Pentney Abbey | A Winter Wedding

A Winter Wedding at Pentney Abbey

Pentney Abbey is one of my favourite wedding venues in Norfolk. I was last at a Pentney Abbey Wedding in Summer 2019.

Those Augustine Monks sure knew how to make a magical wedding venue, quite some foresight! Okay, perhaps this was not their original intent and they've long since left but nonetheless, if you're looking for a wedding venue that fuses historical elegance with contemporary style, Pentney Abbey should be high on your list!

This wedding was one of a small handful of full-day weddings that I was lucky enough to photograph in 2020, a global pandemic (you might have heard about) sticking a spanner in the works for much of the rest of the year. But it would always have stood out for me. Hannah and Scott were an absolute joy to spend the day with and it was a pleasure to catch up to one of my favourite make-up artists in Emily, from Love Moi Make-Up and to meet Kelly from Salon2. It was also great to work alongside David from Rideout films.

The ceremony was especially memorable, Scott was obviously wowed as Hannah arrived at the top of the aisle. The readings really tugged at the heartstrings. There were happy tears and hugs between bride and bridesmaid during one of these. The speeches were also genuinely heartfelt and funny and the evening celebrations were a total riot, in no small part owing to the talents of the amazing Joe Ringer Band. One of my favourite photos, from this part of the day, is of Hannah and her bridesmaids downing their tequila slammers - their faces!

The venue was styled beautifully (props to the Little Lending Company and Floral Sistas) and was the perfect backdrop to proceedings.

We were also treated to some stunning evening light. Being February, it was a little chilly (total brass monkeys!) but Scott and Hannah braved it to make a few portraits before running back indoors to dance the night away.

A happy, glorious celebration - thanks to Scott and Hannah for having me along and for trusting in me. I hope you'll enjoy your wedding album for many, many years to come!

Here's a small selection from Scott and Hannah's day - enjoy!


Best of 2019

2019

‘FINE CITY’ WEDDINGS.

COUNTRY HOUSE WEDDINGS.

OUTDOOR WEDDINGS.

ADVENTURE PARK WEDDINGS.

BARN WEDDINGS.

SMALL WEDDINGS.

BIG WEDDINGS.

AND THEY ALL HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON…

…every wedding has been about best friends saying, “I do” and having a great time. The longer I have been in wedding photography, the luckier I have been at finding couples whose focus is on just that.

When I started out, I used to have a physical shot list. A piece of paper listing the images I thought I absolutely had to get. A tick box. I would agonise over taking close-up pictures of wedding rings, table decorations, dresses hung in trees. I still take these images, from time to time, (not so much the dress in the trees, they can get stained!) but those pictures are not the thing that gets me really excited about wedding photography.

One day, my head buried in a bouquet taking a close-up picture of the wedding rings, I heard laughter behind me. I wheeled around and got a, not entirely perfect but still beautiful shot of mum and daughter sharing a special moment. The penny dropped. Flowers, ring shots, table decorations all make for fine images. But not at the expense of moments. That was where my heart was.

Almost overnight, my approach to wedding photography changed. I started to concentrate on making pictures that you can look back on and be in the moment with all over again.

I like to focus on the ‘real’, on the stuff that makes you feel something. My wedding photography isn’t about trying to create moments but about capturing moments.

A little direction here and there? Yes, on occasion. But for the most part, my favourite moments come from just letting you be you. Photos captured in this way are the photos that will spark your memory and make you relive the day.

My approach, at its simplest, is looking for things that move me and making images that move you.

Quirky little moments, tears, tears of laughter, inside jokes and the real love, not the fake, posed and cheesy stuff.

The moment your veil is lifted and you see each other for the first time that day; the way your mum holds your hand on the way to the church; the way your dad lights up the first time he sees you in your wedding dress; the moment you crowdsurf your first dance, singing your favourite tune together at the top of your lungs (NB – all of those things below and more)!

The big city wedding, the small church wedding, the outdoor Summer wedding, the cosy winter wedding – no two weddings are the same. And what you see here is what I am most passionate about capturing, whatever the setting.

