Wilders Folly || Berkshire pre-wedding engagement shoot || Jen & Josh
Wilders Folly was somewhere I knew about but had never actually been. But was somewhere I had wanted to visit for some time. When Jena & Josh suggested the location for a shoot I couldn’t wait.
We met in Tilehurst and parked up on City Road. I got out the car and was greeted by a very happy and over excited black Labrador. Jena & Josh wanted to include their dog, Stanley, an 18month old black labrador in their engagement shoot, which being a dog lover I was more than happy about.
It’s a good 10 minutes walk to get to Wilders folly, so we started off down a narrow bridal path, over a fence and then into the woods. The woods themselves would have made for a great location, early spring and flooded with bluebells. Further on down the hill and through a gate, the woodland then breaks open into fields, with Wilders folly proudly at the top.
Also known as Pincent’s Kiln,Wilder’s Folly was built in 1769 by Reverend Henry Wilder while he was courting Joan Thoyts, younger sister of John Thoyts of Sulhamstead House. Wilder constructed the belvedere on Nunhide Hill so that it could be seen from Thoyts’ home as well as his own residence, Sulham House.
As sunset approached the views from the tower were beautiful and we got some really beautiful light for photos. The air began to chill as the sun disappeared and Jena cuddled into Josh to keep warm while Stanley was playing in the field. By the time we’d finished, Stanely had tired himself out and we began our walk back up the hill through the woods before it got dark.
Such a great evening meeting you all and finishing somewhere new and can’t wait to shoot your wedding in May.