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Wasing Park Wedding Photography - Catherine & Craig

May 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Oh what a wedding this was! Wasing Park is an absolute gem of a venue - an beautiful self-contained combination of barns, garden rooms, accommodation and even its own chapel, set in picture-perfect parkland on a country estate in Berkshire. It's got the lot, and on a stunningly sunny late Spring Saturday it was home to Catherine & Craig for a wonderful, fun-filled wedding. Catherine & Craig's friends, it turns out, are quite the party crowd. And boy do they love a dance-off!

Photograph showing the main barn plus accommodation block and grounds at Wasing Park near ReadingWasing Park wedding photographyWedding venue exterior and grounds on a sunny Spring day Accommodation and chapel at Wasing Park near Reading on sunny Spring dayWasing Park wedding photographyDetails of grounds and gardens at Berkshire wedding venue One of the big attractions, from a photographer's point of view, of covering a wedding at a venue like this is that with everything happening on site through the course of the day I can scoot around covering all sorts of bases: bridal preparation, guests arriving, establishing and detail shots... which means a lovely, rounded set of photos at the end. Covering the bridal prep in particular is a real treat here as the bridal suite - accessed up a spiral staircase at one end (or a more conventional one at the other) is absolutely massive. Possibly bigger than my whole house, in fact. Here, hair and make-up took place downstairs where the huge windows in one of the rooms allow that natural light to flood in, before everyone relocated upstairs to the suite to dress and add finishing touches...

Make-up for one of the bridesmaidsWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBridesmaid preparation Colour photos using natural light during bridal prepWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride and bridesmaids applying make-up Detail of dress hanging from old beam in bridal suiteWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyDress hanging Bridesmaid dresses, floral detail and wedding shoes in estate bridal suiteWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBridal preparation details Bride getting ready before wedding ceremonyWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBridal preparation The bridal party getting ready in the main accommodation suite at Wasing ParkWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride and bridesmaids in bridal suite The bride is helped into her wedding dress by her bridesmaidsWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride in wedding dress You've even got a choice of ceremony locations here. Catherine & Craig's wedding was to take place in the garden room across the lawn from the barn, which plays the central role for the reception. Craig was there and keeping himself occupied as guests started to arrive. And then it all started to happen very quickly - a quick check of the cufflinks, straighten the button-hole and face forward, as Catherine was at the door and ready to walk down the aisle to meet her groom.

The garden room at Wasing Park wedding venue is a barn with huge class windows set across the lawn from the reception barnWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCeremony room Floral details Wasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyDetails Wedding guests arrive at the venue for the start of the marriage ceremonyWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests arriving The groom waits with his best man in the ceremony room as the bride makes her wayWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGroom inside ceremony room The bride and bridesmaids make the short walk through the estate's grounds from the bridal suite to the ceremony room, accompanied by the bride's fatherWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride walking to ceremony Wasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyThe best man carries the flower girl down the aisle at the start of the ceremony to signal the bride's arrival The groom sees his bride in her wedding dress for the first time as she walks down the aisleWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyEmotional groom Bride and groom stand together at the front of the ceremony room as the wedding commencesWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyStart of the marriage Guests watch on as bride and groom turn to each other to make their declarations and vowsWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyMaking vows The bride places the wedding ring on the groom's fingerWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyExchange of rings Bride and groom symbolically exchange rings to seal their marriageWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyExchanging rings Family members provide short readings as part of the marriage ceremonyWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyReadings The flower girl sits on the best man's lap, watching on as the register is signedWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyFlower girl The bride and groom sign the documentation which makes the marriage legalWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographySigning the register The newly-married couple's paparazzi moment as wedding guests photograph them signing the registerWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyPhoto opportunity Guests watching on as the ceremony is concludedWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyFather of the bride and bridesmaids Walking back down the aisle together as husband and wifeWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyWalking down the aisle A really beautiful ceremony - you could really see how much it meant to these sweethearts to be marrying each other. With vows made, rings exchanged and registers signed, Catherine & Craig practically galloped back down the aisle to start their celebrations. Technically it wasn't quite yet Summer, but the weather outside told a different story and in conditions like this, and in such magnificent surroundings, what could be more quintessentially English that Pimms and garden games. I've made a mental note that I'm going to have to brush up on the rules and techniques of croquet at some point, as I get asked about a dozen times a year. Throw-the-beanbag-through-the-hole though I can pretty much grasp as a concept.

Wedding guests congratulate the bride and groom after the ceremonyWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCongratulations from guests Wedding guests assembled on the terrace outside the barn for the traditional group photoWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGroup photograph Drinks and canapes are served on the terrace outside the barnWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests on the terrace Wedding guests enjoying themselves during the drinks receptionWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCandid photos of guests Guests playing games on the lawn outside the reception venueWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGarden games The barn for the reception and the ceremony room side-by sideWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBarn and ceremony room A bridesmaid looks at the bride's new wedding ringWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride and bridesmaid Group photograph of bride and groom with bridesmaidsWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBridal party Colour images of flower girl during drinks receptionWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCandid moment Bride and groom made their way up sweeping steps to the barn, to a barrage of confetti, just before the wedding breakfast. The seating plan was a great touch - an individual (and often rather compromising) photo of each of the guests which they had to track down from the board in order to find out which table they were sat on. Cue absolutely everyone cracking up when they spotted themselves and their friends - long-lost memories obviously coming flooding back. And as an extra little touch Catherine & Craig had hand-written a message on the back of every single one. It must have taken them ages... I'm so often reminded that it's the little touches which really personalise and make a wedding.

