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Five luxury wedding venues in Norfolk

 Posted on October 12, 2012      by Jonathan Lewis
So, you’d like to splash out on your Norfolk wedding and host your special day in a luxury venue? We’ve listed five of our favourite luxury wedding venues in Norfolk for you to consider:

1. Chaucer barn, North Norfolk

Chaucer Barn is a stunning luxury wedding venue situated near Holt in North Norfolk. Last year it was named as the 6th best wedding venue in the UK by the Independent on Saturday, you can’t get much more of a recommendation than that! The venue itself is a converted barn situated in an 80 acre farm. Around the barn are 18 acres of landscaped garden, perfect for those long summer days and fantastic for wedding photography. The venue also offers a number of luxury rooms which you, your family and friends can stay in over the wedding. For more information visit the Chaucer Barn website:

2. Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

Fancy a really unique luxury wedding venue? Norwich Cathedral could be the perfect choice for you! Based in the centre of Norwich the cathedral offers a stunning location for your wedding and reception. Weddings here are quite simply a wedding photographers dream due to the amazing architecture and backdrops. The Cathedral can cater for up to 100 people or if you would prefer something a little smaller that’s fine too. You can find our more information about hosting your wedding at Norwich Cathedral at their website:

3. Godwick Great Barn, Kings Lynn

Godwick Great Barn is a stunning Elizabethan barn which has been beautifully restored to its former glory. The venue looks out over the medieval village of Godwick which is one of the best examples of a lost village in the UK. It’s a fantastic venue and the combination of history, uniqueness along with real luxury touches makes it a really special place. Godwick Great Barn can cater for up to 200 guests at your wedding and every package they create is bespoke and tailored to your exact requirements. For more information on this luxury wedding venue visit their website:

4. Elms Barn, Beccles

Elms Barn is situated on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border close to the town of Beccles. Every luxury wedding that is held in Elms barn is bespoke and the team will make sure that every little detail and finishing touch is exactly as you would like it. The venue is a beautiful example of 16th Century Barn nestled in the Waveney Valley and offers a unique combination of rustic charm and luxury. If all of this wasn’t enough, when you book your wedding at Elms Barn they provide the bride with a Bentley to deliver her to the ceremony! To find out more about Elms Barn visit their website

5. Cley Windmill, North Norfolk

Cley windmill is both a luxury and unique wedding venue. Situated on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, thev combination of location and venue really offers something special and magical for weddings. Due to the size of the windmill this venue is only available for small parties which in many ways that only adds to the exclusivity of the venue! For more information about Cley Windmill visit their website:

Bareham and Lewis are wedding photographers working in Norfolk, Surrey and further afield.

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal chat abour your wedding photography then please get in touch via the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel – an excellent wedding venue

 Posted on October 2, 2012      by Jonathan Lewis
We recently photographed a wedding which hosted a fantastic reception at Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel.

We like to do a little review of each wedding venue we photograph at, hopefully this will be useful for some of you looking for good venues to hold your reception or ceremony.

From our experience a couple of a weeks ago you certainly won’t be disappointed should you choose Northrepps. It’s a beautiful venue in an idilic rural area situated near to Cromer and the North Norfolk coast. The outdoor grounds are really lovely, with a large lawn with more than enough room to accommodate large parties. Covered seated areas are provided so people can sit outside in the shade on warmer days. It was a great area for the wedding guests to mingle and for the children to run amok safely.

Indoors is very nicely presented with a bar, a seperate quieter room with seating and a large room for dining and later on dancing. The staff had obviously put thought into making the day extra special for the couple and in the bar there was a selection of the couples photographs on a slideshow on a flat screen TV.

The main dining room was set out stunningly and great care had been made to make things just perfect. We were impressed at the attention to detail and it looked really fantastic.

The staff were very courteous and polite and went out of their way all day to make it a really special day for Robbie and Chrissie and their guests. They were very accommodating for us as photographers and made sure we had access to everywhere we needed.

Overall, we would highly recommend this venue if you are looking for somewhere to hold your wedding reception, especially if you are looking for a place where the staff are attentive and will do their utmost to make your wedding day even more special.

You can visit Northrepps Country Cottages website for more information about holding a wedding reception.

Chrissie and Robbie. A Norfolk wedding at Northrepps Cottage Hotel

 Posted on September 26, 2012      by Jonathan Lewis
Sandwiched between two rainy days, Saturday saw the sun shining down on lovely St. Margaret’s church, Thorpe Market, Norfolk for the wedding of Christie and Robbie. They definitely picked the perfect day for it!

I spent the morning photographing the bridal preparations in nearby Cromer. It was a nice, friendly atmosphere and I enjoyed watching the wedding preparations unfold. Chrissy was going through that roller coaster of emotions that is inevitable only hours before getting married but she was, above all, so happy. The time came for her to put on her wedding dress on, it was an amazing dress with a fabulous long train and she really looked stunning.

Meanwhile Jon was at at the groom’s house and was photographing him, his best men and the ushers preparations. While Chrissy had been enjoying the Bucks Fizz, her soon to be husband was making a tentative start on the beers.

