The Old Mill in Aldermaston, Berkshire Wedding Photographs
After meeting Jo and Joe in Perth we were excited to be shooting their Berkshire wedding photographs. These guys are such a wonderful, fun-loving couple. We were sure their Berkshire wedding photographs would be so full of happiness.
Berkshire Wedding Morning Photographs with the Bride
I joined Jo and her bridesmaids in the Hinds Head. A lovely 15th Century Coaching Inn in Aldermaston for their Berkshire wedding photographs. The building had recently been re-stored and re-decorated, a stylish mix of comfort and boutique chic.
In the entrance foyer I was greeted by the sight of Jo’s chosen wedding flowers. A gorgeous mix of soft countryside colours from Tadley Floral Designs was to beautifully compliment the girl’s dresses.
Upstairs in one of the boutique bedrooms preparations were in full swing. The girls whizzed around the room unpacking, re-packing, drinking champagne, unpacking again, hair dressing and makeup applying.
I love the feel of a wedding morning, the frenetic busyness of a bridal room is often wonderfully reflected in the feelings of its occupants. A swirl of activity mixed with a swirl of emotions creating numerous subtly beautiful moments to capture in their Berkshire wedding photographs.With Claire Nicole Hair and Make-up finishing her talented wizardry it was time to move rooms (literally) to apply Jo’s gorgeous wedding dress from Aubrey Rose Bridal. I can’t imagine the nerves involved in transporting such a stunning yet delicate garment all of the way from Australia!
Outside the pub window a jaw dropping split screen VW camper pulled up. Rita, a forty-five year old Brazilian split screen from Dream Day Campers (one of our recommended wedding suppliers) is beautifully restored. She could be the perfect wedding transport for Berkshire wedding photographs.
Being laced into the wedding dress is often a defining moment of a wedding morning for a bride. The sudden solitude, realisation and calm can combine to enhance emotions. I noticed that Joe had become quite quiet. In the now subtly lit bedroom against the backdrop timbers and brick walls she looked breathtakingly beautiful. A sombre reflective moment before the rush of activity to come.
With the finishing touches of veil and flowers Jo descended the stairs to a round of applauds and tears in her parents eyes. A quick look around the camper outside and we were off to the chosen wedding venue.
Meanwhile Murray joined Joe and his groomsmen at the family home in Southampton. A calm morning then saw a well organised flurry of activity. They donned suits, rejected restrictive braces and googled “how to tie a Winsor knot”.
The natural light flooded in through large windows at the front of the house, wrapping perfectly around the chaps as they prepared. With the transformation from ‘relaxed’ to ‘dapper’ now complete they headed off in search of a wedding morning beer in the Hinds Head. At this point in the day Murray and I were very careful to keep our respective clients apart. As I helped the girls move rooms Joe and the chaps enjoyed some food and liquid refreshments downstairs. I delivered a hand written letter of love from Joe to Jo that was read with such dewy eyes I could feel myself welling up!
From their home in Australia Jo and Joe had spent a lot of time researching their dream wedding venue. The Old Mill in the heart of the Berkshire countryside is a 17th Century water-mill wonderfully restored incorporating the original character of the building. Beautifully landscaped gardens a river and the owner’s eye for details all add to the ‘fairy-tale’ feel, making it a perfect venue for Berkshire wedding photographs.
The wedding guests were all seated in the intimate, subtly lit Stable room, quietly awaiting the arrival of the bridal party. Joe stood with his best men making the best of his nerves and anticipation.
With the bridesmaids outside the sound of an air-cooled engine marked Jo’s arrival and the nerves dispelled. With a huge smile of joy on her face Jo almost skipped down the aisle! Standing together in front of their family and friends we have never seen a couple kiss as much (and for so long!).
The warm and loving wedding ceremony perfectly complimented Joe and Jo and their chosen venue. Tears of joy were shed and happy laughter rose around the room. Hand in hand Jo and Joe left as husband and wife, not forgetting to kiss, kiss and kiss some more!
The newlyweds were taken for a ride in the VW Camper while the guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the Old Mill’s garden conservatory. With the imminent threat of rain now apparent we quickly organised some group shots. We then joined Joe and Jo for a walk around the river, over gorgeous bridges and locks.
In the warmth of the Mill’s lighting Joe’s father started with a short yet heart-warming wedding speech. Joe, who had been telling me how nervous he was about his speech mastered it wonderfully. He then took a hilarious public appraisal and shaming from his duo of best men.
The lights were turned off and Jo and Joe took to the dance floor for their first dance. Solely lit by the DJ’s spot they gently swirled about the room surrounded by family and friends, kissing, of course!