Emma + James / Norfolk Countryside Wedding

Emma and James were so much fun to photograph! We’d met in London a few months before their big day for an engagement shoot, and we clicked straight away. I took them up and down the streets (and hills) of London asking them to pose in doorways, next to garage doors and on piles of logs! They were always game and didn’t stop smiling!

Both Emma and James are graphic designers and  had carefully applied their talents to their wedding day, designing everything from the order of service to the seating plan. They even designed their own wedding logo – a fantastic amalgamation of their initials. Emma and her bridesmaids got ready at her parents’ house not far from the church.

A wedding day is so special and momentous for any couple, but it’s also a symbolic moment for the parents of the bride and groom, so I thought it would be fun to arrange for Emma to surprise her dad in her wedding dress. I asked her father to wait in the garden, and with her mum and bridesmaids looking on from the kitchen, Emma walked up and gave him a gentle tap on the shoulder. The smile on his face as he turned around was so heart warming. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house, or garden!

After marrying in a church local to Emma’s childhood home, Emma and James walked the short distance to their reception with guests and well wishers in cars tooting their horns to congratulate the pair as they passed. After the reception we were treated to the most stunning sunset which set the sky ablaze with reds and pinks. As soon as I spotted it I pulled Emma and James off the dance floor for a quick couple shot under the famous sweeping Norfolk sky!

One of the traditions of a wedding you don’t see so much is the throwing of the bride’s bouquet. I don’t know why people don’t do it more, it’s so funny to watch and even better to photograph. Scroll down and look out for James and Emma’s faces as the bouquet soared through the air and was fought for by their guests.

Here’s to a wonderful future Mr and Mrs Bell!



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