Where do I start with this one? It had everything!
Robert contacted me and told me all about their plans and I was so glad I had their date free. It sounded like a blast!
I met Jess at The Saracens Head Near Erpingham in the morning for bridal prep where make up was in full swing.
The Saracens Head is located in the middle of nowhere but close to everything. It's a stunning 1806 inn designed by architect GS Repton in the exotic style of a Tuscan farmhouse except, perhaps, that at the time of the inn’s construction – at the same time as Repton was working on another commission from Horatio Walpole and adding a wing to Wolterton Hall (still in the Walpole family to this day) – it seemed like a fine, fun idea. Despite Napoleon’s best efforts, the Grand Tour was all the rage and distinguished young gentlemen (and sometimes women) were dashing about all over Europe allowing travel, along with different styles of architecture, to broaden their minds. One of the agreeable results of all this social and architectural activity is today’s Saracen’s Head. The courtyard is just fantastic to clear your mind and take in all the beauty that surrounds it.
Once Jess and her bridesmaids used all the time available, and it was a good job she had a 320bhp Civic to chauffeur her to the church as the last hours flew by, I darted off to meet Robert at St Catherines Church on Aylsham Road Norwich. This church really has a stunning interior with it's balcony to grab some cool shots from up above. Jess and Robert were both friends with the reverend which made shooting their ceremony a special moment. Not only did I have full access to the church it made the joys of the day a pleasure to capture. We finished here with the family formals then headed back to the inn for a chilled and relaxed vibe for the evening. We had carnival games in the gardens, with the coconut shy being the fav.
After around an hour of fun and games their wedding breakfast was ready to be served to which I was lucky enough to join them. I have to say the beef wellington is an absolute must. At one point I think I got caught catching a little shut eye after three courses. I highly recommend booking yourself a table for an evening and just enjoy the food and scenery.
As the night rolled in we had the surprise of sparklers and fireworks for Robert. I knew about the sparklers beforehand but the fireworks were just as a surprise to me as they were to Robert. Hopefully I caught a couple of crackers for you guys!
Anyways with this and after a few selfies with the Polaroids I headed off.
I really wish these two the very best as they are moving to Morocco at the end of August and I feel so blessed to have been a part of their wedding day to capture a special day in their lives.
the saracens head WEDDING
jess & robert