Countryside wedding in Norfolk. Bride and Groom on bales of hey with their dog. Photo by Georgia Rachael Photography
I am truly in love with this beautiful love story of how Page and Luke met and git engaged. I loved everything about their wedding, particularly the wedding transport and all the small DIY touches. Thought that Page’s wedding planning tips are also very sensible and I could not have suggested any better!
Hope you will enjoy reading their story and immerse yourself in their wedding day beautifully photographed by Georgia Rachael.
How did you meet?
We met 5 years ago when I (Page) graduated from uni as a paramedic and moved to East Anglia to start my career. Luke was the tutor on my induction course! However Luke was so professional he managed to wait a whole 3 days after my course completed before he asked me for a date.
We were meant to be in Canada visiting friends. Unbeknown to me at the time, Luke had planned to propose during a trip away to a log cabin in Algonquin National Park. However, Luke didn’t get his electronic visa for his passport sorted out in time and they refused our check in at the airport! to say that I was annoyed would be an understatement.
Instead of going home we decided we were just going to get the next cheap flight that was leaving, which happened to be Amsterdam. So an impromptu adventure was rapidly organised on the floor of the airport. We had such a fun trip (no pun intended) and Luke popped the question on the Magere Brug bridge at night whilst it was all lit up. It was pouring it down and there was nobody else around. Luke told me he wanted to keep me forever and asked if I would become Mrs Chamberlain, before getting on one knee and giving me the most incredible rock I’ve ever seen. I still can’t stop staring at it to this day!
When we got back from our trip, we were keen to get the ball rolling and we had arranged to view a couple of wedding venues venues within the first few weeks of being engaged. We hadn’t even got out of the car at Pentney Abbey before deciding that’s where it would happen and didn’t bother looking anywhere else! We did about 80% of the planning very quickly. Having the dress, suits, rings, songs, invites, music, photographer, florist and food all decided. We relaxed, and decided we didn’t have much else to do. Until about 3 weeks to go and realised we were horribly unorganised and actually had A LOT to do! The last few weeks were certainly interesting, but Luke worked so hard building and creating perfectly the exact images I had in my head. He made a cake stand, giant photo frames, concrete letters, benches, signs, garden games and pic ‘n’ mix tables. Which all looked amazing. So my favourite part was seeing our visions all come together on the day and being such a good team together.
Did you have a theme
We both have a passion for travelling and during our 5 years together we have been all over the world. So travel was definitely worked into the table plan and styling of the barn with maps and globes, centred around our favourite places. We also had a whole lot of homemade rustic touches, which felt so special to us because we had achieved it all ourselves. Despite being somewhat unorganised, a lot of love, time and effort went into our wedding day. I think that really showed. We were very proud of it.
Your Wedding Planning tips
Decide on the venue before the dress, I’m confident this will impact on your decision.
Go homemade with anything you’re able to and do it together! Luke and I have created some amazing memories making stuff together and it’s lovely getting all the compliments on the day!
Do I even need to mention Pinterest? That’s already in the bridal rulebook, right?
If you’re going to spend money on anything, make sure it’s your photographer. Ours literally blew our minds and was genuinely a lovely human to be around.
Make a whole weekend of it. The day will vanish and be over before you know it. We had our venue accommodation for 2 nights and it was so good to have our nearest and dearest around us for an extended celebration.
Your wedding Day
As we weren’t getting married until 2pm we were worried that we wouldn’t see each other for the majority of our own wedding day. So we canned the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony and spent the morning together, making a huge breakfast for our families and bridal party, before hiding away to get ready!!
We then spent about 4 hours separately with our bridesmaids and groomsmen getting dressed and sharing some bubbles.
My dad walked me down the aisle to my brother who gave me away, to the man of my dreams, in front of all our friends and family. It was easily the happiest moment of my life. The ceremony was beautiful. It was held outside on the most glorious day of the year. Our labrador carried our rings to us on a stick and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
We then spent a couple of hours on the lawn, playing garden games and enjoying drinks and canapes whilst listening to some live music, before heading into the barn for the wedding breakfast. Which was then followed by speeches. Luke had 3 best men (clearly he isn’t as decisive as me) so there were 5 speeches, including Luke and my Dad. This was followed by a much needed make up touch up. My twin sister and maid of honour actually cried her false eyelash off and it was hanging off her cheek. Then evening guests started arriving with the band and DJ.
It all becomes a bit fuzzy at this point I can remember losing my underskirt because it was too hot, so my friend had to go up my dress and help me get it off, sweet, sweet relief! There was the first dance, cake cutting and lots and lots of wine. Red, to be precise, which is now also covering my wedding dress! It was incredible to have all our favourite people in one place. My feet still actually hurt 4 days later, but I strongly recommend marrying your best friend, It’s one day that will be very hard to beat!
Bill Downes (busking) and The Mesh Band
The Vintage Suit Hire Co.
The Diamond store London, Natalie K, Neil Lane
Warren Groom (Moweso)
1940’s ambulance from East of England Ambulance Service
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.