Gorgeous wedding venues always excite us and inspire us to give our couples the best wedding images possible. Now, when you are on the venue’s recommended list of vendors, you not only have a better understanding of all the photo-worthy spots at that location but the support you get from the venue staff makes your work so much easier. This was the case for us when we set to photograph Melanie and Phil’s wedding. It was a beautiful celebration at the Cantley House Hotel in Wokingham, Berkshire, where we are recommended as wedding photographers. What a dreamy venue it is! From its tree-lined driveway, lush green grounds to a traditional manor house converted into a barn, the Cantley House Hotel is sublime in every sense of the word. Those of you looking for a perfect setting for a country-style wedding, this venue could be a great fit. The lovely rustic vibes, impressive lawns and dedicated staff could elevate your wedding day experience by several notches. And with such picturesque views and breathtaking backgrounds at the Cantley House Hotel, we just knew stellar images were guaranteed – and that’s what we got for our couple, Melanie and Phil!
Cantley House Hotel Wedding Photography
It is common for brides to experience stress and get wedding jitters on their big day, but Melanie was the most relaxed bride you’d have ever seen. We just loved how chilled out and calm she was. This helped her enjoy her special moments with her groom, family and friends and also allowed us to create fantastic bridal portraits. It was a delight capturing her as she breezed through all the wedding day activities. Phil was also super cool and in high spirits throughout the day. Be it our bride and groom’s solo portraits or taking their images together, each moment offered us something interesting to capture on our cameras.
Melanie wore a unique Lord of the Rings-inspired lacy dress in a pastel yellow shade. Her vibrant bouquet needs a special mention for adding a dash of colour and beautifully completing her look! Phil complemented his bride with his vintage-style wedding attire with a hint of yellow detailing. The guests were also in sync, and we got some lovely images of the group. That one time when we were taking a group photo and everyone saw a plane flying over resulted in a fun wedding image. When everyone got back to their positions and looked at the camera, I (Stephanie) took a classic group shot. Then, I made a joke about the plane again, and that’s when they all pointed in the air – and click! I took a fun image.
The other highlight of this wedding was that special moment when the mother of the bride walked her down the aisle. The ceremony was so sweet and lovely. It was filled with smiles and laughter. The reception was great too! It was all about fun, music and partying. From the fantastic decor to table favours of ear defenders for everyone for the live band, everything was perfect. The band was a Queen tribute band and had a Freddie Mercury lookalike who was just amazing on stage! In sync with this musical night, our couple even had plectrums as favours for their guests with festival ID lanyards. What an ethereal atmosphere we had in the evening. The best men speeches with dozens of rock music song titles were mind-blowing!
We just have to give cool nods to our couple’s charming personalities. From our bride’s dress for the daytime to the groom’s belt buckle to Melanie’s dress in the evening for partying, it was all just so attractive and interesting. It was a joy to watch our couple dancing away to the foot-tapping music. Everyone present had a lovely, carefree time and just what was needed after the past couple of years of restrictions and COVID-related stress. All thanks to the stunning backdrops that Cantley House Hotel provided us, we got gorgeous wedding images both indoors and outdoors.
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Melanie and Phil, you two are such sweethearts! We love both of you and really enjoyed playing our little role in your love story. Spending time with your family and friends was a pleasure. All of them were so warm and welcoming that we felt we were among our own. Cantley House Hotel has always been a joy to work at, and it was no different this time too. We totally recommend this country-style Victorian boutique hotel to all couples. Besides the wedding venue, we also want to give a huge shout-out to your wedding organisers, Dianne and Lara. They were just phenomenal as always. Melanie and Phil, we want to thank you two for being the most amazing clients and hosts that you were and providing us with such scrumptious meals at your wedding. Thank you for laying your trust in Summers Photography, and we wish you two a lifetime of happiness together!
To all our lovely readers out there – if you or someone else you know is also looking for a similar wedding photography experience, you can contact us right away! If you’d like to know more about me (Stephanie) as a photographer, you could check this out. We also do personal brand photography. To see more of our work, you can take a look at our other blogs and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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- Venue: Cantley House Hotel
- Florist: The Wild Garden Florist
- Band: Queen Rocks
- Shooter Love: Stephanie (Primary), Steve (Secondary)