Rachel and Josh's Blickling Hall wedding photography began in Aylsham at the home of Rachel's parents.
It was a relaxed morning and a loving vibe with her family and friends around her. Georgie was busy with hair and beauty transformations whilst I captured all the details and events as they unfolded. Rachel and her mum Karen had worked long hours DIYing the flowers, decorative details and even the cake (superbly decorated by Josh). Even though their wedding was in one of the most historic and grand houses in the county, a place that would make even Kate and Will envious, all the DIY touches made it intimate and personal.
Rachel had chosen an exquisite W1 White One gown, which has to be up there amongst my favourites of all time. Coupled with a killer pair of Jenny Packham heels, were certainly not the most mobile to walk through the gardens to the ceremony, but boy did she take everyone's breath away. Sometimes you just have to ignore the practical and go for it. Josh and the guys chose classic navy three-piece suits with gold and mint accents. I loved his bicycle cufflinks - one of his passions and a re-occurring theme throughout the day.
Their Orangery ceremony was a very emotional affair. They were accompanied by Cerys on harp and surrounded by gypsophila and citrus trees. After the confetti and a few groups, everyone headed to the parterre for drinks while I whisked them into the woodland paths for a few portraits. The light all day was just amazing and I was so happy for everyone that they could enjoy the gardens and sunshine. I loved all the bicycle touches; from a Claud Butler decorated with hydrangeas to the labels on the marmalade favours. Rachel had styled each table using different herbs and vintage teapots with florals to echo the garden view, with old piled books and teacups to match the library setting. After some emotional speeches, especially for Josh, everyone enjoyed a sumptuous three courses. By now we were into golden hour and my heart just sang at how stunning they looked amongst the floral borders. A few group portraits later and the sun began to set, leaving us with an achingly pretty sky. Acoustic Rascals entertained everyone with some great songs as they danced into the night. A cheeky sparkler image later (it just had to be done) I left family and friends to enjoy the rest of the celebrations. I'd like to say a huge thanks to my husband Dave for filming during the middle part of the day and to Janice and her team for helping to create the dream wedding. Congratulations R&J xx