Thanks for the pictures, they look great! Really nice. And thanks for your hard work I shall definitely recommend you.
The Elcot Park Hotel, or to give it its full title the Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel, enjoys an enviable quiet rural location just to the west of Newbury Berkshire. It is easily reached from the nearby main junction of the M4 motorway with the A34. It has lots of free onsite car parking.
The registrars conducting marriage ceremonies at the hotel are from the nearby Newbury Register Office. Most of the staff are very easy-going and do not seek to restrict professional photography and video during ceremonies; one or two are less so - so check with them before you book them to avoid any misunderstandings!
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The first photo below shows the hotel as seen from its extensive grounds. The weather on the day for this featured summer wedding was atrocious. Peter would have loved to shoot the hotel topped off with lovely blue skies but it was not to be! But you get the idea.
The main entrance as seen in the next photo has a feel of warmer climates about it!
Coverage usually starts with some of the girls - and sometimes the fellas - getting ready and includes those very expensive flowers such as the buttonhole in the next photo:
The flowergirls always make good subjects in the getting ready - so cute!
Our couple chose nearby St Josephs Church Newbury for their wedding ceremony. The priest is friendly towards professional photographers and Peter was able to shoot an extensive collection of photos throughout the service.
Our groom was quite expressive in his gestures throughout the day, even when signing the marriage register here!
There was no way our couple were going to get drenched in the heavy rain on their arrival at the Elcot Park Hotel so they rushed inside and it was left to Peter to shoot a wife and husband-less wedding car. Never mind - there are lots of photos of them together at the church.
Our couple were able to venture out into the lovely grounds surrounding the hotel during a few very brief breaks in the relentless rain:
As did the kids. They are never so fussy about getting wet, in fact they seem to enjoy it!
The main entrance to the Elcot Park Hotel does offer some shelter and so Peter shot some of the posed photos utilising this - he got soaking wet outside whilst the participants stayed dry as they ventured out for just long enough. Oh well!
The smokers always congregate in such places of course:
The Elcot Park Hotel has plush comfortable lounges in which to relax:
Peter always shoots some of the table decorations and suchlike before the wedding breakfast room is invaded by the hungry hoards. The little favours on the tables look great in your album:
The wedding cake is of course a must have photo:
The top table set ready for the wedding breakfast is also a great subject:
The speeches during the wedding breakfast are pure gold for photo opportunities - and pure platinum for video. Video will always trump photos for subjects like this - but meanwhile please enjoy the stills!
Everyone is up for a good time - which is part of what makes weddings such a pleasurable and addictive genre of photography and video.
Quite a speech from the groom! Wouldn't you just love to see the movie?
Character shots of the guests enjoying the reception can come thick and fast at this stage:
We shot a few photos of the groom with his stag party in the evening. Inside of course because by that time is was raining hard again.
The weather was a little kinder late in the evening and a few guests braved the courtyard for some al fresco drinks and a tasty hog roast:
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