I was delighted to be asked to photograph Marissa & Ed’s wedding which took place in the beautiful Windsor Town Hall with their reception at the gorgeous Queen’s Eyot which is a secluded four acre island on the Thames, a few miles upstream from Windsor and used to be the old Eton rowing club house only is accessed by its own private ferry. I hadn’t seen Marissa & Ed since their engagement shoot in the beautiful bluebell woods earlier in the year so when we met at the Queen’s Eyot to run through the day there was lots to catch up on.
On the morning of the wedding I popped along to Brides parents house in the centre of Windsor. Marissa’s two brothers, their partners and children had flow in from Greece so the house was a hive of activity. Marissa was very calm as she sat having her hair done by Jess with the two little bridesmaids sitting nervously waiting for their turn. The gorgeous bouquets supplied from Lavender Green in Windsor, the family prepared to leave and Marissa slipped into her beautiful dress from Monsoon. I jumped in the amazing vintage car from Henley Classic Car Hire along the bridesmaids and headed over to meet Ed at The Town Hall while the car went to fetch Marissa and her father. It was just after the changing of the Guards by Windsor Castle and we were worried about the traffic but it all cleared and we made it in good time. The little bridesmaids giggled excitedly in the back. All the guest were starting to file in while Ed and his Best Man sat anxiously waiting at the front for Marissa’s arrival.
The time had arrived, Henry (a family friend) played the piano as an excited Marissa and the Bridesmaids entered the room. It was a very emotional service with two lovely readings from both Marissa & Ed’s sisters and a solo piano piece played by Henry at the signing of the register which was beautiful.
After the service, the guests walked down to the river where they were greeted by a glass of champagne and boarded one of the French Brothers boats for their journey to the Queen’s Eyot. Ed is from a musical background and both he and his father sing and play many instruments and have many musical friends one of which was on the top deck playing the saxophone beautifully while we sailed off along the Thames.
At the reception the guests chatted on the veranda and the children played with the garden games on the immaculate lawn before heading in for the wedding breakfast. The room was awash with the most beautiful floral arrangements I have ever seen which were supplied by Lavender Green in Windsor and looked just stunning. The amazing cake supplied by their friend Lyn stood proudly in the corner while the guests tucked into a delicious hog roast feast.
After the meal Ed, Marissa’s father, Ed’s father, Ed’s sister and the Best Man all delivered really heart felt speeches which were very emotional. The couple cut the beautiful cake and headed onto the dance floor for their first dance sung by Ed’s Father and a few of their talented friends. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.
Thank you to Tori Deslauriers for all your hard work and assisting me on the day.