If you are planning a wedding in the Berkshire 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.
Reading Berkshire is home to Peter Riding of Ashton Lamont Professional Photo Video. This central location places Peter in an ideal position to work with you throughout the South of England.
Peter has been a fulltime professional photographer and videographer for many years and has worked at many of the popular wedding venues multiple times. This Page brings together into one place photos of all the major venues closest to Berkshire (other counties to follow shortly); who knows - it may help you choose a venue for your own wedding!
Many of the venue photos on this page include links to full wedding galleries elsewhere on this website. It is constantly being updated so please do call back to view the additions.
And before you ask ..... yes Peter does shoot every wedding! Peter is the owner of Ashton Lamont.
Where better to start than with what is probably Berkshire's best known venue, Highclere Castle, just a stone's throw south of Newbury. So you didn't know that Highclere Castle - also know as Downton Abbey - hosts weddings? Well you do now! And the view in the photo below might just be the best known view of Highclere Castle - all thanks to the Downton Abbey TV series. Peter has worked at Highclere Castle many times shooting both wedding ceremonies and prestigious receptions.
And just for good measure here is a photo of Highclere Castle shot by Peter from a light aircraft. You can see the main entrance at the centre. The buildings to the right house the extensive kitchens among other things. The library, which hosts wedding receptions is to the left of the main building.
The path you can see snaking off to the top left leads to the beautiful Secret Gardens - an ideal location for posed wedding photos. Reception drinks are usually served on the lawns to the rear of the castle.
Another glorious Berkshire wedding venue - this time at the opposite end of the county - is Northcote House Ascot, just a couple of miles from the world famous Ascot Racecourse (which also hosts weddings). The immaculate front view of Northcote House always makes for a great establishing photo for wedding albums. Peter is very familiar with this desirable venue having photographed wedding there several times.
Browse a gallery featuring Northcote House, Sunningdale Park.
Another sensational landscaped wedding venue in the area is Englemere Ascot. Once the home of a famous Boer War and Great War army officer it is now "home" to the Chartered Institute of Building, and as that may imply it is maintained to an extremely high standard both inside and outside. This venue is also known as The White House Ascot - no prizes for guessing why!
Sadly Englemere is in the process of having a change of use - lets hope it returns to the wedding fold soon.
Browse a gallery featuring Englemere Ascot.
Heading towards the south of the Royal County of Berkshire we can find Easthampstead Park Wokingham. Its another venue with a magnificent exterior plus an interior to match.
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at Easthampstead Park are the responsibility of the Bracknell registrars and they are some of the most relaxed and easy-going in the south of England. So professional wedding photography and videography are that much more straightforward during the all-important ceremony.
Why not view a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at Easthampstead Park.
On the Berkshire-Hampshire border we find Rivervale Barn Yateley. Rivervale Barn is a relatively new wedding venue and a great deal of thought and expense has gone into making it the ideal venue. It is pretty and spacious inside, and has a sheltered courtyard and mature landscaped gardens to the exterior.
The Aldershot registrars are responsible for weddings and civil partnerships at Rivervale Barn, and as with their near neighbours Bracknell they are always a delight for photographers and videographers to work with.
View a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at Rivervale Barn.
Wokefield Park Reading is so close to Peter's base as to be within walking distance. Obviously Peter is very familiar with Wokefield Park having worked there many times over many years for both wedding and corporate events. The front of the building is equally impressive.
Why not have a look at some more photos featuring weddings Peter has photographed at Wokefield Park.
The Swan at Streatley, just north of Reading and adjacent to Goring, has an enviable riverside position. The Magdalen College Barge seen centre in the next photo is a popular choice for ceremonies but if you need a bit more space then a much larger function room is available in the main building. The Berkshire hotel's restaurant right on the banks of the River Thames is a terrific setting for the wedding breakfast.
If you'd like to see more please browse a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at the Swan at Streatley.
Also on the River Thames and just a few miles from Reading is The Great House at Sonning, which as the name implies is in Sonning Berkshire! The hotel is pretty both inside and outside and the well-maintained gardens are great for photos. Peter shot the photo below from the old bridge which spans The Thames at Sonning. Its another wedding venue at which Peter has worked many times.
Perhaps you would like to browse a wedding photo galleries featuring the Great House at Sonning.
