Cat + Matt’s bohemian inspired rustic wedding at Godwick Great Barn. Photo by Daniel Lightening. Norfolk Brides Wedding Blog
Another Friday – another beautiful wedding is landing on our wedding blog pages. This week I am sharing a beautiful Cat and Matt’s wedding at Godwick Barn in rural Norfolk. I loved the little touches and adore the bridesmaid dresses. Wait until you see the photos with the couples two pugs too! Honest, it is adorable.
If you haven’t already – grabs cuppa, get comfy and have a read. As always Cat and Matt tells the story in their own words.
Before the big day
We met on our first day at the university back in 2009, via my maid of honour who was in halls of residence with Matt. We have been together 8 years since 19thMay 2010.
We had a week off work and were planning on things that we wanted to do. Cat had planned the first day out and Matt then planned the Tuesday. On the morning of the proposal (18thJuly 2017) he said he was going for a run but actually went to buy picnic ingredients and hid them in a hamper in his car. When he came back (after throwing water over himself to look like he had been running!) he asked me to pack an overnight bag for his planned day out. We then drove with our dogs until we reached Holkham Hall. When we arrived Matt pulled out the hamper and said we were having a picnic. We found a quiet spot under a tree by the lake and once we have eaten our mains he asked if I would like a dessert. He then pulled out the ring box and went down on one knee and said “Cat I love you, will you Marry me?” I burst into tears and he didn’t hear me say yes! Inside the box was a haribo ring as he had bought me haribo on our first date. He then gave me the actual ring. At this point a flock of deer ran past!
Inside the box was a haribo ring as he had bought me haribo on our first date.
Afterwards we went for a walk on Holkham beach and he told me that he had booked for us to stay at the Pigs in Edgefield. This was amazing with a spa room and Adnams Champagne waiting for us. We enjoyed the spa as did our two pugs who kept trying to use the sauna!
We began planning soon after the proposal. Our wedding venue was booked within two weeks! We then had around 9 months to prepare everything and started booking in the suppliers. The day after the proposal, I have shown Matt my Pinterest wedding album. Luckily we agreed on most things! When it came to the final stages of the planning, my bridesmaids would come over for craft sessions; we made the confetti which I had dried at home, stamped names on tiny log slices and other crafts. I really enjoyed having my dress handmade and being able to design this in the shop with the staff and some of my bridesmaids. It was exactly as I wanted it!
THE WEDDING DRESS
Initially, I went to dress shops in the city centre and couldn’t find a dress that was the style that I wanted. We then went to the flash sale at Camilla Brides in Norwich. This is when it all changed. Although I didn’t get the dress in the sale, I was able to design my wedding dress own alongside one of my bridesmaids and sister in law. I wanted lace, three quarter length arms and a bardot neckline. I had saved a photo on Pinterest a long time ago, and I felt so lucky that I was able to create this look and personalise it. We used a thick Italian lace and there were buttons down the back. I borrowed one of my bridesmaids veils from her wedding which went beautifully with the dress.
Buy a wedding planning book and keep sections with budgets and to do lists! We kept a list week by week of what we wanted to achieve and then split the smaller jobs between us. It helps to have a theme that you stick to and not constantly buy items as well.
YOUR WEDDING DAY
There has been such terrible and wet April, so when the forecast was predicted to be 21 degrees we couldn’t believe our luck. We woke up to such a wonderful day which later resulted in people getting sun burnt! We had set up the day before with items borrowed from the Little Lending Company and didn’t want anything to get ruined in the rain!
Cat, the bridesmaids and her Aunt stayed at the Godwick Hall the night before. On the morning we tried to have breakfast together, but it was too tricky as we all had to get ready and stick to the schedule. The makeup artist, hairdresser, videographers and photographer arrived at 9am. We set up one of the bedrooms as the ‘getting ready room’ and took turns for hair and makeup. During this time we sipped champagne (the same champagne that Matt had arranged to have at The Pigs after our engagement!) and ate macarons from Macarons and More in Norwich. Matt and the groomsmen arrived about 11am to finish setting up the venue and to ensure that the aisle had been laid. They then came to the Hall to get ready downstairs with the maid of honour and best man on duty to ensure we didn’t cross paths!
The groomsmen walked down to the venue with Matt and the photographer was able to go along with them and take some snaps. Cat and the bridesmaids, her uncle and Aunt went in the vintage tractor. There were quite a lot of trips which we should have left more time for (I was only 20 minutes late!).
Our ceremony took place at 2pm. We had an outside ceremony with guests taking seats on hale bales. There was a quartet who played “You’ve got the love” by Florence and The Machine as I walked down the aisle which they learnt especially for us. The aisle was made up of Persian rugs as my Uncle who raised me is Iranian and we thought this was a nice touch, as he had flown from Australia to give me away. We said our vows outside and then went inside to the barn for the legal part of the ceremony with the best man, maid of honour and Cat’s Aunt and Uncle.
The obligatory confetti shot and a welcome drink (Prosecco, Peroni and Pop) with our guests was followed to a quick trip down to the ruins. We used the venue owned tractor for some photos whilst the guests played games (including crazy golf as this is one of our favourite activities together). We had further drinks with guests and then we were seated at 4pm for the speeches and afternoon tea. The speeches were amazing with a lot of laughter and plenty of tears! We had our luxury afternoon tea which we had chosen with Roland from Expresso which was incredible! The quartet played during this time a mixture of classic and modern songs.
Our evening guests arrived at 7pm and we then cut the cake shortly followed by our first dance. It was “Last of the ladies” by The Courteeners. This was a song that Matt sent to me when we were at Uni together, and the lyrics worked perfectly. The evening celebrations started with the amazing band (The Nameless Three) who played covers with a folk influence. It was amazing as we wanted Mumford and Sons but apparently they are a little busy! There were then firepits outside to toast marshmallows on and a pizza van we hired as this is Matt’s favourite food. Guests were using the polaroid guest book and snapping away all night.
Our tips for your wedding day:
Stay calm! Everyone was surprised at how calm we both were on the morning of the wedding. It really helped when it came to saying our vows. Also write a list of everything with timings – from arrival of the florist, to the cake delivery and so on. Make sure you have a clear schedule and contact details of all suppliers so the best man and maid of honour can have a copy of those.
Godwick Great Barn
John Lewis and bracelet borrowed from my Aunt
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