Rebecca and James’s How Hill wedding can be summed up with the song ‘Four seasons in one day’.
I have to admit watching the weather app all day to see what the next hour had in store, from sun to snow, to hail. We really are having a bonkers Spring. When I first met Rebecca and James I knew we’d be a great match. They are fellow creatives and were drawing on the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements for styling inspiration. How Hill was an inspired choice; a thatched mansion in the Norfolk Broads packed full of Arts & Crafts detailing. Rebecca chose a flowing satin Justin Alexander gown which, when coupled with a full length veil and faux fur shrug, recreated the silhouette of the Edwardian era. James matched perfectly in navy tweed and sporting an Ollie Newsboy cap and pocket watch.
The colour yellow was central in their styling through the groomsmen accessories and abundant flowers of avalanche roses, sea holly, astrantia and billy balls. St Margaret’s church in Old Catton was a perfect setting for their romantic ‘I dos’. The date was also significant, being 13 years to the day since they first got together. At How Hill, Rebecca and James used trees as their theme, with a vintage map as the table plan, marking where each tree could be found.
How Hill is situated at the top of a steep hill and marks one of the highest points in the Broads. With a view over the River Ant and Turf Fen Mill I can see why they instantly fell in love with the location. For portraits, we were so spoilt for choice, from the river to the formal gardens. Rebecca wanted to include as much as possible so we split their portraits into two sections. The first utilised the stunning formal garden and house. The second took us into the secret water garden and woodland still carpeted with daffodils and bluebells.
After the three course banquet, the speeches were as emotional as ever. By now the sun was shining again and guests could enjoy the view and exploring the venue. There was such a relaxed vibe as the evening drew in, which I know they had really wanted. After their first dance and some great music, I left everyone enjoying themselves on the dance floor. It was an epic day and I feel very honoured and humbled to have been a part of it all. Congrats R&J.