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Weddings at the Swan at Streatley, Streatley on Thames Berkshire
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Wedding guests enjoy a sail on the River Thames at a wedding reception at the Swan at Streatley near Reading Berkshire

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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.

Shio

The photographs are great - it will take us an absolute age to choose our prints!!

Ruth

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.

Gemma

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!

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:

View of the Magdalen College Barge seen from the bridge over the River Thames moored alongside the Swan at Streatley Berkshire wedding venue

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:

Walkway from the Swan at Streatley Hotel to the Barge used for wedding ceremonies

And this is the view of the Swan at Streatley's wedding barge as seen from the Riverside Restaurant:

The Magdalen College Barge moored on the River Thames at the Swan at Streatley wedding venue

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:

Inside view of the barge used for wedding ceremonies at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire wedding venue

Of coure we had better not forget how the hotel came by its name!

Swan swims on the River Thames beside the Swan at Streatley Hotel, a Berkshire wedding venue

Peter's coverage often starts with some of the girls getting ready and typically includes detail shots of jewellery, flowers, shoes, and suchlike:

Brides jewellery displayed before her wedding at the Swan at Streatley Hotel near Goring Berkshire

And the dresses of course!

Brides Keith Kee wedding dress waits for her before her wedding at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire near Reading

Hair and makeup are popular subjects once they reach their latter "almost ready" stage. Do you recognise the bride in the next photo?

Bride checks her hair and makeup before her wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley near Reading Berkshire

Finishing touches present lots of great photo and video opportunities:

Bridesmaid helps bride into her wedding dress before her marriage ceremony at the Swan at Streatley Reading Berkshire

Not forgetting the fellas of course!

Father of the bride puts on his tie before wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire

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:

Groom poses for wedding photo alongside the River Thames before his wedding at the Swan at Streatley in Berkshire

And a photo of the bride with her dad moments before they enter the barge for the wedding ceremony is a must have:

Bride and her father pose for photo before entering wedding ceremony on the barge at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire wedding venue

Meanwhile the groom and best man wait anxiously inside the barge for the brides arrival:

Groom and best man await the arrival of the bride aboard the barge for wedding ceremony at the swan at Streatley near Goring on Thames

There are some lovely photos of guests just begging to be shot:

Guests pose for photo on barge before wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley

And then the bride makes her grand entrance:

Bride makes her entrance with her father for her wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley

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:

Bride has her wedding ring slipped onto her finger by her groom during their wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire

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!

Bride and groom mix sand together during their Humanist wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire

Wedding guest watches ceremony in progress at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire wedding venue

Guest makes a reading during marriage ceremony on the barge at the Swan at Streatley near Reading Berkshire

Guests watch bridesmaid make a reading during wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley

Bride and groom leave the barge cheered by their guests after their wedding ceremony at the Swan at Streatley

Wedding ceremony in progress in the Icknield Suite at the Swan at Streatley near Reading Berkshire

Bride and groom have celebration drinks after their marriage ceremony at the Swan at Streatley

Bride and groom make butterfly release after their Swab at Streatley wedding

Guest gives bride his good wishes after her Swan at Streatley wedding ceremony

Guests have a laugh and joke in the cocktail hour after wedding at the Swan at Streatley Berkshire wedding venue

Young guest smiles for camera during wedding reception at the Swan at Streatley

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