Harte and Garter Hotel Wedding Photography
Photographing weddings at the Harte and Garter Hotel
The Harte and Garter Hotel is a lovely classic English hotel situated right in the centre of Windsor, and it doesn’t get much better for picture opportunities. The Long Walk and cobbled streets nearby also provide an abundance of great wedding photography options. What I love most about the Harte and Garter Hotel is its views over Windsor Castle, and its proximity to the centre of this historic royal town. There are no gardens at the hotel, but the wow interiors and multitude of options outdoors in the adjacent old town more than make up for this. On each of my previous weddings I’ve attended at the hotel, the couples have asked if we could take a stroll down to the Long Walk in front of the castle. Not only is this an amazing backdrop for photography, but the pictures I captured as they strolled along the historic high street with their friends and family were priceless.
The big surprise for most people coming to this hotel is the very unexpected Grand Ballroom! This is the most amazing high ceilinged room with massive chandeliers for the wedding breakfast. I’ve been working in Windsor for many years, and yet I didn’t know about this stunning ballroom until I photographed my first wedding there just five years ago.
The Harte and Garter is an amalgamation of two 14th century inns. The Garter Inn was named after the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which was founded by King Edward III and The White Harte was named in honour of the Royal Emblem worn by King Richard II. In the late 19th Century the two inns were joined together to form The Harte and Garter Hotel, a building in the Jacobean style, much loved by the Victorians and reflecting the Shakespearean connections.
Shakespeare makes the Garter Inn one of the settings for a play, with the Host of the Garter one of his characters. On the inside staircase of the hotel there is a Victorian stained glass window with pictures of Falstaff and other characters from the Merry Wives.