Almost every photographer in Norfolk, not less the UK, describes themselves as relaxed and natural. You’d think we’re all lying around naked in hammocks. I’m definitely guilty of saying it. And yes, jokes aside, I take a pretty relaxed approach but I don’t hang around on the sidelines. I’m often running on a mix of excitement, adrenaline and too much caffeine. I like to be in amongst it all though. That is where the memories are being made and that’s where I will capture them. So yes, natural but no wallflower.

I’m coming into 2020 just 3 weddings shy of my total for 2019. And so, I owe a massive thanks to those people who have booked me for this year as well as those of you who have referred me to friends and family. A massive thanks also to Craig and Emil for shooting with and assisting me. Thank you for all of your hard work and company, I really enjoyed it. To all of you, it means the world.

Now onto the photos. If you like what you see, let me know.

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While most of my weddings this year are in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, I’ll be visiting all around the UK for weddings again this year.

If you want to see a little more, you can check out how 2018 looked for me or, if you want to get in touch and talk about your wedding photography, drop me a message to 07900251549.

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a wedding at Glebe Farm Barn, Wymondham, Norfolk

A Wedding at Glebe Farm Barn

A Summer Wedding at Glebe Farm Barn, Norfolk

“Oh Jesus, Rob, I cried throughout the entire slideshow”

I first met Amie and Dan at their friends wedding at Chaucer Barn in 2014! I took a photo there of Dan and I must have caught his good side, because Amie decided upon seeing it that I would be their wedding photographer! Fast forward another 4 years and I got to hang out with them at their Cromer Pier Engagement shoot. One year on from that they were married at a wonderful ceremony, in front of all their nearest and dearest at Thorpe St Andrew Church, before heading on for a fab reception at Glebe Farm Barn, near Wymondham.

Blue skies and sunshine were the order of the day, even though it got a little cloudy later in the day and threatened some rain, nothing was going to get in the way of these folks making the most of it. A very relaxed, easy going couple, I always knew that I was going to be made to feel really welcome and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with Amie, Dan, their gorgeous little family and their friends.

Glebe Farm Barn is a quirky little barn wedding venue in Norfolk, a totally blank sheet really that you can put your own stamp on and Amie and Dan, with a little help from RLA Wedding Designs, did just that. Dan was especially pleased with the fairy lights he had hung in the courtyard which, as the sun began to set, added a little bit of magic. So, we finished the night with a little extra frame to capture the happy couple embracing under the glow from Dan’s handiwork!

A really, very, special day to have been a part of, as ever I had so much fun it was over before I knew it and the dance-floor began to come alive! I’ve known Amie long enough now to know that she would be all over that and Game Plan, their band for the evening entertainment provided the tunes to keep her dancing feet happy into the small hours!

Here’s just a few frames from their day – happy memories – enjoy!


A City Wedding at the Halls in Norwich

A relaxed City Wedding in Norwich

It’s no secret that I love a city wedding. Jade and Joe's celebrations are a prime example of why!

I first met them in a coffee shop, not far from home, in Norwich. I knew instantly that I wanted to be their wedding photographer. Warm and funny, they just fit and their plans for a relaxed city wedding in Norwich sounded right up my street.

As blue skies and sunshine set the scene, I joined Jade and her bridesmaids at the Maids Head Hotel, where makeup artist, Melissa Abel and hairstylist, Lisa Frost were helping them prepare for the day. After an emotional dress reveal (see below!), to her mum, dad, brother and bridesmaids, everyone made the short walk up Elm Hill to the Halls.

We enjoyed a beautiful ceremony in the Crypt and Becket's Chapel, before another short walk, through the Norwich lanes, to the Belgian Monk, where everyone enjoyed fine food, great beers and some cracking speeches, filled with plenty of loving glances, tears and belly aching laughs!

Later in the day, I took Jade and Joe on a little stroll along the river and back up Elm Hill, for a few portraits, before their evening reception at St Andrew's Hall, where they ripped up the dance floor!

