I first met Jo at one of Pentney Abbey's menu tasting events and she was so excited about her summer wedding. We started to chat about all the details of her day and she made a decision right there to hire me. One particular image on my stand tipped her over and I'm so glad she did. She and Stu had the most perfect weather day and enjoyed every second of the love and celebration of her guests.
My day started with the ladies at Pentney and I sent Mark over to Great Massingham to photograph the men. There was a brilliant vibe all morning in both locations and because I didn't need to rush to the church, I even had time to take the bride tribe into the Gatehouse for portraits before they left. Great Massingham church is a large and typically Norfolk with lots of wonderful details. The aisle is a long one and their flower girls and page boy (know collectively as The Bandits) eventually found their way before Jo - looking stunning - made her way with her father. Jo had lots of surprises arranged, the first was an amazing gospel choir to sing throughout the ceremony. Huge thank to Revd Judith for allowing me to capture everything from the front. Jo & Stu had not one but two confetti moments, the cannons were spectacular.
Over at the Abbey another surprise was waiting, a brilliant Gordon Ramsey look-a-like serving canapés, he was much better behaved than the original. I set up some lovely formals under the arch whilst Mark captured all the expressions and fun of the drinks reception. The barn had been decorated in tones of green and ivy, with large light up initials to pop a little focus. Speeches were embarrassing, hilarious and emotional in equal measure and whilst going on the children were being entertained outside by Charlie Cheesecake with laughter permeating through with perfect comic timing. By now the sun had dropped and we went for a brief wander to the Rose Garden and Gatehouse for a little portrait time away.
Jo & Stu had arranged special gin cocktails, all of which had been created and named by the bridesmaids which went down very well all evening. They enjoyed a romantic first dance before the energy ramped up and the inflatable saxophones were handed around. It was a wonderful wedding day and I wish Jo & Stu all the happiness in life's next adventure.