There were 90+ guests so the little church was bursting at the seams which created a great atmosphere. Chrissy arrived in a Jag, greeted by the couple’s little boy who’d done a very good job of behaving himself (more or less) during the preparations!

What I really liked about the wedding ceremony is that it was fun. The vicar was happy and smiley and even though the vows are solemn, he still injected humour into his service which went down very well. He was also very accommodating for Jon and I which meant we could get some really nice natural shots of the it all.

The moment when the couple were pronounced man and wife was very emotional. These two were really in love and it clearly shone through.

It was a short drive to Northrepps Cottage Hotel which was to be the wedding reception venue. Nestled in its own little wooded valley, with the sun still shining, everyone took their welcome champagne onto the lawn, relaxed and enjoyed the day.

The kids loved it, of course. It was the perfect play area and they wasted no time to be rolling themselves down the grassy bank in their pristine dresses and suits!

Such a lot of guests needed a big room for the wedding breakfast and Northrepps Cottage Hotel didn’t disappoint. It was decked out beautifully in green and white with such attention to detail.

After the guests finished eating we photographed the speeches. As before, I got all of the close, wide shots and Jon covered things from the back of the room with a longer lens. This way we are able to get things from two different perspectives and not just one.

The speeches were all very entertaining; funny, poignant and emotional. Gifts were handed out to the bridesmaids, ushers and family members. Time was marching on and as soon as the meal was finished, the room was rearranged for evening party to begin!

Michael Buble was the choice for the first dance. It was a slow dance and one I’m sure Chrissie and Robbie will remember forever. It was nice to see a couple so in love and we both enjoyed photographing their big day.

All in all, it was a brilliant day. The next morning… sun…..driving rain. Yes, a very nicely timed and perfect wedding indeed.

Bareham and Lewis are wedding photographers working in Norfolk, Surrey and further afield.

2012 wedding fairs in Norfolk

 Posted on September 12, 2012      by Jonathan Lewis

Wedding fairs are a fantastic way to make some of the most important choices to do with your wedding, whether it’s choosing a dress, venue or cake, meeting a photographer or just having a nose around to see what’s on offer in the area.

I wanted to add a list of wedding fair venues in and around Norfolk over the final few months of 2012, although we mostly get our new business from recommendations we will possibly be at some of these fairs so keep an eye out for us both and come and say hello!

7th October 2012: Caldecott Hall Hotel wedding fair

7th October 2012: Drayton Old Lodge wedding fair

7th October 2012: Oaklands Hotel wedding fair

14th October 2012: Wedding Spectacular wedding fair at Holiday Inn Norwich.

14th October 2012: Timbers Hotel wedding fair.

21st October 2012: Vintage wedding fair

1st November 2012: Cliff Hotel wedding fair

I hope this list comes in useful in your hunt for all things wedding!!!


Norfolk wedding photography venues

 Posted on September 12, 2012      by Jonathan Lewis
Norfolk is a fantastic region for hosting your wedding. We love photographing weddings all over Norfolk but we’ve put together a list of some of the best wedding venues the area has to offer.

Cley Windmill, North Norfolk – Situated in the small village of Cley on the North Norfolk coast, Cley windmill is a dream location both to host a wedding and also from the perspective of the wedding photographer!


Chaucer Barn, North Norfolk – Another absolutely stunning wedding venue in North Norfolk. As well as luxury accommodation for 18 guests and an amazing converted barn, this venue also offers 18 acres of landscaped gardens which are perfect for getting amazing photographs of you and your wedding. Contact:


Dragon Hall, Norwich, Norfolk. Dragon Hall is a Grade 1 listed medieval trading hall situated in central Norwich. It really is a unique and special wedding location and the surroundings make for fantastic wedding photography. Contact:


Stuart House Hotel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. A lovely venue for wedding photography in West Norfolk. Stuart House Hotel is approved for Civil Partnership ceremonies. Contact:


Drayton Old Lodge, Norfolk. Drayton Old Lodge is a Edwardian Manor set in 10 acres of woodland. It’s conveniently situated just five miles from Norwich. This venue gets some great reviews and the surroundings are just perfect for getting some memorable wedding photography. Contact:


Barnham Broom Hotel, Norfolk. Barnham Broom Hotel is situated close to Wymondham which is about 8 miles from Norwich. It’s nestled into a golf course and the views are stunning. The hotel is approved for Civil Partnership ceremonies and the outside and scenery provide great backdrops for wedding photography. Contact:


Sprowston Manor, Norwich, Norfolk. Sprowston Manor is a stately house situated in North Norwich. It can acccommodate large wedding parties for up to 500 and is also set in a golf course which makes for great backdrops.


