Around a year ago a brand new Norfolk wedding venue owner Chris got in touch to tell me about his exciting new outdoor wedding venue just outside Norwich. He was looking for some promotional images and invited me down to the site to have a sneaky look round.

It was a very cold grey winters day and the site had been having some work done so looked a little bare. What was apparent though was that this was special. I mean a seriously special venue and I was blown away that such a beautiful location was just outside Norwich.

Largely the site consists of beautiful woodland surrounded by fields and overlooking the marshes. There is also a cleared ‘green’ perfect for a marquee or tipi. It was clear to me that this site needed a very special shoot and so the idea for this years styled shoot was born.  It is very much perfect for every type of bride wanting an outdoor wedding or a secluded/natural feel to their reception with the convenience of Norwich close by.  We thought though to really play to the venues strengths we would give the shoot a bit of a ‘boho’ theme after all this is really is the most amazing outdoor location.

Chris wanted to wait until the site was a little more ‘ready’ and that the trees, grass all looked their very best so we decided to wait until late summer and eventually the date of 3rd October was decided. In the mean time I met a very special Bride, Chantal who has created and styled her own engagement shoot and wedding with such amazing attention to detail I was blown away. She had expressed an interest in doing more ‘styling’ and decided to open her own business, Angels by the Sea, which is prop hire and styling for weddings and other events/shoots. She is SO good at what she does I invited her to get involved with our styled shoot. She arranged EVERYTHING, from the models to the camper to the incredible tipi and went to town with every last detail making the shoot quite simply EPIC.

There were lots of suppliers involved as well as great models and I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to them all for giving their time, energy, vision and enthusiasm in the run up and on the day itself.  A styled shoot is such a great opportunity to meet new suppliers, have some fun and give everyone some awesome images for their portfolios and in this instance check out this incredible new venue.

So with huge thanks to the following suppliers here is the rather long sneak peek….

Venue ~ www.hushvenues.com

Photographer ~ www.katherineashdown.co.uk

Stylist ~ www.facebook.com/angelsbythesea

Models ~ Amanda, James & Katie, Charlotte {Donovan Abel} Harry {Donovan Abel} www.donovanabel.com

Hair ~ www.flamingoamy.co.uk

Makeup ~ www.pauladaynes.co.uk

Flowers ~ www.facebook.com/amityflowers

Tipi ~ www.magicalcamping.co.uk

Campervan ~ www.retrocampersnorfolk.co.uk

Cake ~ Stephanie by appointment only

Dresses ~ www.sophieandsmith.co.ukwww.big-c.co.ukwww.purebrides.co.uk , www.lovecouture.co.uk {and one borrowed from my lovely bride Tori!}

Grooms wear ~ www.slaters.co.uk

Henna/jewellery/hair pieces ~ www.bohemianlovestory.com

Menu and table stationary ~ www.aimeepaints.com

Foot Jewellery  ~ Becca Bilvertone

Place settings ~ Paddock Maintenance

Also a huge thank you to the managers of Chris’ B&B who loaned us some rooms to get ready and were very hospitable and Chris Beck who did TONS of running around and lifting for us it wouldn’t have been possible without him, as well as Chris & Emma Langridge who loaned us the table, chairs, hay bales and yummy apples!

Watch out for the full shoot coming in a few weeks time!

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