There's just something a little bit magical about weddings at Christmas and in 2017 I was lucky to have two to photograph.

Getting married in the centre of Norwich at this time of year has its logistical headaches, but Lucy and Tim's day ran like clockwork. I started early in the morning at sister Sam's house before we journeyed into Drayton for Lucy's hair artistry. Daughter Lara was a little star all day and I don't know whether she was more excited to wear her pretty pink dress or to see mum transform into Princess Bride.

On the castle mound, Tim and his groomsmen were enjoying the view across the Norwich skyline, it really was a glorious winter's day. Their ceremony in the Benefactor's Room was emotional and an honour capture. After confetti and family groups I was absolutely spoilt with a hour of portrait time. We explored a few corners of the castle before heading into the gardens. Lucy and Tim's first date was on skates, so rather bravely, they booked their own session on the ice rink - it was a very magical moment. A reporter from the EDP alongside staff photographer Denise Bradley came along to capture events and Lucy and Tim ended up as front page news on the following Monday. We'd chatted about a few locations they'd like to visit and decided to make the most of the Christmas lights. I loved flexing my street photography muscles. First on the list was the very busy Royal Arcade with it's Christmas trees and hanging letters. By now time was drawing in and we headed to Harriet's for their afternoon tea. The timings worked perfectly; when everyone had finished the sun had set and Norwich was illuminated. We wandered along the Walk with Lara and groomsman Rob, stopping in alleyways and in front of City Hall, before ending in the tunnel of light.

Lucy and Tim had DIYed most aspects of their day: from the flowers to the table settings. They'd transformed Foulsham Village Hall with festooned lighting and so many festive touches. Everyone enjoyed the hog roast before settling down for heartfelt speeches, cake cutting and dancing. There was even an impromptu game of musical chairs at one point! Everyone had a wonderful day and you should never be afraid of ditching formal wedding plans for something more you. Congratulations L&T.


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