My last full day wedding of 2014 is a cracker to start 2015 off with a bang!
Emma and Will had chosen to host their wedding at St Giles House Hotel and Assembly House. Yes, not content with choosing one amazing Norwich venue they used two! When planning a winter wedding it really does pay to think of the practicalities of your venue's interiors. You never know what our great British weather decides to throw at us. You also need to consider daylight in your schedule if you crave images outside. Luckily Emma and Will had all these covered with two of the best and spacious venue interiors in Norfolk.
My day began with the bridal party preparations. Emma had chosen the Madame Pompadour suite in St Giles which is another beautiful place to photograph in. By this time it was raining, so just as well we were prepared. Prep was a pretty relaxed affair full of stories, memories and laughter. All my brides know that I love their portrait section. It is one of my favourites of the day and capturing the beauty of a bride is something special. Emma had chosen a spectacular asymmetric Essense of Australia gown and accessorised with pearls and a subtle white bouquet.
With my trusty roller case I trundled, like a tourist on my hols, around to the Assembly House in the rain. We captured a few portraits of Will and his best men inside the Music Room, the best place on a day such as this. Whilst family and friends were taking their seats, I left Will to say hello to everyone. After a very heartfelt ceremony we caught a break and captured their overhead group shot outside. Leaving everyone to make their way to the reception, I stole Emma and Will away for a few minutes amongst the magical chandeliers. This was a flash lit kind of day, which always adds a cosy feel to winter wedding images. Back at St Giles, there was still time for daylight portraits to add variety to their album.
The reception was in full swing in the Walnut room whilst the restaurant was being prepared for their meal. The main room in St Giles is a bold red, so Emma had chosen to continue the white theme with large flower topped vases. They named their tables after the holiday destinations they have shared together and used a map of the world for the table plan. Their cake echoed Emma's dress with subtle lace overlaying three white tiers topped with matching flowers. The band had come all the way over from Birmingham and it's always fantastic to leave the celebrations when the dance floor is full and having a great time. Congratulations to the happy couple.