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Elisabeth & Phil’s Wedding – St Andrew’s Church, Colney & Park Farm Hotel

Boy meets girl from Norway. Boy moves to Norway to be with girl, boy and girl decide to get wed. Boy and Girl bring entire Norwegian family and friends to the UK (along with local family) for one heck of a Wedding in rural Norfolk.  Cue good times!!

I’m sometimes a bit wary when taking “blind” bookings where I don’t get to meet the Bride and Groom before the big day.  After all, I’m going to be hanging out with these guys for around 10-12 hours on the most amazing day of their lives, so we have to get on…..right?  But I’m an easy going guy and, well , funnily enough 2014 was the year I took on more blind bookings than ever before.  Couples are living in another part of the UK and can’t really be chasing around to meet every supplier for their forthcoming wedding, so look at my work, or I am recommended, make a few tentative enquiries and ……then they book me.  But hey, back to the story of Liz and Phil…from Norway…did I mention that?

Anyway, on the day Liz was getting ready at Park Farm Hotel, where they would ultimately have their reception later in the day.  On my arrival Liz’s room was a busy hive of activity.  Mum, five bridesmaids, a make up artist and a hairdresser and lots of Norwegian being spoken.  Amongst five bridesmaids swilling wine and laughing more and more, Liz was loving every minute of all the fuss. She was so calm.

Before long the dress was hoisted over Liz’s head and two remaining and willing bridesmaids helped her get ready.  Soon the room became very quiet as one more bridesmaid left for the church.  Final adjustments to the dress were made, hugs exchanged and best wishes were given, it was almost time for Liz to leave.  That was my cue to leave early and head over to see Phil and his best man over at the church.  After a few shots of Phil and his best man Matt and it was soon time to usher in the last of the guests and take our places.  Liz glided up the road in a vintage 1960s  Zephyr Overdrive. Such an awesome car!

After some dress adjustments outside the church Liz was ready for the walk up the aisle, with Phil looking ever so slightly pleased.  It was a lovely and personal service with Phil’s friends serenading Liz and Phil as they signed the register, followed by Phil’s sister singing and playing piano.

After the service was complete it was soon time for an all-out confetti assault before heading to the river nearby for a walk along the meadow, a place Phil knows very well from his childhood.  Such a peaceful place, it almost felt like time was standing still, I felt Liz and Phil were really enjoying some time on their own before all the festivities of the reception began.

The rest of the afternoon and evening went really well, with key moments including the hilarious stories of Liz’s childhood being re-told by her mother.  Every girl in the room kissing the groom (long story) and, oh yes, some legendary dance moves from…….almost everyone at the wedding.  Such a sight, such fun times.

 

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Lucy & Adam – Kings Head, Great Bircham Wedding | Norfolk Wedding Photography

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If anyone tells you wild stories about guys who work in the Navy….well, they’re probably all true!  Yes, this is a tale about a Bride who was getting married to a Navy boy.  I was warned when I first met Lucy and Adam that most of the guests at the Wedding would be his Navy brethren.

Of course, first of all, I was heading over to see Lucy and the gang getting ready.  Tucked away in the countryside, in a rather lovely Georgian manor, was Lucy and the crew.  Frantically getting ready for the day ahead, flower deliveries, make-up marathons and constantly quaffing Champagne….of course, darling!  Along with the giggles and champagne there was shots to do.  An amazing wedding dress and a fantastic setting, I had to do it justice.  Once the details were shot I nipped in to see Lucy getting the final touches to her make-up as well as grabbing a few shots of the girls checking out the flowers…..followed by more champagne.  But the time came when I had to go over and see Adam and his best man at The Kings Head, after a quick game of musical car parking spaces I was off.  When I caught up with Adam he was in the bar area with his entourage, yep, the Navy guys.  I had been warned!  Such a great bunch of lads and, along with Adam’s dad, made for some good laughs and photos.

The guests were arriving in their droves, just ahead of Lucy, so we all took our positions in the ceremony room.  When Lucy arrived in the room she looked amazing, her dad by her side was so proud.  So many giggles during the ceremony, it was great to see everyone really at ease at what is usually such an emotional event. Drinks and canapés followed and then I kidnapped Lucy & Adam for a quick photo session at the nearby Great Bircham Windmill.  The owners had kindly given us permission to use it for a few shots.  Once Lucy had bravely climbed the ladders we had around 10 mins aloft the windmill before we had to head back to the hotel for the reception and family photos.  Just before we hopped in the car to head back I managed to steal a few photos of Lucy having a laugh and cuddle with her dad, who she clearly adored.

