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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!
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!
Our groom arrived courtesy of an amazing muscle car:
Two best men for this 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":
It was boiling hot on the day both outside and inside. Quite a challenge for the very many girls shoe-horned into the bedroom:
Our bride poses for a portrait with her flower girl:
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:
And the guests make their way in the Calcot Hotel's ceremony room:
Mum and dad have broad smiles in anticipation of the start of the marriage ceremony:
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!
Yes it sure was hot. Our bride fans herself trying to get some fresh air in the next photo:
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:
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:
These are artificial doves!
You'll see in the next two photos that the wedding breakfast room looked amazing:
The speeches are always a terrific photo and video opportunity during the wedding breakfast:
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:
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