My first wedding of 2019 and what an absolute cracker at the mighty Holkham Hall (one of my favourite, and most regular wedding venues) to get the year’s wedding season started with!
I started the day’s coverage at ‘The Ancient House’, part of The Victoria at Holkham, a beautiful building and certainly plenty of space for Hayley and Co. to get ready for this incredible day they had planned. The night before I had been lucky enough to photograph Ankit & Hayley’s Mehndi party at Socius – a stunning new restaurant in Burnham Market. The gallery of shots from the mehndi party are here, it was lovely to see the amazing designs in henna being created, the food was incredible and it was really great to have a chance to meet the families in this build up to the big day.
I knew the wedding was going to be a colourful event but I wasn’t prepared for just how spectacular it was going to be to photograph, it’s definitely the most colourful wedding I have ever photographed, it truly was a visual feast! From a veritable rainbow of sarees and sparkling jewellery to the incredible floral creations by Jo and the team at Constance Rose florists.
I then headed over the road to The Victoria to photograph Ankit getting ready, what an incredible wedding outfit!
It was then over to the Lady Elizabeth wing to capture shots of the guests arriving and Hayley’s bridal party running through one last rehearsal. The floral work by Constance Rose was mindblowingly beautiful…
I just had to include the sequence of the little lad below, it makes me smile every time I see it. I was grabbing a shot of him running around when he stopped and had a big old sneeze! Ahhhh-choo!
…aaaand back to the main event – Ankit had arrived and after being welcomed by his guests everyone danced down the path to the ceremony room, an absolute moment of joy, it genuinely puts a lump in my throat looking back at these photos, in my mind THIS is what weddings should be about – a celebration of love and happiness and everyone getting in on the moment, this was unforgettable.
I won’t even attempt to explain what each of the little parts of the wedding ceremony represented but needless to say they each have a very special meaning and it was fascinating watching each step of the way.
A huge thank you to Ankit’s cousin Rajen, who was videoing the event for them – AsianWeddingVideo.co.uk – Rajen was a joy to work with but also was kind enough to explain to me each of the stages of the ceremony and what would be coming up so that I could make sure I had the lens pointed in the right direction. Also a massive thanks to my good friend and fellow wedding photographer, Simon Buck, who came along to second shoot for me. There was simply so much going on that Ankit had requested I bring along a second shooter to capture the action when two things were happening in different places at the same time. Simon did a fantastic job, even if it did mean I had double the number of images to process after the wedding. I’ve definitely never had over 6600 RAW files to go through after a wedding day before!
With Ankit, his twin brother Aneesh, and Hayley’s parents Peter & Sharon seated at the mandap, it was time for Hayley to be brought into the room and Ankit had to be hidden behind a sheet of material for the big reveal!
After the most amazing wedding ceremony Ankit & Hayley walked back down the aisle as husband and wife before we headed back to the mandap for a few quick family group shots while the guests made their way to the marble hall for champagne & canapes…
After the group shots I put the drone up for a few quick shots of the hall in this beautiful late afternoon spring light. Thank you to George at Norfolk Locations and Miranda and the team at Holkham for granting me permission to fly the drone at Holkham again, as you can see it really is the most stunning Norfolk wedding venue.
After the canapes the guests headed off for a short break before the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations so I took some time with Ankit & Hayley to get some couples shots around the grounds, we were blessed with beautiful golden light…
Ankit & Hayley headed off to get changed into their ‘western wedding clothes’ and returned a short while later for a few quick shots with the wedding party in the stunning marble hall.
…and then back to the Lady Elizabeth wing for the wedding breakfast provided by Admirable Crichton and as you can see here the room had been transformed with the incredible lighting creations by the talented Sam Race, how amazing does that look?!
The wedding invitations, order of service, table plan and place markers had all been created by Hayley’s father, the extremely talented artist and children’s book illustrator, Peter Kavanagh.
Stunning wedding cake provided by Love Wedding Cakes.
After some great speeches we all headed outside for a firework display by Titanium Fireworks…the same company that provide the fireworks for the London New Years eve celebrations and the Cromer Pier fireworks displays amongst others.
So onto the first dance, but it wasn’t over yet…
Yes, they had their very own Elvis, one of Hayley’s uncles, every wedding coverage should finish with an Elvis impersonator!
So there it is, one of the most incredible weddings I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph.
A huge thank you to Ankit & Hayley for having me as their wedding photographer and to all of their family and friends for making me feel so welcome. Despite it being one of the longest weddings I’ve photographed in recent years I came away totally buzzing, knowing that we had an amazing set of images for them to remember their day. I can’t wait for the next Indian wedding I get to shoot now, please contact me if you have an Indian Wedding in Norfolk planned, I’d love to be involved.
