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Woodhall Manor Wedding

Kayoon and James - Woodhall Manor Wedding

Kayoon and James - Woodhall Manor Wedding

This gorgeous, intimate Woodhall Manor wedding was an absolute delight to shoot. Not only are Kayoon and James wonderful people but their kindness and joyful enthusiasm show in everything they do. They lift every room and fill it with happiness and their intimate wedding is just what love is all about. They also had a badminton net up in the gardens so that’s ace too!

Woodhall Manor Wedding Photography

The day started in a calm manner and the build-up to the ceremony was a gentle one. Kayoon and James got ready quietly and without fanfare in the beautiful surroundings of Woodhall Manor. I spoke to them prior to the wedding and we discussed portraits in the gardens before the ceremony. This worked perfectly with the feel of the day. James waited in the gardens with me and Kayoon walked out with her family to meet James before the ceremony. A tranquil first look and the beginning of a gorgeous day. I might add that Kayoon’s dress was incredible! Not only a stunning gown but it had pockets!! Brides, get yourselves some pockets they’re great for a swish!!

The ceremony was a beautiful one with a kind vicar who allowed free reign to myself as there was a little side door I could sneak out of to move as I like, front and back. Conifers lined the path and as Kayoon and James left the church, confetti flew and smiles were all over the show! We all made our way back to the Manor for garden games and some food and drink. Everyone had a lovely time, although the croquet got a little competitive with hammers and balls and drinks taking over the garden. We wandered through the grounds and danced on tree lined driveways. This wonderful pair of humans really made my day. Kayoon and James, thank you! You’re ace!

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Woodlands Barn Wedding

Amy and Lee - Woodland Barn Wedding

Amy and Lee - Woodland Barn Wedding

Where should I start with this amazing Woodlands Barn Wedding? Perhaps I should give you some backstory. Amy and I grew up in the same village and we went to primary school together and then on to the same high school. We have been friends for years and so, I was over the moon when she asked me to be the photographer for her big day.

She lives ages away now, so when she made a trip back to Norfolk we met to talk weddings. It was lovely to catch up and after hearing her plans I was excited to shoot her day.

Beautiful Norfolk Wedding

Amy’s wedding day arrived and her and Lee were to get ready next door to each other. Amy in her childhood home and Lee at the neighbours. I was told prior to the day that there was a school photo of mine and Amy’s class on her hallway wall. As I walked into her home I was met with the morning guests, many of them greeting me with; ‘Ahhh, so you must be Josh, the one on the wall’. See, I was a bit of a mischievous young boy and so I had something of a reputation to shake. Side note, I am still a little mischevious, I find it helps with the photos you see. On with the wedding!

As the morning went on Amy and her bridesmaids got ready in the conservatory with Ellie and Michelle taking care of hair and Make-up on behalf of Amanda Steed. I moved between the Bridesmaids and the groomsmen acting as photographer and spy. Keeping an eye on timings and drinks and gifts. It was really lovely to see Amy getting ready to marry the love of her life. In her childhood home with her best pals and family all around her. Everyone was ready to go and Amy, looking beautiful walked out into the lounge to the smiling faces of her friends and her mum and dad looking on with pride.

Woodlands Barn Wedding

On to the church, a secluded little village church on the river ant. The family church and the perfect place for this wedding. All Amy and Lee’s family and friends were gathered and we were ready to go. Confetti followed what was a beautiful ceremony full of warmth and love and then Amy, Lee and I went for a ride on a boat. A pretty awesome boat too. I usually get on the river in my trusty kayak but it’s always nice to enjoy a bit of luxury!

I sped off to the venue once we moored. As I arrived at Woodlands Barn all the wedding guests were enjoying drinks and nibbles in the beautiful gardens. There was something of a harry potter theme going on too and the barn looked wonderful. I love these weddings you know! Loadsa people all happy in each others company eating great food and having a drink together. A nice chilled day this one! Well, it was until the music started.

Paul Allen started things going, there was a beautiful first dance and then it was time for a party. The bridal party followed me to the fields for some portraits before it really kicked into dance time. When we got back everyone was on the dancefloor. What a great night. Even better to see a very good friend get married and have the best time ever! Check this day out and show Amy and Lee some love in the comments! Xx

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Norfolk Wedding Photographer

2018 Highlights

2018 Highlights

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? As I sit here with a mince pie in hand I can hardly believe that the year is nearly done. Christmas is nearly upon us and I am more than excited for a day of good food and family time. So, while my son sits with his sheep (best cuddly toy ever) and recovers from his 409th cold this year (thanks nursery) I thought I’d let you guys and gals into my 2018.

