Rainy Holkham Hall & River Farm Barn Wedding in Norfolk // Rebecca + Henry. Photo: Luis Holden
I love the opulent feel of the Rebecca and Henry’s wedding ceremony at the stunning Marble Hall at one of the grandest country estates at Holkham. There had been so much effort in to putting meaningful personal touches their wedding day and it truly shows. The barn at River Farm set up for the evening reception, looked absolutely beautiful and not even the rainy British weather had dampened the spirits of ecstatic newlyweds and their guests.
I hope that you will enjoy reading the wedding story in Rebecca’s own words and I am certain that you will find photos by Luis Holden your Pinterest board worthy.
Having gotten engaged at the Holkham Beach on the 6th of May 2017, Henry and I both wanted to get married at Holkham Hall, so we started by finding out the availability of the hall. We were given dates in May and June and decided we wanted to get married at the beginning of summer as my best friend got married in May and it was the most perfect day. My favourite flowers are also Peonies which are in season at this time of the year. We’ve chosen the date once I carefully looked at the weather over the years and decided that June would be less likely to rain.
I did all the planning myself, being an Architect I am quite organised. I planned the wedding ceremony and Henry’s Mum did help with the reception planning. Henry helped pick things and sourced the meat for the day. We themed our wedding around country with a couple of stag and architecture related items.
YOUR WEDDING DRESS
I had the dress made by Camilla Brides in Norwich. I had a good idea of what I wanted and the ladies at the shop helped me pick a shape to suit my figure and choose the fabric. I knew I wanted a fitted, matt looking dress made from crepe with detailed lace top with cap sleeves. Picking the lace was incredibly hard, but I absolutely loved the final look.
Trying to find a bridesmaid dress to keep all 5 bridesmaid happy has proven to be much harder and pretty much impossible. There is so much to choose from! Having seen too many options via our group chat, I ended up buying a dress and told them this is what they were going to wear, and I must say, they all looked incredible.
WEDDING PLANNING TIPS
I made A LOT of things for the wedding and spent about 6 months solidly working on them on the weekends. I made the stationary, favours, bridesmaids shoe clips, the card box, centre pieces, table plan, confetti packets of dried flowers and lavender for all guests and signage for the venue. I also refurbished an old drawing board to present the table plan on. Henry did make the Antler Hat stand / Bar and Bar sign, he also mastered the art of the burnie pen and did all the place names on mini logs and our guest log.
If you want a personalised wedding be aware that you will need to spend a lot of time to get it all completed.
Also enjoy the planning because your wedding day does come around soo fast. I would also recommend buying bits from Ebay Its where I got all my bunting and decorations from.
THE WEDDING DAY
My bridesmaids and I stayed in The Victoria Inn the night before. As Holkham hall don’t normally allow people to use the hall without the reception we had to get married at 11:00am in case anyone else wanted the hall at 2:00pm. This exception was made for us as Henry worked for the estate. So the girls and I were up at 6:00am as I had 5 bridesmaids and my mum to have there make up and hair completed.
The morning was lovely we had a cooked breakfast delivered to the room, the boys arrived at 10:00 to drop off my brother Alex who was walking me down the aisle as my dad passed away in a farming incident when I was 15.
The ceremony was lovely – Henry and I giggled our way through it – we high fived at the no objections and the best man gave Henry, Henry’s ring to put on my finger which was quite amusing. Two of our friends did readings which was lovely as well.
Once the ceremony was over we had drinks in the saloon. We then had formal photos on the marble halls stairs and then a confetti throw as Henry and I walked down the stairs (I made packets of confetti so everyone had something to throw and attached these to the order of the day). Once we were outside the hall we left in the DBS Aston Martin and went to the south side of the hall for some photos with our photographer. There was a cricket game going on outside the hall and when we drove past they all stopped playing and all clapped at us. We got some really lovely shots outside the hall.
Henry and I then drove to River Farm, Honing in the vintage car which was lovely to have some time alone. On the way back the heavens decided to open and it rained BAD! Once we got back to the Farm we got to see the damage the rain had made, our Gazeboo outside the barn had completely collapsed, the barn was a little wet on the floor but the Yurts were all ok. It was quite nice as every one congregated in the Yurts and all got to chat together.
Following our wedding breakfast we had the spearhead, and they were slightly different to the norm as the groom went first, we then had a Best Woman speech and Best man speech. After plenty of food and good amount of drinks we took to the dance floor for our first dance (which we should have practiced for!) and cut the cake. It was a fantastic night and due to torrential rain our mattress where we meant to spend the night was throughly soaked so we had to get a taxi home!
The Weather, you cannot control it. it will be what it will be, you just have to embrace it and don’t let it affect your special day. If it rains you just get wet! Also, if you are having an outdoor wedding, don’t be precious about the dress and enjoy it, you will only wear it once. Buy umbrellas – they were a life saver at our wedding. You really can’t predict the weather in England.
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