A surprisingly laid back Windsor Castle wedding

A rather regal wedding venue

Yes for those of you who missed my frequent social media updates at the time, I shot a Windsor Castle wedding at St George’s Chapel! It was a mere 2 weeks before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also got married there, so there was already quite a lot of royal-related excitement in Windsor. Lots of tourists were swanning around. A couple of them asked me who was getting married. I’m sure they were expecting me to say (in a rather posh voice) “Oh yes it’s the Duke and Duchess of *insert fancy place name here*. I just told them, “Charlotte and Ryan are getting married here today!”

Pre-wedding nerves

I was quite nervous about this Windsor Castle wedding, mainly because I’m not particularly comfortable in fancy places! I like pub weddings, village hall weddings, barn weddings and back garden weddings. Quirky, DIY, unusual, off-the-beaten-track type weddings. Grand weddings in grand venues aren’t where I usually find myself. So when Charlotte booked me before even meeting me and told me she was having a Windsor Castle wedding, of course I was excited at the prospect of shooting in such a historical and beautiful building. However I was also slightly nervous that she might want very formal photography to match the prestige of her venue.

I shouldn’t have worried. As soon as I met Charlotte I knew that we would get on. She was funny, sweet, laid back and really fun. Charlotte assured me that she wanted relaxed and natural wedding photography for the whole day, including the ceremony. She also said she was mainly looking forward to their reception party at The Runnymede hotel after the ceremony!

The Windsor Castle wedding ceremony

The photography during the actual Windsor Castle wedding ceremony was quite limited because there were only 2 spots I was allowed to take photos from. One was from above (so I mainly got the tops of their heads!) and one was from right at the back where the organist was playing. Considering the constraints I was pretty happy with the photos I managed to get inside St George’s Chapel (especially because it was SO DARK in there!). We also got some fabulous group shots on the steps outside the Chapel and some couple portraits in the grounds before we all jumped in our cars and headed over to the reception venue.

Charlotte and Ryan’s wedding day was very special and not just because of the ceremony venue. They are both very lovely, fun and relaxed people and it was wonderful to be a part of their day.

If you are planning a fun and relaxed wedding and you want natural, informal and creative wedding photography then please do get in touch via my contact page.

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