Sharon & Peter’s Wedding Day
A pair of beautiful souls that love to party! And party they did.
So pop on your dancing shoes and come on in….
Following hot on the hooves (see what I did there?) of the shoot with Paula, her friend and their fine fillies, I was contacted by Hayley. Seems that she and her buddies, Hannah, Laura and Jasmine, wanted to come up from Bedford and take their horses for a good old race along the beach. Not too far from Holme, where the previous shoot was carried out (see all of that session just here >>> Holme Equine Shoot), Hayley and the girls had chosen Holkham. Now this is a truly magical place, where the beach seems to go on forever. Miles and miles and miles of sand, beautiful dunes and pine woodland nearby, utter bliss for a day out with the family, or a large four-legged friend!
It’s a heck of a walk out to the surf, but Hannah was kind enough to let me ride on her fine steed, he goes by the name of Cruise. A little bumpy, but sure better than walking with all my kit for the best part of half a mile. We soon found a great starting spot, a canter through a massive warm pool of sea water further up the beach. With these sessions I always try to make sure everyone has a fair crack at galloping along at full throttle, if they want, or cantering through the water’s edge. It gives a whole different feel to the session and the horses love it too. The quick canter through this rather large puddle got the horses in the mood and got all the girls rather soaked. And that wasn’t the end of the soaking….there was surely more to come!
Hayley and the girls were well up for some serious galloping along the beach, in fact Laura’s horse was turbo powered I’m sure. She made short work of this massive beach run,absolutely amazing to watch. These horses are so graceful and powerful that it seems right to show the different sides to their personality, some shots of them gently trotting through some warm pools of water left over from the higher tide, some galloping action and, of course, some backlit shots of these creatures with the summer sun behind them. The horses, and the girls, were pretty drenched by the end of the session, but I’m pretty sure the girls enjoyed their time in Holkham and in Norfolk overall.
So here’s a small sample of the session, I hope you enjoy them.
I can’t wait to shoot another one of these sessions. So if you’re thinking about having one, don’t……just book it, you will have the best time ever!
Well, you’ve seen the sneak peek and now it’s time for the real deal. A gorgeous Wedding in central Norwich, Adele and Simon had chosen to tie the knot at the Norwich registry office, Churchman House. This has the most beautiful features and massive windows that lets light flood into the ceremony room. After the ceremony we had a few shots in the gardens at the rear of the building before wandering down to Farmer Browns over at Tombland, where they had their reception lunch.
Now this is probably where a lot of wedding days end, but not this one. This is a two-parter and so the very next day I was invited over to Gressenhall, where Adele’s parents live, to photograph their marriage being blessed in the garden of her parents’ barn. It just so happens that Adele’s father is a man of the cloth and so performed a blessing for his daughter and new son-in-law. A truly magical moment and one that, as a dad, would feel very special too.
Family and close friends were in attendance and there was such a lovely summer vibe to the event as guests took their seats on hay bales, while others sat inside the marquee on this beautiful summer’s day. When it was time for the blessing Adele & Simon walked through the stunning gardens with massive beaming smiles, towards the marquee where her father was waiting to conduct the blessing. It was very clear that it was a tender and emotional moment for Adele & Simon, having your father conduct your blessing must be up there as one of the THE most special and memorable things to happen to you. Having concluded the ceremony there was plenty of applause from a very delighted congregation. The rest of the day was spent, as you would expect, enjoying the company of great friends and close family, drinking to a great day and enjoying the sun. Bliss!
Well, we had hoped for sunny day, but we settled for a big family with a sunny disposition! Yes, although it was a bit misty everyone was up for a walk through the woods at Haveringland Hall.
Helen had booked me to capture the family’s time together with her sister’s family and her Mum and Dad. We were just a bit too early for some spring colour, but the kids made sure there was plenty of fun, with leaf fights, hide and seek and playing in the wendy house at the back of the hall. So many of these sessions have a fun element to them as it’s generally not very often that large families get together like this, time to just be together doing nothing but….. being together! All too often there “things to do”. So these are great sessions where the grown ups can be just as far out as the kids, jumping around in the woods or climbing trees, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re having fun.
