a wedding ceremony at Luton Hoo

A Summer Wedding at Luton Hoo

A gorgeous Summer Wedding at Luton Hoo

Just a few words from me today as I'm packing to go away but I couldn't leave without blogging this gorgeous wedding at Luton Hoo which took place last June, on a balmy Summer day.

Hi Rob

I just wanted to say thank you so much for shooting the day.

The photos are brilliant and exactly what we were hoping for.  It is really nice to re-live the day again and see how happy everyone was.  We couldn’t be more pleased and the only problem is choosing which one to put in the photo frame!

I loved so much about this wedding but mostly that Laurence and Kate were just so great to be around, they really couldn't have been easier to spend time with and their friends and family made me feel just as welcome on the day. The sun was shining, their guests enjoyed drinks in the courtyard and we got to spend time exploring Luton Hoo's incredible grounds. The dining was amazing as were the speeches that preceded. I loved it when Kate joined her dad to help him with his speech when he got a little choked-up! And the late evening light - just incredible. As far as weddings at Luton Hoo go, I'm pretty sure, it doesn’t get much better than this!

Huge congratulations to Kate and Laurence - I loved shooting your wedding SO much. Thanks again for choosing me to document the day. I am over the moon that you've been able to relive it through your photos - that's precisely why I do what I do!

Here's just a few of my faves and some of the fun from Kate and Laurence's amazing day - enjoy!

 

 


Outdoor wedding at Hautbois Hall

A Sunny Outdoor Wedding at Hautbois Hall

Emily & Tom were married at Hautbois Hall in late Spring but the weather was just as hot as it has been these past few weeks. And so, proceeded a wedding full of sunshine, smiles and Pimms on the lawn.

I arrived while the girls were getting ready, Emily was nice and relaxed and there was a really chilled out vibe. I spent a little time walking around Hautbois Hall, soaking up the sun and atmosphere and capturing what caught my eye before heading over to get some photos of the boys getting ready as well.

The happy couple reunited at the end of the aisle and were married outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Hautbois Hall's gardens. Having signed their certificate they triumphantly headed back down the aisle to be showered with confetti and to be greeted with hugs and kisses by their friends and family.

Welcomed in to their wedding breakfast to rapturous applause it was time for the speeches and more rapturous applause and plenty of laughter!

Their wedding was made for me. A dream. They both looked amazing, the location was, as ever, stunning (my 3rd visit in the last couple of years!) and Cheryl (resident wedding planner) kept it all on schedule and still managed to keep me well hydrated too (thank you Cheryl! x). Great food, plenty of drink and guests that just wanted to party - I'll take a wedding like that every time!

Thanks guys for having me be a part of it all and getting me in to capture it for you - enjoy!


Southwold Pre-Wedding Photography

So, this little shoot came off the back of a good run of weddings, 5 weddings in the previous 10 days and I can not wait to blog them all but this little shoot is going up now since, compared to a wedding, it's just a heck of a lot quicker to edit (but certainly no less fun to shoot - it was only an hour but I had such a good time!).

Robyn and Ryan are getting married in October at the church in Southwold, before a reception at Bruisyard Hall which, will be the first time there for me, I'm really looking forward to it!

So, without further ado, just a small selection from a fantastic hour in sunny Suffolk - cheers guys for being such great fun. I'll see you again soon - enjoy!

 

 


The One at Wells Harbour | Lucy & Simon

Pre-Wedding Photography in North Norfolk

It's Lucy & Simon's wedding today at Godwick Hall and I cannot wait to see them again.

Their pre-wedding shoot took place in January - I have no idea what we were thinking - it was freezing! But despite the weather, we had so much fun!

They are such an easy going couple and because of that, so very easy to photograph. They are just great together! It wasn't a "posey" shoot (by a long shot), it was just the two of them and a day out in Wells, eating fish and chips, playing the arcades and being a little bit silly. They laughed - a lot - and that always makes for great photos! But when we did stop do to some portraits by the sunset - oh wow!

All in all a perfect shoot for me, I really can not wait to see them again this morning - enjoy!


Hautbois Hall a wedding venue near Coltishall in the Norfolk broads

Norfolk Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues in Norfolk

Looking for a wedding venue in Norfolk? Well keep reading! It used to be said that Norwich had a pub for every day of the year and a church for every week. In 21st Century Norwich, you certainly won’t struggle to find somewhere to enjoy a pint, or, two, nor, a church to be married in; Norwich has more than 30 medieval churches within the old city walls alone as well as being home to two cathedrals. In the heart of the city stands a magnificent medieval cathedral boasting the second tallest spire (at 96m, or, 315ft) as well as the largest surviving cloister in England. On the outer edges of the city centre, at one of the highest points in Norwich, stands the second largest Catholic cathedral in the United Kingdom.

