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Celebrations at Caistor Hall

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Wow! What a day we had for Carl and Laura's wedding. It was very warm and sunny, and Laura started the day giggling. She didn't stop all day. It was lovely to see her so relaxed and happy. Her betrothed, Carl, was a little less lively due to some last minute celebrations the night before, but he soon caught up!

Both of them had opted to have us photograph their preparations so we had a chance to meet up with the other important members of the bridal party over the morning too. It was great to see two happy relaxed families preparing for such a big day. Her beautiful dress from La Creme Brides in Norwich looked amazing, as did her stunning Bridesmaids in dresses from Dreams Bridal, also near Norwich.

The ceremony and reception were to be held at the beautiful Caistor Hall, just south of Norwich. A lovely venue with very diligent and friendly staff for which nothing was too much trouble. The ceremony on the raised mezzanine floor of the Palm Court room made it easy for everyone to see the couple clearly as they made their vows. I saw many handkerchiefs dabbing away, not least by Laura's proud Dad.

The terrace at Caistor Hall was a fab place for the guests to spend time celebrating with Carl & Laura. Vast lawns for little ones to run about on and a great location for the group shots. I always enjoy seeing the couples faces during the confetti throw!

Later Carl and Laura joined myself and my assistant Kay as we went walkabout around the grounds of the hotel for their personal portrait session. This is an important time for couples as they get to spend some time alone wandering at leisure for the first time as husband & wife. Capturng these special moments is one of my favourite parts of the working day. Here we were spoilt for choice of locations to use. So much so that we came back again later in the evening to the very back of the grounds for some lovely evening sunlight shots in the meadow. I bravely smothered my hayfever and lay in the long grass to catch the very best of the golden light.

During dinner the Head Waiter suddenly transformed into a fantastic Opera singer who gave a rendition of many favourites, and was cheered loudly by everyone. What a voice he had!

The beautiful cake made by Lucy's Cakery was deftly sliced in front of all the guests before Carl whisked Laura to the floor for a sparkling first dance. Superb entertainment via Compact Roadshow soon filled the dance floor right up for some great party photos, and then it was time for us to leave.

A day filled with love and fun. Carl and Laura have a bond that is unshakeable and spending time with them on their special day was an honor and a privilege. We wish them a long and happy future together.

Other suppliers: 
Florist: La Belle Flowers
Rings: Fraser Hart Norwich
Singer: Ben Lake

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Surviving the wedding chaos

Friday 7th July 2017

Wedding season is in full swing! It always amazes me how much each wedding differs from the last. Yes, the bare bones of prep, ceremony, reception etc. all follow more or less the same lines, but it is the personalities of the couple and their guests that shape each one.

Weddings can be stressful for those involved, and remaining calm and relaxed is sometimes difficult for the couple and their bridal party. Most days are pretty chilled, but occasionally I come across someone having a really hard time on the wedding morning, with anything from tears to having to stay near the loo.

Over the years I have found these little things can make an enormous difference to how stressed out you feel on the big day:

 1.     Make sure you eat. Not everyone eats breakfast I know, but usually you have some time later in the morning for a bowl of cereal or some yoghurt & fruit. Adrenaline from the excitement may make you feel food is the last thing you want, but your body will need some fuel to get you through all the excitement until the meal. A banana is a great quick snack.

 2.     Make sure you drink. This is even MORE important than eating, and I don’t mean just alcohol!  Why not enjoy some bubbly while you are getting dressed! Just add several glasses of water during the morning. Wedding clothes are always hot, the weather may be hot, and the wedding jitters will also make you sweat out valuable fluid. Dehydration is the biggest cause of headaches, and heatstroke.

I know from bitter experience, as I didn’t drink enough when photographing a wedding one very hot day, and gently passed out under a tree after the group shots. Two pints of iced water & an aspirin and I was back raring to go. Never again will I make that mistake!


 3.     Make sure you have planned enough time to get ready.

Ladies, having your hair and makeup done is a really fab part of the day, but it can sometimes take longer than you think. If it overruns, and you and your Beautician/Hairstylist have under-estimated the time you need, it can have a big impact on being ready in time. Use your trial to really get the time needed sorted. If you are having photographs at the house/hotel before you leave these could get missed as the photographer may have to leave before you are ready so that they can get to the ceremony in time.

Dresses that lace up at the back can be really fiddly when everyone is rushing, and take up to 20 minutes to do. Handy hint: get a Crochet hook – it makes a HUGE difference to doing up tiny looped buttons.

Add in a hot day and children to get ready as well and you have a lovely recipe for mega-stress.

Guys, get up early enough to all get showered, shaved  & dressed in good time. We all know ladies take longer to get ready, but you have to be at the venue earlier than they do!


4.     Make a list of what to take with you. Delegate tasks beforehand. Someone else can then gather it all up and transport it for you, leaving you free to just get in the car and breathe. This applies to the Groom and Bride equally.

5.     Remember the day is about you and your partner.

Easy to say, but it is even easier to stress over the venue, the flowers and the speeches. In practice no one apart from you will notice that someone has forgotten to put on their buttonhole, or the meal is 10 minutes late. Take some deep breaths on your way to the church, savour the moment even if you are nervous.



6.     Sit back and allow the professionals to work their magic.

You will have spent many hours choosing the people working on your wedding. Trust them to do their job and focus on having fun with your guests. The day will pass so quickly. Time spent wondering if they have put the name plates on the table the right way round, or checking everyone has got a drink will be time missed with your nearest and dearest.


Everyone I have worked with since I have been a photographer has said that their wedding day was the best day of their lives, and that good prior planning made it all happen seamlessly. After all it’s meant to be a party! Go have some fun!


Until next time..


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