Our featured bride and groom chose the spectacular setting of Englemere Ascot Berkshire for their marriage ceremony and wedding reception.
Englemere - which is also know as The White House Ascot - is an absolutely gorgeous old country house with extensive mature landscaped grounds. It is also the home of the Chartered Institute of Building and so it is maintained to a very high standard - as may be expected!
The venue is located close to the centre of Ascot and is therefore easily reachable from the nearby M4 M3 and M25 motorways. There is plenty of free onsite parking.
The registrars who are responsible for conducting weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at Englemere are very easy to work with and Peter was able to shoot a good selection of stills during the ceremony as well as record it in full on video.
Sadly Englemere is no longer accepting bookings for weddings pending the redevelopment of the site. Lets hope the decision gets reversed. Meanwhile this is how it once was!
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Englemere has glorious open spaces with mature shrubs and trees to two sides in addition to its imposing frontage (the fourth side is for parking in case you were wondering!). The first wedding photo below shows one of the aspects:
Then just around the corner probably Englemere's most well known and most photographed aspect:
The views from the house are terrific as you may appreciate from the next photograph showing a bridesmaids dress with the grounds in the background:
The professional photography coverage started with our bride and the girls getting ready, together with details of the dress shoes and flowers - which always look great at the start of the wedding album. Claire was in due course the finished article and allowed herself a quick refresher before plunging into the mayhem below:
Meanwhile our groom and their cute little boy waited patiently in the hall:
The ceremony room just before kick-off:
The main hall at Englemere is as imposing as its exterior. The next photo taken with an extreme wide angle lens shows the hall with its sweeping staircases. The staircases make for good backdrops for some of the semi-formal photos - obviously! It is permissible for confetti to be used on the staircases - guests can go above the bride and groom to shower the couple:
Soon the ceremony was underway. Its great if professional photographers can capture the grooms first look at his bride as she makes her entrance. That can be an extremely difficult shot to achieve and in the next photo you'll see one reason why! And why some couples discourage or even ban the use of cameras by guests. Our good natured and well meaning guest did not mean any harm and on this occasion the photo works well - but just imagine what its like if your guest also has a bright orange carrier bag slung on their wrist! Same scenario happens frequently when the bride and groom make their exit from the ceremony. Food for thought!
The main ceremony room is bright, making professional wedding photography and video pretty straightforward compared to many wedding venues. Pros just need to allow for the strong backlight entering through the windows:
Civil ceremonies are always short compared to religious ones and professional photographers therefore need to work very fast in order to obtain a good selection of mid-ceremony photos. There are some gems to be had:
The registrars are a pleasure to work with and highly desirable photos such as the exchange of rings can be shot without regard for petty restrictions. Peter always converts some of the colour photos to black and white:
Guests are invited to take their own wedding photos immediately after the civil register has been signed:
On the day we had annoyingly blustery weather conditions in the afternoon and so Peter took the VIP guests down to a sheltered area of the grounds to avoid serious hair displacement! We were able to shoot a good selection of posed and semi-posed shots using the late flowering mature rhododendrons as backdrops. Its nice to get a few shots of just the parents together if time allows - often this will be the first time they have been photographed as a couple for many years. Our bride's mum and dad:
The extensive grounds at Englemere Ascot provide lots of opportunities for varied interesting photos:
There's that little chap again with his dad!
An original way to show off the brides table decorations!
We found some fairies in the garden:
We completed some more posed photos after the wedding breakfast when the strong sunlight had diminished and the gusts of wind had subsided. The evening is often the best time for posed photos.
And some grab shots can work well:
The evening guests in due course arrived at The White House Englemere:
Then the dancing got underway with our ratpack entertainer Dean Ager:
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