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!

"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!


A bride walks down the stairs at Bruisyard Hall

Best of 2018

2018

 

2009 – 2019

2018 has been and gone and this is where I’m meant to wax lyrical about how amazing all my clients have been this past year and how excited I am to get going again in 2019. And I will, because they absolutely have been! My 2018 couples have been fantastic and I owe each and every one so much for trusting me and for inviting me to be their wedding photographer. Sometimes, I can’t believe I get to do this and to keep doing it but I guess I must be doing something right, I photographed my first wedding in 2009, a decade ago!

2018

2018 saw me off to Portugal and Mallorca for weddings which was incredible. It meant so much to be taken away for these weddings, even more so because it was with people who I’ve met at other weddings I photographed! I also had the pleasure of two weddings at Childerley Hall, as well as weddings at Bressingham Hall, Bruisyard Hall, Godwick Hall, the Keeper and the Dell, Hautbois Hall and Luton Hoo, amongst others!  My 2019 season is pretty much fully booked now and while most of my weddings this year are in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, I’ll be visiting all around the UK for weddings this year, taking to the air and foreign climes again in 2020!

Where next!

I can not wait to get going on my first wedding of the year at the Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire- it looks stunning! I’m also looking forward to returning to Voewood, Pentney Abbey, Oxnead Hall, Bressingham Hall and the Georgian Townhouse to name but a few. I’m also really looking forward to a wedding at Ely Cathedral, the last time I was there was as a choir boy and that was a while back!

All about moments

It’s fair to say, over the past 10 years, my style has changed a little, here and there. If you’re new to my work and want to know more about my style and approach then have a read here! While I’ve dabbled with different styles, the overriding emphasis in my work has always been on moments. I love a great portrait but when it comes to looking back on your wedding photos, it will be those fleeting moments in time that perhaps no one but your photographer saw that you’ll truly treasure and which will most likely make your wedding album.

My faves

It’s never an easy task but as ever, I’ve tried to choose images that first and foremost put a smile on my face. It’s a subjective thing, I could do this exercise again next month and might come out with a different selection but for the most part, these are the images that would still stand out for me – photos, I hope, will give you an idea of how I work and how I like to tell the story of a wedding day.

The header image? Well, this image was chosen by my little girl for no other reason than it stood out to her the most and something about princesses ;-) This same image also won an award from the Wedding Photojournalist Association this year but my little girl’s love for it, as well as knowing it’s a favourite of the bride herself, is why that’s up there!

Thank you!

Energetic | Fun | Candid | The Best Decision We MadeJust some of the words my couples used to describe their wedding photography in 2018. If you like what you see, if they make you smile too and you’re getting married in 2019 or 2020, then get in touch and tell me about your plans.

A special thank you too to, Mr Craig Macaulay for second shooting with me this year – I tend to work alone for the most part but every so often, I take someone on, if they show promise and this guy is definitely up and coming. He’s as been great company, produced some stunning work and I can’t wait to see what he does in future! He also sent me a lovely box of chocolates in time for Xmas so he’s definitely good in my book!

A massive thanks to all the suppliers I worked with this year too, hair and make-up artists, DJ’s, wedding bands, wedding planners, there’s too many to mention all by name but they are all people who I love to work with and happily recommend!

I’ve truly loved being a part of all the weddings I got to go to this year. Thanks again, so, so much, to everyone who I’ve worked with this year and to those who chose me to be their wedding photographer in 2018, as well as those who have already booked me for their wedding photography for 2019 and into 2020! I really am so grateful – much love – enjoy!


Norwich Wedding Venue, Hales Hall

Wedding Venues in Norwich

30 Popular Norwich Wedding Venues

You’re engaged, you’ve started your wedding planning and you’re looking at wedding venues. With most venues booking up to at least a year in advance, now is the time for some forward planning.

If you’re looking for the perfect location to host your wedding in Norfolk then we’re lucky to have everything from Norwich Cathedral to numerous beautiful and historic churches. Don’t fancy a church wedding? No problem! There’s plenty of other options. If you’re looking to add some rustic charm to your big day, you might consider a barn wedding venue, or, perhaps, you’re looking for a country house wedding venue. Maybe, you’re the adventurous type and you have your heart set on an outdoor festival wedding (just have a wet weather plan – this is the UK). There again, maybe you’re looking for a chic city centre wedding venue, in the heart of Norwich itself. Whatever the case, there is definitely no shortage of options for Norwich wedding venues!

