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The photos look absolutely great and we are very happy, especially after I heard about the disaster at a friend of ours wedding.
We have received our album and have now had a chance to have a good look through it. It is fantastic. Thank you for your patience with this, as it took us rather a long time to give you our list; it was certainly worth the wait. All the best for the future.
Chris and Beth
Beth and Chris chose the beautiful old St Michael and All Angels Church Sandhurst Berkshire for their marriage ceremony.
St Michaels Church, on the outskirts of this famous military town, is just gorgeous both outside and inside. Its also popular - as you might expect - so couples are advised to book early to avoid disappointment!
The wedding ceremony was conducted by the rector, Rev John Castle. The experience was terrific. Unlike with previous officiants there were no onerous restrictions and Peter was able to shoot a great selection of images during the ceremony, and to record everything on video from two vantage points. The restrictions which previously applied at St Michaels Sandhurst were always a source of great frustration for professional photographers particularly as both the layout of the interior and the level of natural light makes it one of the most straightforward venues in which to shoot. So full marks to John - he even prayed for good weather at the rehearsal so he really did make a great effort to cover all his bases!
From St Michael and All Angels we made the short journey to the reception - the private venue West Court. The venue has a lovely secluded location. The house has an interesting history having passed through the ownership of several "county" families, and as befits its pedigree it has a hugely impressive interior as you will see in the galleries.
The weather on the day did what was reasonably expected of it for a Summer wedding and we had lots of sunshine. In fact it got rather too warm in the afternoon if anything! Formal posed photos always turn out better when shot in light shade rather than full sun and so we found a shaded area to the side of West Court for the essentials.
In the photo below you can see the view of the church which greets you as you approach it from the adjacent car park. The entrance path used by the bride is usually via the road gate which is just to the right of the trees in the right of the image:
Inside St Michaels Church the layout is such that it is one of the easier churches in which to shoot photos and video. This photo shows the early guests taking their seats whilst an anxious groom and best man discuss the final arrangements. The church has side aisles and so its possible for professional photographers to shoot from several positions during the ceremony without causing distractions. There is usually a reasonable amount of natural light as well, often not the case in old buildings:
Once the ceremony is underway there are some great shots to be had from near the front of the church. The pillars help to obscure professional photographers from the view of guests. This is also a great position from which to shoot video:
It is possible to move between the front and rear of the church during the ceremony (within reason!) to obtain a greater variety of photos. In the photograph below you can see the blessing and the end of the marriage ceremony. This is also a good position in which to place a second video camera without spooking the guests!
Sandhurst and the surrounding area - as everyone knows - has strong military connections going back many generations. And so a guard of honour is not unusual:
You will have to have the right connections to book West Court but if you can pull it off it won't disappoint:
The main function room at West Court is truly spectacular when dressed for a wedding breakfast or other event. It is reminiscent of some of the Oxford Colleges but with of course its own special connections:
The wedding cake was made by the excellent Catherines Cakes of Caversham Reading:
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