Geldeston Locks Inn, close to Beccles, Norfolk. If you’re looking for a small and relaxed wedding venue with plenty of atmosphere then this may well be the perfect place for you. Geldeston Locks Inn is a 15th century pub positioned right on the edge of a river. It has amazing views over the fens and the friendly owner Colin is more than happy to cater for your party. Contact by phone: 01508 518414


Waveney House Hotel, Norfolk. Waveney House Hotel is set on the stunning Waveney River. It can organise civil partnership ceremonies and the reception. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the building and scenery around the area make for perfect wedding photographs. Contact:

Hunters Hall, Norfolk. Hunters Hall is a stunning rural location which can accommodate up to 170 guests. It’s location in unspoilt countryside provides a fantastic place for guests to relax and for wedding photography. Contact by phone: 01362 637457


Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk. Norwich Cathdedral is an absolutely stunning wedding venue. Built over 900 years ago it was recently voted Norfolk’s favourite building. For wedding photography this venue is a dream with the most beautiful backdrops and architecture. Contact:


Assembly House, Norwich, Norfolk. This beautiful, Grade 1-listed Georgian building is located in the centre of Norwich, Norfolk. It has several areas which are fantastic for wedding photography including the lawn and inside the stunning inside of the building. Assembly House is licenced to carry out civil partnership ceremonies. Contact:


Elms Barn, NorfolkSituated on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk, Elms Barn is a stunning wedding venue. The converted barn offers use of the main area, a marquee and the grounds and also provides a Bentley to deliver the bride to the ceremony. All of this combined makes this a winning choice for wedding photography.


Bayfield Hall, North Norfolk. Bayfield Hall is a stunning 18th century private country house situated close to Holt in North Norfolk. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Norfolk and the bankdrops and venue make for a great location both for your guests and for wedding photography. Contact:


Southwood Hall, NorfolkSouthwood Hall is situated between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Set in 1250 acres of farmland the Grade II listed traditional thatched barn is an amazing place for your wedding. Contact:
Southwood Hall


Kimberley Hall, Norfolk. A stunning venue set in a stunning location. Kimberley Hall is licenced for civil ceremonies and the ceremony room is adorned with original plasterwork from 1770! This venue comes highly recommended and is fantastic location for wedding photography. Contact:

As you can see above Norfolk has some really amazing wedding venues. We are happy to photograph at all of these venues and other not listed. Please get in contact through our contact page to discuss your wedding photography further.

Denise and Nick’s wedding photography – Barnham Broom Hotel, Norfolk

 Posted on August 28, 2012      by Jonathan Lewis

The venue for the wedding was Barnham Broom Hotel, Golf and Spa set in the heart of rural Norfolk, about ten miles west of Norwich. I arrived for 12pm to photograph the bridal preparations and could see that Denise was a bit nervous so made sure that I put her at ease and told her to ignore me and pretend I wasn’t there! Through the window, the sun was shining on the rolling countryside and you could tell it was going to have be a great day! The bridesmaids had MTV on and the champagne was flowing and the atmosphere was a mix of fun, nerves and anticipation. I captured a lot of great moments; close-ups, wide shots and all the details of the dress, shoes and jewellery which all count to make up the big picture. Meanwhile, Jon was photographing the groom and families preparation.

The room where the ceremony would take place was set with rows of beautifully dressed chairs of white, tied with extravagant blue bows. When all the guests were assembled, with Nick and best man waiting with anticipation, the red coated Master of Ceremonies announced the important time had come and bridesmaids and bride all danced into the room! That was a really nice, different touch and made for some different and happy photographs. That’s why we love wedding photography; everyone is always so happy!

After the ceremony everyone spilled out into the sunshine. The manicured lawns of the golf course and the lakes and beautiful willows Barnham Broom certainly make a fabulous back drop for a wedding. There were hugs and kisses all round, champagne corks were popped, happy smiles and the kids just loved it. There was so much space for them to run around and play! Even Richard Branson (or at least one of his hot-air balloons) made an appearance as it drifted in the haze over the trees in the distance.

There was a definite ‘retro sweet’ theme going on in the wedding breakfast room. Tables were set for Black Jacks, Fizzy Cola and Fruit Salads etc. There was even a table just outside the room that had enough sweets on it to stock a sweet shop, just in case anyone couldn’t wait in between courses. Unsurprisingly, this table was very popular with the kids! We photographed the room before anyone came in. It really is important to capture the little details as much as anything else. The place names, the flower arrangements, the little bundles of presents for the guests and of course, the cake are all important, personal touches, thought about and planned meticulously by the couple that should be photographed sensitively and with great care.

The MC announced the beginning of the wedding breakfast and all the guests flowed in, greeting the bride and groom again as they entered through the doorway.

There were to be a lot of speeches! Jon was at the back of the room with a long lens to get all those great, candid shots whilst I got right into the thick of it with his wide-angle, crouched down low in front of the couple’s table. We were both able to move around, shooting with different lenses from all sorts of viewpoints and angles to get a really interesting mix of photographs.

When all the laughter had died down and the empty champagne glasses put back on the table we took Denise and Nick out by a beautiful willow tree by the lake. The golden light of the late afternoon lit the scene magically and away from the chatter of the main party we got some lovely peaceful shots of the couple alone.

The cutting of the cake was soon upon us and the band was raring to go. Denise and Nick then took the floor for the first dance. Applause rang out and the party started. A great end to a brilliant day!