The full gallery of Ankit & Hayley’s amazing Norfolk Indian wedding photos can be seen here.
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Norfolk wedding Venue: Holkham Hall
Invites, table plans, Order of Service designs: Peter Kavanagh
Florist: Constance Rose
Make up artist: Melissa Abel
Hair: Victoria Ralph
Cake: Love Wedding Cakes
Venue decoration & lighting: Sam Race
Catering: Admirable Crichton
Meal entertainment: The Wandering Hands
DJ: Jeremy Durrant
Fireworks: Titanium Fireworks
Ice cream: Ronaldos
Video: Asian Wedding Video
Second Shooter: Simon Buck
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It’s been a while since I have managed to post on here but after just finishing processing last weekend’s gorgeous Holkham Hall wedding photos I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favourite shots. Holkham Hall is truly a stunning location, set in the beautiful parkland grounds with their own herd of deer it is a photographer’s dream. The architecture is just breathtaking and the luxurious Marble Hall really must be one of the most impressive wedding ceremony locations in Norfolk.
I started the day’s wedding photography coverage at Row & Richard’s home just inland from the North Norfolk coast where I found Row & the girls getting ready on this beautiful, sunny autumn day.
Anyone for pizza?!
The incredible floral work for their wedding was created by the talented ladies at one of Norfolk’s top florists – Constance Rose. Such a lot of work had gone into these stunning flowers and the many decorations throughout Rowena & Richard’s Holkham Wedding. The colours Row had selected were absolutely beautiful…
With the ladies all set to head off to Holkham I jumped in the car & headed over to get some shots of Richard plus bestman (and brother) Martin and ushers Luke & Joe. Holkham Hall was looking majestic bathed in the autumn sunlight. Definitely my favourite time of year for photography with the low raking light and amazing colours of the leaves.
With everyone in place it was time for our bride’s arrival…
After a quick chat with the lovely registrars it was time to get the show on the road! So lovely to see Charlotte Martin (from Marry In Norfolk) was to be holding the ceremony. I’ve known Charlotte since she worked at Cley Mill, then had the honour of photographing her son’s wedding so it’s always lovely to find Charlotte is taking a ceremony I am to be shooting.
While Mr & Mrs signed the legal documents I got some shots around the hall – we are not allowed the photograph the register itself since it is a legal document so I always use the time to get some shots of the guests and the location.
After walking down the aisle, Richard & Row came back in for a big group shot of everyone on the steps before we released them to the drinks & canapes awaiting in the Lady Elizabeth Wing.
Amazing to think that we could all be outside in the courtyard enjoying the warm weather in mid October, it was genuinely like a Summer’s day!
After making sure Mr & Mrs Chantree had a chance to speak to their guests & enjoy the champagne & canapes we headed out into the grounds for some photos although with the meal looming there wasn’t long so I worked fast to get a selection of shots in the one location. It’s often the way with weddings – I will work with as long as I have available but my one rule is that I will never keep the kitchen waiting for us – if we have to be back at the reception for a certain time for the guests to sit down to eat then I will make sure we are back with time to spare. The chefs work extremely hard to make sure everything is ready for a certain time, the last thing they want is for the guests to be seated late because the photographer got carried away!
Back at the Lady Elizabeth Wing it was time for Richard’s speech before everyone sat down for the wedding breakfast…
The Lady Elizabeth Wing at Holkham Hall is a fantastic asset to this incredible Norfolk wedding venue – spacious, airy & light – perfect for photography!
With the main course finished it was time for Martin’s speech – heartfelt, funny and entertaining, everything a bestman’s speech should be (certainly not as cruel as some I’ve seen this year!)
Cake cut (and sampled by Edie) it was time for the last official duty of the day – the first dance…
A huge thank you to Row & Richard for having me as their wedding photographer, it was a fantastic wedding to photograph and they all made me feel so welcome.
For the full gallery of their Holkham Hall wedding click here. If you were guests at the wedding the reprints are available from the gallery at a 50% discount for the next seven days.
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The Temple at Holkham Hall is a beautiful venue for a wedding, originally built as a shooting lodge it is situated in a small clearing in the woods a short way from the main Hall – gorgeous for summer weddings but I’ve also photographed beautiful winter weddings there too!
We started the day’s coverage at Lydia’s parents’ holiday property in Burnham Market, it was a remarkably relaxed morning with Lydia all ready to go well in time, no last minute rushing around here! (more…)