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The Guildhall Windsor hardly needs any introduction as it is probably the most famous wedding venue in England, having hosted a number of Royal and showbiz weddings.
It is essentially no different to most other local Register Offices and civil venues - except it has the connections and associations!
It is gorgeous both inside and outside and has also benefited from a refurbishment fairly recently.
The registrars responsible for conducting marriage ceremonies at the Guildhall are from the local Windsor and Maidenhead Register Office, which is located in the Town Hall Maidenhead. The staff are some of the most progressive and easy-going in the country, and so there are no onerous rules restricting professional photography and video during ceremonies. Indeed they go out of their way to be helpful.
Parking near the Guildhall is a real challenge at the best of times so do make sure that your guests appreciate they need to allow plenty of time.
There is a covered area under the pillars at the front of the Guildhall which can be very useful in the event of inclement weather. Do remember though that this is a popular and very busy venue and you are unlikely to have much time to spare before the next wedding party arrives!
Many couples make the ten minute walk from the Guildhall to the Long Walk for some posed photos with family and friends at this photogenic part of Windsor Great Park. At the time of writing you do not need a permit to have photos in the park - unlike some of the London parks.
The first photo below shows the instantly recognisable and World-famous Guildhall Windsor, location of many high-profile weddings including Prince Charles with Camilla, and Elton John with David.
If you time it right you may even get some "free" entertainment in the form of musicians marching past the Guildhall during the changing of the Guard!
You can see the main Chamber inside the Guildhall Windsor in the next photograph. This is the largest function room and is the room in which most wedding ceremonies take place. The smaller Ascot Room at the back is the room in which Charles and Camilla had their ceremony - for security reasons:
The Chamber has very nice permanent decorations:
And as you might expect the Chamber also has some portraits of some very well-known people!
Just a couple of hundred yards from the Guildhall is the incomparable Windsor Castle. It is possible to feature the exterior in some of your wedding photos but the whole area is of course usually teeming with tourists and so it can be tricky:
Lots of couples like to make their way to the Long Walk after their wedding ceremony in the Guildhall. Public access to the Long Walk is from Park Street and this is a few minutes walk from the Guildhall. There is no parking available in the immediate area and so you may wish to use your wedding car or a taxi if the weather is misbehaving:
The main gates at this end of the Long Walk with Windsor Castle in the background are the usual spot for some posed photos - see lots of examples further down this page:
Many couples get ready locally so that the trip to the Guildhall is just a short walk, avoiding any traffic problems. The Harte and Garter Hotel in the next photo is almost opposite the Guildhall so its very convenient:
Another popular getting ready venue is the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel on the river about ten minutes walk from the Guildhall:
Coverage often starts with detail photos of your flowers, dresses, shoes, jewellery and all the other subjects which look so lovely at the start of your wedding album:
This bride went to some lengths to protect her hair whilst she put on her dress!
You can of course arrive in style in your own helicopter if you wish:
This bride had a Town Crier clear her path for her walk to the Guildhall!
If you are lucky you may be able to grab a few quick photos at the main entrance to Windsor Castle. Here we see our bride with her dad:
The Chamber moments before the guests flood in for the wedding ceremony:
Peter usually shoots a few semi-posed photos with the groom moments before the ceremony starts:
The next photo shows the registrar explaining to the guests what is about to happen just before the bride makes her grand entrance:
And the guests wait for "kick-off" in eager anticipation:
At last the bride arrives:
Usually the bride can have a few moments to compose herself in the Mayors Parlour before entering the Chamber for her wedding:
At last its time for the grand entrance of the bride:
The Chamber in the Guildhall has a raised platform along the front and this is a good location from which to shoot photos and video during the ceremony:
The staff are easy to work with and so it is possible to shoot all the important moments in the ceremony including the exchange of rings:
The first kiss is a terrific moment to capture in photos and video:
There are some great character photos of the guests just waiting to be shot during the ceremony:
It is not permitted to photograph or video the signing of the marriage register. However once it is done the registrars usually set up a "mock" signing and invite the guests to shoot their own photos:
The staff are so helpful at the Guildhall Windsor. This registrar even shot a few photos for the guests on their own cameras:
You may be invited into the Mayors Parlour after your ceremony for a few minutes to steady yourselves whilst the guests make their way downstairs to the courtyard:
Soon enough its time to face the crowds - and the confetti:
You may then leave for your reception venue:
Or you may decide to walk to your venue, or your riverboat, or to the Long Walk in nearby Windsor Great Park for some photos:
Hopefully the weather will be kind to you during a photo session on the Long Walk Windsor:
It is a lovely spot for some group photos:
You may not always get blue sky and fluffy clouds but what the hey:
Further afield in Windsor Great park there are some lovely photogenic spots:
Do remember that the Long Walk can be a long way from the nearest shelter should the rain decide to make an appearance!
You may decide to have a few photos at the other end of the town at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel:
The bride next to the hotel is also a good spot for photos:
You can of course have your group photos at your reception venue:
Or even on your riverboat!
This photo was shot in the late evening at the reception venue:
Group photos can of course be shot inside as well. Peter carries plenty of lighting equipment which is not dependent on mains electricity and so these photos can be shot just about anywhere:
If you are having a hotel reception Peter normally shoots some photos of the room, the decorations, the cake, and so forth before the guests pile in:
The wedding speeches are a terrific photo and video opportunity:
Since Windsor is on the River Thames a wedding reception on board a riverboat is a popular choice:
The Royal Household Cricket Club in Windsor Great Park was this couples choice for the second part of their reception:
An impromptu first dance on the bridge!
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