Erica + Jacob. Winter Themed Christmas Wedding at Voewood. Photo by Craig Jacob. Norfolk Brides Real Weddings
The only trouble with featuring some of our gorgeous Real Wedding Submissions in the NB Magazine, is that we cannot possibly add enough images to capture how truly stunning the wedding actually was. This also applies to Erica and Jacob’s winter wedding at our beloved Voewood.
So, have your supper, get in your PJ’s and enjoy this beautiful celebration with a glass of wine, G&T or any other favourite of yours – it is Friday night, after all, Honeys!
PLANNING A CHRISTMAS WEDDING
Jake proposed on Christmas morning 2015. We had just opened our stockings in bed with our two dogs Sam and Binx, when Jake got down on one knee and popped the question. As expected, after 7 loving years together, I said ‘YES!’.
We didn’t want a long engagement and knew that we wanted a winter wedding, so we planned it for the following December. Once we set a budget, we got stuck into the planning. We both really love winter and Christmas which is why we wanted for the wedding to take place in December. I wanted lots of lights, candles and sparkle but also something different.
Jake’s best man had been to a wedding some time ago and told us that if we were to ever marry, the perfect place for us would be Voewood in High Kelling. It was the only venue we looked at, and we fell in love straight away!
Voewood is a very unique and eclectic wedding venue, with an abundance of artwork and quirky designs, which we fell in love with. The building itself is amazing with little cosy nooks and crannies for guests to relax, and the grounds are beautiful. From there it was settling on the theme, colour scheme and importantly, a great menu!
My favourite part of the planning was arriving at the venue the day before and seeing our vision come together! I loved setting everything up, arranging the sweet buffet, putting up the decorations and just admiring it when it was all ready to go!
We chose red, blue and gold colours for our wedding. The groomsmen wore navy and the groom and best man wore a darker shade so they looked a little different. They each had a red rose buttonhole. The bridesmaids wore berry red sweetheart neckline, floor-length dresses with rose gold jewellery and white faux fur wraps to add to the winter theme. The tablecloths were white with champagne glitter runners and the flowers complemented the colours of the theme. I made my own invitations and place cards with the help of my bridesmaids which were red and gold. Each of the rooms was filled with candles, lights, we had two Christmas trees dressed with simple lights and vases of flowers dotted about the venue in addition to our centrepieces.
WEDDING PLANNING TIP
Pick a theme and stick to it!
It’s easy to get both carried away and confused, as there are so many lovely wedding ideas! The big day comes around so quickly, so it’s important to be organised and plan in advance. Have contingencies in case something doesn’t go according to plan. I had jobs allocated to everyone from welcoming guests and showing them to their seats to making sure my photographer and band were fed!
Your Wedding Day
We arrived at Voewood on Friday and set everything up the night before. Our wedding party arrived and helped us set up and spent the evening with us. We had a lovely meal on Friday night sitting in front of the fire at Voewood’s big dining table in front of a huge picture of the last supper! There were some interesting amateur photo shoots incorporating some of the interesting objects around the house!
On Saturday morning the groom and his groomsmen went into Holt for a cooked breakfast while the ladies got ready in the bridal suite. No one was allowed on our floor to get a sneak peek until the ceremony!
The ceremony was at 1 pm, followed by a canape reception while photographs were being taken. We had a wonderful pianist to entertain the guests. The wedding breakfast followed which began with amazing speeches from Jake, my Dad and the best man. Dinner was delicious sausage and mash or vegetable crumble followed by a trio of desserts and plenty of wine! The evening guests arrived from 7 pm, shortly after we cut the cake and had our first dance to Slade ‘Everyday’, followed by a dance with my Dad to ‘ My girl’.
Our amazing band then began playing then at about 9 pm we had a superb hog roast.
We danced and mingled for the rest of the night!
Our tips for the day would be to just enjoy every moment, it goes by so fast! Do what you want as the bride and groom. It is your big day after all! Also, delegate jobs to friends and family. And finally, if something doesn’t go the way you expected, don’t worry, you’re married and that’s the most important thing!
Ushers/fathers: MossBross; Groom/best man: Next
about the author
Founder and managing director of Norfolk Brides. Social Media and Marketing consultant by day. Obsessed with all things creative and beautiful - form eclectic weddings, to stunning interiors and abstract art. Addicted to working out and weightlifting. Cannot start the day without a strong coffee.