Coming together from all parts of the country means long journeys for all and so a place like this where everything you need to relax is right there at your fingertips is an added bonus. Haveringland Hall is a very relaxing place and no too far away from the nearby market town of Aylsham with a whole host of shops and amenities, of course as well as Blickling Hall just west of Aylsham, a Jacobean jewel that is definitely worth a visit.
I hope you enjoy a little peek into the weekend of the Winterburghs, it was great to photograph such a fun loving family, maybe next time it will be you and your family?
Thanks for reading 🙂
To celebrate his 40th birthday, Phil’s wife, Liz, had secretly arranged a family shoot over at Wells Beach, Norfolk. Phil was over the moon, and so were their two daughters. Unfortunately, their little one had been up most of the night with a cold. Boo! But we pressed on, walking through the lovely pine woods that borders the beach, sure enough, as he started to play hide and seek with his sisters the little buddy cheered up.
We headed over to the beach huts for some nutty jumping action, followed by some dune-jumping, and finally heading back towards the beach huts for a quick game of frisby. All in all, not a bad day was had. Their gorgeous girls were full of giggles and there youngest one had great fun building sand castles on his sisters head!
Wells is a fantastic place for a get together, even better if you have someone with a camera come along to capture the moments with you. Enjoy!
It seems like I’ve known Emma & Luke for absolutely ages. When we met for our initial meeting to talk about their Wedding (and to book me) we were there for almost 2 hours chatting and laughing, they are such a lovely couple.
It is so hard to keep a straight face when we meet up and I never want to leave! I have totally loved playing a small part in their Wedding plans and can’t wait to post the images for their Wedding when I shoot it later in the year. For now though, I have a selection of images from their pre-wed shoot over at Cromer beach. We did originally start out at North Walsham but as the clouds came over we took a rain check and did the other half of the shoot a few days later during a beautiful summer’s evening strolling along the beach and prom at Cromer, my adopted home. Even though the session was slightly fragmented we just picked up where we left off, laughing and talking about their Wedding day plans. I wanted to capture the sheer love and warmth between these guys, which I hope I’ve done. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Not a full blog post, but an excerpt really. Just couldn’t wait to edit all the images before I gave you a little glimpse into Adele & Simon’s day of “Love in the city”! It was time to play with the city’s backdrop in a way I hadn’t done before, as the bridal party marched through the centre of Norwich with the full wedding entourage. With these guys stopping only to cross the busy streets and for the occasional kiss, of course. These guys were really soaking up the moment with friends and family around them, loving it completely, as well as each other, and lapping up a bit of attention too…and why not! Having a few quiet kisses amongst the rushing shoppers, totally in their in world – awesome.
This was a two-parter though, as, although there was a reception at Farmer Brown’s, they had also planned a Garden Party the next day over in Gressenhall, just outside Dereham. Adele’s Father, a man of the cloth, carried out the blessing surrounding by loved ones soaking up the sunshine on another beautiful Summer’s day. Perfection.
Heidi & Ambrose – Red Barn, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
WOW! The sun didn’t stop at Heidi and Ambrose’s Wedding. A warm and bright Summer’s day, a bright yellow vintage bus for the bride, a big field of barley and a humdinger of a Céilidh!! That’s got mean picture opportunities a-plenty.
Two very genuine people having the most amazing day, I couldn’t have been happier photographing their Wedding in the gorgeous Norfolk countryside just a few miles south of Kings Lynn. They brought with them two beautiful daughters to run riot and look cute all day….even if they were wearing most of the chocolate ice cream instead of eating it. This Wedding was indeed about good times, I mean a Céilidh…c’mon! Traditional Irish dancing for sure and everyone was up on their feet, no messing, having an absolute riot. Certainly a memorable day for all.
It was first time shooting at Red Barn (in West Norfolk) and they are such a friendly bunch too, bags of space outside and a field and shepherd’s hut for some additional places for photos, totally loved it. Looking forward to my next one…hopefully soon.
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.
Sneak peek time! This is Liz & Phil’s absolutely lovely day over at Park Farm. Scandinavia meets Norfolk and fun meets more fun. Singing Best Man, awesome party animal dancing and the most lovely riverside walk. You know it’s worth waiting for, right? Not long now….