My last wedding of 2017 featured 40 mph winds, freezing temperatures and snow. It seems somewhat ironic that my first wedding of 2018 also featured 40mph winds, freezing temperatures and snow. Did that ruin Claire and Peter's day? Definitely not.
My day began in the extremely stylish bedroom suites of the Assembly House for Claire's prep. I loved her two piece gown accessorised with a feather bolero and a borrowed hair piece which her mother wore on her wedding day. I caught up with Peter and his brother at the very pretty and welcoming Surlingham Church as the snow began to fall. Their guests were driven out from Norwich on a vintage bus and hurried into the warmth of the church before Claire and the bridal party arrived in a classic car. The ceremony was meaningful, heartfelt and an honour to capture. After the ceremony we skipped to plan b, meaning just a few portraits of Claire and Peter at the church.
Back in Norwich the guests were enjoying canapés and live jazz in the Assembly House Grand Hall. We took a few minutes out for portraits by the fountain and groups by the fireplace before enjoying the sumptuous banquet. Jamie and the team couldn't have been more attentive. I suspect Claire and Peter knew they would both be in for a ribbing during speeches - Claire's dad & sister and Peter's brother certainly spilled a few embarrassing secrets.
During the room changeover, we took a few moments to capture their final portraits on the music room balcony surrounded by the sparkling chandeliers. By now the snow was falling again as the ceilidh band got everyone involved. Ceilidhs are my favourite evening entertainment as they are great icebreakers and huge fun with no previous dance experience necessary. Claire, Peter and their guests had a wonderful time, with a few bromances blooming as the evening went along. This wedding was an honour to capture and I enjoyed photographing their wedding story. Congrats C+P.