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If you are planning a wedding in the Maidenhead area 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.

Wedding at St Marys Church Maidenhead and Reception at Monkey Island Bray Maidenhead Berkshire,
© Ashton Lamont Professional Wedding Photographers and Videographers

Celebration drinks are poured ready for the arrival of the bride and groom for their wedding reception at Monkey Island Bray near Maidenhead Berkshire

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Background Information and Highlights:

Anna and Jonathan chose St Marys Church in the centre of Maidenhead for their marriage ceremony, and following a short trip along the River Thames by boat, the celebrations continued at Monkey Island in nearby Bray Berkshire (please note that as of the last update to this page the hotel is closed for refurbishment).

Our couple booked an all day combined photography and video package, starting with the latter stages of the girls getting ready and finishing shortly after their first dance.

The weather on the day was very kind to us and we enjoyed glorious sunshine long into the evening - which was just as well as we found ourselves catching up on the essential family and friend group photos after the wedding breakfast, having been unable to fit this into the tight schedule earlier in the day.

St Marys Church is almost unique in this region in that no photography is permitted during wedding ceremonies other than for the entrance of the bride, the exit of the bride and groom, and the signing of the civil register. So if you are wondering where the ceremony photos are ..... there aren't any! However video from fixed positions is permitted and Peter was able to record the ceremony in full using several video cameras.

Lets have a look around the venues first of all. The interior of St Marys Church Maidenhead is spacious and has good light. The first photo below shows some of our singers warming up near the high altar:

Interior of St Marys Church Maidenhead Berkshire wedding venue

St Marys Church Maidenhead is a modern town centre church and unsurprisingly its exterior is not going to win any beauty contests. But the interior more than makes up for that. Parking is a major issue for professional photographers and videographers with lots of equipment but it is possible to reserve one of the church's few allocated spaces inside its security barrier.

Entrance to St Marys Church Maidenhead Berkshire

The Monkey Island Hotel is at the opposite end of the scale in the beauty contest. Exquisite views from every angle, including this lovely vista as you approach from the private car park:

Monkey Island Bray Maidenhead Berkshire wedding venue

The site is in two parts, one being the function suits:

And the other being the accommodation at Monkey Island:

Monkey Island Hotel at Monkey Island wedding venue

Peter started the day with some coverage of the girls getting ready. Photos of the wedding dress, the shoes, and such like are always popular at the start of wedding albums:

It was busy as a beehive with all the bridesmaids:

Then it was off to the church for some scene setting photos before kickoff, including the man of the moment here:

Groom poses for photo before his wedding at St Marys Church Maidenhead Berkshire

Our patriarch was up for a photo at any time!

Grandfather poses for photo at wedding at St Marys Church Maidenhead

Very soon Anna swung into town and the ceremony got underway:

Bride arrives by car for her wedding at St Marys Church Maidenhead

Photography had to stop once the bride and her entourage had completed their entry:

Bride hands her bouquet to maid of honour at her wedding at St Marys Church Maidenhead

The photography restarted for the signing of the marriage register:

Groom signs the register after his wedding at St Marys Church Maidenhead

During the signing of the register we were entertained by two choirs, the first featuring in the next photo:

Choir sings during signing of the register after wedding at St Marys Church Maidenhead

And the photos continued with our couples exit. Video was recorded throughout the wedding ceremony:

The wedding reception was in two parts, the first being in the adjacent church hall:

Food awaits wedding guests in church hall at St Marys Church Maidenhead Berkshire

Our bride and groom then departed for their private boat trip along the River Thames to Monkey Island:

Bride and groom pose for photos with wedding guests before going to Monkey Island

Anna and Jonathan chose the Pavilion Room overlooking the River Thames at Monkey Island for their wedding breakfast:

Pavilion Room at Monkey Island Bray Maidenhead set up ready for wedding breakfast

The wedding cake had some lovely detail:

Wedding cake awaits bride and groom at Monkey Island Hotel Bray

You just can't beat live music on a summers afternoon and our couple were lucky enough to have friends up to the job:

Band plays at wedding reception at Monkey Island

The bride and grooms boat approaches Monkey Island as drinks await them:

Bride and groom sail towards Monkey Island for their wedding reception as drinks await them

The boat did a fly past and about turn as our couple waived to their guests:

The receiving line is always good for a few photo opportunities. Here the maid of honour hugs our bride:

Maid of honour hugs bride in receiving line at Monkey Island

Not sure whats happening here!

Father of the bride in receiving line at Monkey Island Maidenhead

There he is again - that most senior of guests at the wedding:

Grandfather greets bride at her wedding reception at Monkey Island

The bride and grooms entrance into the wedding breakfast is another great photo opportunity:

Bride enters wedding breakfast at Monkey Island Bray Berkshire

Wedding breakfasts in the Pavilion at Monkey Island can be quite a challenge to shoot for professional photographers and videographers as often there is so much backlighting from the sun reflecting off the River Thames in the background. Oh well!

Bride and groom at the top table at their wedding breakfast at Monkey Island

With the right equipment and from the right angles the results can be very pleasing:

Guests enjoy speeches during reception at Monkey Island wedding venue

Our groom was an accomplished artist in his youth and his dad brought along an example of his work which he showed with obvious pride:

We had a lot of catching up to do in the evening as virtually none of the extensive list of posed photos was in the can. Fortunately once we got underway things went quickly and smoothly, and we raced through the list. Here are some:

Bride poses for photo with her mum and dad at Monkey Island

Monkey Island has lots of lovely alternative backdrops which are just great for plenty of variety in the posed photos:

Bride poses for photo with bridesmaids at Monkey Island

This pose is always a bit risky for the dress, but OK if done later in the day when and mishaps may not be so important:

Groomsmen hold bride for fun photo at Monkey Island

We shot lots of photos of our bride and groom using many locations in Monkey Island's extensive grounds. The next one is in the grounds of the Temple:

And Monkey Island being on the river, well you just have to feature that!

Bride and groom pose for wedding photo on the banks of the River Thames at Monkey Island

The cake cutting and the dancing took place in the River Room at Monkey Island:

Bride and groom cut their wedding cake in the River Room at Monkey Island

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