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Godwick Hall Wedding Rob Dodsworth Photography

WWW readers Lucy and Simon are with us today to share their totally beautiful and super happy wedding celebrations. Yay! They tied the knot on the 1st August 2018 at Godwick Great Barn and Hall in the stunning Norfolk countryside. First up they were married in an outdoor ceremony against a pretty naked tipi backdrop complete with country views, before heading to the rustic barn to party the evening away. Guests were in for a real treat with the entertainment they lined up, with WWW faves Tailored Entertainment supplying their live band Smith and Sons, a glitter make up station and tattoo station were set up, alongside fete games outdoors and crepes in the evening. Amaze!

There were some really beautiful décor touches too, with peacock chairs for the bride and groom at the top table, abundant wild flowers all round and pretty stationery. Do keep your eyes peeled for the brilliant tractor trailer transport, really gorgeous outfits and a spectacular sunset.

We have Rob Dodsworth Photography to thank for sharing with us these truly wonderful images today, wow!

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The Proposal

Me and Simon have been together 10 years, since we were 18. We had talked about getting married before and I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him but I was still shocked when he proposed! We had gone on holiday to Lanzarote with my family. It’s somewhere that means a lot to me as I’ve gone every year since I was two so I have a lot of fond memories there. One evening we were ready to go out early so Simon asked if I wanted to go for a walk before dinner. I nearly foiled his plan by inviting everyone else along but luckily they said no! We walked down to the beach where Simon got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I think I was so happy I laughed! It was a simple and heartfelt proposal which was absolutely perfect. It was amazing getting to spend the next week celebrating in the sun with my family and relaxing before the planning began.

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The Vision

The most important thing for us was to create a day where we could have fun and feel relaxed. We knew we wanted to get married in Norfolk as this is where we are both from and where we have set up home and you really can’t beat the Norfolk countryside. It was also important to us that we found a venue that we could put our own stamp on and somewhere our bride party and close family could stay to keep the celebrations going.

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The Planning Process

I absolutely loved planning our big day! I spent hours looking through Whimsical Wonderland for inspiration and researching suppliers. It was a bit daunting to start with as I’m not the most organised person in the world (understatement!) so it seemed like a huge task. Simon is the organiser in our house so he created a spreadsheet to keep us on track. We were very lucky to have amazing friends and family who helped us out. My bridesmaid Pippa helped me to make 100 candles for our favours, my Mum and Step Dad filled hundreds of jars with chocolate buttons (although my Step Dad ate more than he filled but the thought was there!) and Simon’s mum printed everyone’s addresses for us so we didn’t have to hand write them. Every bit of help we got made it a little bit easier.

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The Venue

Godwick Great Barn in Norfolk. We had booked to see a few venues but when we returned home from our first viewing we knew we’d found our venue and booked it straight away. It had everything we were looking for. The barn was absolutely beautiful and was a blank canvas to get creative and put our own stamp on it. Godwick offer a duo ceremony option where you can get married outside or inside depending on the weather. We loved that guests could sit on hay bales overlooking a field of sheep! Lots of our guests were coming from out of Norfolk so we wanted them to have a real taste of Norfolk life. The tractor and trailer that brought the bridal party to the venue was also a bonus. The deal breaker for us was the amazing farm house that sits alongside Godwick barn. It was big enough for all of our bridal party to stay the night before and night of the wedding and had a swimming pool, games room and 3 gorgeous shepherds huts, one of which became the bridal suite. Spending that time together before the wedding was so special and really added to our day.

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Your Outfits & Accessories

I found dress shopping quite difficult. I feel there’s quite a lot of pressure on brides to have a “bridal moment” and find the dress that’s perfect. I tried on every style imaginable and really struggled to find something that worked with my shape. I ended up going with a much more traditional style than I’d imagined so I added a leather jacket by Back Chat Designs. It was the first dress I’d tried that I could really see myself getting married in. I loved the shape and the beautiful gold lace detailing and I felt really confident wearing it. The girls at Heart Brides were lovely and really helpful. I really wanted to have buttons down the back of the dress so they took out the corset back and replaced it. Nothing was too much trouble for them.They also helped me choose my gorgeous cathedral length veil.

