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Real wedding: A weekend full of festivities in Norfolk with country garden flowers

From writing their own wedding vows to making food the star of the show, this couple had a celebration that was perfectly personalised

Jamie and Christian held their wedding at country house venue Voewood in Norfolk.

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“We wanted a place that had enough room for most of the wedding party to stay over,” says Jamie. “We also wanted somewhere that was a little different with a bit of wow factor.”  With 17 bedrooms, beautifully designed interiors and glorious grounds, Voewood ticked all the boxes.

The celebrations began with dinner on the Friday night. On Saturday, the couple walked down a flower and foliage-lined aisle to say the beautiful, emotional vows they’d written, then celebrated their newlywed status with a prosecco and canapés reception. Jamie and Christian’s vision for the day was a laidback party where guests could simply relax and have fun.

The couple were keen to have décor that worked in harmony with the stunning setting. Together with their planner Jeni Amey of Vanilla Rose Weddings, they settled on a botanical-inspired colour palette of pastel greens, blues and yellows. The floral arrangements, courtesy of The Country Garden Florist, were a chic take on English country garden style, with a masculine edge and lots of greenery. The couple named their tables after herbs, with a pot of the corresponding herb on each one.

After dancing until midnight, the couple had a lunchtime barbecue the following day. “We’d recommend having this sort of ‘after-party’,” says Jamie. “It gives you an opportunity to speak to people you didn’t get to catch up with at the wedding, and to say thank you to everyone.”

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Photographer Julie Michaelsen documented the day. “Before we met Julie we were a little apprehensive about looking awkward in the photos as we’re not really used to being the centre of attention,” shares Jamie. “She had some great tips for relaxing and, by the time we got to the wedding weekend, it was more like spending time with a close friend than the wedding photographer!”