screened by mature trees and shrubs makes a great location for receptions. The grounds are extensive and there are shaded areas available should the sunlight be too harsh for good quality portraits. The rear grounds have a variety of trees with different coloured foliage enabling photo backdrops to be varied. For more colour the front of the hotel is best with its elaborate hanging baskets.
The registrars who conduct marriage ceremonies at the Audleys Wood Hotel are from the local Basingstoke office. This has long been one of the most progressive register offices in the South, and professional photographers and videographers are able to shoot a good variety of stills and video during wedding ceremonies without having to worry about any petty rules.
Lets start our highlights with a quick tour of the outside of the hotel. The first photo below shows the pretty frontage.
The rear of the hotel has large landscaped gardens with a variety of mature trees:
The permanent marquee is the usual location for wedding receptions:
The marquee is hidden from view from the main hotel by lots of mature trees:
The restaurant inside the Audleys Wood Hotel is the usual location for wedding ceremonies. The next photo shows it prepared ready for a Summer wedding:
And her is the restaurant prepared ready for a Winter wedding complete with enormous Christmas tree!
Christmas decorations at venues can make the job of professional photographers and videographers much more challenging as they can limit the positions available from which to shoot. But they do look very nice!
Here is what the guests see as they enter the restaurant from the rear ready for the ceremony:
Flower arrangements on the top table are very popular with videographers as they allow miniature audio recorders to be hidden close to the bride and groom to obtain the best possible sound. If such a hiding place is not available Peter may ask the groom to wear a small lavalier microphone on his lapel similar to those you see on TV newsreaders.
The coverage often starts with the girls getting ready. Some unusual shoes for the wedding party in the next photo!
The selfie photo is here to stay!
The hotel has a charming olde worlde bar in which the guests can gather before being ushered into the restaurant for the wedding ceremony:
Peter sometimes shoots semi-formal portraits before the ceremony if requested. Here we have our bride with her cute little flowergirl:
The limo is a must have photo:
Peter also shoots a few photos of the groom moments before the start of the ceremony. The fellas getting ready can be covered in exactly the same way as the girls if required:
Here comes the bride!
The Basingstoke registrars who conduct wedding ceremonies at the Audleys Wood Hotel are very easy to work with and so all the important moments can be photographed and video'd. Here we see our couple exchanging rings:
Photography and video is not allowed during the actual signing of the register but the celebrants always set up a "mock" signing afterwards and invite the guests to shoot their own photos:
There are lots of alternative photogenic backdrops for the various must-have posed group photos with family and friends:
Confetti is allowed outside the hotel:
The marquee looks great all set up ready for the wedding breakfast:
Weather permitting the pathway to the marquee is a great place to have your receiving line:
The speeches during the wedding breakfast are always a great photo and video opportunity:
Photos of the wedding cake look great in your album:
Yes there is a bouquet toss going on in the next photo!
A closing photo of the venue after dark can make a lovely last page for your wedding album:
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