The Perfect Setting
Oxnead Hall was the first venue Lucy and Ryan visited and they fell in love with it straight away.
“The grounds were stunning and we loved the space and the photo opportunities,” smiles Lucy, “particularly the rope swing over the lake!”
Style and Décor
The happy couple wanted to create a truly personal day and to embrace all things Norfolk by using as many local suppliers as possible. Surrounding themselves with things they truly loved, some decorations had a vintage style while other elements were contemporary.
Focusing on a colour scheme of teal, ivory and white, they set to work.
“I just loved the colour. It felt a bit different,” says Lucy. “Our main decoration was bunting. Ryan’s mum and grandma made almost 200 metres of bunting for us and it looked amazing!”
Lucy found her dream dress quite by accident when visiting a sample sale with one of her bridesmaids, who was also recently engaged.
“I tried on a £100 dress and fell in love,” she says. “It was from La Belle Angelique in Norwich and I loved the classic lace top and fishtail satin skirt. It completely hugged my figure.”
Lucy kept her jewellery simple with earrings from Accessorize but decided to splash out on her shoes.
“They were silver, glittery peep-toe Louboutins and cost six times what I spent on the dress!” she laughs.
Lucy’s three beautiful bridesmaids wore teal dresses from Coast while the groom hired a suit from Youngs Hire.
“We couldn’t find the perfect colour of cravat so ended up having our teal cravats made specially,” explains Lucy.
All About the Ceremony
Lucy and Ryan were married in the Long Room at Oxnead Hall. Lucy’s mother read an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin while Ryan’s grandmother read a poem by Robert Fulghum.
Following their ceremony, the newlyweds held their drinks reception in The Orangery at Oxnead Hall, overlooking the beautiful grounds.
“We wanted to serve simple canapés so had crisps and fruit skewers,” says Lucy.
The Wedding Breakfast
Moving in to dine, afternoon tea was the perfect choice for this summer celebration. Guests were treated to sandwiches, hot sausage rolls, scones with jam and cream and a selection of desserts.
“We wanted something a little different and we both love cake,” smiles Lucy. “The Eton Mess was incredible, so delicious in fact that my great aunt decided to spread it on her scone!”
Time to Party
As the evening celebrations began, a DJ filled the dancefloor and the happy couple danced their first dance to ‘Whatever It Is’ by the Zac Brown Band. When it came to evening dining, pizza was served and a great success.
Top Tips from the Bride
“Remember that the day is about you as a couple and you’ll have a great day no matter what. Also think about what you need and what you want. I’d always dreamt about arriving in a car but when we booked a venue with everything in one place, I realised it was an expense we just didn’t need!’