If you fancy being wed somewhere other than church or, you are simply looking for a wedding reception venue, other notable buildings in Norwich include the Georgian Townhouse and the nearby Assembly House. The Georgian Townhouse has spent time as a school house, a war time hospital and a hotel. It was refurbished in 2015. It has a somewhat offbeat, modern character yet, it retains much of it’s chic Georgian charm as well.  The Assembly House in the city centre is a resplendent example of Georgian assembly rooms with a fascinating history. The house as it stands today was designed by the architect Thomas Ivory (1709-1779); used as a ‘House of Assemblies’ for the Norwich gentry, it has been used to host a wealth of events and famous people – so why not join the club?

Situated on the River Wensum, Norwich boasts 150 green spaces within the city itself, including 23 parks, 59 natural areas and nature reserves and 10 kilometres of riverside walks, all of which can work beautifully in your wedding photography. Just a little further afield, Norwich is surrounded by the beautiful Norfolk countryside and Norfolk Broads, home to a fine selection of barn wedding venues, old manor houses, hotels and churches.

Make Your Wedding Planning Easy

I love a church wedding. I married at a church wedding and I’ve photographed numerous church weddings over the years. What I’ve learnt from this is that by far the best option, if you want to take the stress out of your wedding planning, is to hold your wedding ceremony and wedding reception in the same location. Some things to keep in mind when developing your timeline include:

  • How long will it take to get ready (hair, make-up, dress)?
  • How long is your ceremony?
  • How long does it take to travel between your venues?

Choosing to have your ceremony and reception at the same wedding venue means that you will, naturally, have more time to spend with your friends and family rather than time spent on the road (and you’ll make a saving on the wedding car and your guest transport too!). It keeps things simple and makes the logistics for both you and your guests that much easier.

If a church wedding is on the cards, then look for a location that is close by to where you are planning to hold your wedding ceremony.

The writer and traveller George Borrow (1803-1881) wrote that Norwich is “A fine city whichever way you look at it” and as such, he is credited with coining the phrase, “Norwich – A Fine City”, I’d tend to agree! For a memorable wedding day, Norwich and the surrounding area are definitely worthy of your consideration, offering plenty of unique wedding venues and open spaces, the perfect backdrop for your Norwich wedding photography.

31 of the Best Norfolk Wedding Venues

Norwich and Norfolk are full of quirky outdoor wedding venues, barn wedding venues and country house wedding venues, to name but a few. So, if one of the hundreds of beautiful churches around the county just aren’t your thing, then there are historic halls, manor houses, hotels, gardens and even tourist attractions, such as Norwich Castle that you can take your pick from! Here's just a small selection for your consideration...

Voewood

Voewood is one of my favourite Norfolk wedding venues. A truly captivating place, it has to be seen to be believed. Hidden from sight in its own woodland, this stunning example of the Arts and Crafts aesthetic lies just outside Holt, a beautiful Georgian town, close by to the North Norfolk Coast. Although a rather grand house, in many respects, it is welcoming and unpretentious and lends itself well to couples wanting something a little bit different from their wedding venue. A Voewood wedding is something else!

Click these links for a wedding at Voewood, a Voewood summer wedding and there’s even some more Voewood wedding photos here.

 Ceremony 150 / Reception 300

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Bride and groom kiss under the woodshed at a Hush venue wedding in norwich

Hush Venues

A unique woodland wedding venue, on the outskirts of Norwich in the Norfolk Broads and just a stones throw from my front door! Hush is licensed for wedding ceremonies and is a fantastic venue for a tipi wedding or festival wedding. Ceremonies take place in the Olde Woodshed in a small, secluded woodland. And if the weather doesn’t play ball on the day, then the fifty foot Drawing Room at Colts Lodge, which doubles as your bridal accommodation, can be used for your ceremony instead. All-in-all a perfect outdoor wedding venue in Norwich, especially if you are looking for something outside the norm!

Click the link to see a real wedding at this unusual woodland wedding venue.

 Ceremony 200 (50 Indoor) / Reception 200

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Bride and groom exit their wedding at Hautbois Hall to a shower of confetti

Hautbois Hall

Hautbois Hall is a Tudor Manor House, secluded in the heart of the Norfolk Broads by the River Bure and Bure Valley railway. Ceremonies can take place indoors but most people opt to marry outdoors in the splendour of the gardens, under big Norfolk skies. Hautbois  Hall is another stunning venue for an outdoor wedding and a great venue for putting your own stamp on things.

