The Burnham Beeches Hotel wedding venue is located on the Buckinghamshire Berkshire border very close to Slough. This makes it very easy to reach from the nearby M4, M25, M40, and M3 motorways - so your guests should have no problems reaching it from anywhere in the South of England. It has lots of free onsite car parking. The last little bit of the journey can be confusing because of the country lanes so satnav is a good idea.
The Burnham Beeches Hotel is a popular 4 star hotel which runs many weddings itself and also is often chosen by brides as a getting ready location for other local venues such as the Tudor Barn Burnham. It has spacious well-kept grounds to the exterior and inside has several nice function rooms which can be adapted to your specific needs.
The interior of the hotel has benefited from extensive refurbishment - especially the large rear function room. It is now light and airy and ideal for photography and video. Some of the bedrooms have also been refurbished including the honeymoon suite and it really is very nice indeed. Top marks to the Burnham Beeches Hotel!
Professional photography and videography during wedding ceremonies is straightforward as there are no onerous restrictions imposed by the registrars, who come from their Beaconsfield office, to spoil your coverage!
The hotel itself is set along a long driveway and so the first view that will greet you on arrival is the imposing main gate as seen in the first photograph below:
The Mediterranean flavour courtyard to the front is a suntrap and can be a lovely backdrop for some of the essential posed wedding photos:
The main function room at the rear of the Burnham Beeches Hotel set up ready for the wedding ceremony:
After Peter shoots some establishing photos of the exterior and interior of the wedding venue Peter often starts with the girls getting ready and typically includes detail shots of the bouquets, shoes, jewellery, dresses etc:
Peter usually shoots a few photos of the groom and the best man moments before the start of the wedding ceremony. The courtyard at the front of the Burnham Beeches Hotel caught some lovely winter sunshine just before this wedding - and as a bonus it was not too cold on the day!
The little people always seem to be ready to strike a pose for the cameras - even if Peter doesn't want them to pose!
And its good to shoot some semi-posed photos of the VIP guests as in the father of the bride with one of the grandmothers:
After the wedding ceremony the registrars will usually invite the guests to come forward and shoot their own photos of the couple:
Whilst the bride and groom smile away for the millions of cameras!
Key moments such as here where we see the father of the bride give away his daughter to her groom are always lovely to capture:
There are some great character shots of the guests to be had:
Here we see a flowergirl captivated by the wedding ceremony unfolding before her:
The front room at the Burnham Beeches Hotel is the smaller of the two rooms usually used for wedding ceremonies:
The registrars are relaxed about professional photography and video during ceremonies so some terrific character shots are possible such as the bride beaming away in the next photo:
The moment the ring goes on the finger. Wow!
Usually a celebratory drink will be served, and if a toastmaster is on duty he will start to organise the next phase of the day:
The bride and groom make their exit from the ceremony room amid lots of cheers and laughter:
You probably won't want to spend all your time posing for photos and most clients do select a style of coverage which is mainly a candid documentary approach:
Confetti makes for some great photos!
The hotel has huge lawns to the front:
Photos of big groups of guests can be tricky at any venue - the aim is to be able to see as many faces as possible. Sometimes a shot from a first floor window can work well such as in the next photo where all the guests for this wedding are gathered on the courtyard in front of the Burnham Beeches Hotel:
Peter will often climb onto a chair or table to achieve that extra bit of height when photographing big groups:
It is a good idea to start the "official" wedding photographs shortly after the finish of the wedding ceremony, before guests who may be needed to participate can get themselves lost exploring the venue or checking into rooms. If there is a posh wedding car the driver will often want to depart shortly afterwards and so photos with the car may need to be completed first. Here we have our bride and groom posing for a photograph alongside their lovely vintage car in front of the Burnham Beeches Hotel:
There is a more shaded area to the right of the hotel's main entrance which can be a good choice of location for the posed photos if other areas are too bright. Peter shoots some photos in a formal style and others in a more "fun" style. Here we have our groom with his groomsmen:
The flowergirls always look great in the photos!
Sometimes it is just not possible to shoot outside due to the weather conditions or lack of daylight, in which case Peter can rig up extra lighting for some posed photos inside the hotel. Here we have our bride and groom with her mum and dad:
Peter always shoots the room and some detail photos before the guests flood in for the wedding breakfast. Table decorations and favours look great in your wedding album:
If you have lots of guests you'll need the whole of the main function room at the rear of the hotel:
Here a proud father of the bride does his speech. The speeches in the wedding breakfast are a terrific thing to have on video - they are a part of the day where video trumps photos every time!
The wedding speeches can be quite a worry for the bride:
You sweep in to the wedding breakfast amid the rapturous applause of your guests!
The groom usually makes his speech after the father of the bride and before the best man - enabling him to get his retaliation in first!
The function room at the rear of the Burnham Beeches Hotel can have its room dividers pulled across to make it more intimate:
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