Into the barn, and the next stage of the day started with speeches (and it turns out that Catherine's father in particular has a bright future as a stand-up comedian - absolute gold in that speech, I had to steady myself a couple of times to get a sharp shot, and I doff my cap still to the 'Meet the Fockers' joke). 

Bride and groom make their way up the sweeping steps outside the barn with guests on either side throwing confettiWasing Park Reading wedding photographyConfetti Close image of couple during the confetti throwingWasing Park Reading wedding photographyConfetti throwing in black-and-white Wedding guests laugh as they identify themselves in photographs used for the seating planWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuests laughing The interior of the barn laid out at the start of the wedding receptionWasing Park Reading wedding photographyBarn reception interior The father of the bride and the bride's mother look at the seating planWasing Park Reading wedding photographySeating plan photos Wedding guests find themselves on the seating plan at the start of the wedding breakfastWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuests laughing at photographs Natural light photographs inside barn reception venueWasing Park Reading wedding photographyCandid photographs of guests The bride's father and sister take a photographWasing Park Reading wedding photographyTaking photos The bride's sister looks on as her father makes the opening speechWasing Park Reading wedding photographySpeeches Black and white photograph of bride's father during his speechWasing Park Reading wedding photographyFather of the bride The groom's parents look on and laugh during the speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuest reactions The groom hands out gifts as part of his wedding speechWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGroom's speech Full-length image of the barn used for the wedding breakfast at Wasing ParkWasing Park Reading wedding photographyBarn interior Guests look on during the speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyGuests during speeches Candid photographs of wedding guests during speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyDocumentary wedding photography A guest wipes away a tear during the speechesWasing Park Reading wedding photographyEmotional moments Black and white photographs before wedding breakfastWasing Park Reading wedding photographyBride and best man A bridesmaid leads a toast before the start of the wedding breakfastWasing Park Reading wedding photographyMaking a toast  As everyone else made their way back outside to enjoy the late evening sunshine and kick back with drinks on the terrace, I stole Catherine & Craig away for a few photos in and around the grounds of the estate. Increasingly at this time of year I really love to take the couple off later on in the day - things are generally so much more relaxed and it relieves a lot of pressure on the more traditional window between ceremony and wedding breakfast when photos are very often taken. But more importantly, the light is invariably gorgeous as you approach an early-summer golden hour - that last little part of the day before the sun dips down over the horizon, and great light makes for great photos...

Guests walk around the estate in the early evening lightWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests exploring the grounds Wedding guests enjoying the evening after the wedding breakfastWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests outside Photograph of bride and groom togetherWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride and groom portrait The newly-married couple pose together in the grounds of the wedding venueWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCouple photograph The bride hugs the groomWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride and groom The bride poses in the gardens of Wasing ParkWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBridal portrait Black and white image with bride and groom sat on benchWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyBride and groom together Images of wedding couple in early evening lightWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyTime-out couple photographs Bride and groom walk hand-in-hand across the lawn at Wasing Park wedding venueWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyWalking together The couple look out across the countryside with the manor house in the backgroundWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCouple portrait Couple walk into the lightWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyWalking along the drive  The band had set up as we returned, and our bride and groom kicked off the evening's party with the cutting of the cake and first dance, before they and all of their friends then proceeded to absolutely tear up the dancefloor in between bouts around and under the limbo pole! And as the night drew in one final photo presented itself: Catherine & Craig stepped briefly back outside the barn to savour a magnificent sunset: the perfect end to an absolutely beautiful day.

The last of the day's sunlight catches the barn used as the wedding venueWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyReception venue in evening light Documentary moment during eveningWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuest candid Candid photographs of guests relaxing before the night's partying beginsWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuest portraits The barn has a serving hatch which opens directly onto the terraceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyAt the bar Colour photograph of wedding cake inside barnWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyWedding cake Bride and groom start the evening's celebrations by cutting the cakeWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCutting the cake The couple take to the floor for the first danceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyFirst dance Wedding guests watch on as the bride and groom perform their fist danceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyCouple and guests The groom twirls the bride in the first danceWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyTwirl Wedding guests take to the dancefloorWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests on the dancefloor A wedding guest dances enthusiastically!Wasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyThrowing shapes Wedding guests partyingWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyGuests dancing A limbo pole set up to one side of the room attracts a lot of guests who fancy themselves as flexibleWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyLimbo The bride joins in the limbo and the dancingWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyThe bride Bride and guests in action on the dancefloorWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographyParty Bride and groom sunset photograph with turret detailing of reception venue in the backgroundWasing Park Berkshire wedding photographySunset Huge congratulations, Catherine & Craig, and I'm delighted that you're so happy with your photos. Wishing you many very happy years together!

The images above are, once again, just a small selection from the day: friends and family can view the full set and slideshow in our bride & groom's private gallery, but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

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If you are planning your wedding at Wasing Park and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please do get in touch any time to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have; I'm only too happy to help however I can. 

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos from this magnificent wedding. Thanks, as ever, for reading,



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