Click the link to see a real wedding at Hautbois Hall.

 Ceremony 130 / Reception 180

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

bride and groom first dance at the Georgian Townhouse hotel wedding venue in Norwich

The Georgian Townhouse

The Georgian Townhouse is a Norwich wedding venue in the heart of the city. With a private bar, gardens and terrace this city centre wedding venue is a must see. It’s a tasteful blend of Georgian architecture and modern interiors, combining period chic with authentic character. Great for intimate ceremonies and celebrations with formal seating for up to 60 guests.

Click the link to see a real wedding at the Georgian Townhouse.

 Ceremony 60 / Reception 100

 Licensed for weddings

 Non-Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Front aspect of the Assembly House hotel wedding venue in Norwich city centre

Assembly House

The Assembly House is a wedding venue right in the centre of Norwich. It’s a wedding venue for those looking to hold their wedding in luxurious splendour. Chandeliers, stunning Georgian architecture and your wedding breakfast by acclaimed local chef, Richard Hughes. Recently renovated to include 11 boutique bedrooms, six of which have their own secret garden, four their own lounges and a bridal suite with its own garden too! If that’s not enough there are two lavishly appointed top- floor suites to choose from. An absolute gem of a wedding venue in Norwich.

 Ceremony 250 / Reception 250

 Licensed for weddings

 Non-Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Newlyweds at a Bressingham Hall Wedding enjoying Bressingham gardens

Bressingham Hall & Gardens

Situated in secluded Norfolk countryside, Bressingham Hall & High Barn is a Norfolk wedding venue on the border with Suffolk. The beautifully restored High Barn is a gorgeous wedding venue for your ceremony and lies within 12 acres of stunning landscaped gardens – an amazing backdrop for your wedding photography! Recently renovated, Bressingham Hall offers a warm and welcoming environment for the bridal party, accommodating between 12-18 wedding guests. On top of that Bressingham is also home to the Bressingham Steam Museum and for that little something extra special, you can treat your wedding guests to a ride on their Gallopers, a carousel of sorts that keeps young an old alike entertained! You won’t find that at many, if any, other wedding venue in Norfolk.

Go to the link to see a real wedding at Bressingham Hall.

 Ceremony 150 / Reception 150

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

A bride and groom embrace at Sothwood Hall barn wedding venue near Norwich

Southwood Hall

A stunning barn conversion nestled within the beautiful Norfolk countryside. The views here are amazing and since the area is not at all built-up, a Southwood Hall Wedding boasts generous grounds and BIG Norfolk skies! In terms of fine dining, it is amongst the best in Norfolk but if a formal meal isn’t to your taste the venue can just as easily put on an informal picnic. On-site accommodation for your bridal party is just a few steps away from the barn itself. The Cartshed Lodge usually hosts bridal preparations and includes a spa with hot tub, steam room and kambala shower! Post-wedding, the Garden Folly, is a perfect, romantic little hideaway in which to begin your honeymoon with its own secret garden!

Click the link to see a winter wedding at Southwood Hall.

 Ceremony 150 / Reception 180

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

artist impression of the Reading rooms wedding venue

Reading Rooms

New kid on the block, the Reading Rooms opened in 2017 but is quickly making a name for itself. It takes it’s name from having been a meeting place where people could learn to read and have access to books and newspapers. But it was also a place of entertainment with games, dancing and social events, including wedding celebrations. Recently renovated, it looks absolutely stunning with beautiful stone leaded windows and vaulted ceilings. Picturesque landscaped gardens and the Church of St Ethelberts, make for a beautiful backdrop to the venue too. An idyllic setting that provides a beautiful space for an outdoor ceremony as well. A venue I haven’t had the opportunity to work at yet so if you’re planning on getting married here, let’s talk! Well worth checking out!

 Ceremony 80 / Reception 110

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

  No Guest Accommodation

A bride and groom portrait outside the Hoste in North Norfolk

The Hoste

The Hoste is a luxury boutique hotel and something of a focal point in the the North Norfolk village of Burnham Market. The Hoste plays host to only a select number of weddings every year. A wedding at the Hoste is pretty special. If you’re looking for a wedding venue frequented by Royalty; a wedding venue boasting a private 20-seat cinema, gym, beauty spa, award-winning restaurant and luxury bedrooms, all set within one of North Norfolk’s prettiest, picture postcard, villages then this could be just what you’ve been looking for!

 Ceremony 120 / Reception 150

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

  Guest Accommodation

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Oxnead Hall

An exquisite country house set amidst 15 acres of grounds and parkland with a lake and ruined folly. Oxnead Hall is  an elegant, romantic and truly stunning place to hold your Norfolk wedding. Just 8 miles outside of Norwich, Oxnead won the  title of Wedding Venue Of the Year’ at the Eastern Daily Press Wedding Awards 2017. Well worth a look!

