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Saturday 30 April - Windsor Guildhall and Stirrups Country House

Alicia and Joe

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 cat!

dress and champagne


button up dress and mirror

bride portraits

bride with cat

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.

groom and groomsmen


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 speed!

bridesmaids entrance

groom waiting for bride

bride entrance

shake hands

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.

bride during ceremony

groom during ceremony


ceremony laughs


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.

Windsor Castle



bride and groom depart

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 favourite spot.

wedding breakfast

wedding breakfast

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, no lie!

grooms speech

grooms book

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!

first dance

first dance

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