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Happy Monday everyone and how are you all this lovely Monday morning! I hope the weather is as lovely where you are as it as been here. It’s been wonderful to see the sunshine over the last few days! Roll on Spring, we can’t wait to see you in all your splendor! How was your weekend? Nik and I had a proper date night at our friends 40th birthday party. Then yesterday we met up with Nik’s sister and her children at a local farm. It’s now half term, so all you other working parents out there good luck!! I will be juggling running the blog, while looking after Dexter this week, which could be interesting.
We are starting the week of real weddings with this super chilled and relaxed farm wedding in Norfolk. Holly and David chose a local farm venue that they fell in love with straight away. They kept things simple and had a relaxed, natural day and then a massive party. All captured beautifully by Georgia Rachael.
Holly and David were married on 31st August 2018 at College Farm, Thompson in Norfolk. ‘We just fell in love with the venue. It definitely doesn’t hurt that the venue owner, Katharine, is an absolute star and we live only 10 minutes away. We had about 50 guests in the day and an additional 80 or so in the evening. We only really started planning about a year before we got married.’
How they met
We met about 9 or 10 years ago online, I’m from Canada and David is English, and have been together for 8 years (on our wedding day)
I planned us a surprise night away for our anniversary, and David surprised me with a ring!
How did you allocate your budget?
In the beginning of our planning we made charts and lists of how we would spend our money but honestly, nothing was ever set in stone. We knew we wanted a great venue and photographer and everything else just sort of fell into place.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We both really wanted to splurge on the photographer, it was really important that we had pictures we could look back on in the future that we would love. We didn’t do much in the way of decorations, we really wanted a natural feel so we saved a lot there.
How did you choose your photographer?
We had a few that we were considering, but always went back to Georgia’s website. She takes the most beautiful, moody and relaxed pictures. We just love her.
I bought my dress off Stillwhite.com from a bride who changed her mind. It’s WTOO by Watters, I saved about 50% of the retail price! My shoes were from new look.
The suit and bridesmaids
David got his suit from Slaters, and the bridemaids got their dresses from tulleandchantilly.com.
Theme or colour scheme
We never planned for a theme really we just wanted a natural feel to the day.
I had a massive bouquet of chrysanthemums, thistles, little white waxy flowers, eucalyptus and fern!
We bought bouquets of mixed flowers at Tesco and went for a walk in the forest to pick some fern the morning of the wedding. Strung that up on the marquee walls and laid them in the tables. We also got some candle holders from Poundland, and some beautiful dried honesty plants from my neighbour and we placed them in empty spirit bottles.
We had a hog roast and bbq from a local supplier and my mom made some salads and fruit trays!
We had three! David’s sister is an amazing baker and made us three amazing cakes. We had a carrot cake, Victoria sponge and a coffee cake.
We had a great acoustic set done by a local singer Tom Bainbridge, he played straight after our ceremony, while we had out or welcome drinks. The band that played during the evening was called The Walks, they did a few 40 minute sets, then had music on in between which was great!
Who supplied the stationery?
I designed all of our cards and had them printed through vistaprint.
We made a hoop to display pictures of our family who had passed away!
One of my favourite parts of our evening was just after having some pictures taken our photographer suggested we have some time to ourselves. We sat alone under a tree and just took 10 minutes to say hi to each other and take a mental photograph. Other than that we both had an amazing day and would re live it in an instant!
Advice for other couples
Probably the same advice everyone else gives, try not to stress too much about little details, the most important thing is that you’re marrying the person you love. Lots of things didn’t happen as they should have at our wedding but it didn’t matter on the day.
I don’t think we really had any big surprises, we had a few little mishaps with the music for the ceremony and timing issues with food and entertainment. My dress strap also broke but the venue owner, Katharine sewed me right back into it! There was nothing that made our day any less great.
I’m an alternative Norfolk wedding photographer with a passion for authentic, documentary storytelling. In other words, I like the real stuff. I live for those couples that break tradition and do things their way, that are utterly besotted with one another, and that celebrate their own quirks.
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