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.
Laura and Daryl chose what is probably the most lovely photogenic wedding venue in Berkshire for their ceremony and reception - the Old Mill Aldermaston in between Reading and Newbury.
Our couple booked a combined photography and video package commencing shortly before the ceremony and finishing after the first dance.
The Old Mill Aldermaston is close to Peter's base in Burghfield and so as you might expect he is very familiar with it having worked there lots of times.
The registrars who conduct marriage ceremonies at the Old Mill are from the Newbury Register Office. Once upon a time the registrars imposed severe restrictions of professional photography and video but in more recent times have been much more flexible - though this does vary with each individual staff member. On the day we were lucky to have two of the really easy-going staff and Peter was able to shoot throughout. The Stable Room in which most ceremonies take place is challenging though as it is narrow and with very little space from which to shoot at the front. Therefore it is best to shoot from the rear of the room in order to avoid drawing attention away from the bride and groom. Peter did place two miniature video cameras at the front suitably camouflaged and these made a great job of recording the ceremony from two different viewpoints in addition to the main video camera at the rear.
The weather threatened rain and so the ceremony which had been intended to take place in the Conservatory was moved to the Stable Room; rain drumming on the Conservatory roof can be very distracting! We saw little in the way of sunshine during the day but the rain held off - phew! In fact the light but cloudy conditions were ideal for people photography as bright sunshine causes contrasty features which can be less than complimentary in portraiture.
So how did our couple come to decide on the Old Mill? Well the groom is a keen fisherman of many years standing and as the Old Mill is such a mecca for fishing it was a natural choice.
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