Thank you for being so brilliant on the day, we were so impressed with you and your work! Thank you so much for capturing our special day.
Keela and Chad chose South Hill Park Bracknell Berkshire to host their wedding ceremony and reception.
South Hill Park is perhaps best known as an arts centre, having a wide range of live acts exhibitions and cinema screenings among other things, but is also establishing itself as a great venue for weddings as well.
South Hill Park is very easy to reach being just a short distance from the M3 M4 and M25 motorways, and there is plenty of free onsite parking.
The interior of the 18th century main building includes a lovely oak panelled room on the first floor which is an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies. On the ground floor the garden Room looks out onto the semi-formal Italian gardens. The venue is set in many acres of mature landscaped grounds. South Hill Park is open to the public so you don't have exclusive use of the main building and the grounds - but there is plenty of space for everyone!
The registrars who conduct wedding ceremonies at South Hill Park are from the local Bracknell Register Office, and are always easy-going and a real pleasure to work with. No silly restrictions on professional photography or video during the all-important ceremony.
On the day we had bright sunshine to contend with in the afternoon, which you may be surprised to learn is the enemy of portrait photography. This is because it creates unflattering extremes of contrast. Fortunately if you hunt around you can find suitable shaded areas around South Hill Park's extensive grounds.
Our couple booked an all day combined photography and video package starting with the girls getting ready - though they did spend most of the early time hidden away in the bathroom! Coverage ending well into the evening and after the first dance.
The first photo below illustrates the view of the courtyard in front of the main building. On wedding days this is kept clear of vehicles to ensure the bride can enjoy a photogenic arrival:
The Italian style gardens to one side of the wedding venue are a good location for some photos with family and friends after the ceremony:
Peter shot some details of the shoes and dress etc before the wedding day got underway in earnest:
The oak panelled room at South Hill Park looks great for wedding ceremonies:
The room has large windows to one side and these present a real challenge for professional photographers and videographers as the subjects - the bride and groom - are strongly backlit by bright sunshine. Good results can depend just as much on the post-wedding editing as on selecting the best equipment and techniques for this scenario. It is not possible to shoot from the other side of the room as that space is completely occupied by a large piano:
The ceremony is a good opportunity for some character photos of the guests:
The Bracknell registrars are easy to work with for professional photographers and videographers and so shots like the rings being exchanged can be made:
There is an elevated level at one end of the Italian Gardens which is an ideal position to shoot from to capture large groups of guests:
The next photo shows the Garden Room at South Hill Park all ready for the start of the wedding breakfast:
The speeches are always a great photo and video opportunity:
The Cellar Bar hosted the evening entertainment:
A photo of the venue after dark makes a great closing page in the wedding album:
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