This year for me personally has been tough but rewarding. Our son Hoops (a nickname that has stuck, firmly) has enjoyed a year full of colds, viruses, sniffles, snots and more thanks to his arrival at the nursery. He has, however, made friends and is developing quite the character so I can live with the 409 colds. Anyway, Despite his persistent snotface, his unending cheek and his terrible two tantrums, I am so very proud of him. My wonderful wife and I faced challenges with IVF and despite more heartache, we remain, with Hoops and Willow (the stupid Labrador) a happy little family and are very much looking forward to a happy Christmas. Now, onto the weddings!! Take a look at this little video round up and if you want to see all my favourite photos just keep strolling!!

What a year!

This year I have had the pleasure of shooting 20+ fun filled weddings all over the country. Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Cumbria and Dorset. I have had my fair share of luck with the weather, not too many rainy days at all which for a wedding photographer is a wonderful treat. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain but nothing quite beats a beautiful Norfolk Sunset! I’ve made some really good pals and seen some old friends head into the next part of their lives. It has as always been an absolute privilege.

2018 has thrown some incredible moments my way. Swimming (almost) naked in the sea with Becky and Tommy and the skinny dipping groomsmen. I have run into the sea with Lorna and Martin as the sun fell off the horizon on the longest of summer days. I have climbed mountains, crossed rushing rivers, been introduced to a father of the groom naked (him not me). Pissed about with a giant kite that nearly dragged me into the north sea, been the target for many bean bag games, ate fish and chips by the seaside, played in the arcades and won a round of mini golf. Eaten my weight in beef ribs, drank a fair amount of Tequila and had a LOT of fun.

Awesome Weddings, good pals and great food

I have been lucky enough to have worked alongside some really cool wedding industry legends. Incredibly talented Makeup artists and Hairstylists make my early mornings bridal prep a dream. Always up for a laugh and always on top of their game. Caterers hold a special place in my heart. As an ex-chef I always find myself checking out what’s going on in the kitchens. A part of me will always miss that buzz of service but the photography has me hooked. Watching such awesome chefs kicking ass on the wedding scene is a treat and I have met some of the best this year! Check out my supplier page, some of the best in Norfolk on there for sure!!

I have worked with some cool as Photographers and Videographers this year too. Second Shooting for Louise Manning is always ace. An extremely talented woman and funny as fudge too! Running around a bride, groom and a landrover with two smoke bombs in my hand is a fond memory! Drinking some of the most expensive champagne (this northern monkey with ever get his hands on) in a random field with one half of Thompson and Granger films and Ash and Lexi was a definite treat. Also, James Powell running around looking like Dora the Explorer on the hottest day of the year is up there as one of the oddest things I have seen. Tom Brown was there doing his thing and the three of us had a good laugh! To be fair that entire day was ace! Working with other creative people is always a blast.

Amazing florists, super cool venues, a couple of magicians, some pretty sweet rides and some of the best bands and DJ’s I’ve seen have made 2018 hard to beat. The best way to end a wedding is with a band or DJ getting everyone on the dancefloor for mad antics! Aunt June kicking out some shapes with Uncle Derek doing the worm and everyone going crackers when the bride and groom end up on the bar dancing and drinking out of a Jeroboam of champers! I do love a good party!

Looking to 2019

I think that’s what sums up this year’s weddings. They have, for the most part, had a hell of a party atmosphere. Focused more on happiness and love and allowing the day to flow. This makes my job something I am really, really thankful for. I have the chance to see the very best of people and it’s great! So, to sum it up. I’ve had another incredible year with the best people and as I look toward 2019 I feel the excitement bubble up at the prospect of 25+ weddings with all manner of wonderful humans!

Brides and Grooms, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME! Honestly, you’re all ace and you’ve given me such a lot to be thankful for. You legends! Listen, I’ve rambled on enough. Whatever you end up doing this Christmas and into next year, do it with all of your heart. I mean really go out and kick some ass! Have fun, love each other and stay in touch! Tell me all about your favourite moment of 2018 in the comments below!

If you received something shiny this festive season then CONGRATULATIONS!! If you’re are struggling to know where to start then check out this awesome article from Junebug! 

