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Weddings at the Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire
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Bride and groom during their wedding ceremony at the Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire

This is a feature wedding venue gallery. If you are planning a wedding in the Reading Berkshire area do take a look at the Prices, the Photo Galleries, the Videos, and the Albums. This gallery illustrates just one of many for you to browse!

Background Information and Highlights:

The bride and groom in this featured wedding chose the Calcot Hotel, or to give it its full title the Best Western Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire. The wedding venue is just a short distance from Reading town centre midway between there and junction 12 of the M4 motorway - so its very easy access for your guests from throughout the south of England. There is plenty of free onsite parking.

The venue was refurbished fairly recently and you'll see from Peter's photos that the interior looks terrific dressed for ceremonies and receptions.

The hotel has a small landscaped garden area at the front. There is a nice variety of mature shrubs which provide good backdrops for the various group photos. There is no shaded area and so on days with very bright sunshine couples could consider a short drive to one of the local parks or rural areas - bright sun direct in your face is not great for portraits! On the wedding day in this gallery we did indeed have bright sunshine and very hot temperatures and so we shot most of the setpiece group and portrait photos in the evening.

The registrars responsible for wedding ceremonies at the Calcot Hotel are from Newbury Register Office. Most of the staff are very easy-going and there are virtually no restrictions now-a-days on professional wedding photography and video. A handful of staff are more "old-fashioned" and not quite as accommodating but its usually fine to shoot a good selection of photos and video.

Our couple chose an all day package starting with the latter stages of the bride getting ready and finishing shortly after the 1st dance.

Peter is based just a few minutes away from the Calcot Hotel Reading so he is ideally placed to photograph and video your wedding.

There are lots more photos in the couples full set. This page illustrates the highlights. Please email Peter if you would like to browse the complete set of photos in the private area.

The first photo below illustrates the Calcot Hotel Reading in all its sunny and hot glory!

Exterior view of the wedding venue the Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire

You'll see that the main function room set up for the wedding ceremony looks gorgeous - partly due to the bride's choice of colour and decor obviously!

Function room at the Calcot Hotel Reading set up for wedding ceremony

Our groom arrived courtesy of an amazing muscle car:

Groom arrives for his wedding in style at the Calcot Hotel Reading

Two best men for this wedding at the Calcot Hotel:

Groom and his two best men pose for photo at the Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire

Groomsmen prepare ready for the wedding at the Calcot Hotel

Peter usually shoots a variety of photos including detail of the dress the flowers the jewellery etc during the "getting ready":

Bride's bouqet ready for her marriage ceremony at the Calcot Hotel

Bride has her wedding dress laced at the Calcot Hotel

It was boiling hot on the day both outside and inside. Quite a challenge for the very many girls shoe-horned into the bedroom:

The girls get ready with the bride for her wedding at the Calcot Hotel

Our bride poses for a portrait with her flower girl:

Bride and flower girl pose for photo before her Calcot Hotel wedding

The registrars must interview the bride and groom - usually done separately - a few minutes before the wedding ceremony. Our groom goes through the formalities in the next two photos:

Registrar interviews groom before his wedding ceremony

And the guests make their way in the Calcot Hotel's ceremony room:

Wedding guests enter the ceremony room at the Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire

Mum and dad have broad smiles in anticipation of the start of the marriage ceremony:

Bride's mum and dad pose for photo before the marriage ceremony at the Calcot Hotel

And the second mum and dad of course!

Dunno what the tongue was all about with the flower girl. She did that right the way through the entrance!

Flower girl and bridesmaids enter the ceremony

Yes it sure was hot. Our bride fans herself trying to get some fresh air in the next photo:

Guests watch the bride and groom getting married at the Calcot Hotel

Bride and groom say their vows during their wedding ceremony at the Calcot Hotel

Bride and groom exchange their wedding rings during their Calcot Hotel Reading wedding ceremony

Grooms mum and dad watch the ceremony in progress

Bride and groom have their first kiss at the end of their Calcot Hotel wedding ceremony

Bridesmaid makes a reading during the ceremony

Generally it is not permitted to photograph the bride and groom whilst the sign the civil marriage register, but then things are set up afterwards. A strange regulation that varies enormously between various civil authorities and churches:

Bride and groom pose for photo as they sign the civil marriage register

It was probably the hottest day of the year and with no shade from the bright sunshine. We have no real options with large groups such as in the next photo but the smaller groups and portraits were shot by Peter in the evening:

Group photo of all the wedding guests with the bride and groom outside the Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire

These are artificial doves!

Dove release during wedding at the Calcot Hotel Reading

You'll see in the next two photos that the wedding breakfast room looked amazing:

Room set up ready for the wedding breakfast at the Calcot Hotel Reading

Guests enjoy the lovely sunshine during the afternoon at the Calcot Hotel

Bride and groom enter the room ready for the wedding breakfast and reception

Some guests pose for photos during the wedding breakfast at the Calcot Hotel

The speeches are always a terrific photo and video opportunity during the wedding breakfast:

Groom makes his speech during the Calcot Hotel wedding breakfast

Best man makes his speech as well

Bride gives presents to the bridesmaids during the reception at the Calcot Hotel

This page has a small selection of the very many group photos and portraits Peter shot during the evening - once the weather had cooled down a bit and the sun was not so fierce:

Bride and bridesmaids throw their bouquets in the air at the Calcot Hotel Reading

Bride and groom cut their wedding cake during the evening reception at the Calcot Hotel

Dancing during the evening wedding reception at the Calcot Hotel

Wedding guests enjoy the late evening outside the Calcot Hotel Reading Berkshire

 

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