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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 Conservatory is also licensed for wedding ceremonies. 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.
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 front of the Stable Room. It can be tricky 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 can shoot 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.
Many 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.
We can see the bouquets awaiting the bride and bridesmaids in the next photo:
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:
The little people always make great subjects:
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!
Some couples choose to have their wedding ceremony at a local church before adjourning to The Old Mill Aldermaston for their reception. The next bride was married just a few minutes away at St Marys Church Burghfield:
Peacocks have been known to make an appearance!
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