James and Anna were married at Godwick Hall in Norfolk near Kings Lynn, one of the loveliest wedding locations I’ve seen, with everything you need in one place.
There, surrounded by pastures green, picturesque ancient ruins and a few sheep, is the Great Barn, beautifully converted to host a wedding and reception and to top this off there is a Luxury B&B where the bride and bridesmaids prepared in the morning.
Anna looked stunning in her lace detail dress made by Ellis and the bridesmaids looked beautiful in full length dresses, a lovely shade of coral, which was highlighted by the flowers they were holding, created by the lovely Judy, Anna’s aunt.
James who runs the location was incredibly helpful and approachable, a great touch was the fact he drove the bride to the Barn in a tractor with a converted trailer, accompanied by her father and her sons.
I loved that James and Anna were married outside by a beautiful floral display, created by Swaffham & Fakenham Florist, in the grounds of the barn. It was touch and go if they could tie the knot outside, but thankfully the sun decided to break through the clouds at the last moment. At the ceremony the guests sat on bales of hay which were covered in a collection of colourful mismatched throws, these were collected and borrowed by the bride and groom on the run up to the wedding and they looked great. This and the tipi tent they pitched outside the barn added to the overall festival / bohemian vibe.
After a touching ceremony James and Anna walked to the barn to sign the register and make their marriage official, while the guests gathered to make a confetti tunnel to celebrate with them as they walked out of the barn to enjoy their garden party.
Later the bride and groom were driven in the same tractor and trailer to the ruins for some portraits of the two of them and we photographed some family group shots by the floral display where they had their ceremony.
The barn was decorated with lots of lovely home made touches, the colourful paper lanterns that hung in the rafters, and the jam jars of flowers which were also arranged by Judy. The table favours that were lovingly made by the bride, little pots of chilli jam with a note “we’re jammin” or a jar of pear drops with “A great pear” noted on a love heart. There were lots of fairy lights that came with the barn and they had their initials J&A up in lights.
Anna’s mum did a great job of making the wedding cake and her father sanded and oiled the log slice it was served on.
The guests sat down to dine on a mix of amazing tapas and sharing plates of food up and down the trestle tables. James and Anna were keen for the food to be delicious but informal and, as tapas is their favourite kind of food, they decided to choose this to enjoy with their guests.
The speeches were hilarious and heart warming and then they danced the night away to a great band Aloma Music who played all their favourite hits.