A Wednesday Wedding at Godwick Hall


A Wednesday wedding at Godwick Hall is a great occasion even as rain knocks on the door threatening to show it’s face, but luckily it didn’t.

Norfolk is full of amazing locations and venues for weddings (and other events). The longer I’m a Norfolk wedding photographer the more I keep seeing these places and thinking ‘wow! This is a nice one, I’ll have to tell others about it for sure’. So Godwick Hall & Great Barn definitely falls into this category.

https://www.godwickhall.co.uk

I originally had a facebook message from Elizabeth back in June 2017, I remember googling the venue and thinking that I’m going to get some great shots there.

I was booked to document the ceremony and a little bit of the fun and games after the wedding during which I would get a few shots of the newly wed’s. The ceremony package I have available is short and sweet but I work my proverbial off.

This is one of the wedding’s where I met the bride & groom on the big day. There’s no time for awkwardness so I just have to say ‘hello, I’m your photographer’ and get shooting.

I had the usual fun with the groom, George and his best man, Ben. A good bit of banter and swagger goes a long way to get a smile and to loosen up.

Bridal preparations can take place at the house only a short tractor ride away from the barn.

Yep I said tractor.

This certainly delivers a smile on the Bridesmaids and onlookers faces.

Elizabeth was driven from the house to the barn in her (very near future) Father in law’s Bentley. Very lucky! Something I wanted to include in the photos…after all its a lovely car.

Inside the great barn it's really bright thanks to all of the windows and doors. There’s some (I think) original woodwork dating back to the 1500’s and beautiful brick walls all around.

The main event takes part underneath a stair case, thats now a glassed off feature, in front of a set of glass doors that really helps light up the proceedings. For a photographer, the venue is a real delight whilst documenting the ceremony.

After the ‘I do’s’ and 'kisses' the party moved outside for confetti, Pimms and Prosecco. Theres a large lawned area big enough for many guests and games….including an egg and spoon race.

So it’s about time that I mention All Saints, the church. The piece de resistance. The thing that got me excited when I googled the venue 1 year ago.

It’s a ruin in the background of the great barn, which dates back before the Domesday in 1086. It’s there to be used, though it does carry a ‘watch your head’ warning as after all it is a ruin.

Elizabeth, George and I took a tractor ride over to the ruin and spent some time walking around the piece of history and the surrounding fields to get a variety of beautiful images.

When we returned to the great barn it was ready to accommodate everyone for the wedding breakfast, it was a very classy looking affair.

Thanks Elizabeth & George. Your images are in the post.

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