Charlie & Ben’s wedding was second of three weddings for me over the August Bank Holiday weekend and once again it was a beautiful summer’s day (on a bank holiday weekend! How is that possible?!)
They had chosen to get married at beautiful Bayfield Hall just outside Holt in North Norfolk, with Charlie & her bridesmaids using Brecks House on the Bayfield estate to get ready so that’s where I started the day’s wedding photography coverage.
The house was a hive of activity with make-up being done by the talented Holly Wright and hair by Jo Jordan….
With the ladies all ready I headed down the farm track to Bayfield Hall to catch up with Ben and the guests who were gathering under the awning up by the amazing old church ruin at the hall…
Shortly the girls arrived in a VW camper followed by Charlie…
After a lovely outdoor ceremony with stunning views across the grounds to the lake everyone headed down the hill, the guests were given champagne while Ben & Charlie & their parents headed into the hall for the second part of the ceremony. This is how the Marry in Norfolk duo ceremonies work – you can have a ceremony anywhere you like (even on the beach!) and the official part needs to be done in the registry office or in a licensed, approved venue. A brilliant idea!
With the official part completed and confetti thrown we cracked on with a few quick groups which Charlie & Ben had requested. Starting with a shot of everyone from one of the upstairs windows of the hall. There were also a few shots of family & friends plus of course the groomsmen & bridesmaids. Ben’s groomsmen decided they wanted to form a human pyramid for a shot, I have the say this wasn’t my idea and I was a bit worried how it was going to go but these guys are clearly experienced ‘pyramiders’ and did a brilliant job of it!
After a gorgeous afternoon enjoying champagne & canapes in the sunshine everyone headed down to the marquee by the lake for the wedding breakfast. The hospitality & catering were taken care of by the talented team at Hatter Events. I was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of the owners of Hatter events – Tom & Hayley – a few years back and I can vouch for their incredible standard of service, organisation and amazing food.
Charlie & Ben are/were very keen hockey players (as are many of their friends) so they prepared a surprise hockey ‘guard of honour’ for their entrance to the marquee…
Once everyone was seated the speeches commenced. I thought it was really nice that Charlie & Ben did a joint speech, after all why shouldn’t the bride get to say a few words on her wedding day as well?! I’ve seen this at a few weddings this year and I think it’s a great idea.
As the meal was served I left them to eat, (no one is going to thank me for taking photos of them putting food in their mouth!), and got the drone up in the air for a few aerial shots of this stunning Norfolk wedding venue, and what a beautiful evening for it!
Charlie’s brother saw me flying the drone and revealed he also had a drone with him, a brilliant little DJI Spark, so he put that up too and was also getting some aerial shots. Boys and their toys eh (guilty as charged)? Gotta love it!
Meal over it was party time and boy did these guys know how to rock a party! Starting with the first dance followed by some super energetic dancing by pretty much everyone!
What a fun wedding to photograph and after shooting two full day’s weddings in a row I was expecting to be pretty exhausted but the fun of the weekend’s weddings so far really had me energised and I could have happily carried on shooting all night!
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I had been looking forward to photographing Pollyanna and Paul’s wedding at the legendary Rocky Bottoms seafood restaurant on the cliffs at East Runton. Owned by Pollyanna’s parents, Richard and Alison, Rocky Bottoms has an amazing reputation as one of the best places to dine on North Norfolk’s famous crabs & lobsters, the seafood caught by Richard himself.
As the day approached we had all been keeping a keen eye on the weather forecasts, this was one wedding that really needed good weather since much of the day was due to be al fresco and we weren’t disappointed!
Pollyanna and the girls were getting ready upstairs so after a few quick shots taking in some of the details and the beautiful outdoor set up for their ceremony (complete with deckchairs) I headed up to photograph the hive of activity…
Meanwhile Paul and the lads had arrived, looking great in their wedding gear…
The ceremony was conducted by local legend Brian Hannah, with plenty of laughs and some beautiful readings…
After the ceremony the party began with music provided by a surprise band Pollyanna had laid on for Paul, there was certainly no hesitation in getting the dancing started and delicious canapés coming from the kitchen of head chef James Fitzpatrick and his talented team…
I decided to bust out the drone for a few aerial shots, something I am always happy to do at a wedding, it doesn’t take long (and there’s no extra charge for it) but I think it really adds to the coverage to get some different angles from above…
Myself, Pollyanna & Paul and Polly’s brother Hector then headed to the beach for fifteen minutes to get some shots taking in the scenery North Norfolk is famous for, drawing people from all over the world. They had certainly come from far & wide for this day since the bride & groom and many of their friends had come over from Dubai!
Then it was on to the speeches – so lovely to be able to photograph the speeches outside. Paul, being a Wolverhampton-man originally kindly gave the dads and Polly’s brothers a Wolves football shirt each, they sportingly put them on but if there are any wolves fans out there wanting a worn-once team shirt I think there maybe some going cheap on ebay about now! 😉
Apologies to the hundreds of bride and grooms that have been kind enough to feed me over the last 12 years but I have to say that this was one of the best wedding meals I have ever been served (definitely on a par with the Michelin-starred meals I have had at the weddings I shot at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons). A whole North Norfolk lobster baked in garlic butter plus there was a huge bowl of chips, what’s not to love?!
And finally (for the wedding photography coverage at least) it was onto the first dance and live music provided by the fabulous Groovalicious…
A big thank you to Pollyanna & Paul and their families for having me as their wedding photographer. It was such a fun day and I hope that comes across in the photographs. This was the first ever wedding hosted at Rocky Bottoms but hopefully not the last, it lends itself to weddings so well and what a great location!
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It’s been a busy week for me – three weddings in the space of six days (and this is supposed to be the quiet season!)
Saturday’s wedding was in the middle of the 60mph gale force winds and Tuesday’s wedding of Fiona & Lee at Chaucer Barn in North Norfolk wasn’t much calmer although as you can see we had some stunning skies and sunshine.
Previously I had photographed Fiona & Lee on Cromer beach for their pre-wedding shoot so any concerns they may have had about having their photo taken were long gone and I knew it was going to be a blast! Fiona & Lee truly are two of the loveliest and most genuine people you could ever meet. (more…)
The second in my series of top North Norfolk wedding venues and wedding suppliers, this time I’m featuring the iconic Cley Windmill or Cley Mill as it’s known to close friends. Managed by Simon Whatling and the team, Cley Mill is set in the beautiful yet windswept North Norfolk village of Cley-Next-The-Sea (although with the tidal flooding in recent months it could have been renamed Cley-In-The-Sea).
Not only is the mill a stunning looking building it is surrounded by the world-famous reed beds and overlooks the saltmarshes of Cley, owned and managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the area is listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) due to the vast numbers of birds it attracts. (more…)