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:
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.
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:
The site is in two parts, one being the function suits:
And the other being the accommodation at Monkey Island:
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:
Our patriarch was up for a photo at any time!
Very soon Anna swung into town and the ceremony got underway:
Photography had to stop once the bride and her entourage had completed their entry:
The photography restarted for the signing of the marriage register:
During the signing of the register we were entertained by two choirs, the first featuring in the next photo:
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:
Our bride and groom then departed for their private boat trip along the River Thames to Monkey Island:
Anna and Jonathan chose the Pavilion Room overlooking the River Thames at Monkey Island for their wedding breakfast:
The wedding cake had some lovely detail:
You just can't beat live music on a summers afternoon and our couple were lucky enough to have friends up to the job:
The bride and grooms boat approaches Monkey Island 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:
Not sure whats happening here!
There he is again - that most senior of guests at the wedding:
The bride and grooms entrance into the wedding breakfast is another great photo opportunity:
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!
With the right equipment and from the right angles the results can be very pleasing:
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:
Monkey Island has lots of lovely alternative backdrops which are just great for plenty of variety in the posed photos:
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:
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!
The cake cutting and the dancing took place in the River Room at Monkey Island:
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