Nick and Charlotte’s colourful and quirky wedding at Keeper and the Dell,Norfolk!
Colour, cats, vintage cars, an outdoor ceremony and glitter! What more could you ask for, at a summer wedding in the Norfolk countryside?
Fun fact: I love Norfolk and harbour dreams of living on the coast there. I’d eat nothing but seafood and go for endless walks along windswept beaches.
Because it’s so dear to my heart, it was wonderful to head there to photograph Charlotte and Nick’s wedding. It was a super colourful celebration at the absolutely wonderful Keeper and the Dell and I loved being a part of it.
We completely forgot we were being photographed
Here’s what Charlotte and Nick had to say about working with me.
Babb was a breeze to work with and made us both feel so comfortable. Neither of us are confident in front of a camera but we completely forgot we were being photographed. Laura as made us feel so relaxed! We are so in love with the photos! Babb was recommended and on checking out her photos, we fell in love with her colourful, relaxed and non-staged photography. After speaking with Babb over Skype we knew she was the perfect person. She really understood us and our wedding!
A Guatemalan Wedding in England…
We met in the first year of university, Nick lived in the flat above mine, and in less than a few weeks of knowing each other, we were an item. After a bumpy start our relationship got stronger with every year. We even managed 6 months living together in my childhood box-room post-uni!
After 6 years together, I started mounting a bit of pressure on Nick for a proposal. Nick organised a ‘surprise’ trip after a very hard year and although my mum spilt the beans pre-trip, we had an amazing time. Nick popped the question in Manarola. It was THE most romantic place I have ever been to.
We had only been engaged for a few months when we began planning our wedding. We wanted a Guatemalan wedding on Lake Atitlan! Unfortunately, flights for family and friends to Central America were just too much so we decided to swap to the Guatemala of England: Norfolk!
Scroll to the bottom to read more about the day in their own words!
An outdoor Norfolk wedding venue
We were looking for an outdoor venue with a quirky feel. The cost of English wedding venues was a shock, along with the fact you would have very little choice over the food and alcohol served. I spent a lot of time trawling through alternative wedding blogs, until I found the Keeper and the Dell. It incorporated everything we wanted, AND we could choose our caterers, bring our own booze and have an open bar!
A colourful, embroidered dress and a forest green suit
I had a bad experience in a wedding dress fitting and I knew I didn’t want anything traditional. It was only a few months before the wedding and I didn’t have my dress, to everyone’s dismay! I had actually ordered some panic dresses for my hen do when I realised one of the Asos dresses was perfect for my wedding day!
My shoes were Miss L Fire. They incorporate vintage style, colour and comfort (very important for a girl that lives in trainers). When I tried on my blue shoes I fell in love!
I had dreamed of having our cat Max embroidered into my dress but this wasn’t possible. Luckily I found an amazing instagram artist to create my embroidered necklace.
Nick wanted a forest green suit and found an amazing one in the Moss Brothers sale. He wore a white asos shirt and brown brogues with Tabio pink socks. As a wedding gift I bought Nick an embroidered portrait of Max from another fab instagrammer. He wore on his jacket and brought everything together perfectly.
Colour and flowers galore!
We wanted colour and flowers galore! I didn’t really think about how things went together and I’m not really into themes so we just chose stuff. It all came together! I wanted to incorporate my mixed ancestry and did this by having Indian and Nepalese sari bunting and a marigold flower wall. We also had thistles in our flowers for my Scottish roots.
Our wedding was unique to us and my parents sourced each vintage plate from second hand shops. Every plate was unique! I drew and wrote all our signage on pink perspex. Flowers came via a huge bulk order from Holland and Nick’s parents (with a little help from me) made all the bouquets, buttonholes and flower arrangements on the tables. I wanted the flowers to look like wildflowers and I think the effect worked! We also bought moss to put on the tables to give it a forest feel.
May this ring remind you of today, yesterday and all the wonderful days to come
Our vows were tailored slightly, and included our favourite line ‘May this ring remind you of today, yesterday and all the wonderful days to come.’ We didn’t want soppy readings, we are a silly couple and like to make people laugh so we chose ‘I wanna be yours’ by John Cooper Clarke.
Our other reading was ‘I’ll be there’ by Louise Cuddon. We changed some references such as our ‘Guatemalan hostel’ from our travels.
My favourite moment was Nick trying to squeeze the ring on my already-sausage-like-but-extra-puffy-from-nerves finger. He was trying so hard to not embarrass me and act like it was a breeze but I knew it was a tight squeeze and it made me laugh. Babb caught this moment perfectly in a picture and it’s one of my favourites, as it takes me back to that second.
The words of wisdom
Make sure you do you! Try not to listen to what everyone else wants and think what will make you happiest, it is your day after all! If we were to do anything different we would probably have eloped to Guatemala but we are glad everyone had a fab day and we were able to share it with so many loved ones.
Cake Maker – Bee’s Bakery- cake
Caterer – Spitfire Hog Roast
Transport – Cadillac- American wedding cars