Gressenhall Museum Wedding Photography

After a few weddings away it was great to be back home for a Norfolk wedding, and one just down the road from me as well.  The wedding reception was being held at Trixie’s parents home near Dereham and I started here to catch the last of Trixie’s preparations.   Trixie was planning to travel to the wedding at Gressenhall in the family’s Landrover so the first job was to dress it with ribbons for the journey.  The car sorted, the girls could focus on their own preparations, including a necklace for Trixie that has been in the family for many years – as evidenced by a family portrait in the hallway!

It was my first time for a Gressenhall Museum wedding, the chapel was easy to find to the left of the main building where I found Ben greeting his guests.  Trixie arrived shortly after in the Landrover and after a quick chat with registrars, it was off to the chapel to get married.  Although the chapel was obviously an old religious building it’s no longer consecrated and the wedding was to be a civil ceremony.  Ben was emotional as Trixie walked it, a little wipe of his eyes and we were good to go, into a very relaxed and happy ceremony.  After the wedding, there was time for a couple of quick portraits in the Gressenhall grounds behind the chapel and then a quick chat with the guests before Trixie and Ben took to the sports car that Ben had built himself.

The guests headed off to the reception while I followed Trixie and Ben to Dereham windmill, Dereham has a windmill, who knew!  They wanted a few moments to chill together after the bustle of the ceremony and I took a few shots and left them for their alone time.  A short while later they arrive at the reception, driving through a wall of confetti to join their guests for the champagne reception.  The marquee was a tight squeeze in the garden, with the pièce de résistance inside being another of Ben’s self-made creations – huge letters commanding the guests to dance at the edge of the dance floor.  He’s a man of many talents.  The weather outside was cloudy but warm, a perfect lazy day for a summer wedding party.

Following the wedding breakfast came the speeches and cake cutting – a giant version of Ben’s favourite French Fancy and then it was time to hit the dance floor for their rehearsed first dance routine.  Which Ben promptly messed up.  So they restarted … and Ben messed up again.  Another restart … eventually the dance came off without a flaw, ending with a spectacular lift.  What a great Norfolk wedding.  Congrats Trixie and Ben!

 

a marquee at a family home for a norfolk weddingthe bride dresses the landrover for the journey to her wedding at gressenhalltrixie applies her makeupthe brides sister checks her hairthe brides mother helps with the bridesmaid dressesa family portrait showing the brides necklacethe brides mother holds the brides necklacetrixies mum helping her with the necklacebride and mother share a moment during the preparationsguests gathering before a gressenhall weddingthe groom greets guests at the gressenhall chapelben greets some children before the ceremonyguests outside the gressenhall chapelthe groom talks to guests inside the chapelguests chat in the aisle of gressenhall chapela wide shot of the chapel before the ceremonyguests chatting before the ceremonyguests arriving at gressenhallribbons on the wedding sports carthe bride arrives in her landrover discoverythe bride and her father in the wedding carthe bride and her wedding party before a gressenhall ceremonytrixie walks to the ceremonytrixie and her father outside the gressenhall chapelwalking down the aisletrixie and ben meet at the fron of the chapelthe groom wipes away a tearbride and groom inside the gressenhall chapeltrixie and ben holding handsa wedding ceremony at gressenhal museumthe best man drops off the ringsbride and groom exchange ringstrixie and ben laugh during the ceremonya reading during the ceremonybride and groom embracethe grooms family look on during the ceremonythe signing of the registerThe wedding party at the front of the churchguest take photosbride and groom walk down the aisle at gressenhall chapelleaving the chapela couple portrait at gressenhalla couple portrait behind the chapel at gressenhalla couple portrait at gressenhallthe brides necklacebride and groom walk to their wedding carbride and groom in their robin hood wedding carthe guests wave them offthe wedding car drives through the grounds of gressenhallbride and groom in front of dereham windmillbride and groom pose in fron of dereham windmillbuying a coffee in the shopcheers in the dereham windmill shopguests wait at the wedding receptionwith confetti in handthree guests walk down the drivetrixie and ben drive through the confettiiconfetti inside the wedding carbride and groom get their first drinksflowers and the grooms hat on the carchildren play inside the wedding cara pageboy hugs the family dog in the marqueewedding guests chat in the drivewaythe groom talks to his guestsguests chatting before the wedding breakfastchildren play swingball in the gardenthe bride chats with guestsa guest messes about with the grooms swordthe groom stands behind his homemade lighting displayben shows off his lighting to the guestsbride and groom on a bridge in the gardenwaitresses prepare the giant french fancy cakeguests arrive in the marqueea detail shot of the wedding cakeguests walk to the marqueebride and groom on a tandem bicyclebride and groom kiss outside the marqueetrixie and ben walk into the marqueebride and groom enter the marquee for the wedding breakfasta guest kisses his babythe wedding harpist in the marqueebride and groom at the top tableguests play with a baby outside the marqueea guest talks to the brides motherguests enjoying the wedding breakfasta list of times for a bet on the speechesbride and groom embrace at the top tablethe brides fathers speechthe grooms speechthe bride laughs at the grooms speechthe grooms speecha card trick during the best mans speechtrixie and ben cut the cakesome guests admire bens lightingthe couples first danceben messes up the first dancetake two for the first dancetrixie and ben in front of the lightsmore first danceben lifts trixie at the end of the first dance

 

 

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