My shoes were from ASOS but after the ceremony I changed into my trusty gold glitter wedges to give my feet a break!

Hair accessories were from Crown and Glory.

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Beauty

I would say my real bridal moment came when I had my hair trial with the incredible ‘Flamingo Amy’. I wanted to go for something a bit different to how I’d normally have my hair so that it felt really special. I chose a 50’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’ style and absolutely fell in love with it. Amy is incredibly talented and knew exactly what I wanted. I was over the moon with the looks she created for me and my bridesmaids.

Make up was by the amazing Leanna Stibbon for Love Moi make up. I’ve never really had my make up done before so I was a bit nervous but Leanna put me completely at ease. She gave me the confidence to rock a red lip and it stayed put all day.

Love Moi make up came back for our reception with The Glitter Bar! This was the biggest hit of the whole day. I had a lot of people tell me a glitter bar was a waste of money but I’m so glad I stuck to my guns and kept it. There was a queue all night for it, and everyone got glittered up – including my Nan and our photographer! We have some amazing photos of everyone dancing with full faces of glitter at the end of the night which are some of our favourites.

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Groomsmen

The groomsmen outfits were hired from Pure Brides in Norwich. Simon knew exactly what he wanted and they had a great selection.

Simon gifted the groomsmen a pair of brightly coloured socks each. Simon loves a bright sock and these looked amazing in photos.

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The Readings & Music

We used music from our favourite films for the ceremony, walking down the aisle to ‘How Long Will I Love You?” from ‘About Time’ and back down to Hall and Oates ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ from 500 Days of Summer.

Our first dance had to be a Mumford and Sons track. They are our favourite band and we’ve even travelled to Iceland to see them. We chose ‘There Will be Time’. The song reminds me of Simon and makes me cry every time I hear it now!

We had two readings read by my sisters. The Owl and the Pussy Cat and The Lovely Other Dinosaur by Edward Monkton.

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The Flowers

I met our florist Judith of Peony Floral Designs at the forum spring wedding show in Norwich. I fell in love with her wild floral displays. She was just as excited about my ideas as I was and she didn’t disappoint. We had large wild flower centre pieces, wild flower button holes, flowers lining the aisle and draping over the tipi we got married under. Judith also created trailing foliage down the stair case in the barn accompanied with lots of candles, foliage on the back of our peacock throne chairs and stems in gin bottles dotted around the venue. (We’re big gin drinkers) She was an absolute star putting up with me adding things the week before the wedding. I’m sure I was really annoying but she was always so lovely and helpful.

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Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids dresses were from ASOS and my little sister’s was from Monsoon.

ASOS was perfect as they could all choose a style they liked and try them on at home since they all live in different parts of the country.

I gifted my bridesmaids personalised bracelets from Lisa Angel in Norwich which have a great selection of gifts.

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The Details & Décor

We wanted our wedding to represent us and be a huge celebration of the things we love together. We didn’t have a particular theme, we just wanted to have as many elements of things we both love as we could. This included a nod to our favourite film, 500 Days of Summer with an ‘I Love Us’ cake topper and walking back down the aisle to Hall and Oate’s ‘you make my dreams come true’. The Lord of the Rings (a slight obsession of Simon’s) with map of middle earth cufflinks for the groom and I surprised Simon by ending my vows with “I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all of the ages of this world alone”. I have 14 tattoos and absolutely love them so we had a tattoo station with personalised tattoos which went down an absolute storm and a tribute to our favourite band Mumford and Sons in the form of our first dance and a folk band that had everyone dancing all night!