 Ceremony 200 / Reception 220

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

  Guest Accommodation

A wedding ceremony in the marble hall at Holkham Hall wedding venue

Holkham Hall

Quite possibly one of the grandest wedding venues in the UK let alone Norfolk, it has to be seen to be believed. Home to the Earls of Leicester, this fine Palladian house, is surrounded by stunning landscape including deer park, lake, temple and woodland as well as a romantic, 18th century secluded walled garden! A wedding at Holkham Hall means you are only a short distance from some of the most stunning North Norfolk coastal scenery as well. It’s an absolutely perfect setting for a wedding in Norfolk.

Click the link to see a real wedding at Holkham Hall.

 Ceremony 250 / Reception 400

 Licensed for weddings

 Non-Exclusive Use

  Guest Accommodation

The dining room at Back to the Garden wedding venue

Back to the Garden

This truly is a unique wedding venue. A short drive from Holt in North Norfolk and close by to the North Norfolk coast. It is not a licensed wedding venue but Back to the Garden is a great space in which to hold your wedding reception and the food is something else! It provides a really intimate setting for your wedding celebrations and a great space to party in!

Have a look at this Back to the Garden wedding for some inspiration.

 Ceremony / Reception

 Not Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

  No Guest Accommodation

Rear Aspect of Pentney Abbey gatehouse wedding venue in West Norfolk

Pentney Abbey

An hour West of Norwich, hidden away amongst miles of stunning Norfolk countryside and surrounded by 35 acres of grounds, Pentney Abbey was, until a little while ago, just a ruin. But a lot of hard work has gone into making this into a magical place to get married and a Pentney Abbey wedding is certainly full of magic, it has been well worth the effort. Ceremonies take place in the Gatehouse which has a really romantic and intimate feel to it. The Barn, meanwhile, is a fantastic space to hold your wedding breakfast and to party late in to the night!

 Ceremony 130 / Reception 170

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

  Guest Accommodation

Langley Abbey wedding ceremony

Langley Abbey

Just 10 miles South of Norwich, Langley Abbey is another old ruin lovingly restored and offering the perfect setting for your Norfolk wedding celebrations. The sense of character and history makes this a very unique place to get married. Brasteds are well renowned for the quality of the dining experience, regulars winning accolades for their food and drink offering and this carries through to their ownership of Langley Abbey. You will not be disappointed. Accommodation comes in the form of cottages and barn conversions all within a few minutes of the venue itself.

Take a look at this Langley Abbey Wedding for some inspiration.

 Ceremony 120 / Reception 150

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

  Guest Accommodation

Wedding guests enjoying drinks on the lawn at Hales hall Barn near Norwich

Hales Hall

A short drive from Norwich and with easy access from the A47, Hales Hall & The Great Barn is set within the beautiful Waveney Valley. It is one of those wedding venues that provides simply sublime backdrops for your wedding photography, from it’s manicured lawns and landscaped gardens to the Hall and the Barn themselves. The Barn is HUGE and can accommodate up to 180 seated guests for your wedding breakfast, and 300 standing for your evening reception. The Hall is where you can choose to stay if you wish and having had a good look around, I’d recommend you do, luxury doesn’t even come close to describing it! I love a Hales Hall wedding!

 Ceremony 200 / Reception 300

 Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

  Guest Accommodation

Front Aspect of Narborough Hall Wedding Venue in West Norfolk

Narborough Hall

Narborough Hall, near Kings Lynn, is an absolute stunner of a venue, set in eighteenth century parkland by the River Nar, it is surrounded by lakes, beautiful landscaped gardens and woods. It even has a tree house! It’s a wedding photographer’s dream! The interiors are absolutely incredible too. Luxurious surroundings and relaxed comfort make a Narborough Hall wedding amongst the best.

 Ceremony 150 / Reception 200

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Kimberley Hall wedding venue by night

Kimberley Hall

Just a few minutes off the A47 near Norwich, Kimberley Hall is another fine country house wedding venue – one of the finest wedding venues in Norfolk! The scenery here is amazing, with the hall sitting proudly in an Arcadian landscape by Capability Brown, overlooking a 15-acre lake and the River Tiffey valley. The Hall is a beautiful space in which to hold your wedding ceremony while the West Wing successfully blends traditional grandeur with a modern and stylish entertainment space for your wedding breakfast and evening entertainments. A Kimberley Hall Wedding is guaranteed to wow your guests!