Once everyone had sat for the meal the speeches started.  Emotional?  Of course! And it’s always great to hear stories of how couples meet and this was no exception, learning of Adam and his Navy history and how they came to meet.  Adam’s dad was a great story teller and has a great relationship with his son.  Well, after coffees were served you can guess what happened with a whole bunch of Navy guys at the reception.  Yes, a raucous time of the dance floor as you’ll see in the photos was had by all.  Great times!North Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding PhotographyNorth Norfolk Wedding Photography

 

Glamping in North Norfolk | The Grove, Cromer | Norfolk Wedding Photographer

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Glamping comes to Cromer

The Grove, Cromer, has indeed gone through something of a metamorphosis since Richard took over control.  He’s the third generation to preside over The Grove, which has historically been known as a favourite holiday destination due to its close proximity to the beach, cliffside walks and all the other elements Cromer has to offer, and he’s now putting his stamp on the facilities of this amazing venue by adding Glamping.

Charlie Hodson, Executive Chef, has been instrumental in bringing about the move to Glamping.  His background in hospitality is well known as he has in fact worked alongside Gordon Ramsay, launched restaurants in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols as well cooking for royalty.  More recently Charlie has brought a great deal of recognition to The Grove by achieving 2 AA Rosettes with his dedicated team, even though he only joined The Grove 7 months ago!

It’s clear Charlie has unstoppable drive and ambition, bringing Glamping to Cromer is an inspired move and adds to what is already an amazing setting, with beautiful accommodation in the main building as well as six separate cottages, a swimming pool and an award winning restaurant!  However, by adding Glamping to their facilities it has added a whole new dimension to the his venue and Cromer itself.  It’s clear Charlie, Richard and the team have worked hard to pull this together, teaming up with Magical Camping to provide this new facility.  Today’s event was a taster, showing us the potential of what they will have to offer and also showcasing some of Norfolk’s finest suppliers in the process.

Glamping has been adopted further west along the coast but it has never surfaced anywhere this far east, until now.  While Magical Camping are relatively new to Tipis they are no stranger to glamping in general, they already have 30 bell tents they’ve been hiring out for the past 3 years.  It was therefore inevitable that they would lay on an amazing facility to house today’s welcome event.  Set design was carried out by Chantal Beck, of Angels by the Sea who did an amazing job, transforming it with a variety of themes ranging from Decadent to Vintage.  I’m lucky enough to be working Chantal in a few weeks time on a bridal shoot….details to follow.

As a Cromer resident, and living literally around the corner from The Grove, I’m really pleased for Richard and look forward to visiting again very soon.

 

For more information on today’s suppliers have a little look below:

Magical Camping

Matt set up Magical Camping around three years ago, hiring out luxury bell tents, he’s recently become the sole supplier of these luxury Tipis in Norfolk.  They offer luxury Bell Tent & Tipi hire for all occasions.

While they’re a small business based in rural Norfolk, they’re able to handle anything from a private party to a festival and will always guarantee to give you their attention to make your event something that you will never forget.

Having had many years experience within a service industry, they know how to treat their customers, you will receive the best possible service from any one of their team. From initial contact to setting up your tent to the dismantling of your tent, even when you have finished your holiday and you’ve left, they are always on hand for any questions that may arise.

They have great working relationships with a number of sites and can recommend a variety of great campsites within Norfolk and Suffolk…have look at their website to read more on this.

So whether you are looking for a wonderful ‘glamping’ experience on the North Norfolk coast or a rural retreat in Suffolk, they’re are able to supply your fully furnished, pre-erected tent at the campsite of your choice.

Angels By The Sea

Chantal runs Angels By The Sea, she specialises in providing a stylish setting for your event, in fact Weddings for a large part of her business, although she’s more than able to tackle any event, as can be seen above with her meticulous attention to styling and detail.

