My last wedding of 2017 was also my first Voewood wedding. What a belter to close the year!
Sylvia and Dan had travelled all the way from New Zealand and they couldn't have chosen a better venue. They were married back home in the kiwi summer heat and travelled to North Norfolk for their UK celebrations on one of the coldest, most wintry days of the year; we experienced ice, snow, sleet and rain. Did this spoil their fun? Not a bit of it. One of the plus points of Voewood is the interiors, decorated eclectically, so I was able to make the images more about them, without the venue overwhelming the day.
I arrived to Dan and Sylvia busily creating the bouquets in the kitchen whilst Sylvia's dad was making breakfast for everyone. It was lovely to see them relaxed and creative. I had a few shots up my sleeve, first of which was her dress hanging by the famous Voewood neon sign. For prep we headed the short drive into Holt and the lovely team at Jo Jordans. On our return, it was snowing, freezing and blowing a hooley - and time was getting away. Sylvia was soon slipping into her dress and enjoying spying on guests - and Dan - through the balcony window. Dan is such a laid back guy, so we took his portraits around the pool table and used ecclectic objects in the music room. He wore a deep aubergine suit custom made by Rembrandt which styled perfectly next to Sylvia's Phase Eight gown.
Their ceremony covered their story and the personally written vows were heartfelt and mirrored those spoken in New Zealand. After the ceremony we set up their group images inside as the weather was not helping. However, soon after we caught a little break and I was thrilled for Sylvia and Dan that they could have a few portraits outside without umbrellas. We popped outside once more after dark. Venues always look so different at dusk and on our visit the week before I'd found alcoves in the garden with which I could light and get creative. It was great to be able to create them a set of portraits completely different to those in the summer sunshine of Rotorua.
Warming up inside, Byford's were putting together a sumptuous meal and afterwards everyone enjoyed the speeches and surprise cake cutting cutting. A quick turnaround of the room let everyone loose for a raucous evening of dancing. I loved every second, congrats S&D x