Oxnead Hall in Norfolk is one of those stunning wedding venues that you have to see to believe. It was my first time photographing a wedding here, and despite my research into the venue, I was not prepared for just how beautiful this venue is. It’s only when you arrive, and walk around the grounds that you can really see just how stunning this venue is (am I raving a bit here?). From the moment I arrived, I was beyond excited at the amount of different locations there are for truly beautiful wedding photos. Add to this the amazing staff who work tirelessly to ensure your day is perfect, if you are looking for a truly outstanding wedding venue in Norfolk, look no further.
Emma & Thomas booked me to photograph their wedding after a friend passed on my details. This is how I get most of my weddings, by personal referral. As with all weddings, I arrived nice and early to make sure I could make the most of this beautiful place. I introduced myself to the staff and had a quick tour with them before I went to the bridal preparations.
When I arrived at Hall Cottage to photograph Emma and her entourage, preparations were already in full swing. I love the hustle and bustle of the morning as it gives me plenty of opportunities to photograph people just being themselves. With 6 bridesmaids there was plenty of activity and goings on. If you are every worried about how many bridesmaids to have on your day, I say, you can never have too many! It just creates an amazing buzz of atmosphere in the morning, especially when they are all your really close friends. I have a lasting impression from this this moment; it was the collection of images that the bride and bridesmaids had drawn at a portrait class they had as part of the bridal shower! Anyone who has seen these images will know exactly what I am referring to…..
I caught up with Thomas and his groomsmen shortly after to get some photos of the gents before the guests started to arrive. With Oxnead Hall grounds, there are so many different locations that we were just spoilt for choice on where to go. The only thing holding us back is that it started to rain a little, so I grabbed a few around the grounds before leaving them to set up the final decorations for the wedding breakfast.
The whole day went perfectly. We even had a torrential downpour just after we finished the drone shot of everyone from the other side of the lake, and when I say downpour, I really mean downpour. Everyone had to huddle up in the bar until the worst of it was over. Thankfully, I had already chucked the wedding drone up in the air so I got the shot I wanted before the rain came. After a short time the rain passed and everyone was back outside to enjoy the gardens along with the champagne.
As with any wedding, there are a few formal photographs most people would like, such as mums and dads, grandparents with family etc. With me, these only take about 10 minutes, and really shouldn’t take much longer than that.
As the rain had already been and gone, we had plenty of time to go around the gardens and get some beautiful bride and groom photos before walking up to the wedding breakfast and evening party. I have to say, at this wedding, they really new how to get down on the dance floor. Just so much fun.
A big thank you to Emma and Thomas for inviting me to be part of their special day at such an amazing wedding venue. It’s because of places like this that I love travelling throughout the whole of the UK (and sometimes the world) to photograph weddings.
Oxnead Hall Wedding Photography Wedding Photos