This is a feature wedding / venue gallery. If you are planning a wedding in the Wokingham and Berkshire area do take a look at the Prices, the Photo Galleries, the Videos, and the Albums. This gallery illustrates just one of many for you to browse e.g. South Hill Park Bracknell, the Mill House Hotel Swallowfield
The quaint old Cantley House Hotel Wokingham Berkshire is located on the outskirts of Wokingham and close to the M3 M4 and M25 motorways and so naturally is easy to reach from all over the south of England. It has plenty of onsite car parking.
The hotel is a medium sized old country house that has retained its Edwardian style charm throughout. It is well maintained and so there is no shortage of photogenic backdrops throughout the interior. Outside it has extensive gardens which are well landscaped and kept in good order. There are shaded areas available should the sun be too bright for top quality portraits - which are always better when shot in light shade.
The Wokingham registrars responsible for weddings at the hotel are easy going and sympathetic to the needs of professional photographers and videographers. The Oak Room in which ceremonies usually take place can be a tight fit for the purposes of photography and video as the bay window feature where the main desk is positioned makes it tricky to get the best angles but its a great looking room and the registrars are very helpful.
The Oak Room set up ready for a wedding ceremony can be seen in this photo:
Bouquets and other flower arrangements from the day are a priority for photography - they look great featured in your wedding album and are guaranteed to bring back the memories!
The Cantley House Hotel has several lovely bedrooms on the first floor which are ideal for the girls to use for getting ready.
The foyer of the Cantley House Hotel is another photogenic location:
Peter aims to shoot a few portraits of the bride once she is ready:
The groom and best man moments before the start of the wedding ceremony. The Oak Room has doors opening directly onto the rear terrace of the hotel:
Character photos of the guests during the ceremony and the speeches are always popular:
The Oak Room is a tight fit because of the bay window - especially if flower arrangements accompany the bride and groom at the front! An uncle of the couple shot an amateur video from one side at the front - you can just make him out on the left.
Some great expressions from the bride!
The civil celebrants do not impose any silly restrictions on professional photography and video during wedding ceremonies and so all the key moments such as the exchange of rings can be shot:
Most registrars arrange the bride and groom for guests to take their own photographs shortly after the civil register has been signed:
"Reportage" or natural candid photos are a popular style covering the afternoon reception:
Now does the fella with the beer look Australian or what? Yep, he sure is!
There is lots of variety in the well-kept gardens at the Cantley House Hotel making it a great venue for the essential posed wedding photos:
The Briar Barn at the Cantley House Hotel has been restored and looks great dressed ready for the wedding breakfast:
The wedding speeches are another great photo and video moment - especially video for the obvious reason that you can hear as well as see:
The Cantley House Hotel's Ormonde Room is also available for smaller wedding ceremonies and for receptions. Our groom delivers his speech in the Ormonde Room in the next photo:
Not all brides join in with the speeches but there are a few brave souls around:
Photos of the wedding cake are sure to bring back the memories in future years:
A Chas 'n Dave tribute band provided the music for the evenings dancing for this wedding. That certainly got everyone up and jumping to a host of cockney classics!
An amazing performance of a Lenny Kravitz hit by one of the guests backed by a live band:
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