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Godwick Hall & Great Barn Wedding Photography : Paula & Bill

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Paula & Bill cast their net far and wide when it came to searching for a venue for their wedding. With one working in and both living not too far out of London, they would have had no end of choice had they looked closer to home but they wanted to break out of the urban sprawl and take in open skies, with a location not too onerous a distance away for their families and friends to make the journey with them but far enough away that there would be no temptation for anyone to try to make it back the same night. That way, as many as possible would still be around come the morning to make it more than a single, parenthesised day of celebration.

They cast their net far and wide and drew in the perfect catch; Godwick Hall & Great Barn in Norfolk. The county itself is as far away as one might get – in one direction at least – from the capital and its surrounds but in that direction not so far away as to be a great labour. The barn’s locale offers skies as expansive as the two ends of a protractor might encompass. Not all of Norfolk is completely flat, but this bit – bar the odd mole hill – certainly is and it has an effect on the mind and soul, at least for those conditioned to more undulating topology or indeed to the broken vertical surroundings of cityscapes and townscapes. Enormity and freedom play together in tandem. It truly does make for a breath of fresh air. The barn itself offers an equal degree of freedom, a very easy going space to make use of and shelter to boot should those wide open skies not be wearing and bearing the kind of weather one might prefer. The skies were on their best behaviour though when Paula & Bill came to town. Well, country.

So Paula & Bill brought their loved ones with them to a place that matched their temperaments perfectly; open souled and attentive people that took great care of their guests and very much too of yours truly. This is the story of their wedding day…

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Bill and his groomsmen were getting ready for the day ahead in the nearby village of East Rudham. My first encounter was with Bill’s dad, preparing the wedding car, one he’d been restoring over the years to a beautiful condition…

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Bill had been restoring himself to perfection, too…

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I travelled through the Norfolk Mountains to Godwick. Usually I don’t have time to stop between locations to photograph the scenery, but it was that breath-taking I had to seek out a lay-by (I really was enchanted by the landscape)…

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Not a hard bunch to photograph…

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I love coming across scenes of friends and family pitching in to bring plans to fruition; an enhanced sense of community reveals itself, a form of barn building of its own. As ever, I felt a twinge of guilt at not rolling my sleeves up too but then reminded myself that a record of others’ endeavours is what I’m there to build…

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Just a very, very strong stone thrower’s stone’s throw away, Paula and her entourage were getting ready at Godwick Hall.

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Ever so shy :~)…

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Meanwhile, back at the barn…

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I was going to get more than my fill of tractor sightings on this day :~)…

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I half expected the bridesmaids to get tipped out, on arrival…

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Well worth the wait…

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Priceless moment…

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The legal aspect of the ceremony, having to be concluded under a fixed roof, was brought indoors. (Apparently no photography was allowed at this juncture because, you know… secret agents… but with my mind tied up in confusion at the notion my shutter finger seems to have slipped)…

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The great tradition of throwing stuff at the newly-weds…

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A welcome addition to the group photographs, any time. Paula & Bill’s dog, their pride and joy…

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Tractor!…

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And I got to ride on it :~)…

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Groomgrooming…

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The novelty must have worn off :~)…

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From the card sat on Bill’s bed that morning through signs and decor that interlaced the day I thought that high quality professional design had been bought in for the occasion but was delighted to discover that all came through Paula’s personal interest in and natural talent for art and design.

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I particularly enjoyed photographing Paula & Bill’s guests in action. People must, I feel certain, always be aware that I’m around (often people say that they’d not been, though). One camera to hand and a back-up hanging from one shoulder tend to be a bit of a giveaway as to the function inherent in my presence. I found myself swimming in a small sea of open happiness, expressiveness and exuberance though; a real delight for me. Simply put, a great bunch of people to be amongst.

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A big thank you to Paula & Bill for seating me as a guest for dinner. I was additionally appreciative of the company at the table I’d been sat at. A lovely bunch of people. I’d assumed for a while that all at the table must be members of the same family, the way they interacted. I later found out though that all were work colleagues of Bill’s, his boss included; a small company, most certainly one that I imagine would be a pleasure to work at.

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Dreaming of chasing tractors across the flatlands of Norfolk, no doubt :~)…

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Remember my name!…

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Now remember my name! :~)…

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:~)…

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Yes I still remember your name, uosuᴉʞʇ∀ sᴉɹɥƆ!…

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(~: ¡ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ ɟo llɐ ʇᴉ ƃuᴉop ǝq oʇ ƃuᴉoƃ ɯ,I ‘ʇɐɥʇ op oʇ ʍoɥ ʇno pǝʞɹoʍ ǝʌ,I ʇɐɥʇ ʍoN

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Hours of fun…

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And into the night I made my way.

Congratulations Paula & Bill! Thank you for such a fantastic time, for looking after me so very well, and to your families and friends my thanks for your warmth, hospitality and generous good humour too!

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