It all started on Snapchat

Modern technology has the ability to bring people together.

When I met Natalie & James for their pre wedding shoot, I was told the story of how they got together, ah the wonders mobile phone apps!

Rewind a few months and the couple booked me from a fantastic wedding show; The Kings Lynn Wedding Festival at the Corn Exchange, I got so many bookings from that 1 show, it's so far been the best show I've ever exhibited at and it will definitely take some beating.

Back to the pre wedding shoot. We met at Shouldham Warren woods, close to Downham Market, it was the 1st time I'd been there, I've since used it again and in the glorious summer weather we had in 2018 the place was a dream; flowers, greenery and paths through the huge trees.

As a Kings Lynn wedding photographer, I'm really lucky to have these spaces close by.

I had a good feeling about the future wedding just from that 45 minutes spent with the couple. The connection made during a pre wedding shoot is just so important and useful when it comes to settling the nerves on the big day.

Early April 2019, it was time to head to Knights Hill Hotel and to meet Natalie and her girls ready for some prep documentary.

Now I'm going to say it here, by far not enough bubbles was consumed for my liking.

It's the wedding day, Champagne and Prosecco all the way!

The suite was massive, plenty big enough for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride to watch as Natalie had her make up applied by Christabel Franklin. There were a few tears of happiness had by all.

And there was loads of room for the flowers girls to play and run around.

In between 2 large windows there's a space for the dress.

Detail shots like this are some of my favourite aspects of wedding photography.

The dress was from Unique Bride of Castle Rising.

I took the 3 very excited flower girls outside for a little shoot, after getting them to pose as still as possible for a couple of shots, I told them wave the wands and just enjoy being children.

Back inside hair and make up was being finished off.

A very calm Natalie was starting to show a few nerves, her moment was fast approaching.

I love to get in close to people when I'm documenting the day. I want the photos to have the feeling that the viewer is there right in the middle of the proceedings, as though they could reach out and touch what's going on.

A proud moment for the father of the bride as he see's Natalie in the dress for the 1st time.

Time was ticking, once the dress was on it was time go, time to learn how to walk in that dress.

I arrived at the friendly and large church of St Faiths, Gaywood, minutes before the bridal party, just enough time to swap cameras and be ready for the main attraction.

Real smiles and real tears are what makes the day so special.

Outside the weather was just about holding up, there was a few drops of rain for a brief second and it was just warm enough for the group shots before the guests made their way to Knights Hill Hotel for drinks whilst Natalie & James had their 1st portraits as husband & wife.

I said it was just warm enough but i wasn't the one wearing a dress, thanks Natalie for braving the grey weather.

Back at the hotel, after they had a chance to mingle and to grab a drink I took James & Natalie outside again for a few more shots.

The Bridesmaids come too.

Somewhere along the lines the wedding shoes were replaced with..............slippers!

Holding a special someone close.

As the guests were taking their seats in preparation for the introduction of the newlyweds, I caught this moment between them.

The table linen and chair covers were supplied by the fantastic team at Loubear & Tops of Downham Market

Other table decorations were made by Natalie herself, well done I for one think you did a great job.

When Disney meets Marvel.

I really wish i had one of these delicious looking doughnuts by The Handmade Doughnut Company of Swaffham.

Damn!

Speeches were said by the 2 best men Geoff and Yannick, the father of the bride, Amy a bridesmaid and James. It's always good to hear a few embarrassing tales.

And then it was time to party

And party did they!

All to the sounds supplied by Platinum Sounds, Norwich.

To Natalie & James, thank you so much for letting me part of your big day.

xxx

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