Photographing a wedding in Windsor is something every professional photographer enjoys.It was a privilege to be asked by Diane and Billy to be their Harte & Garter Hotel , Berkshire wedding photographer. Diane and Billy were looking for real moments without too much intrusion, which suited me perfectly. Such a lovely couple - they didn’t stop laughing all day - and their wedding was full of emotion. Diane’s natural exuberance meant I just had to point the camera and her personality did the rest. A funtastic celebration of family and friends that finished well into the early hours.
Often the location can make or break the overall look of wedding photography and couples can find it challenging to finalise a location that truly suits them best. Within a bridal bouquet's toss of the famous castle, The Harte & Garter Hotel is a location practically made to order for couples looking to capture their Berkshire wedding in a magical manner. An immaculate setting with the right amount of opulence, character and elegance. The large ballroom, with high ornate ceilings, a built-in stage and dance floor, and impressive stained glass windows that let in the perfect amount of natural light is wonderful.
The beautiful Berkshire town looked picture-postcard perfect when it played host to two Royal weddings in 2018. Definitely a classy wedding destination. 1.9 billion tuned in to watch Prince Harry & Meghan Markle ride through the cobbled streets and US networks such as NBC had huge sums at their disposal to secure the best vantage point of the proceedings. It had to be the balcony rooms of the Harte & Garter Hotel, and that is where Diane began her wedding day, sipping champagne in the Bridal Suite, and taking in wonderful views of Windsor Castle.
While the Bridal Party eased themselves into the day, Billy and his Groomsmen stocked up on refreshments and headed to Bray Marina before arriving in style at The St Christopher Wren where they joined guests for pre-ceremony drinks overlooking the Thames.
A short walk along the High Street and onto the ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, an iconic building in it’s on right. It’s grandeur has been at the centre of Windsor for over 300 years. Completed in 1689 the elegant Grade 1 Listed building is steeped in history. More recently it was where Prince Charles wed Camilla, and hosted one of the first civil partnerships in the UK when Sir Elton John married David Furnish. But I doubt even ‘Rocketman’ turned to guests and punched the air Rock n Roll style like Billy. As a photographer, expect the unexpected : )
The tree-lined Long Walk is a lovely location for more formal photography such as group shots. Brides, you may want to change out of your Jimmy Choo’s at this point if heading there on foot, but it’s worth the effort.
From start to finish Diane & Billy’s wedding was a blast. The last person left standing was pronounced the winner, and while Queen Victoria may not of have been amused, Prince Harry would of loved it! And I never did find out why the Best Man delivered his speech wearing a gas mask…
These venues are practically tailor-made to capture the wedding bliss of any couple. If you are getting married in the near future and are looking for an affordable wedding photographer (or any other venue for that matter), I would love to hear from you.