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Bedouin Wedding at Norwich Castle of Aynur and Tom

Oct122016

Sometimes a traditional venue just isn’t right, especially when you’re planning a bedouin wedding.

Bride Aynur has French & Turkish roots and even though they looked at so many venues in Norfolk, nothing felt right. So they decided to host the day at Tom’s parents’ home to celebrate and enjoy the area in which he grew up. Superheroes? Yes, it’s one of the more adventurous theme mash-ups of late and I couldn’t wait to see how they would combine the two.

My shooting schedule was full to the gills, so I headed into South Norfolk early to photograph the Moroccan inspired bedouin marquee. You know how I love bold and bright colours and it was this which linked the two themes together. Tom’s Aunt and Uncle had kindly allowed their gorgeous home to be the location for bridal preparations. When I arrived Aynur looked stunning as her final make up and hair was being fixed. With her closest friends around her, I know she enjoyed every second. Once dressed, Tom arrived, was blindfolded and led in to see Aynur. Such an emotional moment for sure.

Their ceremony was at the castle, adding yet another dimension to the day. After the ceremony, I loved capturing group portraits in front of Norwich’s iconic skyline before having a little while alone with them. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of capturing couples in this wonderful building. On the way to the reception, we stopped near their home for some greenery and cornfields. It’s always handy to know someone with a drone and I can’t wait to see the film created of them driving along country lanes in the convertible.

As the sun set the party started with henna tattoos, photo booth fun, emotional speeches and a bride-led flash-mob which interrupted the first dance. Poor Tom, he didn’t have a clue what was going on! I especially loved the belly dancer who arrived in a whirl of fabric and got everyone involved. As a side note, (for the statisticians amongst you) all day I wore a fitness tracking watch and the results were mind boggling. I walked 12km, was on my feet for 11 hours and drove 110 miles. I think it’s safe to say this wedding was immense and intense! Congrats A&T.

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