It was the most anticipated wedding of the year, so it’s little wonder the new Mr and Mrs James Matthews pulled out all the stops to give their guests a night they’d never forget.
These photos reveal how hundreds of VIP guests watched as footage of Pippa Middleton and her new husband was beamed onto the back of her family’s £6million Berkshire mansion in a dazzling display during the reception on Saturday night.
The newlyweds’ faces were projected onto the windows of Bucklebury Manor along with psychedelic lights and, at one point, what appeared to be the silhouette of a shapely dancing woman against a green background.
At one point James was shown in his hunting gear – an apparent nod to his lengthy campaign to win the affections of his bride – as guests partied until 4am.
The bride and groom’s faces were beamed onto the windows of the mansion on repeat for hundreds of guests to see
Coloured lights were visible inside the enormous glass marquee, where hundreds of VIP guests partied until 4am
Pippa wore a stunning Giles Deacon gown to wed hedge fund manager James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on Saturday
After the formality of the ceremony at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle, and tennis ace Roger Federer danced the night away until 4am at the magnificent glass marquee erected at the Middleton estate for the occasion.
The pictures also capture the elaborate lighting in place inside the marquee, attendees had enjoyed a lavish meal before watching a Spitfire flypast to celebrate Pippa and James’ marriage as dusk fell over the Berkshire countryside.
Ms Markle did not make an appearance at the church service on Saturday morning, but Prince Harry later slipped away from proceedings to collect his partner, and the pair were snapped discreetly making their way into the reception by car.
Guests had been advised to bring a change of clothes in preparation for the private celebrations.
What appeared to be the silhouette of a woman dancing was visible on a green background
Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle joined the reception after the service on Saturday
The pictures give royal watchers an insight into what went on at the most talked about wedding of the year
The morning after the night before: The spectacular wedding marquee, which played host to hundreds of VIP guests on Saturday night, appeared deserted on Sunday afternoon
Spectacular floral displays and banquette style seating heaped with green cushions were visible inside the temporary venue
Bar stools were visible in addition to more comfortable seating, where guests would have been able to take a break from the dance floor
Earlier, guests had enjoyed a spectacular Spitfire flypast as dusk fell in Berkshire
Pippa and James exchanged vows at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, before heading to the bride’s family home in a vintage Jag for a spectacular party with their nearest and dearest.
In addition to Pippa’s royal relatives, high profile guests included Princess Eugenie, Donna Air, the girlfriend of her brother James, Vogue contributor Serena Hood, and tennis ace Roger Federer and his wife.
Pippa’s sister the Duchess of Cambridge helped to make sure her big day went off without a hitch, shepherding the adorable page boys and flower girls – including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and perfecting the bride’s train before she swept down the aisle.
A smiling Prince Harry drove his girlfriend Meghan Markle to the evening reception just in time for the Spitfire flypast
The Duchess of Cambridge shepherds the adorable flower girls and page boys, including her son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte
Prince William and Harry were both at the ceremony – Prince Harry later slipped away to pick up his girlfriend Meghan Markle, who joined the reception later in the evening
Footage beamed across the Middleton mansion is thought to have told the tale of Pippa and James’ romance
Reality TV star Spencer Matthews, a former Made in Chelsea mainstay and the younger brother of the groom, served as best man.
He is dating the model Vogue Williams, who he met when they were both appearing on the show The Jump, but she did not attend on Saturday.
Pippa and James spared no expense when it came to their lavish wedding reception, and guests ate £40,000 Russian caviar, supped magnums of expensive Champagne and some even enjoyed a game of ping-pong with seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.
However, photos of the society wedding of the year were not plastered all over the internet, as guests were banned from using their mobile phones.
The newlyweds even employed ‘phone police’ no enforce the rule and ensure not a single snap appeared in social media, reports the Mirror.
Federer was reportedly among the hundreds of guests who enjoyed a game of table tennis at the reception at the Middletons’ £6m family estate in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
But, putting on the party of the year doesn’t come cheap – with Pippa’s nuptials estimated to have cost £700,000.