To get you started, here is a list of wedding venues in and around Norwich. The venues listed here are within very easy reach of Norwich city centre, around 30 minutes drive or so, but if you’re looking for a wedding venue elsewhere in Norfolk then there’s a much fuller list of Norfolk Wedding Venues here.

Indoor Wedding Venues in Norwich

Wedding Venues in Norwich

  1. Southwood Hall
  2. Reading Rooms, Alby
  3. Oxnead Hall
  4. Langley Abbey
  5. Elms Barn
  6. Kimberley Hall
  7. Fishley Hall
  8. The Boathouse
  9. Norfolk Mead Hotel
  10. Hales Hall & Great Barn
  11. Dunston Hall
  12. Caistor Hall
  13. Hautbois Hall
  14. Brasteds

Newly engaged? Ask me about pre-wedding photography! 

Engagement Photography


Bride and groom walking the grounds of Bruisyard Hall on their wedding day

Bruisyard Hall | Sneak Peek

Bruisyard Hall Wedding Photos | Sneak Peek

When Robyn and Ryan booked me for their Bruisyard Hall wedding, I couldn't have been more excited! "Probably the best wedding venue in Suffolk" [sic], I had been looking forward to visiting Bruisyard Hall for some time!

Both bride and groom got ready at Bruisyard, meaning I got to spend time with both the guys and girls before heading to a picture perfect ceremony at Southwold church.

An amazing day spent with amazing people – here’s just a few images from the day but there'll be more from this Bruisyard Hall wedding soon!


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 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!


Wedding Venue in Norfolk

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, sponsor free and entirely independent, selection for your consideration - Happy Wedding Planning!

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 or you can see more wedding photos at Southwood Hall here.

 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. It’s an idyllic setting that provides a beautiful space for an outdoor ceremony as well. The Reading Rooms is a venue I am really looking forward to photographing a wedding at, in 2020, for an amazing couple whose engagement photos you can see here.

 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

OMG | Over the Moon | Cherished Memories

Best of 2018!

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 – I’m returning to this wedding venue in 2019 and can’t wait!

 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

Energetic | Authentic | Dedicated | A Gift We Can Truly Treasure...

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Fishley Hall Wedding Photography

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

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 was lucky enough to photograph a wedding at Keeper and the Dell in 2018 and it was amazing! 

 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

A married couple at a Godwick Hall wedding

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

Thurning Hall

Thurning Hall is a North Norfolk wedding venue, located just 12 miles from Norwich and 10 miles from the beautiful North Norfolk Coast! With more than 20 years experience of weddings and events it’s a family run operation who will provide all the help and guidance you need to make your day as amazing as you imagine it can be. Offering itself as a “dry hire” venue, it’s perfect for couples and wedding planners who wish to have oversight of every aspect of their wedding.

With plenty of unique indoor and outdoor spaces, it’s a venue you should be sure to add to your shortlist!

 Ceremony 50 / Reception 120

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 No Guest Accommodation

Hockwold Hall

Hockwold Hall is a spectacular Grade II listed manor near Thetford, easily accessible from all around Norfolk as well as being on the border with Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. A beautiful backdrop to your wedding photography both inside and out, this spectacular grade II listed Manor has 8 bedrooms for you to choose from as well as numerous spaces for you to hold your wedding ceremony and reception! Set within 35 acres of absolutely beautiful parkland and home to a majestic ornamental garden, Hockwold Hall is certain to amaze you and your wedding guests and provide the perfect setting for your celebrations!

 Ceremony 75 / Reception 300

Licensed for weddings

 Exclusive Use

 Guest Accommodation

Hockering House

Hockering House, just a short drive off the A47 from Norwich, is surrounded by stunning landscape and those big Norfolk skies! Included amongst the the Telegraph’s best places to get married in 2018.

Offering wedding ceremonies on the lawn or in the venues secluded woodland, this is primarily an outdoor wedding venue with the Hall itself acting as a backdrop to your proceedings. So, if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue with a little something extra then this is one to go and take a peek at!

