The Assembly House | Norfolk Wedding Photography | Lydia & Cristian

Unbelievably this was my first wedding of 2021, due to Covid of course as my wedding season usually starts around the end of March, averaging 15 – 20 weddings in normal circumstances. 

Lydia and Cristian had already changed their plans a couple of times, but were determined to go ahead with their special day.

The day was slightly more compact than the couple had previously planned, but they had decided to split the wedding in two, the formalities and ceremony in May and the big after party back at The Assembly House in November. 

I’ve shot a few weddings at The Assembly House in Norwich over the years, but the building never fails to impress however familiar you are with it. The grand and imposing Georgian building remains, on the whole, in its original form and boasts some stunning rooms with many original features. 

Lydia was busy being pampered by hair and makeup artists in one of the bedrooms when I arrived to capture the bridal preparations. 

Bride looking into mirror

Lydia is a teacher and takes things as they come. You never know quite what you will find when you arrive at the bridal prep – stressed bridesmaids, stressed, MOTB and MIL, florists darting in and out, clouds of hairspray and queues for the bathroom are usually the norm, but not for this bride. I walked into a very chilled, calm room with Lydia more concerned about the lack of biscuits in the room than anything else. I knew from that moment, this was definitely my kind of wedding! Every wedding needs those pre wedding snacks to curb any nerves!

saying i do

The ceremony was in the regal ballroom, just under the regulated 30 guests which on reflection made it a far more intimate event. 

Cristian is in the Army and was in full dress uniform and he waited patiently for his bride to enter the room in an amazing dress from La Belle Angele.

Bride laying on the sofa next to her groom at The Assembly House in Norwich. Bright yellow walls decorated with mirrors.

I’m always quite excited to shoot a city wedding. The opportunity for some gritty urban street shots, the ancient cobbled streets and the old buildings, but of course you are always governed to an extent by the weather and on this day it wasn’t playing ball! 

We ventured out enthusiastically onto the streets of Norwich with my trusty emergency white umbrellas to capture some lovely couple shots, which we achieved despite the wind turning the umbrella inside out on more than one occasion. 

In the end, after many laughs, giggles and damp feet, we returned to the warmth of the Assembly House. Lydia and Cristian joined their guests for a delicious looking afternoon tea and a stunning cake from Beth Haxby Cakes.

I look forward to catching up with everyone at the party in November….

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If you are planning your wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography, take a look at my website in more detail. I’d love to have a chat about your plans, so why not pop over to my contact page and let’s chat!

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