A Norwich Garden Wedding, Norfolk – Alex & Laura
Last summer on possibly one of the hottest days in August, I was privileged to attend Alex and Laura’s garden wedding in Norwich. The whole day was perfect from start to finish.
The day for me started with Laura and her bridesmaids and best man at her nannies house, preparations had begun with the seriously talented make up artist Melissa Abel. Melissa was applying her skills to the bridesmaids whilst Laura indulged in her last piece of cake as a Miss.
With final preparations complete, Laura’s Mum helped her into her attire whilst her dad patiently waited the other side of the door. Within the next few minutes he would be to see his little girl for the first time in her wedding dress. The door opened wide and his face was a picture so many emotions must run through any father of the brides mind with that first look.
Church Service at St Margarets Church, Old Catton
I met Alex and his best men at St Margaret’s Church in Old Catton, Norwich. He was totally calm and collected greeting guests as they arrived. After a few formal photographs it was time for him to take position at the front of the church and await the arrival of Laura.
The ceremony was everything Laura and Alex could of asked for with a relative of Alex’s beautifully singing Eva Cassidy as they signed the register.
Garden Reception Sprowston Hall, Norwich
After the church ceremony we headed over to Alex’s Grandmothers house in Sprowston where a beautifully dressed marquee would host their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. You could certainly tell that Laura had spent many hours perfecting the decorations with bunting draped throughout and hay bales for guests to perch on, it was the perfect setting for their day.
After the emotional speeches by Laura’s Dad, Alex and then Alex’s best men we took a short walk around the grounds of Grandmas house. We took the very walk Alex used to do throughout his childhood but today he took the very same walks but with his wife in hand.
Now as a wedding photographer I have learnt to cope various emotions but today I couldn’t hold back, on the couple walk we past the resting place of Alex’s brother who’d sadly passed away a few years ago, Alex asked me to photograph them placing a rose on his memorial, with emotions running high I only managed a few images until my view finder filled with tears. Such a moving moment and made me instantly think of my loved ones back home.
The evening celebrations continued and guests celebrated with a ceilidh until the early hours of the morning.
I hope you enjoy some moments from Alex’s and Laura’s day, I would like to say big thank you to them both for letting me part of their day.