If you are planning a wedding in the Bracknell and Wokingham 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 Bracknell Register Office at Easthampstead Park Berkshire is located a short distance from junction 10 of the M4 motorway, just East of Wokingham and West of Bracknell. It is also easily accessible from the M3. And yes the correct term is "Register Office" not "Registry Office" though the two are often used interchangeably! There is plenty of onsite free car parking a couple of minutes walk from the Office.
Somewhat confusingly, the initial administration for weddings and civil partnerships is completed in the Bracknell town centre offices in Easthampstead House Town Square. But if the ceremony location is to be the authority's official Register Office then that is within Easthampstead Park, a lovely old country house a few miles away near Wokingham. The latter is split into two sections, and as you approach it down the long drive the Register Office is on the extreme left. The centre and right of the building is a separate venue available for hire for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other events. View the Ashton Lamont gallery featuring the main building as a wedding venue. Why the long explanation - make sure your guests know where to go as ceremonies can be in quick succession in busy periods!
The Bracknell registrars have had a very low key informal approach to their duties for a number of years now and this makes the work of professional photographers and videographers that much easier. Indeed the staff have a customer satisfaction survey for their wedding clients and its clear they do everything they can to make the ceremony as pleasant as they possibly can. Bravo the Bracknell staff!
Weddings at Bracknell Register Office are all the more easy to shoot than a little while ago since the layout in the Syrett Room has been changed to roughly a semicircle looking towards the big picture windows. This means that the natural light falls evenly on the subjects rather than illuminating them from behind - which can be a big challenge for even the highest end photographic and video equipment. The blue and cream themed decor of the room looks very nice indeed.
The first photo below shows the Syrett Suite at Bracknell Register Office set up ready for the ceremony before the arrival of the guests. You'll see it is light and roomy and the decor really does enhance the whole experience - so much nicer than some of the plain "corporate" rooms available in alternative venues:
And an alternative layout of the Syrett Suite:
A great thing about small intimate ceremonies is that often it is possible to shoot some terrific character shots of the guests close up before the ceremony begins. And often it may be years since such photos were last taken, making them especially valuable. Here we see the Groom's mum and dad. Our fella is called Hamish so no prizes for guessing from where he hails - and it becomes even more obvious when you hear the sound track of the video!
Some photos work great in black and white:
Here our groom listens attentively to the registrars every word:
Couples almost always exchange rings during their wedding ceremony and usually it is the job of the best man to ensure the safe arrival of the rings:
A close up photo of the rings is highly desirable:
There can be lots of cute character shots!
The "look of love" ever present on wedding days is one of the most pleasant features of the job for professional photographers and videographers. Everyone is invariably in a good mood and all is well. Here we see that look in our bride's eyes:
It can be an emotional day for the couples best friends as you can see clearly on this bridesmaids face:
Everyone exits the Syrett Suite onto a hard surfaced terrace area which has been sympathetically landscaped to assist with arranging posed photos. There is an extensive area of woods and a meadow adjacent to the terrace and this can be used in suitable conditions. On the day if it is wet underfoot you may wish to remain on the terrace. The grounds at the rear of Easthampstead Park are actually divided with chain link to assist the staff in running separate events at the same time.
Here we see our bride and groom emerging to showers of confetti from their guests:
The wooded area along the path is a lovely spot on a summers day. Here we see a bridesmaid - or would that be flowergirl - "backlit" by gorgeous sunshine:
Sometimes there may even be time to sit around or play in the woods!
It does not of course take long for the younger guests to get restless!
It is just about possible to shoot big group photos in the courtyard outside Bracknell Register Office as you can see in the next photograph. The lawns and wooded area along a path to the right of the camera position can also be utilised if the weather is suitable. Bracknell Register Office is a busy wedding venue and the amount of time available for post-wedding photos may be limited so another option is to shoot at few here and then move on to your reception venue:
The courtyard can be a tricky location in which to shoot portrait photos because it can be bathed in very bright sunlight at times - and this makes for photos that are more contrasty than you would wish. If there is some shade to be had then the courtyard makes a lovely backdrop:
A bride in the courtyard from a different angle:
Wedding cakes can get very elaborate and very photogenic:
And the table place settings likewise:
Bookings are welcome for just the time at Bracknell Register Office but Peter is often also booked to shoot some of the girls getting ready beforehand and the reception afterwards - whether that be a full-blown party or just a quiet restaurant meal for close family members and friends. For this wedding we adjourned to a nearby pub and the photo shows the bride and groom enjoying the best man's speech:
The reception is also a good opportunity to catch a few more photos with seldom seen friends and relations who may have travelled long distances to attend the wedding. Our bride is pictured with her Ukrainian sister in the next photo:
Its those boys again! The little people can always be relied upon to make some great photo opportunities:
Most couples have a "first dance" at the start of the evening and this can be another terrific photo and video opportunity:
And finally a candid photo of a bride. Wait - did he just say "bride"? Yep - our bride in black in the next photo got so hot in the sweltering heat of her mid-summer wedding that she went home and got out of her dress for a while to cool down!
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