 Ceremony 75+ / Reception 200

Licensed for weddings

 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

Not sure if your wedding venue is licensed, then go here for the full list of approved wedding venues in Norfolk.

Newly engaged? Contact me about your engagement photography! 

Engagement Photography


Proposal Photography

Proposal and Engagement Photographer in the UK

Ok, so booking a wedding photographer for one of the biggest days of your life, your wedding, almost goes without saying! But have you considered having your proposal photographed? Weird huh? Maybe not! While in the UK, proposal photography is not a big thing, in the US it's becoming an increasingly popular way to capture memories of the moment. The Knot's 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study found that nearly half of all the couples they surveyed planned to hire a photographer or videographer to capture their proposal.

Now this definitely won't be for everyone but as wedding photographer, capturing special and intimate moments for people to look back on is what I do and if someone (maybe you) were looking for a photographer to capture their proposal, I'd be there in a heartbeat!

And if proposal photography isn't your cup of tea, then you can always choose to surprise your bride or groom to be with an engagement shoot instead - I've photographed loads of those and they're always great fun. So, either way, whether you're looking for someone to capture your engagement on the day itself or, someone to take some pictures of you both in the run up to your wedding day, look me up - I'd be happy to see what I can do for you!

Here's a small selection of pictures for you to have a look at and get an idea for what I can do. If you want to see some more then check out this pre-wedding session at Southwold, or maybe some engagement photography in North Norfolk or, this pre-wedding session in Portugal, just in case you're planning on a destination wedding -because I do those too!

If you'd like to book me for your engagement photography, discuss your proposal or, your wedding plans, call me - I'd love to hear some more!

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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!!) "


A Keeper and the Dell Wedding

Wedding Photography at the Keeper and the Dell

Rachel and Andy’s wedding at the Keeper and the Dell was such an incredible day to be a part of, made no less so for being able to catch up to, Laurs and Matt, a bride and groom whose wedding I photographed a few years ago, as well as some of their same friends and family.

Rachel and Andy got married in an outdoor ceremony at Keeper and the Dell - an idyllic woodland wedding venue in Norfolk between Norwich and Fakenham. They both looked absolutely amazing. Andy dressed in a sharp suit and shades and his beyond stunning bride in her Jimmy Choos - a gorgeous pair of strappy high heels - tea length wedding dress and a colourful floral headpiece perfectly matched to her bouquet!

"Thank you so much for capturing the day perfectly, it really was like having another friend at the wedding. 😊 Your amazingly shot pictures will keep the memories of our wedding alive for years to come. Anyone looking for a photographer, look no further Rob Dodsworth is a must! Xx"

The day was one of the most relaxed weddings I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of and tradition was well and truly out the window which, is precisely what the couple had planned and hoped for! Their goal for their big day was for it to be fun and laid back - perfect for my style of wedding photography and The Keeper and the Dell most certainly lends itself to that kind of vibe. Drinks were served pre-ceremony, while the Bride and Groom mingled with their guests for a good hour or so before they tied the knot. With everyone in good spirits and the sun shining bright, guests took their seats for an informal ceremony, conducted by Andy’s dad and Rachel’s brother. You can see from the photos how much fun they had with it!

After the ceremony, there was plenty more fun and games, lots more drinking and dancing to tunes by Miserable Man, who was anything but - seriously, check him out!

There were no formal speeches, receiving lines or, cake cutting, Rachel and Andy took to the balcony to thank everyone for coming but otherwise the day really was as free-wheeling as it is possible to be - the band playing late into the night as the party, I’m sure continued ’til the early hours!

A fantastic day to be able to play a part in, I was treated just like an old friend and I would not have wanted to be anywhere else!

Thanks you so, so much Rachel and Andy - wishing you all the happiness and I hope you’ll enjoy your photos for many years to come!

Outdoor Wedding Venue in NorfolkAn outdoor wedding ceremony at Keeper and the DellWedding Photography at Keeper and the DellAerial view of Keeper and the Dell in NorfolkBride and Groom portrait at a Keeper and the Dell Wedding


Do I need a Wedding Planner?

Norfolk Wedding Planner

What's a Wedding Planner? What do they do that you can't do yourself? Do you need a wedding planner? Just some of the questions you might ask yourself as you come to planning your own wedding in Norfolk. Well, where I live in wedding world, I have a wedding planner who lives right around the corner (an award winning Wedding Planner no less - Highly Commended by the TWIA 2018)  and luckily for us she's happy to answer these questions!

