A WHIMSICAL SUMMER WEDDING IN THE NORFOLK COUNTRYSIDE
If you live or visit Norfolk its very hard to see past the beauty of the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside. Understandably there is a risk when it comes to organising an outdoor wedding as our British weather can be so temperamental and completely random at times! But there are so many benefits to organising a wedding that is solely based amongst the Norfolk fields/ woodlands/ barns AND apparently, Norfolk is the driest country of the UK (bonus!)
The Norfolk Wedding featured on this blog post is of Craig and Shani’s big day. They were fixated on having an Norfolk, Outdoor Wedding where they could have the day of their dreams alongside the people that mattered most with only the cows watching over the fence (one of which did have a cheeky Houdini moment and jumped in with the tents – he got herded back in with the others before running around the marquee!) The wedding took place at Hush Venues, just outside of Norwich, Norfolk where they were able to put up a gorgeous pole marquee and lots of teepee tents for their guests to stay in. The woodland was decorated all ready for their outdoor ceremony with paper lanterns, candles, lavender and gorgeous little hand made cushions.
Please have a little scroll and read through Craig and Shani’s reflection of their day – I really hope it persuades you to go for it and organise an outdoor wedding of your own!
CRAIG & SHANI'S OUTDOOR WEDDING DAY
OVERVIEW OF THE DAY
“We worked from a blank canvas choosing every aspect of how we wanted the day to look and feel. First thing was to find the right venue, we knew we wanted a wedding outdoors with some woodland and we found the most beautiful setting in Norfolk at ‘Hush Venues‘. The invites we designed ourselves, we even took a trip to an old paper mill in Hemel Hamstead to find the right card to use. We bought props and extra flower pots etc from an auction and collected numerous honey jars to use as tea light holders. We had lots of help from the family. Craigs mum did the flowers, Shanis Father in law played the accoustic guitar for the ceremony, Shani’s father brought the beer from bradfield brewery in sheffield, Craigs Dad did the morning after BBQ, Bridesmaids and Best Men were on hand to bring out the self catered food and pour the toasting lemoncello. but really, everyone helped in one way or another. We started planning 18 months prior to the day as there was lots of planning for us, from hiring the right marquee to stitching up the bunting.”
“The thing we enjoyed most was when we walked from the woodland after the ceromony, the music started, the sun was shining and everyone was really enjoying themselves we thought today was gonna be a great day!”
“The Dress was bought from a vintage wedding dress shop in York, called Glory Days Vintage. It was the 4th shop i’d been too and on the way there my sister had said ‘right we’re going to find the one today’ and after trying on about 6 dresses all true vintage the lady in the shop suggested a bias cut silk 1930’s shape dress, at first I was dubious becuase i’d tried on a bias cut 1930’s gown in a previous shop and it looked hideous but this one fitted like a glove and was so flattering. I tottered around in it for a little while and then looked at my sister and she knew it was the one. So 14 months before the wedding i’d already picked my dress.”
“We had prepared hamper boxes for the tables which contained a number of exciting things from a local Artisan Bakers called Pye Baker, it was like one big picnic. After food there were speeches toasted with vintage espresso cups full of lemocello, there were laughs, hugs and tears (hopefully of Joy). Once the bellys were full and speeches were finished everyone was back out enjoying the sunshine and music.”
“Soon the evening guests started arriving, grabbing a drink from the icy wheelbarrows joining in with conversation, it started to feel more energetic. The music tempo was increasing, conversation slightly louder, drinks disappearing more quickly and before long everyone was up and around the marquee dancing.”
A LITTLE ADVICE
“Some advice for those planning: Don’t be afraid to break the mould. Your ceremony can be whatever you want it to be if you wish. We chose to do the legal part the day before to allow us to marry entirely outdoors (as this isn’t currently legal in England). If you want an Norfolk outdoors ceremony somewhere not so reliable for the weather then be brave and go for it (also have a plan B of course) as the chances are it will be fine. In general, if you want to do things a little differently then do. Most importantly you need to ensure that you ENJOY YOURSELF!”