Everything about this wedding day was really special but at heart, it was simply great fun and a way for Jade and Joe to share their excitement with their friends and family - exactly what they told me they wanted in that coffee shop, more than a year ago and precisely what they delivered, with a little help from, talented wedding planner, Chenai and One Curious Dream!

If you're planning a city wedding for Summer 2020, I have one Saturday in June, one in July and two in August, at the moment. I would love to hear about your plans!

For now, here's a small selection of some of my personal favourite moments - thank you Jade and Joe, it was a real joy to photograph - enjoy!


Chaucer Barn Wedding Photography

CHAUCER BARN | NORFOLK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Chaucer Barn Wedding Photography

Helen and Rob had the most amazing party at Chaucer Barn for their wedding last August. The threat of rain subsided early and it ended up being an absolutely baking hot day! The Best Man had something to say about the Groom's choice of attire for them (full coat and tails) and I forgot my sunscreen (ouch!) but no one could complain! Even if there had been a downpour, a really great bunch of family and friends would have made up for bad weather. I first photographed the couple for their pre-wedding shoot in much much milder weather!

Helen and Rob married outside in the grounds of Chaucer Barn. A really lovely setting for an outdoor wedding in Norfolk. Then after a quick signing of the register indoors it was back outside for the Groom's speech, delivered from the steps of the barn. Rob had been really nervous about his speech and earlier that day I'd caught him hiding away, under the shade of a tree, making some last minute amendments. He need not have worried, it was an amazing speech and very well received. Rob is one of those men that give's other men (like me) a bad name! Not only did he nail his speech but he also made most of the wedding decor that adorned Chaucer Barn that day! The pièce de résistance were the DIY tin-can lanterns that Rob had drilled a message in to to surprise Helen with at the end of the night!

The celebrations and fine weather continued late into the evening, allowing the bride and groom to cut their cake as the sunset and along with their guests, to light some sky lanterns - an Asian tradition said to imply good luck and prosperity!

A big thanks to Cat Robson for assisting on the day and also for helping out with transport for some, otherwise, stranded guests! This was a return trip for Cat and I, having been there just a few weeks earlier for another Chaucer Barn wedding.

There's no doubting that weddings at this venue are most certainly very special, the kind you can't put a price on. Thanks for having me along for your celebrations Helen and Rob, it was an absolute pleasure - enjoy!


Voewood Wedding Photographer

Voewood Wedding Photography

Voewood is an exceptional venue, a deservedly award winning venue, there is nothing quite like it in the rest of the county. Many venues claim to be unique, Voewood truly is and it's an absolute gem of a place to photograph a wedding. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore and even though I have been there many times over the years, I don't think I would ever get bored of the place! It's a venue that always lends itself to very laid back couples who just want to have a great big party to celebrate their wedding day, just how it should be!

I started the day with Millie and her bridesmaids who were already in high spirits when I arrived. But with Nick also getting ready there, I was able to spend my time moving between the rooms of the house, capturing frames from both the brides and the grooms' preparations.

Nick looked very dashing and Millie absolutely wowed in her bespoke Emma Beaumont dress and gold Jimmy Choo's. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful dresses I have seen.

An outdoor wedding, their ceremony took place under canopy, which was a good idea; there were showers, here and there. The rain came and went though and after the ceremony guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn accompanied by music from Sugar.

Millie and Nick had a large number of guests to entertain and a marquee, looking across the gardens to the house, provided the space and backdrop for their wedding breakfast.

The dining experience was, as to be expected, incredible; the wedding catering provided by Florentina.

The venue and marquee, meanwhile, were styled by the lovely Penny from the Little Lending Company who, it is always a pleasure to bump into and who was on hand that day, putting finishing touches to the decor. It looked amazing.

The whole day was amazing and one I was really happy to have been a part of. So, here's a few photos from Millie and Nick's Vooewood wedding - enjoy!


A Wedding at Ely Cathedral

Cambridgeshire Wedding Photography

It's midway through August as I write this, one of the busiest months in my wedding calendar but I have neglected my blog long enough so, here's one of the first weddings I photographed this year from the very wet, windy but equally, very wonderful wedding of Clara and Errol at Willow Grange Farm and  Ely Cathedral, in Cambridgeshire.