Simon is a graphic designer so he designed all of our wedding stationery. He even created cartoons of every guest for our table plan and place names. He drew pictures of our chosen flowers with pastels and we used this as the basis for our design. Simon also designed a wedding logo for us which had a hand drawn illustration of the Godwick ruins which was on all of our wedding stationery. For place names we had a picture of both of us at that age which we had a lot of fun putting together.

We didn’t want to hire a stylist as we didn’t want the day to look too ‘put together’. However we were really lucky to get a consultation with Godwick’s stylist Penny from The Little Lending Company. She gave us some great ideas and we ended up hiring quite a few items from her including our tipi ceremony structure, the table plan frame, our wicker ‘thrones’ and lots of geo candle holders.

We also hired some items from Lou Lou Loves Vintage including garden games, our polaroid guest book and tattoo station.

Mitre Farm provided us with our gorgeous biodegradable petal confetti. We got to go to the farm and pick the petals we wanted to use and it looked amazing in our photos and was a really fun thing to do together.

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Your Photographer

Our photographer was the incredible Rob Dodsworth. We wanted someone who didn’t take themselves too seriously, who could have a good laugh with us, with a relaxed, candid photography style that could capture our personalities. Rob’s portfolio really stood out to us and as soon as we met him we knew he was the right person. He has a great sense of humour and made us feel so at ease all day. We didn’t want a lot of staged photographs and this worked really well for us on the day. It meant we got to spend a lot more time with each other rather than being away for hours having photos and the photos we have are really natural and capture the sense of fun and joy from the day. I would recommend Rob a thousand times over. Our photos are incredible and an amazing reminder of our day.

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Catering

For food we had afternoon tea which we served up with Prosecco and Beer! In the evening, a crepe van and a tower of cheese. A family friend, Sabrina, made a gorgeous cake for us. We chose lemon and elderflower, chocolate and Victoria sponge with strawberry jam, accompanied by red velvet cupcakes. All were absolutely beautiful and the cake looked stunning. Cake tasting was the highlight of the planning process for Simon!

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Your Filmmaker

We weren’t planning on having a videographer but every blog I read Bride’s were saying this would be the one bit of advice they would give and I’m so glad we took that advice. We decided to have one really last minute and we were really lucky that our photographer recommended Pete Henderson to us. He is just starting out as a videographer but what he produced for us was absolutely amazing. We have watched it back hundreds of times and it’s so lovely to re-live the day again and again.

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The Honeymoon

We had a family moon to Lanzarote straight after the wedding with two weeks of sun, sea, sangria and heaps of laughter.

In October we spent a week in Riviera Maya Mexico. We climbed to the top of Coba Maya, swam with turtles and did lots of tequila tasting. An amazing week relaxing in the most beautiful place.

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Memorable Moments

The most memorable moment of the day was right at the end of the night. Everyone was on the dancefloor and the band had just finished. All of our guests chanted “just one more” so the band sang champagne supernova to us with our entire family and friends surrounding us singing to us. This has become our unofficial wedding song and brings back so many memories of our day whenever we hear it.

Seeing Simon for the first time and listening to his gorgeous vows – the happiest I have ever felt in my life.

Getting a wasp stuck in my veil mid vows! I am absolutely petrified of them but managed to keep my cool (Just). Thank God for my Dad who came to the rescue!

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Advice For Other Couples

I got myself so stressed over the table plan and little tiny details that ultimately didn’t matter.

Things will go wrong on the day – things were put in the wrong place, we forgot to give the mum’s their thank you presents, the flowers down the aisle didn’t get put on the top table. None of it mattered at all. You’ll be so lost in the magic of the day you won’t even notice!

I had a few disagreements about things I wanted that others didn’t understand – it’s your day so do it your way and don’t worry about other people’s opinions – they will change once they see your vision come to life.

Finally, take some time for the two of you and take it all in. It will go so fast so make the most of every second!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

What a very special day indeed.

Lucy and Simon, thank you both so much for sharing your wedding story with us xo Lou

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