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Elms Barn Wedding // Louise + Robert

by:   on: 14th September 2017

Louise’s vision was of an English country garden wedding with a rustic and romantic feel. The venue at Elms Barns suited everything she wanted – the gardens, the outdoor ceremony, the flowers all fitted perfectly with her chalkboard signs, shepherd’s crooks and ladder decorations.

The couple managed to sneak off for some romantic golden hour photos in the field – made all the more entertaining by the groom being a bit tipsy and the bride’s heels sinking in the mud. The result is some fantastic photos by Katherine Ashdown Photography capturing their laughter as well as their love.

How did he pop the question?

It was Christmas Eve, my favourite day of the year. He would have known I wouldn’t have wanted a public engagement so he did it at home, on Christmas Eve evening. As if he wasn’t nervous enough, I sent him round the close delivering Christmas cards and he had the ring in his pocket! It was our first Christmas in our new home and I was early pregnant with our daughter, so the proposal was perfect! I did question why he was turning the Christmas lights on just before we were going to bed though! I absolutely loved my ring, he did very well (with a little help from my mum!)

Tell us about the wedding planning and theme 

We started to plan our wedding 2 years in advance! I was always keen on the date  of 4th June as it was my grandparents wedding anniversary. Sadly, they are no longer with us so I wanted a date that was special to our family. I did a lot of the organising myself, I organise a lot of events for work , but organising your own wedding is a bit different!

I was quite particular when it came to details, colour schemes etc. I pinned no end of ideas on Pinterest, I think I just about managed to re-create them all!

I had a vision of an English country garden wedding with a rustic and romantic feels. Elms Barn suited everything we wanted perfectly, the gardens, the outdoor ceremony, the flowers…

Robert was just laid back about the whole thing – good job really as it allowed me get exactly what I dreamed of.

Do you have any wedding planning tips? 

Be as organised as possible, before you know it your wedding day is here! Enjoy the planning, it’s an exciting time and share the planning with bridal party!

Also, book a videographer to re-live the moments you miss!

Your Wedding day 

It was an early start, with hair and makeup in the girls lodge booked  from 7:30am. Boys lodge consisted of cooked breakfast and probably a game of cards! The boys did pay a surprise visit on the golf buggies to collect our daughter Ivy for a ride around, which she absolutley loved!

There were a fabulous little team of hairdressers and makeup artists working to tight timeslots. By the time we got ready and dressed, we had  3 lovely flower girls and a gorgeous page boy join the bridal party.

The morning went to quick! I had a few glasses of fizz and some calm drops to calm the nerves, not forgetting a few emotional wobbles – but who doesn’t, right?

My mum helped me into my dress. It was a really special moment for both of us. My dad got rather emotional as I walked down the stairs which set me off again but it was a lovely moment.

The car picked our mums, bridesmaids, flowergirls and page boy up from the lodge and took them to the front of Elms Barn where they greeted me when my dad and I arrived.

“I was 25 minutes late (oops) but time really does go quick, you don’t realise if you are running behind schedule!”

We were blessed with the weather, which allowed us to have an outside ceremony which I really wanted. It was a really emotional ceremony with my uncle reading out  ‘Always love each other’ by Larry S Chengges, which was so appropriate and meaningful.

Once the legalities of signing the official documemnts at the barn were over, we were able to enjoy some canapes and drinks with our guests in the beautiful gardens and watch little one play some outdoor games.

We really enjoyed our speeches that followed our wedding breakfast. They were really special, funny and quite emotional too. Shortly after the speeches, we cut our cake and before we knew it our evening entertainment was setting up and evening guests were arriving to continue to celebrate with us well in to the night.

Before our first dance we nipped out for some amazing golden hour photo’s in the field with Katherine. It was such an amazing day weather-wise, topped off with a perfect sunset.


Our first dance as a married couple was to a song by Lonestar, called “Amazed”. Laurence Brooks, our singer sang the song for us, which made me  very emotional! Our beautiful daughter Ivy joined us for our first dance which melted our ( and our guests) hearts!

We wanted everyone to have lots of food, drink and a big party! And they definitely knew how to party! A full dancefloor, lots of laughs and a fabulous evening filled with friends and family. We couldn’t have asked for anymore than that.

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Dalia Courridge

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.

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