I had the pleasure of capturing Lisa & Joe’s Wedding at the Beautiful Pentney Abbey, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The abbey is tucked away down a quiet country lane & shares common ground with other restored and rustic looking barns that have now become so popular with Weddings in recent years. Pentney Abbey offers pretty much everything you could wish for in a non church wedding, brilliant for the whole day where the preparations for both the bride and groom are in the same location, which means I can happily cover both without missing anything.
Before anyone thinks, did I ask the mother of the groom to do that, the answer was no, but it made me chuckle all the same…
Not known for being over emotional is Ian, father of the bride with sweating eyes!
The buildings are part of Pentney Priory which in some form or other existed before c1135, the imposing Gatehouse is 14th Century & makes a fantastic backdrop for signature photographs, the farmhouse uses stone from the old Priory & is round to the side of the Gatehouse. This is the Bridal Suite. All buildings including the Barn which will forms the venue for the reception and wedding breakfast have been restored to a very high standard.
Lisa & Joe have been together for some time and it is clear they are both very much in Love (not to say that all couples aren’t on their wedding day, but you’ll get the idea), the prep was so organised and pretty relaxed (for a change) & all ran on time! It was obvious they (read Lisa) had thought of everything and paid a great attention to detail, this isn’t missed & I can tell so much effort had gone into the planning.
The ceremony was covered by professional celebrant Sue Dewing of Circle Of Life (East Anglia) & was a very personal bespoke event, a nice change from many weddings conducted! I know the bride & groom would recommend Sue, as I would too!
Emotions running high…
After the ceremony the wedding breakfast was held in the Barn. These old buildings are brilliant buildings for a wedding, not ornate in any way but with the simple red brick it gives everyone a warm glow.
I’ve been to all sorts of different venues, from the grandeur of Burghley House to straightforward & intimate weddings at local registry offices, but for me I pick up little things & make observations as I go along, you can tell a lot by looking just behind the scenes as to how a place is run & looked after. Pentney Abbey is one of this places that I looked at & make mental notes of all the little things that time and effort has gone into making just right. The icing on the cake is the staff & how everyone is welcomed.
This is a bit longer than my usual posts, partly because the father of the bride helped me many years ago with my photography when I worked with him, but also because I worked with Lisa too, so for those reasons it was important to me to reflect that and show a bit more of that day. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.