Thanks very much for the photos, they are brilliant!! And thank you for the amazing Graphi Album, it is absolutely stunning and we are over the moon with it! It's gorgeous. We wouldn't change a thing. We have only great things to say about the whole service we have received from start to finish!
Jodie and Chris
Thank you for the photographs. They are absolutely brilliant. The way you capture just part of instead of the entire object is very clever, not to mention the light, which totally set the photos apart.
The photographs are great - it will take us an absolute age to choose our prints!!
Thanks for the photos, they look great and we are very happy with them. Thanks again for everything.
Dan and Rebecca
Thank you for sending through the video, we watched it together yesterday and it was really lovely to see the day and remember all the little bits that happened. This is a great way for us to share the day again with friends and family.
The Swan at Streatley enjoys a lovely Thames riverside location just north of Reading Berkshire.
The hotel is licensed for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies but how it differs and excels over many alternative wedding venues is the availability for ceremonies of the old Magdalen College Barge which is permanently anchored alongside the well-kept gardens. Larger ceremonies can of course be catered for inside the hotel itself in its Icknield Suite.
The registrars responsible for ceremonies at the Swan at Streatley hail from the nearby Newbury Register Office. Most of the registration staff are relaxed and easy to work with for professional photographers and videographers and so its usually possible to shoot a complete photo and video record of your ceremony. You do need to use an experienced pro in the barge though as the compact layout and tricky lighting will trip up lesser mortals!
The Riverside Restaurant is particularly charming as a location for the wedding breakfast - it has terrific views on the River Thames just yards away.
The hotel has lots of free onsite car parking.
The grounds surrounding the hotel are varied and well maintained. There are shaded areas available which can be utilised for the best portrait photo results if the sunlight on the day is too harsh.
It is possible for small pleasure boats to be hired to explore the river and this is always very popular with the guests on hot summer days!
Browse another gallery featuring this venue:
Alexandria & Matthew
Browse some more galleries in the same area:
The Old Mill Aldermaston, Wokefield Park, The Great House at Sonning, Newbury Manor, Ufton Court, Silchester House, Trunkwell House, Mill House Hotel Swallowfield, Easthampstead Park, Cantley House, South Hill Park, Stirrups, Forbury Hotel
and lots more via the main Galleries Page.
The first photograph below shows the view of the Magdalen College Barge moored alongside the Swan at Streatley Hotel as seen from the bridge spanning the River Thames between Streatley and Goring-on-Thames. The Riverside Restaurant is just peeping into the photo on the far left:
The walkway linking the main hotel to the gardens and to the barge is a great location for some photos just before the barge ceremony starts:
And this is the view of the Swan at Streatley's wedding barge as seen from the Riverside Restaurant:
The charming interior of the Barge is very photogenic. Brides usually enter from the door at the rear. There is another door at the front to the right in the photo. The "business end" of the barge where you stand for your ceremony is raised higher than the guest seating:
Of coure we had better not forget how the hotel came by its name!
Peter's coverage often starts with some of the girls getting ready and typically includes detail shots of jewellery, flowers, shoes, and suchlike:
And the dresses of course!
Hair and makeup are popular subjects once they reach their latter "almost ready" stage. Do you recognise the bride in the next photo?
Finishing touches present lots of great photo and video opportunities:
Not forgetting the fellas of course!
A few semi-posed photos immediately before the wedding ceremony are a common request. Here we see our groom alongside the River Thames just outside the hotel's Riverside Restaurant:
And a photo of the bride with her dad moments before they enter the barge for the wedding ceremony is a must have:
Meanwhile the groom and best man wait anxiously inside the barge for the brides arrival:
There are some lovely photos of guests just begging to be shot:
And then the bride makes her grand entrance:
The exchange of the wedding rings is a highly desirable moment to capture on stills and on video, and most of the registrars are fine with that:
There are some fairly strict rules regarding what you can and cannot do during civil marriage ceremonies in England. But if you have a Humanist wedding ceremony you can have free reign. Here we see our couple mixing sand to signify their becoming one. Oh and the sand thing is allowed in English ceremonies!
All content on this site is the copyright of Peter Riding of Ashton Lamont. Do not steal. I have a very particular set of skills I have acquired over a long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. Do not steal now, and that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you. (With appreciation to Bryan in "Taken").