I was blessed with two festive weddings in December. Ruth and Paul came over from the Midlands to celebrate their Cley Windmill winter wedding. Friends and family had also travelled a fair way, in from Lancashire escaping the terrible weather and flooding to Norfolk's mild winter.
When I caught up with Ruth and Paul on Skype before the wedding, I was so excited by what the day had in store. Cley is such a romantic and intimate location. Every wedding is so personal, so diverse and I love shooting there. I adored how they'd styled the day with a nod to Christmas. Paul looked dashing in his traditional tailed suit. Ruth expressed her love of red in a bespoke lace gown which fitted to perfection. Even their border terrier Misty looked festive with a pretty red collar festooned with bells. They left the mill and stunning natural landscape to backdrop their perfect day.
Their ceremony was deeply personal and it was wonderful that Misty was allowed to join them. As blue skies started to turn to dusk, we used the mill, flint walls and reeds for their portraits. When the sun finally dipped down under the horizon we headed inside for some cosy group portraits by the fireplace. You really don't need to go overboard with decorations at the mill. Ruth and Paul opted for pretty floral displays, pinecones with little bottles of home-made damson gin for favours to honour Ruth's late father. Their selection of beautiful cakes were made by friend Jenny. They wanted to keep every element of their wedding personal and they certainly achieved that. It was the most stunning of days and a privilege to be a part of. Congratulations R&P.