It’s always an absolute pleasure to revisit any family for a repeat photography shoot and even nicer when it’s a wedding. This Norfolk Garden wedding saw me heading back to see a charming family who hail from a village near Aylsham.
This was the third wedding hosted by the bride’s parents, and my second wedding with the family. With a lovely large garden planned as the drinks reception location and a wedding breakfast in a traditional marquee based in the adjoining field, the plans were only enhanced by the local church being within easy walking distance. This meant that once on-site guests could relax for the duration, enjoy the beauty of the location and even camp overnight on-site in a lovely bell tent.
I’m a strong advocate of garden weddings, I’ve photographed lots of weddings based around farms and family homes and they’re often very relaxed, obviously enjoyable and very often involve a great deal of DIY on the part of the couple and their families. This wedding was no exception with not only beautiful garden areas being landscaped for the purpose but lots of work put in by the families involved particularly in the garden and decoration of the traditional marquee.
I started the day covering bridal preparations and the preparations of the marquee. As both were close at hand it was easy to skip between the two. My second photographer Peter, nursing a bit of a back injury on the day, very kindly followed the groom for the day, from setting up sound systems in the marquee, building the tiered cheese cake, to tapping and tasting the beer.
Travelling to the local church later in the day with the bridal party and guests, Pete and I covered the groom and guests arrival at the church, the lovely floral arrangements in the church and finally the arrival of the bride in her father’s vintage car. During the service I was very glad of the fact that I often employ a second photographer. There are generally two good places to photograph a church ceremony and these are secreted in front of the bride and groom to capture the brides approach to the groom and the happy couple during their vows and the back of the church to capture the groom’s expression when he first sees his bride and then the congregations view of the couple at the alter complete usually with lovely views of the dress and alter behind the couple. On this occasion due to a screen beside the spot on which the ceremony takes place in this church there wasn’t an opportunity to move from the front of the bride and groom to behind them without disrupting the ceremony, so for this reason I was very happy to have myself to the front of the church and Pete to the back to capture and quietly cover the ceremony in detail.
After the ceremony, family and friends made their way back to the bride’s childhood home, and enjoyed canapés and drinks in the garden and garden games before being called to the wedding breakfast. Marvellous speeches followed and it wasn’t long before the bride and groom and guests bedecked in all sorts of costumes hit the dance floor for the evening, demolishing a beautiful cheeseboard on the way.
Another great Norfolk garden wedding and a pleasure to photograph.