Background Information and Highlights:
The Beaconsfield Register Office is in the centre of Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire. There are two ceremony rooms. Midsomer Court at the rear of the main building is the larger and is light and airy. It is in the two weddings featured in this gallery. The smaller Disraeli Room is in the main building. It looks good inside but it is quite cramped for space and Peter recommends you go for Midsomer Court unless you plan to have just a handful of guests.
There is a decent amount of free car parking opposite the Office - though this is not available on market days so do be careful to check.
The registrars conducting ceremonies at Beaconsfield Register Office are easy to work with and eager to help in any way that they can. So its pretty straightforward for professional photographers and videographers to record the ceremony in full. The same staff also work at a number of popular nearby wedding venues such as the Burnham Beeches Hotel.
Most couples who have Midsomer Court for their ceremony choose a combined photography and video package by Peter. There was also the Town Hall though this is no longer to be used for ceremonies. What a shame - here is a ceremony on Youtube that Peter video'd which is fast approaching 100,000 views!
The first photo above, shot with an extreme wide-angle lens in case you're wondering, shows the main register office building. It was formerly the old town's police station and still retains many features including bars at some windows! Midsomer Court is accessed through a walkway to the right side of the building. Immediately behind the camera position is a large green with mature trees and next to that St Mary and All Saints Church Beaconsfield - which is itself a popular wedding venue. This means that there is a ready made wedding photo location available within a few yards of the Office.
As you approach Midsomer Court you go through the sheltered courtyard seen in the next photo above. Its another good place for some of the all important posed photos.
Midsomer Court is the subject of the next photo above. It has a decent amount of natural light making the job for photographers and videographers a whole lot easier than is sometimes the case!
The Disraeli Room illustrates a wedding ceremony in progress. It takes around twenty guests maximum but is very tight for space and it is not really feasible to shoot photos or video from the front without being intrusive. Therefore Peter recommends you choose Midsomer Court if you can.
Many brides like to have their photo coverage from the "getting ready" earlier in the day. Others prefer the coverage to start shortly before the ceremony is due to begin. This photo shows our bride and her bridesmaids on the green opposite the Register Office just a few yards walk away.
Peter shoots the guests arrivals. The little people are always great subjects!
The groom and best man prepare ready for the start of the marriage ceremony in Midsomer Court.
After the ceremony this couple hired a couple of lovely Volkswagen camper vans to transport the wedding party to the reception.
The second couple illustrated in this wedding gallery had their coverage starting with some photos on their arrival. The bride and her mum are featured in the above photo.
There are no silly restrictions applied to professional photography or video by the Beaconsfield Register Office Staff so great moment such as the exchange of rings can be recorded for ever.
The courtyard has some old features which make a nice backdrop for both candid and posed photos after the wedding ceremony.
Tablets used as cameras are a common sight at weddings now!
This bride and groom had some portraits and group photos at their reception location before the start of the wedding speeches.
Harleyford Golf Club on the outskirts of west Marlow hosted a couples wedding reception. Here is the main function room prepared ready for the wedding breakfast.
Peter made use of some of the Spring colours such as the yellow forsythias for some portraits.
Detail photos such as the cake - or cakes in this case! - always look great in your wedding album.
The wedding reception is a great opportunity for some candid / reportage / documentary / photojournalist (call it what you like!) photos featuring the guests.
The competition sure is starting young these days!
Video probably takes the upper hand at this stage because it does of course enable you to relive what was actually said. But there are still some lovely photos to be made.
The speeches are another great photo and video opportunity.