The fabulous Karen at at Fuller Photography contacted me recently as she had shot a stunner of a wedding at Cley Windmill, a Truly Quirky Wedding Venue. Her approach is creative, glamorous, romantic and especially fun, she is a UK award winning photographer capturing Norfolk wedding photography in Norwich and around East Anglia.
Fuller Photography | Cley Windmill Real Wedding | Boho Chic
The Couple | Leanne and Kirk
The Date | 6th April, 2015
Words by Leanne, wife of Kirk . . .
The proposal | Kirk proposed in Wells-Next-to-Sea on 3rd August, 2014. Neither of us like a fuss and he knew that I would hate a big spectacle involving him going down on one knee as much as he would!
It was a just a normal Sunday afternoon, the weather forecast had been good so we had planned to drive to the coast. We stopped off at Morston and took a boat ride out to see the seals at Blakeney Point; my cousin skippers one of the boats there. We then headed to Wells for chips and a stroll along the beach. It was pretty busy that day, but Kirk managed to pop the question without anyone around us knowing what was going on. As soon as he asked me, everyone else just melted away and it felt like we were the only two people on the beach for a few moments.
Kirk had done an amazing job selecting a vintage sapphire ring and asking my dad’s permission beforehand.
The Vision | We knew that we wanted something pretty relaxed and were keen to have a rustic feel to the day. Kirk decided early on that he wanted to wear tweed or herringbone and I knew that I wanted flowers that felt like they had been plucked from a meadow. Everything just fell into place from there.
The Planning | Being a teacher, getting engaged at the beginning of the school holidays made it easy to get the planning wheel in motion early. I was able to invest a lot of time in getting things booked and sorted. By the time I went back to school we had booked our registrar and venue, I had bought a dress and we had arranged a meeting with our photographer, the awesome Karen.
The Venue | Kirk has always loved Cley-Next-to-Sea and I have family in North Norfolk so know the surrounding area well. We had talked about how beautiful Cley Windmill would be as a wedding venue before we were even engaged, but I don’t think we seriously considered it, as we didn’t think we could ever slim our guest list down to the 20 guest capacity of the mill.
However, we looked at some beautiful larger venues and they just didn’t feel right for us. We looked at one another and just knew that neither of us wanted to do this in front of over a hundred people. As soon as we saw the windmill again and spoke to the staff there it just felt right. There was no turning back.
The windmill is just beautiful and we were able to treat all of our guests to bed and breakfast at the mill. We paid corkage so that everyone could bring their own drinks for the evening celebrations, which was perfect; it was like a grand house party. It was great that we could see everyone for breakfast the next day too. The staff were amazing and made sure that everything happened just as we wanted it.
The accessories | I found my shoes on the Monsoon website. I often find it difficult to find shoes to fit my feet comfortably, but these were quite wide and felt so comfortable. I found a tweed handbag from a seller on Etsy who crafts clutch bags using Harris Tweed. I thought it would tie in the tweed from the suits.
My garter was my something old, borrowed and blue, having been worn by my mum almost 37 years ago and my sister-in-law last summer. I also borrowed some delicate opal earrings from my mum, and my dad bought me an opal bracelet, which he gave to me as a gift on the day. I didn’t want to wear too much jewellery, as I wanted everything to look quite natural and didn’t want to draw away from details like the flowers in my hair. I had found the exact hairstyle I wanted on Pinterest and was overjoyed when Roxy, who had also styled my hair as a bridesmaid last year, recreated it perfectly during our trial.
My vintage John Lewis faux fur coat was the bargain purchase of the wedding, winning it on eBay for £15!
Finding the dress | My bridesmaid’s mum, Sandra, manages a bridal boutique in Norwich so I knew that I would begin my dress search there. I spent the whole afternoon with her trying on every kind of dress imaginable. I surprised myself by liking pretty much all of the gowns I tried on.
When I put on ‘the’ dress, I just knew. I had already fallen in love with one dress, but this one just felt right. My mum and one of my bridesmaids were there with me and I could tell from their faces that it was the right dress. It wasn’t like any of the dress pictures I had been pinning on Pinterest and I don’t think I’d ever seen a dress quite like it. It was by Alfred Angelo and was pitched as a beach wedding dress, but I knew that the delicate layers would work well with the meadow feel to our wedding and that it would look perfect next to a tweed suit!
Grooms outfit | Formal suit hire shops didn’t really cater for what Kirk was looking for so we knew that we would have to buy suits. Luckily, Kirk found the perfect three piece suit in Next. We decided to buy just the trousers and waistcoats for the ushers and best man so that Kirk would stand out. He also wore a different tie to the others and wore a blue shirt whereas the others wore white. I had bought him a pocket watch for his birthday, which finished off the vintage look.
Photographer | Due to the quirky venue, we were keen to have a photographer who had photographed the mill before. We were impressed with the mood of Karen’s photographs and loved how she had captured the mill on previous occasions. She came to meet us at our home and we booked her immediately. We’re so pleased that we did. She was completely unobtrusive and made everything so easy.
The end. And the beginning.
I think you’ll agree that Karen has captured this wedding beautifully. For more inforamtion about her and her work visit www.fullerphotographyweddings.co.uk.