Salthouse – Norfolk Wedding // Amy & Dan
A Salthouse wedding in a picturesque village on the north Norfolk coast, with one of the prettiest churches I’ve visited. Just off the coast road, perched high up with views over the marsh to the sea, the interior is vast with exposed ancient bricks and crumbling paint, and a little dog’s water bowl outside for passing four legged friends. It was here on a warm Saturday in August that Amy and Dan would get married. Just up the road from Salthouse church, Amy got ready with her bridesmaids and family. The little cottage was a buzz of activity, with food, champagne, presents and Two Birds bridesmaids dresses everywhere, little nieces taking part in an age old family game of Fridge Jumping, and in the middle of all the hubbub, a calm and serene Amy. Over at the church, Dan was greeting their guests, whilst some locals gathered outside to witness the arrival of the bride (as is often custom in tiny villages; I remember when I was a child, sitting on the church wall waiting to catch a glimpse of the bride was ‘the thing to do on a Saturday’. The lady who lived across from the church used to put out deck chairs for herself and spectators to watch. Some 30 years later, she is still there, and the chairs still come out for weddings on a Saturday). Amy arrived at church with her dad, driven by her uncle in his magnificent maroon Rolls Royce. The ceremony was lovely, the odd tear here and there, but mostly just the smiles of two very in love people, committing themselves to each other in front of their family and friends. After the ceremony, guests made their way to the reception venue, whilst we headed off for a few portraits at Salthouse beach, which has changed considerably since the terrible storms of last December which flooded this area, destroying the shingle bank and Nature Reserve. Back in the Rolls we whizzed down country lanes, heading for The King’s Head, a great country pub in the village of Letheringsett. During a champagne and canapé reception in the garden, the speeches took place under the shade of a tree. Plenty of tears and laughter, Dan’s speech was incredibly sweet, and had a few of the ladies, including his wife, in tears. Dinner was served in the pub, with tables named after the couple’s favourite places to eat in the world, with a little story on how they happened upon the place, and what you should order should you ever find yourself there. The food, I have to say, was incredible. Bravo, The Kings Head, I know where I will be going for lunch next time I’m in this part of Norfolk.. The evening was warm, and after dinner everyone spilled outside for drinks in the garden until it was time for the cheese cake to be cut and the couple to take to the floor for their first dance, expertly sung by the incredible Soul Man, who then kept the dance floor full all night with some great soul classics. A brilliantly relaxed day with a great couple, favourites from Amy and Dan’s wedding in Salthouse are below.