CHRISTOPHER JAMES HALL

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Wedding Photography – Cliveden House, Maidenhead, Berkshire

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Introduction

Cliveden House is one of the most beautiful locations in England, located just outside of London. The house has been owned by the same family for generations and is steeped in history. I had the pleasure of photographing my first wedding there this summer and it was an amazing experience!

Wedding Photography - Cliveden House, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Wedding Photography – Cliveden House, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Photographing weddings at Cliveden House is a wonderful experience and I am privileged to have been asked to photograph many couples getting married here.

I’m sure that you can imagine what a wonderful experience it is to photograph weddings at Cliveden House. The house has such a lot of history, and there are so many places where you can take your couple for beautiful photos. The house itself has plenty of character and is just perfect for weddings.

The Wedding Room is the perfect place for your wedding breakfast, with its beautifully decorated walls and ceiling, as well as its windows overlooking the gardens below. There is also an equally stunning dining room opposite which can be used for dinner if you don’t feel like eating out in one of Cliveden’s restaurants or bars. You could even use both rooms if you want to host two separate parties!

The Grand Staircase provides the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits or group shots before heading outside onto one of their many lawns (which offer amazing views of Berkshire) for more fun photos!

Wedding Photography - Cliveden House, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Wedding Photography – Cliveden House, Maidenhead, Berkshire

The house has been in the same family for generations and is steeped in history, making it a very photogenic location.

Cliveden House, a Grade I listed building, was built in 1710 and has since been owned by Sir William Temple, Sir Francis Dashwood and the Astor family. The house is steeped in history and has been the location for many royal visits including Queen Victoria’s second son Prince Arthur who lived there from 1859 until his death in 1892.

It also featured as a filming location for the 2006 film The Queen starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II.

Cliveden House was built circa 1710 by the wealthy Penn family and since then it has been owned by several notable personalities including Lady Nancy Astor who became the first female MP in 1918.

Although Cliveden House was built circa 1710 by the wealthy Penn family, it has since been owned by several notable personalities including Lady Nancy Astor who became the first female MP in 1918. The house also had many famous owners including Sir Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine; they lived there from 1924 until 1940 when they moved into 10 Downing Street after he was appointed Prime Minister.

Other noted residents include the Duke of Wellington; he retired to Cliveden in 1818 and resided there for twenty years before dying at Walmer Castle, Kent on 14 September 1852 (he is buried in St Paul’s Cathedral).

In the summer of 2011, Cliveden House opened its doors to couples wanting their wedding filmed for their big day.

Cliveden is an iconic building, steeped in history. Built in 1710 by William Beckford, it has been owned by the National Trust since 1940, who have carried out extensive restoration work to make sure it’s as beautiful as possible for guests to enjoy on their wedding day.

The house is set within a picturesque landscape and surrounded by rolling hills, perfect for a summertime wedding with your nearest and dearest. As well as its stunning setting, Cliveden also provides some great photo opportunities – from the sweeping staircase to the lawns that surround the house itself.

On marrying into the Penn family – American heiress Elizabeth Talbot took up residence at Cliveden House where she held many lavish parties for her friends and family members throughout her lifetime as well as hosting many important events such as the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting or even a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who visited once in 1841 when they were staying nearby at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton!

On marrying into the Penn family – American heiress Elizabeth Talbot took up residence at Cliveden House where she held many lavish parties for her friends and family members throughout her lifetime as well as hosting many important events such as the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting or even a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who visited once in 1841 when they were staying nearby at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton!

The couple had no children, but did have three adopted daughters from Yorkshire where one of their estates was located. Lady Astor had a reputation for being somewhat outspoken which caused some controversy in society circles during her time period.

Conclusion

Cliveden House is one of the most photogenic wedding venues in Berkshire and it has been an honour to photograph many couples getting married here. It is steeped in history and makes a wonderful location for your wedding photographs. If you are planning your own big day then please contact me so we can arrange a meeting where I can tell you more about my services.

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