If you are planning a wedding in the Burnham Slough and Taplow areas 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 Burnham Beeches Hotel wedding venue is located on the Buckinghamshire Berkshire border very close to Slough. This makes it very easy to reach from the nearby M4, M25, M40, and M3 motorways - so your guests should have no problems reaching it from anywhere in the South of England. It has lots of free onsite car parking. The last little bit of the journey can be confusing because of the country lanes so satnav is a good idea.
The Burnham Beeches Hotel is a popular 4 star hotel which runs many weddings itself and also is often chosen by brides as a getting ready location for other local venues such as the Tudor Barn Burnham. It has spacious well-kept grounds to the exterior and inside has several nice function rooms which can be adapted to your specific needs.
Professional photography and videography during wedding ceremonies is straightforward as there are no onerous restrictions imposed by the registrars to spoil your coverage!
The hotel itself is set along a long driveway and so the first view that will greet you on arrival is the imposing main gate as seen in the first photograph below:
The hotel looks terrific viewed from its huge front lawns:
The Mediterranean flavour courtyard to the front is a suntrap and can be a lovely backdrop for some of the essential posed wedding photos:
Coverage usually starts with the girls getting ready and typically includes detail shots of the bouquets:
And the shoes - and all those other important things!
And of course the girls:
Not forgetting the mother of the bride seen here completing her finishing touches:
Meanwhile your guests can relax in the comfortable pretty lounge at the front of the hotel:
Or indulge in a few beers in the bar before the wedding ceremony!
The little people always seem to be ready to strike a pose for the cameras - even if Peter doesn't want them to pose!
Peter usually shoots a few photos of the groom and the best man moments before the start of the wedding ceremony. The courtyard at the front of the Burnham Beeches Hotel caught some lovely winter sunshine just before this wedding - and as a bonus it was not too cold on the day!
The next photo is not a setup shot - the groom really is checking his wristwatch moments before the start of his wedding:
The front room at the Burnham Beeches Hotel is the smaller of the two room usually used for wedding ceremonies. It is more photogenic than the larger rear room as it receives better natural light. Here we see it prepared ready for the influx of the excited guests:
The registrars are relaxed about professional photography and video during ceremonies so some terrific character shots are possible such as the groom beaming away in the next photo:
And the all important exchange of rings can be recorded. Some black and white versions of your photos are always uploaded to your own online gallery:
And the moment the ring goes on the finger. Wow!
Or not as the case may be! Our groom had a fight on his hands to get the ring to slide onto his brides finger:
They got there in the end and continued with exchanging their vows:
And enjoyed encouragement and cheers from their guests:
The larger function room at the rear of the hotel can be quite a challenge for professional photographers and videographers because all those wall lights can play havoc with the camera exposure and colour balance. They were the main light source for this winter wedding and so some heavy duty editing was required after the wedding in addition to careful shooting on the day:
Its usually more straightforward in the summer when there may be plenty of natural light. Here we see a flowergirl captivated by the wedding ceremony unfolding before her:
There are some great character shots of the guests to be had as well:
Key moments such as here where we see the father of the bride give away his daughter to her groom are always lovely to capture:
Then our bride smiles away at her soon to be husband:
After the wedding ceremony the registrars will usually invite the guests to come forward and shoot their own photos of the couple:
Whilst the bride and groom smile away for the millions of cameras!
Then the official marriage certificate is presented by the registrar:
And the bride and groom make their exit from the ceremony room amid lots of cheers and laughter:
Usually a celebratory drink will be served, and if a toastmaster is on duty he will start to organise the next phase of the day:
It is a good idea to start the "official" wedding photographs shortly after the finish of the wedding ceremony, before guests who may be needed to participate can get themselves lost exploring the venue or checking into rooms. If there is a posh wedding car the driver will often want to depart shortly afterwards and so photos with the car may need to be completed first. Here we have our bride and groom posing for a photograph alongside their lovely vintage car in front of the Burnham Beeches Hotel:
Photos of big groups of guests can be tricky at any venue - the aim is to be able to see as many faces as possible. Sometimes a shot from a first floor window can work well such as in the next photo where all the guests for this winter wedding are gathered on the courtyard in front of the Burnham Beeches Hotel:
Peter will often climb onto a chair or table to achieve that extra bit of height when photographing big groups:
The courtyard can be drenched in very bright and direct sunlight - which is not good for the best quality portraiture as it becomes too contrasty. We just about got away with it for the next photo:
There is a more shaded area to the right of the hotel's main entrance which can be a good choice of location for the posed photos if other areas are too bright. Peter shoots some photos in a formal style and others in a more "fun" style. Here we have our groom with his groomsmen:
Sometimes it is just not possible to shoot outside due to the weather conditions or lack of daylight, in which case Peter can rig up extra lighting for some posed photos inside the hotel. Here we have our bride with her mum and dad:
Confetti makes for some great photos!
The flowergirls always look great in the photos!
But you won't want to spend all your time posing for photos and most clients do select a style of coverage which is mainly a candid documentary approach:
Chatting with the guests:
The function room at the rear of the Burnham Beeches Hotel can have its room dividers pulled across to make it more intimate. Here we see it prepared ready for the wedding breakfast:
If you have lots of guests you'll need the whole room:
Peter always shoots the room and some detail photos before the guests flood in for the wedding breakfast. Table decorations and favours look great in your wedding album:
The menu can be a great reminder:
Then you sweep in to the wedding breakfast amid the rapturous applause of your guests!
The wedding speeches can be quite a worry for the groom!
And here a proud father of the bride does his speech. The speeches in the wedding breakfast are a terrific thing to have on video - they are a part of the day where video trumps photos every time!
The groom usually makes his speech after the father of the bride and before the best man - enabling him to get his retaliation in first!
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