With an October wedding date in mind, Lois and Rusty were looking for a wedding venue where exceptional suppliers could create a minimal, modern style for every element of their day. They came across Unique Norfolk Venues and Oxnead Hall and realised they had found the perfect place.
“Each element was beautiful and stylish,” smiles Lois. “Everything felt fresh and classical mixed with modern design. The venue is light and airy and the grounds are absolutely stunning.”
Design and Décor
Creating a chic, crisp look, the happy couple chose a monochrome colour scheme with splashes of deep green foliage. Elegant décor included beautiful fabrics from drapes to tablecloths, an abundance of foliage and props in brass and perspex.
“We also set up a living room in the evening with a TV playing clips of footage we had filmed over the years,” explains Lois. “Most of our guests featured in the clips.”
The end result was clean, simple and smart with an atmosphere where guests could truly relax and let their hair down.
Lois wore a fabulous gown from Wed2B in Norwich.
“I tried on quite a few to get an idea of what I liked,” she says. “When I saw their biggest, sparkliest dress I knew instantly that it was what I wanted!”
The beautiful bride accessorised with customised white Converse trainers with white ribbon laces, a spectacular tiara and a cape alongside a diamond and sapphire necklace.
Meanwhile, Rusty looked the part in black tie with black patent shoes and a white pocket square.
And finally, the bridesmaids were stunning in black dresses.
“They are all so different in terms of height, body shape and skin colour so I told them all to find their own dresses and that I would cover the cost,” explains Lois. “They looked absolutely incredible.”
Order of The Day
Following their romantic ceremony in the Fountain Room, accompanied by a harpist, drinks and canapés were served in the maze garden beside The Orangery.
Moving in to dine, an exquisite menu commenced with slow braised salt beef moving on to a main course of braised pork belly with dauphinoise potatoes. Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch was a wonderful choice for pudding.
“We also chose cocktails and drinks that we really enjoy,” smiles Lois. “I provided specific recipes and they turned out amazingly. All the food was amazing – really high quality and absolutely delicious.”
As day turned to evening, live five-piece band, The Piano Works, filled the dance floor and took requests from the newlyweds and their guests. Pulled pork and cheesy chip butties were just the thing for an evening feast.
“Oxnead Hall also cooked breakfast for us the following morning – absolutely essential with a hangover!” laughs Lois.
“Thrashing about on the dancefloor to “Killing in the Name Of’ by Rage Against the Machine. Everyone went completely nuts!”
“We were just so touched to see everyone there and how happy they were. It really left us with a good feeling.”
Advice from the Bride
“Really think about what you’re saying to each other during the ceremony. Make the words count.”
Images © Andy Davison Photography