The Mill House Hotel is such a pretty wedding venue in Swallowfield, beside the River Loddon, near Reading in Berkshire. This gem of a venue is perfect for your wedding in every season. As a recommended supplier at The Mill House Hotel I have been fortunate to photograph weddings there in all seasons and it is always such a pleasure. The team are fantastic, and the wedding day runs like clockwork.
The Mill House is a privately owned, family run hotel and what is great is you get exclusive use of the hotel on your wedding day, which I feel is really important. The Georgian House was built in the nineteenth century and the rooms and surrounding gardens are beautiful. The ideal backdrop for your wedding day.
There are a few options of where to have your civil ceremony at The Mill House. In the main house there is The Garden Room and The Cottage Suite. The Garden room is a particular favourite of mine as the large windows overlooking the gardens fill the room with beautiful natural light. The permanent marquee is also an option for weddings with more guests. If you are lucky enough to have lovely weather on your wedding day you can also have your ceremony outdoors in the beautiful gardens, with the bride and groom standing inside the Cedar Pavilion.
One of my favourite parts of The Mill House Hotel is the permanent marquee in the garden. There are bi-folding doors all down one side of the marquee, filling it with natural light and the doors can fully open on a warm sunny day.
I have been fortunate to photograph some amazing weddings at The Mill House for the most wonderful couples.
The first wedding I photographed there was for Di and Wayne and the wedding was fantastic from start to end. They had their wedding ceremony in Garden Room, drinks reception in the garden, then moved on to the marquee for the wedding breakfast and evening party. Having the different areas for the different parts of the wedding day was great and it flowed really well.
The garden at The Mill House is fantastic for wedding photos. The path down the middle of the lawn is ideal for the confetti throw, and the lawn is perfect for the group family photos. If the grass is wet, I will always be sure to keep everyone on the paths and I will be the one to go onto the wet grass.
I love greenery and colour in wedding photos and the garden at The Mill House always looks so lovely and well kept. I also really like taking couples for a walk down the drive at the side of the house. The red brick wall and the ivy are a lovely backdrop for photos, as well as the drive itself gives nice variety.
There is a field next to The Mill House, which is not part of the venue, however it is a really nice view across the fields and into the distance. At one wedding in August the sun was due to set at the back of the fields and I was keeping my fingers crossed that the sky stayed clear as the sun was beginning to get lower in the sky. Just as the sun was edging closer to the trees in the distance, I asked the bride and groom if they wanted to head towards the field to get a photo of them in the sunset. They were happy to go ahead so we headed up the drive and took a few minutes to get the photo, before heading back to their wedding guests.
In complete contrast to the summer weddings I have photographed at The Mill House I also photographed a winter wedding just before Christmas. This was a little different to the others in the fact that the entire wedding day took place in the main house. The ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party all took place in the Garden Room. The house looked so lovely and Christmassy with the amazing tree in the bar and decorations dotted around.
I love photographing weddings at The Mill House Hotel in all seasons. This venue is so pretty and romantic and a great setting for your wedding day. If you are looking for a wedding venue, I highly recommend contacting the team at The Mill House and having a look around.
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