Saturday 30 April
- Windsor Guildhall and Stirrups Country House
We were all convinced that it was going
to rain on Alicia and Joe's big day. The weather forecast
was not promising so brollies were on standby at all times
- of course that meant they weren't needed at all. Alicia
was however one of my most organised brides, with her hair
and makeup already done when I arrived allowing plenty of
time in the garden for photos with family and even the pet
However, to say that timings for their
ceremony at the Guildhall didn't quite go to plan is an understatement.
I left the bride to go join all the guests on a coach into
Windsor town centre. Whilst we were all stuck in traffic,
Alicia actually got to the venue before us all. Joe's meeting
with the registrar had to be interrupted to get her into the
building and then there was no chance for any formal boys
photos. Nevermind - it all worked out in the end and I loved
that Joe had chosen his own style of buttonhole.
The Guildhall has hosted some well known
weddings over the years, including Charles and Camila and
even Elton John's ceremony. Mind you, the photo I took of
the bridesmaids and brides mum taking selfies with the giant
portrait of the Queen is hilarious - but not one I want to
post on here. Alicia absolutely blitzed the walk down the
aisle ... I don't think I've ever known a bride walk at such
Even though it was a grand setting for
their ceremony, Alicia and Joe are so down to earth and this
shone through with laughs throughout. Joe was so keen to get
his "I will" done that he didn't let the registrar
finish her sentance. There was also a fist pump moment on
them being announced husband and wife.
As the venue is literally right next
door to Windsor Castle it seemed a photo opportunity too good
to miss. Yes, they are stood in the middle of the road, I
figured cars would hit me first! It was lovely that global
tourists wished the couple good luck and congratulations as
we headed back to the Guildhall for more photos and confetti.
It was then time to get into cars, or the wedding guest coach
in my case, for our journey to Stirrups Country House Hotel.
With still no rain in sight I was able
to take the bride and groom for a quick set of photos around
the grounds at Stirrups. I knew that the bridge was a particular
The wedding breakfast tables were set
up with vintage birdcages filled with flowers and the cake
was covered in white chocolate curls and matching flowers.
The guests were given packets of extra strong mints as favours
... What's the connection? The couple are Mr and Mrs Strong!
Now obviously I go to a lot of weddings
and hear some not so great speeches. I could play speech bingo
at some where everything has been taken off the internet and
it's been done so many times. Not so with Joe's speech - this
boy is like a stand up comedian. He just delivered it with
no cue cards and had everyone in stitches with the stories
about Alicia and her family. Best speech I've heard to date,
These guys can also party. The first
dance was quick - mainly so that everyone else could hit the
floor to a set list which included plenty of 90s Brit Pop.
I may have been singing along at the top of my lungs too!