Then give us a shout for some awesome photography! x

 

Love Josh x

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Godwick Great Barn

Lorna and Martin - Stunning Godwick Wedding

Lorna and Martin - Stunning Godwick Wedding

Can you believe it? Another awesome blog to show you. Now the weddings have stopped for winter I am typing away and getting stuff done! You all remember that incredible shoot I had with Lorna and Martin at Brancaster right? If not, you don’t know what you missed, get a look-see HERE!

Now you’ve caught up let’s begin. Lorna and Martin and a proper couple of cool dudes! Snowboards, Kites, bikes, Arty stuff and all-round awesome humans. They were getting married at Godwick Great Barn (one of my fave venues for sure) and I couldn’t wait to get going. First I nipped over to see the boys and spend some time with them while they got ready. We all then headed to Godwick via a mill. This place was special to them both and so it made sense to grab some shots there before getting to the barn.

Godwick Great Barn

I arrived and as Martin and the lads sorted some last bits and bobs out I went to meet Lorna. She was getting ready in the main house and wow that place is something else! A gorgeous property with heaps of rooms and a pool too. You know for them hot summer wedding days! Lorna had her make up done by the awesome Kirstie Barton and her hair was sorted by her pal Laura Hughes who is a hell of a hair stylist! With everyone sorted I headed to gather the girls at the bottom of the stairs so they could all get to see their pal looking 100 on her wedding day!

Lorna’s dad waited patiently in the front room for his daughter to come and say ‘hey’ before heading to get married. Ahhhh, I love a wedding ya know! We set off in proper Norfolk Country style. The wedding party and I hopped into a tractor-trailer, driven my Lorna’s brother. While Lorna hitched a lift on the back of her dad’s stunner of a motorcycle. What an Entrance!

Beautiful Godwick Wedding

The weather was perfect for the outdoor ceremony and Lorna and Martin and fam had done an ace job making Godwick look incredible. I waited in the gardens, next to a gorgeous geometric floral stand with Martin and his best man. The sun shone, Lorna and her dad walked the aisle and after a warm and joyful ceremony, Lorna and Martin were married. Confetti was thrown, cool beers were sunk and everyone enjoyed a stunner of a day.

Everyone went inside when it was time for some food. There were some ace speeches and then it was Tractor time once again. We all jumped onto the back of the tractor and went speeding off up into the sunset filled fields. Champers in hand, Lorna and Martin enjoyed some chilled time together. We took some pictures, we drank some bubbles and enjoyed a stunning sunset before heading back to the barn to party!

Dancing, Dancing and more Dancing!

I love a good party and this one did not disappoint! The band kicked in, and Lorna’s brother set the pace. If you know farmers then you’ll know what I mean. This guy had the moves for sure! Everybody followed suit and so with props, booze and happiness this night was FIRE!

Thanks for having me you gorgeous things!! Xx

 

Super suppliers

Dress – Brides by Solo

Food – Carway-Roe

Flowers – Arranged my Bride Blooms from Bramble Flowers

Band – Version One

Video – Apetr

Make-up – Kirstie Barton

Hair – Laura Hughes and Lucy Furguson

Want to book your own amazing Wedding? Fill in the contact form and let’s create some incredible memories. For now, let me know what you think and show these two beautiful humans some love in the comments! Xx

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Southwood Hall Wedding

Millie and Doug - Southwood Hall Wedding

Millie and Doug - Southwood Hall Wedding

Whooooooooooo, WINNERS!

Millie and Doug won a competition ages ago to get their wedding photography for free. We had an amazing pre-wedding shoot on the gorgeous North Norfolk Coast. You can check this out HERE. 

Anyway, on to the wedding. Millie and Doug planned to get married at Lingwood church with the party afterwards being held at the fantastic Southwood Hall. The day started with Millie getting ready at Southwood. Joining her, the very talented Kirstie Barton and Deb Dominic killing it on Make-up and Hair! The gorgeous florals put together by Kelly from Fig Flowers. After a super fun morning and some wasp killing, we made our way to the church for the ceremony! The ceremony was beautiful, it’s always really nice to see such good people come together to celebrate their love for each other.

Back to the Party!

Ceremony done and with the rain coming down, we got a confetti line made up. Millie and Doug ran down the church path, brollys in hand and smiles on their faces! Nothing like a quick downpour to get people in the mood for a beer! So back to Southwood we went. Arriving under heavy rain, everyone made their way inside for drinks. The ever-brilliant Bill Downs played and sang as guests mingled and chatted. Millie and Doug arrived and the food was served. Speeches followed and Doug’s pals made him pay with a somewhat questionable choice of toast drink. Imagine all the spirits, add Germolene and you’ve got it! Rank, funny but rank!