Why Should you Hire a Wedding Planner?

Hi! I am Emily and I have been a freelance wedding planner in Norfolk for the last 6 years. I specialise in marquee weddings, and I love nothing more than transforming an empty field into a stunning wedding venue. Rob has asked me to explain a little
about why people should hire a wedding planner, and how beneficial it is to have a professional, experienced planner support you through your planning journey.

1. Time

Probably the most predictable reason for opting to use the services of a wedding planner is TIME. On average a wedding takes 250 hours to plan - who has that amount of free time!? When you first start to plan your wedding picking suppliers is
one of the most time consuming tasks and having an expert narrow this down and offer you suggestions will probably halve the amount of time you spend at this stage. When you first start working with your wedding planner they will get to know you
both, what your wedding dreams are, any ideas you have and their experience will quickly interpret this into a workable, achievable plan. They will know exactly what sort of suppliers you need to be searching for and with a bit of a brief they can do the
searching for you and offer you a shortlist for you to then review. Quite often when I am working with my clients, they are based abroad or out of area so they have the added benefit of having someone local who can not only streamline their research at
this stage, but I have been known to meet suppliers in person, ‘vet’ them this way on their behalf, use videos to do a tour of the venue or marquee site and work as a local ‘fixer’ for them.

When it comes to suppliers an experienced wedding planner will also know the right questions to ask and what services you need to pay for which means that not only are you saving communication time but you are also going to end up with exactly the service you require, with no unnecessary expenses. Part of this job
that I love is bringing together an amazing team of wedding pros that gel together and work in harmony to deliver the day my clients dream of and picking such suppliers can only be done with experience and masses of research.

2. Money

Closely behind saving you time is the second most popular reason and that’s to save you MONEY. A wedding planner will be able to work with you and set a realistic budget up front. This will keep you focused and targeted in what you need to pay for.
Many of my clients find it really useful having an unbiased opinion on expenditure as so often it is easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of ‘needing’ everything to make your day beautiful but experience is a wonderful thing and a wedding planner can
offer cost saving advice to ensure you are not overspending in areas that are simply not going to effect your day, or your guests’ experience, of your day. Beware though, as there can be hidden commissions which can inflate the prices you pay for certain
services. As a member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners I do not accept commission so any cost savings I am able to negotiate get passed directly onto my clients.

3. Stress Relief

As any married person will tell you, it is STRESSFUL planning a wedding! Even the most relaxed of wedding days require thought and preparation, on top of which, there may be unforeseen circumstances that need managing on the day that without someone to step in can add to the stress. By having a more comprehensive overview of the whole day, all the details and all the logistics, a wedding planner can foresee any areas which could cause problems and contingency plan to remove any glitches and keep everything running smoothly. After all, most brides and grooms only ever plan a wedding once whereas this is our passion and business so using this expertise means you get a day that is on budget and runs how you want it to.

Wedding planners are creatives whether it be with logistical solutions to the way your day could run, or with styling options to make the most of your budget and create a beautiful, cohesive look. Working with an experienced planner will enhance your day
and your planning experience which should be fun! Having a wedding planner support you in your planning means you get to focus on the fun parts, the bits of your day that you are excited about, knowing that no detail is overlooked.

a busy dance floor at a Wedding in Suffolk, UK

If you are a really organised person by nature and love the idea of planning all the different bits of your wedding then a planner can still enhance your day, especially if you are hosting at home. Having an experienced planner to manage your wedding
day where you have done all the planning yourself gives you peace of mind that everything will run smoothly, exactly how you want it to so you can relax and enjoy your very special day with your guests. Even with the most detailed planning things
can still go wrong on the day and having a wedding planner there who can step in and handle any problems behind the scenes to keep your day flowing is a worthwhile investment.

Now while this is not an exhaustive run-down of every single area a wedding planner can help you with it hopefully gives you an idea of some of the key areas. I always love chatting about everything wedding so, if you have any questions then, please feel
free to get in touch: info@emilyandrewevents.co.uk or check my services out at www.emilyandrewevents.co.uk - and good luck with your plans!