One of the most magnificent cathedrals in East Anglia (Norwich Cathedral is also a favourite of course!), Ely Cathedral is absolutely awe inspiring and was an incredible backdrop to the proceedings. Willow Grange provided the perfect spot for the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. It was an amazing party!

The wind whipping around the cathedral meant we couldn't hang around too long, a few people lost their hats in the short time we spent outside. So, after exiting to applause and a shower of confetti everyone made their way to the farm where, fortunately, the marquee was still standing, in spite of loosing it's tie-down straps during the bridal preparations - did I mention it was a little windy!

In spite of the weather, this crowd enjoyed every minute of the day - an absolutely perfect crowd to kick my year off with! I have more weddings in Cambridge later in the year but these guys have set the bar high!

It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside Emil Boczek and the ever lovely, Ashley from Primp, Powder, Pout on the wedding make-up!

Here are just a few highlights - enjoy!


southwood hall wedding photography

Southwood Hall Wedding Photography

Southwood Hall Wedding Photography

Natalie and James' wedding at Southwood Hall started out a little on the warm side and just got warmer and warmer from there! By warm, I mean blistering heat - this was an early afternoon wedding scheduled right in the middle of the 2018 heatwave! Fortunately, I was in shorts for the occasion. In fact, much of the weddings I photographed in the Summer meant that many a poor, unfortunate, soul was exposed to my pasty white legs. But I digress, this Southwood Hall wedding would have been a hot one whatever the weather because James and Natalie are bloody gorgeous people, inside and out! And it was amazing to share their day with them. I've known these guys for a couple of years now, ever since I photographed Natalie's brother's wedding at Hales Hall and I'm really looking forward to catching up with the family again in 2020 for Natalie's elder brother's wedding at a wonderful, Cambridgeshire, wedding venue, Bassmead Manor Barns!

"I must say, before looking I was nervous incase there weren't any I loved but looking through the entire reel I was beaming. You captured the day so perfectly and the pictures are really beautifully taken and edited. I am absolutely thrilled with what you have provided us and can't wait for everyone to see them now we're back. You are such a fun guy to have around at a wedding and have a real skill at making people feel comfortable throughout the shoots. I can't imagine it was one of the easiest weddings to capture considering how hot it was so your efforts running around all over the place to capture the perfect shots are extremely appreciated. Also huge kudos for somehow making us look non-sweaty, a huge achievement in itself ha! Thank you so much for your time, I am absolutely delighted as is James."

A Summer Garden Wedding

So, the main event, a gorgeous Summer wedding underneath a rose arch in Southwood Hall's walled garden. As Natalie came up the aisle she was beaming ear to ear catching the eye of her guests and seeing James at the top of the aisle.

When the reception hit, a few guests sought shelter inside Southwood Hall for a little cool down but the majority stayed outside to enjoy drinks on the lawn before sitting down to the wedding breakfast and a series of speeches that had them in absolute stitches!

The party didn’t stop until late into the night, giving everyone a chance to hit the dance floor a well as find time to get some of Southwood Hall's stone-baked pizzas - nom, nom!

A truly wonderful day, I had the pleasure of working alongside Mellissa Abel on make-up, Mike, from Capture Media, on video and the truly lovely, Dane and Rebecca, from Snapsation, on the Photo Booth! Props to all the team at Southwood too for working so hard in the heat to keep it all going.

Here's a few pics from an utterly beautiful day - thanks to Natalie and James for having me along for the ride!


Childerley Hall Wedding Photographer

Childerley Hall Wedding Photography

Jen and Alex's wedding took place at Childerley Hall, Cambridge, this Summer - an Elizabethan house set within the most stunning gardens! It is also home to one of the longest timber framed barn wedding venues in England - a humongous space for entertaining!

This wasn't my first time at Childerley Hall, I had been the photographer at a Childerley Hall Wedding just a few weeks before. So, I was really looking forward to going back. It wasn't the first time I'd met Jen and Alex either, they booked me as their Cambridge wedding photographer, after I photographed their friends getting married at the Old Hall in Ely, the year before. So, it was nice to be back in familiar surroundings and amongst some familiar faces!

