After meeting at university in Norwich, Charlotte and Gareth knew they wanted to get married in Norfolk. With over 147 venues in the county, it took them a while to narrow down the search!
“As soon as we saw Oxnead Hall, we knew it was the one for us,” smiles Charlotte. “It was grand and historic and could accommodate our entire bridal party for the whole weekend. Everything was so tastefully decorated and our planner made everything straightforward from day one.”
Design and Décor
The happy couple set a date of 30th December, celebrating for two days to include New Year’s Eve. They decided to emulate an enchanted forest with twinkling candles and natural foliage, employing the services of The Little Lending Company who provided over 300 candleholders in glass and brass. Natural colours combined with concrete, blush and rich green foliage.
All About Flowers
An abundance of natural beauty was created using a floating canopy and rustic, lavish bouquets. Florists used ‘Crème de Menthe’ and ‘Quicksand’ roses alongside ranunculus and anemones and ivy was strung around all the beams with fairy lights. “We wanted to create something warm and inviting that our guests would never want to leave,” says Charlotte.
And the Bride Wore…
After struggling to find the perfect dress, Charlotte visited the boutique Mirror Mirror on her lunch break from work.
“They were incredible and assured me that we would find something I loved,” smiles the bride. “A vintage lace top caught my eye. It was so delicate and beautiful with tiny beads all over it.”
Deciding she would like to wear It with a simple, silk slip dress, a couture piece was made to fit Charlotte perfectly.
The beautiful bride completed the look with diamond pavé earrings by Monica Vinader. Meanwhile, Gareth looked suitably dashing in a three-piece navy suit by Edit Suits and Charlotte’s five bridesmaids wore dresses by Rewritten.
“Each of them had a style to suit their body shape,” explains Charlotte, “and we chose two different colours - slate grey and blush rose.”
Following their ceremony in the Long Room at Oxnead Hall, a drinks reception with Champagne and canapés was held in the enchanting Orangery.
Moving to the atmospheric Great Barn to dine, the couple and the guests enjoyed Norfolk slow-braised salt beef was served to start, with free-range chicken for the main course and a delicious chocolate dessert to finish.
“We wanted the food to be simple and filling,” says Charlotte. ‘In the evening, we decided on a cheese board and a stone-baked pizza van, serving up incredible pizza that really kept our guests on the dance floor all night!”
“Walking down the aisle was the most unforgettable moment of my life. I chose my late father’s favourite song (Genesis, ‘Follow You, Follow Me’) and it was very emotional. My wonderful stepfather gave me away and I practically ran up the aisle to meet my new husband!”
Images © Rebecca Goddard Photography
If you’d like to find out more about this stunning wedding venue in Norfolk, visit the Oxnead Hall listing page and arrange a visit to see it for yourself.