 Ceremony 120 / Reception 200

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Dairy Barns Wedding Photographer

Dairy Barns

It’s been a little while since I last photographed a Dairy Barns wedding but I’ll be there to kick of my 2018 wedding season! Dairy Barns is a wedding venue that is part of a working family farm. It has a warm and welcoming feel and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. Situated not far from the stunning Norfolk coastline at Sea Palling and Waxham and nestled within the Norfolk Broads near Hickling, it offers plenty of scope for your wedding photos. The Bridal suite is very well appointed, light and airy and makes a great space for photos of your bridal preparations!

 Ceremony 70 / Reception 100

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

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Fishley Hall

I haven’t photographed a wedding at Fishley Hall … yet, but I’m very much wanting to. I was part of a team who did a fashion shoot at the venue just before it opened for weddings. It’s a great space for a DIY wedding! Within easy reach of Norwich and Great Yarmouth and just outside of Acle, Fishley Hall, is an idyllic barn wedding venue. If you’re after a church wedding, then it is ideally placed near by to St Mary’s Church of Fishley. Set in 350 acres of beautiful Norfolk Countryside, in the glorious Norfolk Broads, this working farm and its enchanting buildings make for a fantastic place for a Norfolk wedding! Being on the Norfolk Broads, if it floats your boat to do so, then you can stay on the river and even arrive at your ceremony by boat! It even boasts luxuriously well appointed, first class, accommodation!

The Old Grain Barn is a blank canvas that you can put your own creative stamp on but it’s a venue with plenty of space for an outdoor wedding in Norfolk too! Fancy an al fresco wedding, then Fishley has a civil licence for couples to get married outside on their lawns. For smaller groups then you can marry in the conservatory of Fishley Hall itself. In short, they have pretty much every base covered and it’s well worth a gander!

 Ceremony 200 / Reception 200

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

The White House at Sussex Barn wedding venue

Sussex Barn

One of the finest barn wedding venues in North Norfolk, Sussex Barn lies just outside Burnham Market, close by to the wild but absolutely stunning North Norfolk coast at Brancaster. A barn wedding venue, with something of an olde-worldy feel, it has some beautiful little spots for your wedding photography, including flower-lined farm tracks and woodland. One of my favourite spots used to be the derelict ruin of, what is now their luxuriously appointed accommodation, the White House. I can’t really blame them for this renovation, it’s an astounding rebuild – a 12 bedroom country retreat! And to make sure you’ll get the best night’s sleep before your wedding they have included sound-muffling on the doors and black-out curtains! Fancy arriving at your wedding on horse back? Sussex Barn is home to the Burnham Market International Horse Trials and as such, it’s equine accommodation is pretty sharp too!

If you’re planning a wedding at Sussex Barn, take a look at these Sussex Barn Wedding Photos.

 Ceremony 400 / Reception 400

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

A married couple at a Godwick Hall wedding

Keeper & The Dell

Winner of the Condé Naste Top 100 Venues in the UK this is another Norwich wedding venue I’m looking forward to working at this year. The Keeper and the Dell is a romantic, secluded, outdoor wedding venue in the heart of Norfolk.  Similar in some respects to Hush, it’s a Norwich woodland wedding venue made up of a beautiful collective of traditional canvas Marquee, pretty woodland dell, eighteenth century Gamekeeper’s Barn and a Birch Garden with camping and pretty wooden sleeping huts! I cannot wait to photograph a wedding at Keeper and the Dell! 

 Ceremony 100 / Reception 100

Not Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Boathouse Wedding Venue in Norfolk

The Boathouse

Another wedding venue local to me, the Boathouse is a really unique, waterside wedding venue.  Set in 11 acres of parkland on the banks of the Ormesby Broad, this is about as idyllic and romantic as wedding venues in Norfolk get! Indoor or outdoor, the Boathouse can cater for both and if you choose to, you can even arrive at your wedding ceremony by boat. If you prefer to arrive by car, then you can opt to have a boat ride after your wedding ceremony instead  – the Boathouse doing exactly what it says on the tin! Accommodation comes in the form of cosy, luxury woodland lodges that are well worth a little peek.

 Ceremony 120 / Reception 150

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Norfolk Mead Hotel Wedding Venue in Norwich

Norfolk Mead

The Garden Room at the Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall, a few minutes drive from Norwich, is a fantastic venue space. It sits within an enclosed, walled garden and can seat up to 140 wedding guests. For smaller, more intimate ceremonies, the Norfolk Mead itself can host up to 40 wedding guests. The picturesque Georgian manor house perfectly combines Georgian chic with stylish modern décor, working wonderfully as a backdrop to your wedding photos. With St John the Baptist church at the top of the drive, if you are looking for a wedding venue that you can walk to from your church ceremony, then this is a pretty good choice!