I began the day with the boys for a few photos of them getting ready, before heading to the Bride and Bridesmaids who were getting ready at home. Everyone was in good spirits and there was plenty of smiles and laughter from the off!

As the ceremony started, Alex looked a little nervous but Jen came beaming up the aisle and the minute he saw her, he visibly relaxed as she could not contain her excitement at seeing him!

"Thank you so much Rob for the truly wonderful memories you have given us. You captured all the special (and of course drunken) moments from our big day. Our guests absolutely loved you, you blended in and made everyone feel so comfortable!"

The weather was up and down all day, one minute the brightest sunshine, the next minute rain showers that came out of nowhere and disappeared almost as quickly but the rain didn't spoil the fun, some of my favourite images are guests laughing through the rain. The worst of the weather had, pretty much, passed over by the time the wedding breakfast and speeches had taken place. The speeches were fantastic, Jen and Alex also have a great sense of humour and everyone was laughing.

The evening entertainment was provided by Swagger - an amazing local wedding band who I would highly recommend! They had the dance floor going late into the evening.

A brilliant day to have been a part of and really lovely seeing some old faces again too. Here's just a few from Jen and Alex's day - enjoy!


Godwick Hall Wedding Photography

An Outdoor Wedding at Godwick Hall

Godwick Hall Wedding Photography

WOW! This was my first time at a Godwick Hall wedding and that sense of amazement, the WOW stayed with me all day! Godwick Hall was the most perfect outdoor wedding venue for Lucy and Simon’s big day! Gorgeous blue skies and blazing hot sunshine made for a spectacular al fresco wedding. 

I first met Lucy and Simon to discuss their wedding at Godwick Hall in December 2016! We met over coffee at the Georgian Townhouse in Norwich and I knew then that their day was going to be one to remember. I couldn’t wait until August 2018 to see them again so, we hooked up in January this year, for their pre-wedding photography in Wells and so, by the time their wedding had come around, they felt like old friends. I’ve known them almost two years now!!! Anyone who has met them will attest to just how bloody lovely they are, their humour and good nature is infectious – just a joy to be around! 

I got to photograph this one alongside wedding videographer, Pete Henderson, another good friend and I was also alongside the talented Leanna Stibbon, make-up artist in Norfolk and Flamingo Amy on hair, making this day extra special! 

Starting in the Farmhouse for the bridal preparations, I wandered the rooms, soaking up the atmosphere before making my way down to Godwick Great Barn where, outdoors, the hay bales and flower arch were all laid out, awaiting the wedding guests and their bride and groom!  Soon enough the Godwick tractor began to escort Lucy’s bridesmaids to the venue before collecting Lucy and her dad. At the top of the aisle, Simon waited with his brother and groomsmen, sharing jokes to keep the nerves at bay.  

A wonderful ceremony followed. The vows were amongst some of the most heartfelt I’d heard but you couldn’t see my tears for the sweat (sorry for the image) – this one was a scorcher! Wiping my brow, I continued to photograph the newlyweds and their friends and family. It was perfect weather for guests to enjoy the grounds and garden games, before taking in some shade in the barn for the wedding speeches. It was too hot to take photos of the happy couple at this point, outdoors at least and so we nipped into the bell-tent and Lucy and Simon had a little cuddle!

After the speeches and an afternoon tea, there was plenty of dancing and drinking and getting all glittered up at the Love Moi Glitter Bar (me included, see below!). This all kept the party going through until the small hours, sustained by food and amazing flavours courtesy of Christophe’s Crepes – seriously good stuff! 

So many favourite memories from this day, it’s hard to pin one down. But everyone singing along to Champagne Supernova at the end of the night and Simon dipping his bride to give her kiss, to applause from everyone around them is definitely up there! 

Thanks guys for choosing me. And thanks for the good times – may there be many more to look forward to – enjoy! 

“Rob they are incredible. You’ve captured our personalities perfectly. Took me a full 29 seconds before I became a blubbering Mess! (Simon found it a bit too funny!!)”