The Mill House Hotel Swallowfield Reading Berkshire is a popular venue doing lots of weddings every year. Its location just south of junction 11 of the M4 motorway and north of the M3 makes it easily accessible to guests travelling from all over the south of England. Its around 5 miles from Peter's base in Burghfield Common.
Ceremonies take place either in the conservatory to the right or in the smaller room to the left. In the summer months receptions can take place in a large marquee situated behind the camera position in the photo. Its gardens to the rear always have lots of variety, plus it has a river to one side and fields to the other, so its not short of good photogenic backdrops for your wedding photos.
Browse a photo gallery featuring weddings at the Mill House Hotel Swallowfield.
The Old Mill Aldermaston Reading Berkshire has been hosting weddings for donkeys years, and it was one of the first venues at which Peter photographed a wedding as a full-time professional photographer. It must have gone well as the groom Ian had this to say afterwards: "I would just like to thank you for all the hard work that you have done for us. I am so pleased with the results and its is nice to meet some one who is so passionate about what they do and is a such perfectionist".
The Stable Room shown in the photo below is the usual venue for ceremonies. The extensive riverside grounds of the Old Mill Aldermaston have got to be some of the most beautiful in the whole of Berkshire.
Why not see you yourself by browsing a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at the Old Mill Aldermaston.
Reading Register Office (yes it is "register office" rather than "registry office"!) is just a short walk from Reading town centre. It is a popular choice for couples requiring simple ceremonies in one of its two function rooms, often before going on to other local venues to party. It has a good amount of parking available at the rear of the building, and a lawn bordered with shrubs and trees at the front which is suitable for the various group photos.
The staff are easy to work with but Reading is a busy office so couples may need to take into account that other weddings may be scheduled for shortly before and shortly after their own ceremony. Peter has of course photographed at Reading Register Office many times as it is only five miles from his base.
Browse the wedding photo gallery for Nisha and Chan.
Newbury Register Office moved from the centre of Newbury Berkshire to the more rural Shaw House some years ago. Its an ideal combination of easy accessibility by car, pretty and photogenic both inside and outside, and has accommodating staff.
Browse a photo gallery featuring a wedding at Newbury Register Office.
The Newbury Manor Hotel just east of the town centre on the road towards Thatcham is another busy Berkshire wedding venue. It has a beautiful riverside location and the lush gardens can make for some gorgeous wedding photos. The next photo features one of Peter's couples with their equally lush car posing at the front of the hotel.
Browse a photo gallery featuring weddings at the Newbury Manor Hotel.
A few miles to the south east of Newbury and on the Berkshire Hampshire border is what must be the last word in relaxed grandeur - The Elvetham Hotel near the village of Hartley Wintney. There are a multitude of terrific photogenic backdrops both inside the elegant old building and outside around the enormous landscaped gardens.
An added bonus is that the registrars who are responsible of weddings and civil partnerships at The Elvetham have for many years been some of the most easy-going in the south of England. No hassles for professional photographers and videographers.
The Elvetham is a busy wedding venue and as might be expected the staff have good service off to a tee. Peter has worked at The Elvetham a million times - well maybe not a million but lots of times.
Why not browse a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at The Elvetham Hotel.
Another view of the Elvetham Hotel this time photographed by Peter from a light aircraft. You may recognise this and other photos from the hotels own website. The main hotel is in the centre. The large building top right is the extra accommodation wing. You can see that the marquee was erected when this series of aerial photos was shot.
Close to The Elvetham and also on the Berkshire Hampshire border near Hook is the imposing Tylney Hall featured in the next photo. The hotel and grounds are enormous and can cater for two weddings on the same day.
This photo shows the imposing entrance to the main hotel.
Perhaps you'd like to view a wedding photo gallery featuring Tylney Hall.
This aerial photo of Tylney Hall shot by Peter from a light aircraft gives you an idea of the sheer scale of the venue. Towards the lower left in the photo are the formal Italianate gardens and towards the upper right the less formal suits and gardens.
Windsor Racecourse on the western fringe of Windsor Berkshire sounds an unlikely venue for weddings but it does work extremely well as does its near neighbour Ascot Racecourse. It is right on the banks of the River Thames and the grounds are immaculately maintained.
An advantage of Windsor Racecourse for weddings is that it can cope with much larger numbers of guests than most Berkshire wedding venues.
Browse Nici and Marks Windsor racecourse wedding photo gallery.
