Wedding Stories

A Reading Rooms wedding – Gemma & Adam

I met Adam & Gemma through Gemma’s mum, who I used to work with – they’re such a lovely couple and we had a lovely initial chat about the things we all love (Greek islands & plants!).

Adam is a really talented artist – you can see some of his work over on Instagram HERE – amazing work!

The Venue

Adam & Gemma chose The Reading Rooms at Alby for their wedding ceremony and reception.  It’s a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside with stunning gardens and a natural woodland walk leading to the ceremony garden/venue.  I love shooting at the Reading Rooms, Simon & Jo are such lovely people and the venue’s perfect for getting some beautiful images!

Getting Ready

Gemma and her bridesmaids, Hanna & Emily got ready at the Black Boys hotel in the centre of Aylsham in one of their suites – perfect for taking photos as it’s big, light and airy! On the day, there happened to be a Morgan car rally so a row of brightly coloured Morgans were parked outside the hotel which made for interesting viewing! Gemma wore a unique and intricate wedding dress from Stevie May, whilst her bridesmaids were in dark green dresses with pleated skirts (perfect for twirling!). Adam and his best man were in navy suits with grey waistcoats and burgundy ties, from Moss Bros.

 The Ceremony

It was a bright and sunny day (just perfect after all the weeks of torrential rain we’d had!) so the ceremony took place on the patio outside the building. First came the bridesmaids, followed by Gemma and her dad, walking from the main house through the garden to the ceremony area and to Adam who was waiting with his best man, Michael. The “legal” part of the ceremony and the register signing then took place inside the Reading Room building – which looked stunning inside with floral decorations and beautifully laid tables. The couple then came outside and straight into a line of confetti, thrown enthusiastically by their guests!

The Afternoon Reception

The guests were treated to drinks & canapes and I photographed a few “formal” family groups before snapping away at people relaxing & enjoying the gorgeous weather. Croquet and other traditional garden games were set up on one of the lawns so several guests took advantage of a game or two, in this perfect country wedding setting.

The Details

The venue was beautifully decorated with flowers everywhere, reflecting Adam & Gemma’s love of nature, plants and all things green. Each place name was hand written and tied to the napkin with a mini copy of the wedding breakfast menu and a sprig of flowers, with the tables being scattered with confetti. Gemma and the bridesmaids bouquets were a beautiful mix of pink, cream and green, and were supplied by Cary’s Flowers.

The Evening Reception

Gemma’s dad and Adam did their speeches in such a relaxed way, standing outside the venue with their guests facing them, rather than inside. Once everyone had come inside, the best man began his presentation – complete with a screen and website for guests to register their answers to questions he’d compiled about various escapades over the years with Adam! There was even a prize for the winner who got most of the questions right.

After the wedding meal, when the sun was a little lower in the sky, I took Adam & Gemma for a wander round The Reading Room’s beautiful gardens – so many photo opportunities to be found!

It was then time to head back into the venue for a cake cutting, followed by a few more low sun photos and into their first dance.

Advice from the wedding couple

Savour every second!

The Wedding Team

The wedding suppliers for Adam & Gemma’s wedding were:

Suits: Moss Bros

Dress: Stevie May

Florist: Cary’s Flowers.

Cake: The Bridesmaid, Emily

Music: Bill Downs

I thoroughly enjoyed Adam & Gemma’s wedding day, and all the more so having worked with Gemma’s mum in the past, it was good to meet up again.  They are the loveliest couple and I wish them every happiness in the world together! xx


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