As someone who appreciates a good sky, I’m always thrilled to capture a Norfolk farm wedding, especially when it’s under the wide skies of the Fens. There’s something a little special about this landscape.
Last month I headed to Welney for the wedding of Kim and Tom. It was wonderful to catch up with this family again, having captured Sean (bride Kim’s brother) and Katie’s wedding a few years ago. Their wedding schedule was packed to the brim, so Dave assisted me throughout the day, capturing the groom’s preparations and guests having fun. Kim had chosen pink as the accent colour with the bridesmaids and flowergirls head to toe in sparkle. Tom brought country styling into his formal tailed suits with woollen grey waistcoats and tan brogues. The hours flew by in the morning and Kim was soon getting into her gown with a very emotional reveal with Dad Ken and equally wonderful response from her bridesmaids. Kim loves her horses, so including them in the wedding was a must. A beautiful pair of greys pulled a white carriage from the farm to the church and I know this was a highlight of the day.
In Welney the sun was shining and the groomsmen and guests were to be found sipping a pint in the Lamb & Flag. On heading over to the pretty church we grabbed a few family portraits before the guests started to line the pews in anticipation. Their ceremony was lovely and although raining when they left, they carried on unfazed with confetti under umbrellas. By the time we reached the farm the rain stopped giving way to the most stunning afternoon skies. So as not to tempt fate, we decided to photograph as much of their portraits as possible – including under Kim’s favourite willow tree – along with their family groups.
In the marquee, everyone was enjoying Kim and Tom’s decor; each table named after a bottle of gin, with sloe gin as favours. Crown Catering Cambridge were simply brilliant, battling storm conditions outside the marquee to create tasty platefuls. Speeches were seriously embarrassing for both, so just as well they had some gin to hand! The evening’s entertainment got everyone up and dancing as a stunning sunset pouring through the windows. Before leaving I had one more portrait image to create, funking up a 1940s Anderson shelter with some creative flash conjuring a little magic. Dave and I had just the best time capturing the love, laughter and tears; huge congratulations to you both.