 Ceremony 140 / Reception 250

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Titchwell Major Wedding Ceremony

Titchwell Manor

Titchwell Manor, in the picturesque village of Titchwell, looks out across a wild and wonderful landscape of marshland and nature reserve toward the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. A boutique hotel wedding venue, Titchwell Manor is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in either the Bar area, which has views stretching out to sea and log fires in the winter months, or in the Conservatory Restaurant, overlooking a secluded walled garden. It has 26 individually appointed guest rooms. With a wedding breakfast by, award winning chefs, Eric Snaith and Chris Mann, you can guarantee that a Titchwell Manor wedding will not disappoint!

 Ceremony 85 / Reception 85

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

A barn wedding at Chaucer Barn inNorth Norfolk

Chaucer Barn

Chaucer Barn is an absolute delight. Situated on the edge of the village of Gresham, it nestles in a valley classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Barn itself is a beautiful, warm and welcoming wedding venue and with 20 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds, it’s a fantastic wedding for large parties or for smaller intimate wedding celebrations. You can choose to marry indoors or, in fine weather, outside, in the grounds of Chaucer Barn. It’s a a wonderful setting for an alfresco wedding celebration.

 Ceremony 80 / Reception 150

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

The Harper Wedding Venue North Norfolk

The Harper

The Harper by Bijou (who run some of the countries grandest venues such as Botleys Mansion and Notley Abbey) is a brand new wedding venue opening in Langham, near Holt, in North Norfolk.

Given the reputation and Bijou’s 15+ years worth of wedding planning experience, this is sure to be one to watch in the near future!

 TBC

TBC

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Cley Windmill - a small Norfolk wedding venue

Cley Windmill

Cley Windmill is an iconic North Norfolk building, a grade II listed tower mill at Cley next the Sea. It’s one of Norfolk’s smallest wedding venues, with a capacity for 22 people. If you’re looking for a unique Norfolk wedding venue, something that’s just a little bit unusual and you like the idea of having an intimate wedding in a windmill, then this is one you should definitely add to the list!

Ceremony 22 / Reception 22

 Yes

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

godwick hall norfolk wedding venue

Godwick Hall

Godwick Great Barn and Hall is a West Norfolk wedding venue, located just outside Kings Lynn and a little under an hour away from Norwich. It is a wedding venue with seven beautifully appointed bedrooms giving you the space to relax, both before and after your big day, in complete luxury.

It is licensed for wedding ceremonies, so you can plan your wedding for the whole day at Godwick. Something of a “blank canvas”, it is a reception venue that you can put your own stamp on. It is also set in 100 acres of stunning parkland and just a short drive from the the beaches at Hunstanton, Brancaster, Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. Giving you plenty of opportunity for stunning wedding photography, entertaining your guests and if you so wish, holding a beautiful outdoor ceremony!

I’m looking forward to my first wedding at GodwickHall this summer with the lovely Lucy and Simon – you can see some of their pre-wedding photography over here!

 Ceremony 120 / Reception 180

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

morston hall a foodie wedding venue in norfolk

Morston Hall

Morston Hall in North Norfolk is nestled in gorgeous landscaped gardens and prides itself on offering bespoke and personal wedding receptions. They are a licensed wedding venue so, you can plan to spend your whole day at this beautifule boutique hotel.

Well know for some of the finest dining in North Norfolk, if you are looking for a foodie wedding venue in Norfolk, then this could be the one for you.

Situated an hour drive from Norwich, just north of the popular town of Holt, it is also within easy reach of the North Norfolk coast and the beautiful Burnham villages. Well worth your consideration!

 Ceremony 50 / Reception 150

Yes

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

somerleyton hall stately home wedding venue suffolk

Somerleyton Hall

Somerleyton Hall is the height of luxury. A wedding venue in Suffolk, it’s just over the border from Norfolk and so, I’m including it here anyway! It’s a splendid stately home close by to Lowestoft and great Yarmouth and only a short drive from Norwich as well.

Somerleyton offers both day weddings and receptions. But for those who fancy a little something extra, they can provide full weekend house party weddings, giving you plenty of opportunity to celebrate with and entertain your family and friends in sumptuous style over a number of days and nights. This venue really is the height of luxury! As you might expect, for a stately home, it has no shortage of bedrooms either, it can accomodate up to 32 guests!

Four rooms are licenced for ceremonies, holding between 60 to 100+ people. There’s certainly no shortage of choice here.

An absolute gem of a venue, you should definitely take a look!

