A stylishly fun wedding with The Signature Collection
A hidden wedding venue Norfolk was the perfect setting for this fun-loving couple Josie & Mike.
Josie and Mike first met 12 years ago through mutual friends in a local bar. “We had both recently become single and I certainly wasn't looking for another serious relationship,” says Josie. “However, we knew instantly we had a special connection and couldn't wait to start getting to know each other. Our first date was at a local restaurant, which we still go to regularly all these years later.”
An unexpected proposal
“Mike had always been upfront about his feelings around marriage, that he wasn't keen and didn't think it would change anything between us,” says Josie.
“So, after waiting over nine years, I assumed it wasn't going to happen.”
“Then, in June 2022, we had tickets to go to a beautiful place called Fairhaven,” says Josie. “It’s a 130-acre ancient woodland and water garden in the Norfolk Broads. I often drag Mike out on long beach walks, he enjoys them really! Unfortunately, the night before, Mike had a car accident that wrote his car off. He was shaken up but thankfully had no major injuries. We sat in A&E until the early hours and I wanted to cancel our day out, but he was adamant it would do him good."
"I couldn't understand why he was so determined!"
"Then, at the end of a lovely walk, amongst the wildlife and picturesque gardens, Mike dropped to one knee and popped the question. Some friends still say it was thanks to the accident and the bump on the head!”
Discovering The Signature Collection...
“Lots of my friends have worn dresses from wed2b and I knew this would be the store to go to,” says Josie. “We were greeted at wed2b Norwich by a lovely young lady called Darcy, who had only been in the job just over a month. She listened to what I thought I wanted, discussed lots of options with me and the girls (my mum and three bridesmaids) and also brought out some different styles."
"Darcy was a dream, so friendly and knowledgeable and really put a nervous bride at ease!”
“It was the third dress I tried on and I knew that was it,” says Josie.
“This was 'The One'. I loved everything about it, especially the train. I also bought a low back Wunderskirt to wear too.”
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A stylish wedding venue Norfolk
The couple married at a place called the Barn at Woodlands, a wedding venue Norfolk hidden in the countryside near the village of Stokesby. “I knew there was a wedding venue around there, as I remember having worked there twice as a waitress when I was young,” says Josie. “It was a breathtaking old barn, which I longed to add our twist to.”
The big day
“I got ready at the venue with my mum, auntie and three bridesmaids,” says Josie. “The weather was perfect for September with hours of sunshine and temperatures of 28℃. My mum - my best friend, my rock - walked me down the aisle. Our ceremony was very different. We had already married at the local registry office, as the barn didn't hold a wedding license, so we had lots of fun! My mum and I walked in to Beyonce’s ‘Smash Into You, we made vows to our guests and they made vows to us. We also read our own vows to each other and we physically tied the knot with a hand-fasting ceremony."
"Then we had our best man bring our rings in via a barn owl!"
"Everyone said how relaxed and enjoyable our ceremony was - we wanted anything but boring.”
Drinks, canapés… and owls!
After the ceremony guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the gardens. “We also had three owls on perches for guests to hold and take pictures with,” says Josie. “The barn owl who came in with the rings was called Sarah and I have some lovely photos with her. The owls were our best entertainment by far and the guests and venue staff loved them."
"They'd never seen owls at a wedding before."
"They also kept the guests busy when we snuck off to have our professional pics taken.”
A rustic colour theme
The look for the day was rustic with the main colour being mauve. “We decorated the barn ourselves, with large demijohns, dried foliage, wheat, pampas and fairy lights,” says Josie. “I kept things simple, with our table plan matching the invites and 'welcome to our wedding’ sign. There was a pallet order of the day, wooden numbers on tables and a very rustic wedding post box (all borrowed from my mum’s friend who is a carpenter).”
Raving the night away!
Dinner was chicken, beef and a vegetarian main with a dessert option and a beautiful three-tier, semi-naked cake with raspberry and white chocolate, lemon and chocolate layers. “We didn't have favours but made beautiful crafty name tags that many guests took home as their keepsake,” says Josie. “There was a singer who did an amazing slow version of the song ‘Latch’ by Disclosure for our first dance. We then had a DJ in the evening playing guests' requests from the invites, with an hour of drum and bass and dance music at the end. We are ravers!"
"Everything was so 'us', relaxed, funny, fun and exciting.”
The best bits…
“Walking in as a daughter to my mum and walking out as a wife to my new husband.”
And for other Signature brides…
“Just don't panic - everything will be fine!”
We love it when brides take our looks and make them their own. So, if you’ve enjoyed Josie and Mike’s chic wedding venue Norfolk, then we’d love to see how you styled your own Signature look. Just click here to share your story and photos with us and we’ll be in touch.
Stay bold & brilliant!
The Signature Collection team
Josie and Mike’s Dream Team
Photographer: Sam Gee
Wedding Venue Norfolk: Barn at Woodlands, Stokesby
Wedding dresses Norwich: wed2b
Flowers: Charlotte Staff Flowers
Suits: Slaters Menswear
Rings: Aleks Jewellers
Norwich Music: Grant Ley
DJ: Nevv Moore
Video: Lewis Parker James Films
Celebrant: The Ceremony People
Make-up: Eleanor Harnden
Bar: My Horse Box Bar
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