After a good laugh and some delish food the clouds parted and Millie, Doug and I went into a field to see some cows. Yep cows, you’ll see. The kids (and adults) enjoyed a quick game of footy, a hog was roasted and everyone got in the party spirit when the band got going! An awesome day full of laughs! Thanks you two!! Xx

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Norwich Wedding Photographer

Joe and Sharna - Awesome Norwich Wedding

Joe and Sharna - Flippin' brilliant Norwich Wedding

I first met Joe and Sharna at James and Gabi’s wedding last year. An ace day with ace people. I ended up shooting some bridal party stuff in a field and out of the blue Joe decided to throw himself into the wheat/barley in full suit. So, when they enquired I knew their wedding was going to be something amazing!

Awesome Norwich Wedding

Day one started with Sharna getting ready at home with her family and friends and the very talented Flamingo Amy doing her thing! As the sun beamed down outside a beautiful blue Chevy arrived to take Sharna to the Castle. Yep, that’s right a Castle.

Ceremony done, confetti thrown and off we went but not before ice cream. I mean, it’s 47 degrees (i am ginger so 15 extra degrees is about right) and it’s a wedding so why not. Joe, Sharna and I then climbed into the Chevy and made our way to the Playhouse bar for a pint or two before a wander through the city! Norwich is one of the best places to just wander, so much history and beauty in one place.

After some waffles at the waffle house (obvs), day one was almost done. Well, it was done for most of the wedding party but for me Joe and Sharna there was more fun at the beach to be had. After all the shooting was done we stopped at the end of the pier with Sharna’s parents for a beer and a chat. Days like this remind me of just how lucky I am to do this for a living.

Day one ended as summer rains began. I said my goodbye’s and after a long but wonderful day I dropped my gear on the shore and strolled into the calm sea at 9 pm for a swim. Nothing like late summer swims in the rain. A beautiful way to end the day.

Day two

Norwich Arts centre hosted. Grosvenor’s chippy did the food. There were some ace speeches, even better photos! Josh (not me) did the tunes and there was some definite nakedness! Everyone got pissed and it was an incredible night! Oh and I ended up waiting for a taxi at 2 am with the brother of the following week’s bride. MADNESS!

This wedding was something else. Another ace day with ace people. Thanks Joe and Sharna you legends! Xx

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Waxham barn Wedding

Becky and Tommy - Waxham Barn Wedding

Becky and Tommy - Waxham Barn Wedding

Hey all! Before we get into this amazing Waxham Barn wedding let me take you back to Becky and Tommy’s ‘pub crawl’ pre-wedding shoot. Soak it in and then get back here for this incredible day!

The day started with me arriving at a cottage on the Norfolk coast to meet Becky and her girls! They were in fine spirit and enjoying a super chilled morning of make-up, ribbons, flowers and booze! (The flowers, by the incredible Rambling Rose Florist.) Standard bridal prep stuff ya know! The morning flew and before I knew it Becky’s surprise transport turned up in the shape of a VW Camper. Nice little touch indeed!

Waxham Barn Wedding

Becky arrived with her bridal party and a stunningly colourful ceremony began. Multi-coloured ribbons hanged from beams and lanterns, balloons and bunting kept everyone’s eyes leaping around the room. Becky and Tommy were married and a rapturous applause rang around the room.

Walking out into the baking sunshine everyone enjoyed cool beers and tequilas, we did a couple of group shots, Becky threw her flowers to a huge crowd and I nearly fell off some scaffolding! WINNING! A huge Mexican feast, more Tequilas and some mega speeches followed and then the bridal party and I went to the beach!

Skinny dipping?

Yep, you read that correctly. On the way to the beach, I told a story about how I always end up in the sea when I am at Sea Palling. This got the topic of a potential swim up. Other people within the party were known for their willingness for nakedness (Bobby) and with that, half of the bridal party ended up in the sea. Naked, in the sea, in the beautifully warm summer sun.

Yours truly remained professional with his boxers half on and well, an epic little half hour of prosecco fueled madness was enjoyed.

A wonderfully helpful family of campers provided some fresh towels for people. Everyone got dressed, thanks were given and so we all headed back to PARTY!! The Collective kicked in and we all partied into the night. Nothing better than a good old knees up on the Norfolk Coast with good pals eh! Take a good look at these and then share with your pals. Xx