JULIA AND MARK BLICKLING HALL WEDDING – NORFOLK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Thanks a million for our lovely wedding photos. We love them and so do our guests. You made us enjoy having our photos taken as you put us at ease with it. They will help keep our special memories of such a special day. x
Julia and Mark“
Coincidentally, my very first outing as a wedding photographer was with the brilliant Katherine Ashdown on 29th March 2013, so 12 months ago precisely! On that occasion the shoot was at another absolutely stunning local historic venue, Holkham Hall – that day it actually snowed for a little while and was bitterly cold throughout – well, what a difference a year makes! Now working predominantly solo and hugely grateful for the start that so many excellent local photographers have given me, this weather was probably the warmest it’s been this year so far and a stark contrast to Tori and Paul’s wedding at Holkham!
Having moved to Aylsham in October 2012, it’s been an ambition of mine to photograph a wedding at the very nearby Blickling Hall for some time. I was of course delighted, and at the same time slightly intimated, to get such an amazing opportunity so early into my career as a wedding photographer. I’ll of course let you judge whether I’ve managed to tell the story of Julia and Mark’s day while capturing some of the natural beauty of Blickling Hall on a wonderful Spring day.
Julia and Mark are an absolutely lovely couple and are family to some of my friends in Aylsham. Having met with them on a couple of occasions before their wedding, it was clear that this was to be a family and close friends ceremony and afternoon tea at Blickling Hall with an evening party with a much wider circle of friends at Wensum Valley Golf Club. Meeting Mark and his excellent Best Man Ross an hour or so before the ceremony, I had plenty of time to take in some of sights around this majestic National Trust property and capture guests as they arrived down the stunning driveway that approaches the Hall from the front. I was also assisted all day by a good friend Jason who also happens to be Julia’s brother-in-law…..are you still with me!? Anyway, Jason was a huge help throughout the day, carrying equipment, modelling for some flash shots, rounding up guests for group photographs and later lighting and running with sparklers and holding a torch for some after-dark shots! Thank you so much Jason, you were a star.
Anyway, to sum up. Julia and Mark were a fantastic couple to be around for the day and their friends and family were equally warm and friendly making me feel like a genuine part of their day. Despite their reservations about being photographed (and I know that I and many others feel the same), we had a great time walking the grounds at Blickling Hall and setting up some night shots at Wensum Valley Golf Club; I’d even go as far as to say that I think they ended up enjoying the experience and perhaps some of the solitude that a walk with the photographer can bring in amongst all the action of a wedding day.
So, over to some images from a lovely intimate Spring wedding – I can’t wait to get back to Blickling Hall for another wedding in mid-July when I will be joining the lovely Kate and Richard for their own very special day at this incredible venue.