 Ceremony 60-100+ / Reception 400

Yes

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

a wedding in a back garden in Norfolk

Your own Back Yard

So, after all these options, if you’re still not sure which wedding venue is for you, there is another way! DIY Garden Weddings are some of my favourite celebrations. Because they usually take place at a family home, they are really intimate and welcoming. If you’re not sure about renting out a venue, then throwing a wedding celebration in your backyard is definitely an option you should explore! You’ll often save on venue hire costs which means, you can put the money you save toward your honeymoon, your wedding album or, maybe, just blow it all on a really great party! The possibilities are endless – one couple, I know, had a beach wedding not far from their home, the North Norfolk Coast was their backyard! If you’re after some more inspiration, other couples have hosted a wedding on a farm, a back garden wedding at their parent’s home and a wedding at a friend’s barn! Whatever you choose, a DIY wedding or, a Back Garden Wedding will be absolutely unique and personal to you!

 Ceremony / Reception – as many as you can fit!

N/A

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

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Wedding Photojournalist Award

Masterpiece Award Winner - the Wedding Photojournalist Association

I am thrilled to say that I won an award yesterday for Best Documentary Wedding Photography from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). This award means a lot to me because the WPJA "reserves membership to select photographers around the world whose portfolios and practices demonstrate talent, expertise and client service in wedding photojournalism." Not only that but some of the other award winners in this collection are documentary wedding photographers I have long admired and looked up to for their wedding photography. I am honoured to be amongst such great company. These awards are judged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners!), looking for images that "use the tools of photographic narrative to tell a couples story", no posing or fakery, just moments - a few portraits aside, that's what my approach is all about!

The shot that the judges chose is from a recent wedding in Portugal, the wedding of Lee & Jordan during their preparations. It captures the love and excitement of Jordan's soon-to-be Mother-in-Law and I am so pleased that my first Masterpiece Award came from their wedding day. You can see more from their wedding in Portugal here.


Destination Wedding in the Algarve, Portugal

Wind and Rain turns to Sun and Blue Skies for Lee & Jordan's Same Sex Wedding in Albufeira, Portugal

I'm not sure where to begin with this one! So, I'll start at the beginning. I met Jordan a few years ago at another wedding, in 2015 he was hairdresser and friend to the bride. We got on really well and so, it was great to hear from him, in early 2017, when he asked me to be his wedding photographer! The initial plan had been to get married at Henham Park (of Latitude fame) in Suffolk but a change of plan saw us heading for the Algarve instead (no complaints here!), where Lee and Jordan got married not far from the beach where they became engaged in 2016.

I arrived two days before the wedding which meant, I got to spend some time getting to know their family and friends. I get to meet some truly wonderful people in this line of work - Lee and Jordan are no exception. And in addition to having got to know Lee and Jordan, their friends and family that bit better, there were a few other familiar faces and friends from previous weddings too! So, on the day of the wedding itself, as much of a cliche as it sounds, I genuinely felt like a "guest with a camera"!

The weather forecast for the wedding day was less than promising. In fact, the weather in the UK was looking better! Armed with this knowledge, I made sure that I took the guys down to the beach, the night before, to capture some images of  them enjoying the sun, sea and sand! You can go here to see their pre-wedding photos on the beach.

On the morning of the wedding, I awoke to a view, not dissimilar to that in the first image below and watched as the wind picked up a beach umbrella for a triple somersault into the pool! I checked no less than three weather apps and then prayed for all it was worth for the weather to change but it wasn't looking good! The hotel wanted to move the ceremony indoors and the wind threw another beach umbrella over my head! But I needn’t have worried, because, as I stood on the balcony, the guys getting ready, looking out to sea, the sun began to reflect it's light on the horizon and made a glorious appearance just in the nick of time!

Coming up the aisle together, Lee and Jordan were absolutely beaming, giving the sun a run for its money! There was so much laughter during this ceremony, everyone was having the best time. The biggest laughs came though, when one of the registrars mispronounced Jordan's middle name, "Guy". She explained that she had been practising her pronunciation so hard but Jordan alleviated any embarrassment she may have had, delivering the punch-line, "It's just like being back at school!" The registrar came back at him, saying that since she had said it out loud, he was now legally "Jordan 'Gay' Ayers-Terrell" - #touché 😂😂😂

After signing their marriage certificate and being wonderfully serenaded by the one of their best friends, Polly, the boys made their way back down the aisle together as Mr & Mr! Hugs, kisses, congratulations, drinks and relaxing in the sun were next on the agenda before a series of fantastic speeches which took us into the evening. A few portraits as the sun got low in the sky we returned to watch a video that Lee and Jordan had put together to celebrate their nearest and dearest - truly making their day about everybody!

