Emma and Neil’s Norfolk Mead wedding always had the making of an absolute summer classic.
As I arrived at their home in Southrepps for bridal prep, all was calm under the big blue skies of this corner of Norfolk. As finishing touches were being put to hair and makeup, I also captured the all important details. Emma had chosen a stunning Justin Alexander gown with a cathedral length veil. It suited her so perfectly. She’d styled her daughter and best friend in glacier grey - one of the hot Pantone trends of the season.
A couple of minutes down the road, people were arriving at St James Church. It’s one of the grandest in the county, with a tower second only in height to Cromer. I grabbed a few minutes with the guys before heading inside. The nave was beautifully decorated with aisle lanterns and flowers everywhere. Taking the service was Rev Canon Owen who travelled up from his parish in Southwark to take the service. I have never had such an accommodating officiant and I thank him kindly for understanding what photography means to every couple in his charge.
When you work in the bridal industry and come to plan your own wedding, there’s always a little added pressure and expectation. Bride Emma is the talented florist behind Emms Stems and I know she was certainly feeling it too. She needn’t have worried, her floral creations were absolutely stunning. Opting for shades of pink through peonies and roses, flowers appeared everywhere, even as favours.
Their reception was always in safe hands. The team at the Norfolk Mead in Coltishall created a warm and friendly ambience, with great food and service. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine, with the odd competitive game of croquet and connect four. Emma and Neil had a few surprises up their sleeves too, most notably the Acafellas who nearly caused a heart attack or two on entrance and then wowed everyone with their close harmonies. Ignite kept the dance floor full well into the night as I slipped away to a very short drive home. What a day! Congrats E&N x