In the centre of Reading and adjacent to the beautifully landscaped Forbury Gardens is The Forbury Hotel. A unique boutique hotel, no expense has been spared in this gorgeous Berkshire venues plush interior.
Take a look at a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at the Forbury Hotel Reading.
A short distance north of Reading is Basildon Park, a Georgian mansion often featured in films, TV and commercials. You can see in the next photo that the approach to this National trust property is quite a sight!
You can browse a wedding photo gallery featuring Basildon Park which Peter shot for Catherine and Tony.
Aldermaston Manor just to the west of Reading is another impressive venue. We really are spoilt for choice in the Berkshire area! Or rather we have been - as Aldermaston Manor may be about to have a change of use. Lets hope it can stay in the wedding business.
On the Berkshire Buckinghamshire border to the south of Marlow and right on the banks of the River Thames can be found Bisham Abbey. Not to be confused with the National Sports Centre (with which it shares the grounds) this Tudor mansion is filled with genuine old world charm.
Browse a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at Bisham Abbey.
A short hop south of Windsor town centre can be found the - rather confusingly named - Beaumont Estate. It comprises a charming old building called the White House as seen in the next photo, and a very large modern hotel which can cope with big numbers of guests. The two building adjoin and are surrounded by varied landscaped grounds.
View a wedding photo gallery featuring the Beaumont Estate shot for Lizandra and Mikele.
And here is the modern part of the Beaumont Estate Hotel, showing the main entrance:
Bracknell Register Office, seen in the next photo, is somewhat confusingly located in Wokingham in a wing of Easthampstead Park. The Syrett Suite is shown, prepared ready for the ceremony. You can see its a light room with a lovely decor. The staff are great to work with.
Take a look at a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at Bracknell Registry Office.
The Cantley House Hotel on the outskirts of Wokingham Berkshire is a delightful old world villa with several function rooms suitable for wedding ceremonies and receptions plus the option to have a marquee erected in the rear gardens. The gardens are extensive and varied and so work well for wedding photos. It is possible to shoot large groups from a first floor bedroom window overlooking the gardens thereby ensuring that all the guests can be seen quite clearly.
The registrars conducting ceremonies are a pleasant easy-going bunch who Peter has worked with many times.
View a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at the Cantley House Hotel.
Silchester House, just outside Reading on the Berkshire-Hampshire border is another smart and popular wedding venue. Its almost within walking distance of Peter's base in Burghfield Common (certainly within walking distance if you're a dog walker!) and he has worked there on lots of occasions.
Why not take this opportunity to browse a gallery featuring weddings that Peter has photographed at Silchester House.
Peter has also photographed Silchester House from a light aircraft - you may see some of these and other of Peter's photos in use on the venue's own website. You can get a real feel for the expansive and classy ambience of this venue from the aerial photo:
The Oakley Hall Hotel featured in the next wedding venue photo is directly south of Newbury on the Berkshire-Hampshire border. Yet another of the area's opulent venues - what a choice we do have!
Larger wedding parties can be catered for in the marquee which you can see to the right in the next photo which Peter shot from an aircraft. Please call back soon to view a gallery featuring weddings Peter has shot at Oakley Hall.
Lillibrooke Manor Maidenhead in the centre of Berkshire is a few hundred yards from the M4 motorway junction 8-9 so is dead easy for your guests to get to. The venue is adjacent to the vintage White Waltham Airfield but Peter hasn't got around to photographing it from an aircraft yet!
Lillibrooke Manor has no less than four rooms licensed for civil ceremonies including one which is semi-outdoors (weddings in England have to take place under a permanent structure to be legal). You can see a ceremony in progress in the next photo.
The registrars hail from the Maidenhead and Windsor Register Office and have always been extremely easy to work with - maybe because they get so many celebrity weddings in this part of the world and so have long ago accepted that petty restrictions are unwelcome and out of place.
Now browse a gallery featuring weddings Peter has photographed at Lillibrooke Manor.
The Monkey Island Hotel has the unique honour of standing on its own island on the River Thames. Browse a gallery featuring Peter's wedding photography at Monkey Island.
Esseborne Manor featured in the next photo is a short hop south of Newbury on the way towards Andover on the Berkshire-Hampshire border. Its a privately-owned hotel and this shows in its varied and fascinating interior decor - something which sometimes defeats venues which are part of national chains. Likewise the large gardens are brimful with features and provide plenty of photogenic backdrops.
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