toasting by caversham bridge

Gilly and Tommy’s Wedding at The Bel and Dragon

 

I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings in the Reading and Berkshire area but this was a first for me. The Bel and Dragon is a fairly new establishment located on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal close to Reading town centre. It is actually a former biscuit factory which has been refurbished to maintain all its old charm making it an ideal venue for weddings.

The day started with me capturing the arrivals at St Peters Church in Caversham. This is a very picturesque church which overlooks The Thames by Caversham bridge. After a traditional ceremony we all headed down to the lawns on the banks of the river to take some formal family shots. This was then followed by the throwing of confetti before Gilly, Tommy and myself boarded a small boat which was to take us and a very scenic tour of The Thames right up to The Bel and Dragon.

Natural Wedding Photography

Once on board the boat I took lots of natural and informal photos of Gilly and Tommy as they enjoyed the scenic views along the Thames and The Kennet and Avon Canal. At the same time the guests were making their way by car to The Bel and Dragon. After about an hour we arrived to be greeted by the guests at the waterfront before heading inside for drinks and canapes.

Evening Wedding Reception

Once everyone had settled in the speeches started – Tommy, Gilly’s Dad and then the best man before the wedding breakfast was served. The Bel and Dragon is renown for its excellent cuisine and I can certainly see why. This was some feast ! After this I managed take Gilly and Tommy outside to take some natural and informal portraits by the canal with The Blade  (a well known and very distinct Reading building) as a backdrop. By the time we arrived back the guests were enjoying drinks on the terrace as the sun was setting, a perfect end to the day. The cake cutting was then followed by the live band (friends of Gilly and Tommy) starting their set and for Gilly and Tommy to begin their first dance. There was some pretty energetic dancing late into the evening and to cap it off there were more drinks and bacon butties !

This was an immensely enjoyable and memorable wedding and you can relive it by browsing some of my favourite images below. Please feel free to add any comments. Enjoy.

 

 

 

bel and dragon wedding photography

guests chatting pre ceremony

Groom and Dad adjusting tie

groom and grandmother greeting

groom and grandparents sharing a joke

best man taking photos

close up of grandmothers hands

elderly guests arriving

guests and reflections

father and daughter waiting

groom and groomsmen waiting

 

bride arriving with dad and bridesmaids

guest photographing bride arriving

young bridesmaid with bride

chief bridesmaid offering advise to youngster

bride and groom listening to vicar

vicar preaching

couple saying their vows

bride taking ring from book

bride and groom looking at each other saying vows

bride and groom singing

vicar blessing couple

membe rof choir reading book

bride and groom in vestry

walking down the aisle

guest hugging bride

bride kissing grandfather

guest taking photo from high up

best man offering confetti

guests chatting

guest with camera

bride chatting with gran

bride and groom leaving church

guests leaving church

father of groom tieing shoelaces

guests walking to river

panoramic shot of church

guest running

guests congregating by river

bide and groom walking towards river

bride and groom in garden

bride and groom in confetti shot

bride climbing into boat

young bridesmaid with guests looking on

champagne being poured for couple

couple waving from boat

couple on boat

waving to guests from boat

toasting by caversham bridge

boat on the thames with swans

looking ahead from boat

captain steering boat, couple chatting

couple waving to passers by

swans in front of boat

boat arriving at lock

guests waiting for couple at bel and dragon

guests eating canapes

waitress with champagne glass

quiet moment of bride and bridesmaid

guests eating canapes

pregnant bridesmaid chatting with husband

guest chatting on phone

young guest staring outside

young guest with toy hat

guests looking at back of camera

guest helping herself to a canape

close up of guest's hand

guests and waitress in courtyard

elderly guests chatting in courtyard

guests outside enjoying fine weather

guests toasting with champagne

grandmother hugging young bridesmaid

close up shot of cake

wedding breakfast room

guest offering food to each other

bridesmaid hugging grandmother

serving champagne

silhouetted guests

old and young guets sat together

groom sipping a drink before receiving line

wedding guest sat on padded sofa

wedding breakfast room with reflections in window

young bridesmaid with multi colored umbrella

best man chatting

guest with pineapple cocktail

guest with beer

jacket lieing on leather chair

bride laughing during speeches

nervous bride and groom before entering receptio

guest phootgraphing bride

bride whispering to grandmother

groom showing bridesmaid wedding ring

brides parents silhouetted against blue sky

guest drinking beer

bored couple drinking during father of brides speech

young couple whispering during speeches

glamorous lady guest in wide brimmed hat

guests enjoying their meal during the speeches

best man's speech with bride looking on

embarrassed bride during best man's speech

guest sipping drink behind glass panelled alcove

panoramic shot from high up of wedding breakfast room

bored guests awaiting food

candid shot of bride through curtains

guests being served starters

young bridesmaid being carried outside by father

black and white profile shot of guest laughing

young couple at bar with bar staff chatting

young lad engrossed playing a board game

three friends sat together, one of them camera shy

female guest sat alone smiling

profuie shot of guest with painting on wall behind

bored couple turned away from each other

older guest with arms around bride and groom chatting

groomsman being served champagne with friend looking on

young guest playing with ribbon

Bride and groom sat on bench chatting at reception

Bride and groom walking along river path

profile shot of couple by the river with The Blade in the background

couple gazing into each other's eyes with Reading town centre in background

casual portrait of couple in front of kennet canal

couple gazing into each other's eyes with Reading town centre in background

three friends sat together, one of them camera shy

female guest sat alone smiling

profuie shot of guest with painting on wall behind

bored couple turned away from each other

older guest with arms around bride and groom chatting

groomsman being served champagne with friend looking on

young guest playing with ribbon

Bride and groom sat on bench chatting at reception

Bride and groom walking along river path

profile shot of couple by the river with The Blade in the background

young lad engrossed playing a board game

young guest with grandmother walking along corridoor

guest wiping the mouth of her husband eating a roll

black and white shot of couple eating rolls

guest laughing her head off at joke by boyfriend

two older ladies chatting by the old wardrobe

putting ketchup on the bacon roll

bacon baps being inspected by guest

older gentleman taking selfie with wife, arm around her neck

thoughful guest leaning against bar with pint of beer

reflection shot through window of guests looking at polaroid snaps

lady looking at camera smiling

guests in passionate discussion

guest book being written by father of bride

guests shot through window with lots of reflections

groom's grandfather with walking stick

striped shirt guest scratching head

bassist plucking strings

close up of guitarist

very tall guest in bar chatting

older guests alone drinking and chatting

black and white shot of couple dancing with band playing in background

first dance, guests watching in a circle taking photos

couple kissing whilst guest drinking beer

bridesmaid and husband admiring a polaroid snap of them

young lad and father leaning against bar reading a book

2 gentlemen chatting with young boy having a drink

scenic shot of dining room at night in black and white

guest finishing dinner wiping mouth with napkin

three bridesmaids posing for a guests photo

guests chatting in garden at nightime

elderly guest carrying young sleeping baby

wedding guest showing toddler the workings of a camera

mother of bride talking with passion

guests chatting in hidden alcoves

If you are getting married at The Bel and Dragon or St Peters Church and require a wedding photographer please feel free to get in touch.