So, where do I start with Chloe and Ben’s alternative Voewood wedding at the stunning Arts and Crafts House in North Norfolk? Chloe and Ben had just moved to Norwich and were looking for an alternative wedding venue and chanced upon Voewood. A quick enquiry and visit to the Arts and Crafts House in Kelling and they were smitten. Voewood was their perfect Norfolk wedding venue. Chloe and Ben were not having a traditional wedding. Instead were having a small and intimate ceremony in the Benefactors Room at the Norwich Castle with just their immediate family, then two days later they were having a larger gathering of family and friends at Voewood.
A few months ago I’d spoken to the wonderfully talented Luis Holden who’d shot there numerous times before and he warned me about how amazing it was to work there. Voewood is his favourite Norfolk wedding venue and he’s been to a few!
He wasn’t wrong. Voewood takes everything you think is normal for a wedding venue and chucks it in the bin. It’s big. It’s beautifully maintained. Inside and out, it’s immaculate. It’s quirky. Every room is different and just when you think you’ve got the hang of the place you open a door to discover another treasure trove of a room and you’ve got to start over again. It reminds me of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark with all it’s sculptures and pop art . It’s a real feast for your senses and I absolutely loved every moment there. Built in 1903 Voewood has been a boys school, a hospital and a convalescent home until it was bought and restored as a family home. You can read a bit more about the history of Voewood here.
Chloe and Ben knew exactly what they wanted for their Voewood wedding. Rather than looking for a venue to dress up, Voewood allowed them to use it as-is with all of it’s charm and character. Just add flowers, food, drinks, guests and you’re done!
Day 1 – Benefactors Room – Norwich Castle
Their alternative Norfolk wedding took them first to The Benefactors Room at Norwich Castle for a small and intimate legal ceremony with just their close family. But before that I met them at their house and took some photos while they were getting ready. It was lovely and relaxed and that first hour just flew by. After a short taxi ride we stopped off at their favourite cafe in Norwich, Bread Source on Upper St. Giles Street. A few pastries and coffees later (the cinnamon rolls are legendary by the way!) we walked to the Norwich Registry Office via the Royal Arcade and after some lovely portraits we bumped into their parents who’d been staying in the city and were walking to the Registry Office too! It was a lovely coincidence.
Day 2 – Voewood Wedding Reception and Ring Ceremony
I joined them again two days later at Voewood in the middle of their breakfast and Ben gave me a brief tour of the Arts and Crafts building. Chloe and Ben are both real foodies and the quality of their food was exceptional. Ben’s two (that’s right, just two!) friends, both chefs in London, cooked up incredible meals for everyone. The dessert was a rhubarb jam tart that was out of this world.
The early spring weather was not on our side though and it was either drizzling or raining all day long. Tamsin and Luke’s Mannington Hall wedding was also punctuated with showers but luckily Voewood have a big stock of umbrellas for anyone brave enough to venture outside. However, the intriguing butterfly Arts and Crafts building took care of everything with plenty of space and interesting rooms to accommodate everyone’s needs.
Chloe and Ben’s alternative Norfolk wedding included a beautiful ring ceremony with very moving speeches that had everyone reaching for their tissues. I’m so lucky being at beautiful weddings like this.
The evening kicked off with their first dance and a surprise confetti cannon that brought everyone on to the dance floor till well after I left.
I knew this was going to be a special wedding from the first Skype call with Chloe and it certainly was. Thanks for having me along to document it for you. Here’s a bit of your Voewood wedding.