Woodland wedding photography: Fairhaven Water Gardens

It was a great day, and the sun was shining on the little village of South Walsham in Norfolk and St Mary’s Church was readying itself for a great rural Norfolk wedding.

With the bridal preparations taking place in the community hall next to the church: basically a second church, and the reception venue being a small walk away and set amongst the trees and beautiful flora of the Fairhaven Water Gardens we were set for a relaxed day, with a little walk here and then a little walk there.

St Mary’s Hall made for a great preparation location with lots of lovely light and lots of room for the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls and page boy. Just across the road from the church sits the lovely  “Ship Inn”  and some of the guests and the guys were enjoying the sunshine and last minute preparations here ahead of the ceremony. The plan was to reconvene at the church’s hall after the ceremony to treat the guests to tea and cake and speeches before walking to a woodland glade in the water gardens where a marquee, bar and hog roast would provide the guests with all they needed for the rest of the night.

During a lovely ceremony there were fits of giggles and generally a jovial atmosphere which carried on to the tea and cake stop at the church hall. A little bat entertained guests for a while by having a midday flight around the church hall whilst the tea flowed and the cakes were devoured. After some lovely speeches and formal photographs the guests departed and I had a little time with the bride and groom both in a lovely garden beside the church hall and then on the walk through Fairhaven’s beautiful gardens. The stunning colours of the gardens, the lovely weather of the day made for some lovely photographs and we rejoined the guests in time for food.

The evening decided to treat us to a lovely sunset and with a groom who is a fisherman who appreciates a good sunset down by the water we set off for a little area down by the water at Fairhaven to get some shots of the happy couple at sunset. We were treated to a lovely sunset and returned for an evening of a swedish log: think a fire pit within a log and you’re on the right track, and some great live entertainment from a band who got everyone on the dance floor.

A great day, I hope you like some of the pictures from this woodland wedding photography.

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