Cantley House is a lovely Hotel and wedding venue based in the outskirts of Wokingham. I was looking forward to being the Cantley House wedding photographer fr the wedding of M & J. I met up with them a couple of weeks before their wedding at my studio. They were very relaxed about the wedding. They wanted it to be a special occasion for all of their guests and family. The venue in itself is very relaxed and looked great n the day. It was only a few days after Christmas and the decorations were still up n some places.
My day stared capturing a few getting ready photographs of the bride. When I arrived, everyone was in god spirits and I could feel the excitement. Some guests had flown in from the far east, just for the wedding. I am sure that some may have been jet lagged, but there was no visible evidence of it. Everyone seemed on forma and ready to celebrate. After a while, I popped down stairs to capture a few photographs of the groom final touches and welcoming guests. The ceremony was fairly short yet beautiful. One of their friends played the violin beautifully and there was also some emotional singing from one the bride’s family members. After the “I do”s” and the first kiss, we all venture outside for a confetti throw. Given the time of year, it was a tiny bit cold. We took a few essential family photos and portraits of the bride and groom before heading inside for drinks, canapés, mulled wine and cheese!
The wedding reception took place indoors as it was fairly cold due to the time of year. Cantley House is a spacious wedding venue and has a variety or room that can be used. Guests were enjoying each others company and it was a relaxed drinks reception. There was room for everyone who chose to sat down. It was great to see people mingling and chatting together. After a while, everyone was invited to move into the barn for the wedding breakfast. The barn had been beautifully decorated and looked great. Speeches took place before the meal. This is something that I am seeing more frequently. I think that it is great to have the speeches before hand. Speakers are then more relaxed and can fully enjoy the wedding breakfast. Three courses were served before the guests were given some free time as the barn was turning over for the evening party.
The bride changed into a lovely outfit and a tea ceremony took place in the main lounge at the Hotel. It is great to see different ceremonies and celebrations that celebrate people’s backgrounds and cultures. After the ceremony, it was time to go back to the barn again for the cutting of the cake and the first dance. The first dance was lovely, the bride and groom had practiced a routine and they delivered it perfectly on the day, it was beautiful to watch!
Below are some of my favourite photographs from their wedding day. I really hope that you love them. If you are looking for a Cantley House wedding photographer (or any other venue for that matter), I would love to hear from you. I am based only 10 minutes away from the wedding venue and I have worked there on a few occasions. Thank you for visiting my website and reading!