An Elegant Early Spring wedding at Cantley House

bride and groom pose next to the vintage wedding car

Cantley House Hotel

Late March saw my first wedding as a Cantley House wedding photographer. The hotel is in Wokingham, Berkshire. As usual I had been for a recce a couple of weeks before to see the venue and to scout out the best places for photos. Its a beautiful setting, a Victorian manor house with a 17th century barn and extensive grounds. The perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.

Before the Ceremony

The couple chose not to have getting ready photos, so I arrived early to take some stage setting and guests arriving photographs. I took a couple of quick portraits of the groom, before he began greeting his guests.

the groom shakes hands with the bride's guests before the ceremony

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place in the Oak Room, which both looked and smelled amazing. The flowers were absolutely lush, two massive pedestals flanked the front table, which had a huge table arrangement and another on the mantel of the fireplace. The smell was truly incredible. The room looked so beautiful, the chiavari chaIrs had white sashes and vases with floating candles lined the aisle.

the Oak Room at cantley house set up for a wedding ceremony with huge flower pedestals and chiavari chairs
a view down the aisle of the chiavari chairs, vases with floating candles and lilac and white petals

The groom laughed and chatted with his wedding guests as everyone waited for the bridal party.

The bride arrived in an Imperial Limousine, a 1930’s style vintage wedding car. She was accompanied by her two adult bridesmaids and her two children.

The flower girl lead the way down the aisle, scattering petals as she went. Her brother walked his mum down the aisle to her waiting groom.

the bride and groom enjoy their first kiss during their wedding ceremony in the Oak room at Cantley House Hotel

It was such a lovely emotion filled ceremony, with lots of tears and laughter.

Confetti and Formal Photos

The happy couple had five minutes of peace and a glass of champagne, whilst the guests lined up ready for the confetti. This was followed by the formal group photos that the couple requested.

the bride and groom kiss as guests throw lilac confetti outside the Oak room at Cantley House Hotel

Couple Photos

The weather was chilly and overcast and after weeks of rain, the grass was super muddy. Consequently we avoided the gardens and did the couple photos on the drive. And we were able to take some photos with the wedding car.

The Wedding Breakfast

The beautiful Briar barn was the setting for the wedding breakfast. Such a gorgeous venue, strung with fairy lights and filled with flowers. In addition there was a roaring fire to welcome everyone in from the cold.

a close up of the wedding breakfast menu in the Briar Room at Cantley House

Evening Photos

Since the clocks hadn’t yet gone forward, it was dark enough before speeches to grab a couple of evening photos of the couple. There is a lovely courtyard outside the Briar with a vintage lamp stand and festoon lights, just perfect for romantic couple photos.

The bride and groom embrace beneath the vintage street light
an evening photo of the bride and groom laughing as they embrace, with purple and red lights in the foreground

The maid of honour made a lovely speech and then it was time for the cake cut and the dancing.

the bride and groom both hug the maid of honour during the evening reception
the bride and groom enjoy their first dance together with coloured lights
wedding guests do the conga on the evening dance floor

The evening finished with a surprise for the bride; the groom and his son performed a choreographed dance, which absolutely everyone loved.

the bride puts her hands over her face and friends laugh and clap as they watch the dance routine
the groom and groomsmen do a co-ordinated dance on the dance floor with green and violet lights


The florist was Lily’s Flowers

The decor was by Seventh Heaven Events

The car was supplied by Christopher’s Cars

Are you getting married at Cantley House?

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Mercedes Evans Photographer