A Paddock Wedding in North Norfolk
Nick and Becky wanted their wedding to be a fun, relaxed and informal day for their friends and family. They chose the paddock at their family home to host their wedding. This is a Photographers dream wedding to photograph.
Usually home to Nick and Becky’s 4 horses, the paddock was transformed to pitch a marquee filled with personal touches from them both including a homemade hay bale bar, tables nested with cowboy boot centre pieces, bales of straw coupled with Nicks favourite surfing magazines, with final touches of peace flags from Nepal. Inside the marquee there were so many little touches from them both giving an insight to Nick and Becky’s life as a couple before they became Mr and Mrs Taylor-Smith.
The day started at the Marquee, Breaking all traditions of the Bride not seeing the Groom both were enjoying placing the final touches on their venue, Nick and his Groomsmen were hammering signs into various locations to assist guest with finding the venue and Becky and Bridesmaids grooming their horses making them to look pristine for their part of the day. Once all these had been completed both went inside and enjoyed a few glasses of Prosecco before eventually parting and not seeing each other till they were at the church.
Becky was accompanied by her Mum, bridesmaids, and Gran for her preparations. Plenty of giggles were had and the atmosphere was very calm. Becky’s hairdresser styled it with a floral head band. The time was getting closer for Becky to get in her dress, and ride to the Church with her Mum on Horseback.
After going into the separate wing of their house, Nick was accompanied by his Groomsmen. As with any Groom the preparation is much simpler than the brides, Nick and his fellow men dressed in tweed suits and walking boots for their formal footwear, once dressed they headed to the church in a world war 2 gun carrier, A Land Rover 101.
After riding the short journey on horseback with her mum Becky arrived to be greeted by guests and the vicar at Thurning Church, Norfolk. Nick and his groomsmen awaited the arrival of the Bride at the altar, as Becky entered the church all the guests turned to welcome Becky and her Bridesmaids, so did Nick and as soon as a they caught a glimpse of each other I could see the warmest smile I have ever seen from a couple as Becky walked down the aisle.
The formal ceremony took place with exchanging of wedding rings and readings from two guests, then the marriage was blessed and official signing of the register was accompanied by Solo Guitarist Michael Mulholland as the vicar officially named them Husband & Wife.
After leaving Thurning Church, Norfolk, Becky and Nick galloped their way back home on horseback across the Norfolk Countryside to the venue, I was photographing every moment from inside the Landrover 101, whilst a groomsmen held my legs making sure I didn’t fall out. Such a challenging experience as the horses wanted to let off a little frustration and needed to gallop at full pace until they were home in their stables.
After a quick freshen up, we headed into the fields for some couple portraits, Nick and Becky loved the cornfield and opted to head there for some time alone whilst I photographed.
After the informal hog roast buffet everyone enjoyed informal speeches from the mother of the bride, groom and best men it was time to get the party started with the first dance, there was only a smidgen of tradition with this as after 30 seconds or so the song stopped and House of Pains Jump around took over with guests joining them for a massive bounce.
All in all a perfect Norfolk wedding to photograph, I would like to thank Nick and Becky for allowing me to be a part of their day and photograph it.