Chantal has a very clear vision on how Angels By The Sea can add to your next, here’s her take on what drives her:

“I set up the business with a view to helping people create memorable magical events which they could not only be proud of but that they could really enjoy, embrace and treasure forever. Mostly, Angels By the Sea’s clients are brides, looking for hidden treasures to hire and wanting bespoke styling for their big day.

I LOVE weddings and to be able to help in this way gives me such a buzz….I am a little addicted to styling weddings if I am honest! I tailor to needs but I have an eye for all things that have the following themes: rustic, country chic, boho, relaxed, French inspired.  I love fabric, lace being my favourite and I like to include it wherever I can in a wedding! I have an Aladdin’s cave of treasures for brides or event planners to hire, from little pieces to big pieces of furniture. I also assist professional photographers on styled shoots and find this really exciting.  I am not sure what came first, the organisational skills or the eye for detail. Either way, I am thrilled to do what I do and my company is my passion. If you contact me to help with your event, shoot, wedding, I promise to deliver nothing short of perfection!

Argent & Sable

Argent & Sable provided the signage and furniture at today’s event.  They are a husband and wife run business which draws on the couples wealth of expertise and experience in interior design, house renovation and restoration, set design and their respective degrees in the Arts.

Justin Neale is the creative director, maker, creator and artist. He is a dynamic and creative person with a tenacious and proactive personality. Justin has the ability to imagine great creative concepts and ideas and through his extensive skill base can create and turn these ideas into a reality.

Danielle Neale is the other creative director. Danielle is a creative and highly motivated designer in her own right, with a first class honours degree in Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts. Her extensive knowledge of the interiors industry and wealth of experience leaves her well equipped to manage Argent and Sable.

They make and create all the signs themselves in their studio in Norfolk, where they hand- paint, distress and create the signs down to the very last detail. They have chosen to use reclaimed wood for their signs and use beautiful gold flex in order to complete the aesthetic of the sign for when it is lit up in your home, hotel, business or event.

They use traditional paints that have a nostalgic chalky quality and also use a natural beeswax to seal the paint. The frames are an eclectic mix of antique/old ornate and painted and distressed, each one creates the perfect surround for these individual and highly sought after unique pieces of art. Each item is signed by the artists.

 

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And at night….it really was magical.  Glamping under the stars….now THAT is the way to go!

It was a beautifully clear night, the fire was gently flickering, toasted marshmallows at hand and huge sofas to lounge in.  Outstanding!

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Ria & Max – Hoste Arms, Burnham Market | Norfolk & Norwich Wedding Photography

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Well, where do I start?  Beautiful venue, vintage camper van and a singing bride and all happening in the stunning North Norfolk.  Uhuh…it was a corker!

Ria & Max have family in Norfolk but live further North.  So bringing their new extended family to Burnham Market was quite an exercise, but well worth it.  So the preparation begins…

Ria had a bevvy of helpers in the Hoste Arms where she was getting ready, all tottering around in massive high heels and looking stunning.  Meanwhile Max was the other side of the building with his fellas looking absolutely slick, so hollywood….daaaarling. Yup, the fellas looked immaculate for sure! After a photo session with the boys I had to head over to Sussex Barns where the ceremony was taking place.  Everyone was in excellent spirits and the bar wasn’t even open yet.  It was an amazing day, tons of sun, great vibes and everyone looked tip-top.

After a slight delay Ria arrived in the most stunning Campervan a true VW vintage piece of kit….Ria looked pretty good too.  Her very proud dad led her down the steps into the immaculately presented Sussex Barns.  Max looked so pleased to see Ria, and Ria…well…emotions overcame her and she was  bit teary walking up the aisle.  But she managed to hold it together well during the ceremony though and was full of giggles as they departed after the ceremony for celebratory drinks.

The reception was held at back at the Hoste Arms, it was stunning to see this venue classically decorated with white flowers and table linen with a pianist gently playing as we arrived.  Speeches came after the meal and were emotional to say the least.  Max stepped up first with some words for his new wife and dad but Ria went a step further with a song for her man.  Max was thrilled and a little choked as Ria sang to him accompanied on keyboard by a family friend.  It was then time for Ria’s father’s speech…instead he pulled up a stool, grabbed a guitar and sang the classic Joe Cocker song “You are so beautiful” to his daughter.  There wasn’t a dry eye to be seen.  Magic!

 

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