The drink and good times continued as Lee and Jordan took to the floor for their first dance before everyone joined them and lots more dancing ensued, sending them off on honeymoon in style!

It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to be a part of their day - thank you so much Lee and Jordan for taking me to Portugal with you, I hope these photos will bring happy memories back to you for many years to come - enjoy!


Dairy Barns Wedding

Drew + Carina's Wedding at the Dairy Barns

It's the done thing to talk about the weather in the UK. It's a fairly usual conversation starter. And blogging about this wedding, I do need to pay it some mention. The forecast for this wedding, at the Dairy Barns in Norfolk, was heavy rain and driving winds all day! It was the weekend of "The Beast from the East" Part II. I'd thought about a brolly but stepping out of my car, I realised that I would have just been lifted off my feet! It remained this way all day and so everyone remained indoor for pretty much the whole day. But this was no bad thing, the warm and welcoming Dairy Barns is a great little place to shelter away in. Everyone working there is really friendly and Hannah is such a welcoming host.

I began the day with Karina as she was putting her dress on, assisted by her mum and her best-friend before capturing some pictures of guests arriving and Drew, nervously and periodically checking his watch ahead of her arrival. Luckily, Carina and her dad only had a short walk in the wind to get back indoors before Bride and Groom reunited at the top of the aisle. They were all smiles, unable to control their giddy excitement! Having signed their certificate, officially becoming Mr and Mrs, they triumphantly headed back down the aisle and in to the arms of their friends and family who could not wait to congratulate them!

Braving the cold but avoiding the wet, we took some photos under the old barn - it was freezing but drew and Carina held each other close and had a good giggle nonetheless! After a few family groups, we nipped back indoors as quickly as we could to warm up ahead of the wedding breakfast - it was proper winter comfort food and went down a treat!

A heartfelt speech by Carina's dad, was followed by some lovely words from Drew to his new wife, before Drew was ritually humiliated in front of his guests by a double team of Best Men. Cutting the cake (lovingly made by Drew's mum!) in front of all their guests signalled that the party could get well underway and there was no shortage of drink available both, at the bar but also from a fair few craft beers that Drew and Carina happen to be partial to and which they had had dotted around the tables.

I left to the sounds of music playing and full on belly laughs as friends and family continued to toast to the new husband and wife and celebrated with them into the night. A wonderful day to have been a part of, even if I nearly did come off the road as a tree did it's best to fall on my car on the way home - but that's another story - enjoy!


Diamond Award | Engagement Photographer

A wet, windy and wonderful engagement session in Norwich

It was wonderful to hear, from the WPJA that I won a Diamond Award this week for the photograph above of Rhea and Pieter on their pre-wedding photoshoot in Norwich.

Dodging the wet and the wind, these two, nonetheless, made the absolute most of the day. And Rhea's hat and scarf combo added a good dash of colour on what was an otherwise very grey afternoon.

We grabbed coffee together and sheltering from the rain, they treated me to lunch as well. It was a great way to catch up with them about their wedding plans at the amazing Narborough Hall near Kings Lynn.

The Diamond Awards are the WPJA’s, first-ever, standalone portrait contest for Engagement Portraits. These awards are judged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners) so, being only a recent(ish) member and being one of the first awards I've entered, I was absolutely over the moon to learn of the news!

Here's just a few more of my favourites from the day - enjoy!


BEACH ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY IN PORTUGAL

PORTUGAL PRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Rob, those photos are just incredible! 😁❤️ my god I’m a model!!! 😂😂 we are soooo pleased!!!

I love engagement photography. It's an amazing way to get to know each other before the wedding day, have some pre-wedding fun and for a couple to get comfortable in front of the camera. Lee had been a bit nervous about the shoot but as you'll see below, he did just fine! Jordan, on the other hand is not exactly the shy and retiring type!

This shoot was extra special as the beach was the same beach where Lee and Jordan got engaged, it was perfect! I also got to join Jordan, Lee, their friends and family for a pre-wedding meal, looking out on the beach, after our shoot. The very next day, I was there to capture their wedding.

It was an amazing beach engagement session in Praia da Oura, in the Algarve. Their love, their outlook on life and their energy are infectious and this made the shoot so easy. They have a chemistry that I can't put into words, a true bond but if you know them, you'll know precisely what I mean!

With the weather forecast for the wedding day looking less than ideal, I wanted to make the most of the good weather while we had it and, so we spent a beautiful evening wandering the beach and around the hotel grounds. I like to do as little posing as possible on these shoots, offering a little direction here and there, otherwise it's really just about capturing some smiles, some laughter and a little of that chemistry they got going on. I might love these two a little bit - enjoy!