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Wokefield Estate (formerly known as Wokefield Park) Mortimer near Reading in Berkshire is a wedding venue with which Peter is very familiar having worked there many times over several years shooting weddings corporate events and parties - and it is within walking distance of his Burghfield Common base!
The Wokefield Estate is easy to travel to being a very short hop from junction 11 of the M4 and just a few miles north of the M3. It has plenty of free onsite car parking.
Weddings take place in the Mansion House and there are three rooms licensed for ceremonies including high numbers in the Maple Restaurant. It is also possible to have a marquee in the grounds. The Newbury registrars are responsible for the legal side. Most of the Newbury staff are easy going and present no "problem" for professional photographers and videographers; a couple are rather more old-fashioned and restrictive and you may wish to have a word with the register office staff about the coverage you wish to achieve before the day.
Outside Wokefield Park enjoys large grounds and lawns plus a big lake surrounded by mature trees. The rear of the building has a light Mediterranean feel to it with its raised terraces. In very bright sunshine shaded areas suitable for the best quality portrait photography are in short supply but its worthwhile hunting these out. The flower beds would benefit from a greater volume and variety of plants and shrubs but that is the case at most corporate rather than privately owned wedding venues.
The first photo below shows the instantly recognisable rear of the Wokefield Estate. A wide gravel walkway extends the length of the building - great news for the ladies in heels if the weather is too damp to use the lawns! The steps on the far left of the photo are a good location to shoot small groups as the participants can be staggered on the steps to ensure everyone is visible.
The main entrance at the front of Wokefield Park's Mansion House lends itself well to formal posed wedding photos as in the next photo in which we see the bride and groom with their vintage wedding car:
On a sunny day it is absolutely glorious relaxing with friends and relations, catching up on news, in the gardens at Wokefield Park:
Most brides like to start their coverage with some "getting ready" shots. Detail of the dress shoes flowers jewellery and so forth look great at the start of your album:
Photos do of course make a terrific and permanent record of the flowers - dried pressed flowers are just not the same!
Reportage style coverage is very popular and most couples choose this as their predominant style, adding some posed groups later in the day. Here is a typical reportage or documentary type photograph showing the groom nervously exchanging a few words with his best man shortly before the ceremony starts:
Professional photography and video is usually permitted throughout the ceremony - but do check before the day with the celebrant who is scheduled to conduct your ceremony because they are not all the same!
The wedding ceremony is a big moment for the parents of course and capturing their emotional expressions is a lovely way to take yourself back to the moment:
The ceremony can be a great time to shoot candid photos of the guests. Lots of brides recommend Peter to their friends and colleagues - take a look at the guests in the next photo:
Recognise them? Here they are on their own wedding day (they chose the Elvetham Hotel for their wedding):
The drinks served after the ceremony are a good candidate for photos and can look great featured creatively in your album. Here we see the bride and groom moments after their arrival at Wokefield Park from their ceremony in a nearby church:
And more drinks!
The cocktail hour - the period between the end of the wedding ceremony and the start of the wedding breakfast - is a chance to shoot some reportage and semi-posed photos of the guests. Take a look at the lady in the next photo:
And here she is on her own wedding day - at the Audleys Wood Hotel. Peter has lots of brides who recommend his photo and video services to their friends and work colleagues:
The lake at Wokefield Park is a nice mature secluded location which is ideal for some set piece photos of the bride and groom. It is a few hundred yards from the main building and so a golf buggy is arranged to transport you:
Some shade is available next to some mature trees and shrubs at one end of the building. This is recommended if the weather conditions are too bright for good quality portraits in the open spaces. Here we see a standard shot of the bride and groom with all the parents:
Take a closer look at the couple above. Recognise them in the photo below? Yes, the very same! Peter gets tons of recommendations from previous brides. And here we can see this couple as guests at their friends wedding:
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