relaxed wedding photography bride and groom portraits at the old rectory crostwick


bride and groom portraits outside at OLD RECTORY CROSTWICK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY


If a wedding with a rockabilly vibe, beautiful ivy galore, an intimate ceremony but a huge evening party is right up your street, check this one out! Relaxed, candid wedding photography, family and friends centred fun and a gorgeous retro styling in the heart of Norfolk.

Loren and Steve had a totally relaxed, rockabilly wedding. A church ceremony in Hellesden and then on to The Old Rectory, Crostwick, Norfolk. It was beautifully styled and honestly, SO super relaxed. If you’re considering having a really intimate wedding, take inspiration from here! These guys put a heavy focus on chilling out with their family and friends with just around 30 guests during the day. In the evening, they bumped up the party by a whopping extra 110 people! Loren and Steve booked me as their wedding photographer so long ago, I was super pumped to get involved with their guests and photograph their big day.


Getting ready

Loren got ready at The Old Rectory in Crostwick, Norfolk with her two beautiful bridesmaids Rachael and Cheryl and her gorgeous mum Sue. They all stayed in the hotel the night before making for a super chilled out morning – perhaps one of the most relaxed bridal prep scenes I’ve ever seen!

I loved looking through all the instax snaps they had taken before I arrived. Loren wore a retro style dress from The Frock Stop that looked like it had been entirely made for her, with divine glittery shoes from Irregular Choice. Loren said she wanted the dress to feel like her normal style, but still as special as others wedding outfits. “This dress is just perfect, I feel comfortable, I feel like myself but I still feel special. I also really wanted a dress I would be able to wear again and I love that I can!”

She travelled to the ceremony with her mum, in a gorgeous car that was owned and driven by their friend Wayne. Cool hey!

The Ceremony at St Mary’s Church, Hellesdon

Loren and Steve had an intimate church ceremony with around 30 guests. It was the most unique, personal church ceremony I’ve ever witnessed – instead of hymns, they played some of their favourite music in it’s place. Couldn’t help myself bopping along alongside the rest of the guests. I didn’t even know you were ‘allowed’ to have music instead of hymns! Anyway, it was awesome. “We’re having no hymns for this ceremony, only music that means something to us, a mix of Rockabilly, soul and some 80’s!”

There were two readings; one by Steves dad and the other by Lorens mum. It was a wonderful ceremony full of excited hand squeezes and lots of love.

After the ceremony there was confetti sharing between guests before an epic mini confetti line, before some all important group family photos. Loren and Steve then had a glass of champagne in the back of their car before heading off to the reception at The Old Rectory.

The Wedding Reception at The Old Rectory, Crostwick

The Wedding reception was where Loren got ready that morning, so I’d already had a sneak peek at the decor. It was elegant and fun, with giant white helium balloons tied with lines of ivy. One of my favourite parts of set up was the table favours – something for each guest to survive the wedding the next day! A bucket for vomiting in to, ibuprofen for the headache the next day, tea and coffee for much needed caffeine hits, biscuits for the tea (obv!), a rubber to erase drunken embarrassment and a smiley faced man as a reminder of the fun.

Before their guests were called for their wedding meal, Loren, Steve and I had a wander around the grounds and took some time for their couples portraits. I had such a giggle with these two, felt like I’d known them forever.

When we finished their couples photos, everyone was waiting to welcome our newlyweds back in for lunch. All their bloomin’ lovely wedding guests sat in an oval so that everyone could chat to each other. It was really fun and I felt so honoured to be sat alongside everyone.


bride and groom outside in garden at OLD RECTORY CROSTWICK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY newlyweds in the sunshine at OLD RECTORY CROSTWICK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

The Party

Around 6pm, Loren and Steves evening guests started to pour in. The uber cool Voodoo Boogie got everyone dancing. They play 50s and 60s music purely on original 45s – it suited these two down to a tee. I wish I’d known of them when I got married 5 years ago!


Above all, this fun, rockabilly The Old Rectory wedding was incredible. If you’re getting married and looking for a relaxed wedding photographer, find out more about what I offer here!


Dress: The Frock Spot

Shoes: Irregular Choice

Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS

Suits: Moss Bros

Flowers: Elizabeths

Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Amelia Garwood

Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Shanice Pye Hair & Beauty

The Cake: Claire’s Custom Cakes