St Giles House Hotel Wedding
The St Giles House Hotel wedding of Grace and Oliver was an unusual one for me as I was shooting alone and I only attended the intimate wedding for a couple of hours and what a couple of hours it was! In that time we managed to pack in some bridal prep with Grace, her bridesmaids and her mother, a ceremony and even a 15 minute walk to The Plantation Garden on Earlham Road. St Giles House Hotel sits right in the heart of the city of Norwich and is a very grand building full of character and has a dominating presence on St Giles Street. Tucked away in the back is a cute little courtyard, which despite being surround on all sides by the high walls of the hotel, manages to trap the sunlight all afternoon (and boy did it, what a scorcher it was!)
Having never shot at St Giles House Hotel I was excited to visit a new venue, but I’d also never had the absolute pleasure of shooting at The Plantation Garden. Put simply it is just about the most astonishing inner city garden I have ever seen and to drive past it you’d never know that just a short walk down a little hill and you will find yourself in a mini garden of eden, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city and the traffic. What makes The Plantation Garden so special is it is run and maintained by a team of volunteers and is a mere £2 suggested donation to enter (worth every one of the 200 pennies if you ask me). We were not alone in the garden and there were just a handful of people enjoying the sunny afternoon in the beautiful garden, but for the life of me I can’t work out why it wasn’t completely rammed. Having moved from London last year where a sunny afternoon draws more people into Clapham Common than ‘V’ Festival, to be almost alone in this stunning little garden in Norwich felt very strange…and very refreshing.
Here are some of the highlights from the day. If you are looking for a wedding photographer and would like more information please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.
Plantation Garden Wedding Photography