If you are planning a wedding in the Reading and Newbury areas 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.
We are very pleased with the photos and with what you did for us on our big day. Thank you so much for your expertise and advice. We couldn’t have chosen better.
Steve & Annette
We've looked thought all the photos and they are fantastic thank you - what a great job you have done.
Lee & Tracey
When looking for a photographer I had several criteria that had to be met. The photographs had to be excellent - I saw several albums so that it wasn't just the best ones that they showed us. When we went to see Peter he was still working on some shots from another wedding at our venue, so it was nice to see that he got some lovely pics from the venue and see the pictures before editing (as this showed he was a great photographer not just good with the computer). I also was picky about liking the person that I was going to have photographing my wedding. I hate having my photo taken and needed someone that I could relax around. For me the fact that the video would be unobtrusive was a bonus (using several small cameras). Everyone will be biased towards their own photographer, but I loved mine.
We have looked through the galleries and are so impressed with the pictures! Thank you so much for capturing the day so perfectly.
Diana & Matthew
I would just like to thank you for all the hard work that you have done for us. I am so pleased with the results and it is nice to meet someone who is so passionate about what they do and is a such perfectionist as yourself.
Thank you so much for my album- which arrived safely today. It is perfect! And the quality of each page is amazing. And thank you so much for all you have done for us through this process, you have made it simple and straight forward, with beautiful products at the end. I have passed your details and my high recommendation, on to my friend, Megan, who is planning her wedding locally.
The Old Mill Aldermaston near Reading is one of Peter's favourite Berkshire wedding venues as it is such a photographers delight. Its also just a few minutes from his Burghfield Common base so its very convenient!
The Old Mill Aldermaston is a short distance west of Reading just off the main A4 and easily accessible from the M4 motorway. It has plenty of onsite free car parking.
Wedding ceremonies usually take place in the Stable Room. The larger Mill Room is usually utilised for the wedding breakfast and evening reception but it is licensed for ceremonies if you need the extra space. The registrars responsible for weddings at the Old Mill are from Newbury Register Office. Most of the staff from this office are relaxed and easy to work with - so only minimal restrictions on professional photography and videography during ceremonies.
So lets have a look around the Old Mill Aldermaston as a wedding venue. The iconic and most recognisable view is probably that in the first photo - showing the lovely gardens with the conservatory and Mill Room on the left and the owner's house on the right. The Stable room is to the right of the house and is obscured by the trees in this photo:
The rear of this wedding venue is extremely pretty as well and makes for great photographic backdrops as you will appreciate in the next photograph:
The Stable Room - in which most wedding ceremonies are conducted - is gorgeous both outside and inside.
The interior of the Stable Room can be quite a tight fit if you have lots of guests. The next photo was shot by Peter using a wide-angle lens to illustrate the whole of the Stable Room. It is not really practical for professional photographers to take up a shooting position at the front without causing a major distraction due to the lack of space once the bride and groom and two registrars are in position. Peter usually shoots from the rear and this works well. He has also had great success using small unattended video cameras hidden at the front to capture all the action close up.
Of course most brides like to have some of their "getting ready" photographed and this will include the girls as they excitedly go about their preparations plus detail photos of the flowers, dress, shoes, jewellery and so on. Oh and the cats as well if they are hanging around!
We can see the bouquets awaiting the bride and bridesmaids in the next photo:
The little people always make great subjects for the "getting ready" part of the day. Her we see a flowergirl having her hair prepared:
The Old Mill Aldermaston stands on the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal. So some couples like to make their arrival by canal boat:
A young bridesmaid in contemplative mood in the lovely gardens next to the Stable Room at the Old Mill Aldermaston:
Most couples get ready at hotels or homes close to the Old Mill Aldermaston and then may arrange extra-special transport. Our bride in the next photo arrived with her bridesmaids in a 1946 Bedford O.B. single decker bus supplied by the excellent Ages Past from Eversley. On a previous occasion the driver had had to remove a birds nest complete with its young from inside the bus then put it all back for the mother bird after the wedding; Peter was glad to learn that they all survived and thrived!
Peacocks have been known to make an appearance!
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