East Anglia is a place very close to my heart. My interest in photography began with my obsession with aviation which lead me to Suffolk were I have spent uncountable hours at the air bases there taking photos. My other keen interest is in nature and the outdoors which consequently led me to discover Norfolk and all its beauty. Natalie has also fallen in love with East Anglia after visiting with me. We had always talked about renewing our wedding vows and following a health scare for Natalie we renewed our vows in October 2019 celebrating and staying with our closest family and friends at award winning Chaucer Barn and hosting our ceremony at the historic Cley Windmill on the North Norfolk coast.
Chaucer Barn, is a magical wedding venue located near to Holt and just 3 miles from Sherringham in the village of Gresham an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is an award-winning wedding venue and it is clear to see why! with 4 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds and a further 16 acres of parkland. Chaucer offers a relaxed, rustic and DIY vibe for your celebrations within an informal and tranquil setting. We both immediately fell in love. Everyone staying can make themselves at home. I must say our guests certainly did just that. There are 9 bedrooms with further accommodation in 5 self contained eco lodges hidden in the nearby woods. These are very luxurious and beautifully crafted and can hold up to four guests each and they are only a short walk from the barn. We arranged our venue show round, discussed our initial plans and booked. We only have fantastic praise for the venue, it’s location and the staff who work extremely hard on the up keep of this venue and it shows.
Chaucer is a licensed wedding venue with a host of locations to hold your ceremony, half moon wood, wild flower meadow or on the more formal lawns for up to 150 guests. If you are wanting, or the weather dictates an indoor ceremony Chaucer has a banqueting hall that can also hold up to 80 guests. However, we opted for an outdoor ceremony at Cley Windmill due to our personal attachment to the Norfolk coastline and Chaucer not being that far away we worked a trip to the coast as part of the day. Yes, it was cool (breezy) but that is the Norfolk coast in October ha ha and we had provided blankets for everyone to snuggle into. Our ceremony was wonderful and it was fantastic to be outdoors in the elements while Pink Footed Geese flew overhead (the bird watcher still in me). We had heartfelt readings and a sand ceremony to encourage those closest to us to take part, all thoughtfully planned and executed by Sarah Baker Norfolk Bluebells celebrant whom I highly recommend. As guests enjoyed the warm hospitality that Cley Windmill had to offer. Natalie and myself visited the nearby Cley beach with James Powell our chosen photographer and Chris Bottrell videographer. Then it was all aboard our vintage bus back to Chaucer barn where our autumnal celebrations continued…
We planned our Norfolk renewals together with the importance of photography and videography taking centre stage. The images showcased on this post were captured by James Powell Photography and I hope they provide you with some inspiration as you plan your own Autumnal Norfolk or Suffolk Wedding. Enjoy!
We were well looked after by all of our fabulous Norfolk suppliers listed below: