Claire & Warren's Midsummer Nights Dream @ Godwick Hall
I’m whisking you away today to pretty Norfolk, a dreamy and enchanting ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ inspired wedding wonderfully created by Claire & Warren at Godwick Hall & Great Barn.
Around the hall and barn, the grounds awaited for Claire & Warren to walk along to their handfasting ceremony, a precious ceremony to honour each other’s commitment and their destines bound together.
Their remarkable wedding was beautifully captured by Chloe @ CeeCee Photography.
Warren proposed on our first night on holiday in Gran Canaria. He was to terrified to wait any longer in case I found the ring. Warrens daughter was also with us and Warren bought her a diamond pendant necklace, which he presented her with. It was important to both of us since the beginning of our relationship that Katie was never made to feel left out as she had had her Dad to herself for the past 10 years, so this was a lovely touch.
We started off with a very natural, rustic theme in mind, but as soon as I knew what dress I wanted, it became more of a “Midsummer night’s dream” theme.
The Planning Process
I’m a sucker for a list, so I created a spreadsheet for the entire wedding, using bridal sites & magazines to make sure I didn’t forget anything.
We started out with a lower budget but when we realised that we wanted a different wedding than we had originally though, the budget doubled.
Hair & Beauty
Being an older bride, I didn’t want to look over made up. I had a couple of hair and makeup trials and decided to go with Zoe Hunter at Girlyglam as she created the most natural look for me. She also did hair and make up for my mum, mum in law, 2 friends and a little bit for my stepdaughter who was adamant that she didn’t want makeup on.
Outfits & Accessories
I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress and couldn’t find anything that I liked within my budget. I found someone selling a brand-new dress online that was the right size and exact fabric/colours I wanted. I then found a seamstress who had the same vision for my dress as I did, and she literally took the dress apart and re-made it as I wanted it. My shoes were simply gold cone heeled from ASOS. I wore a bracelet & earrings of pearl and a gold and pearl hair vine. Warren Bought his outfit from Moss Bros, except for his waistcoat which was from Walker Slater Menswear who do some beautiful tweed. It was the shoes first, then the rest of his outfit was created around them. My stepdaughter wore a neutral/mocha coloured jumpsuit as she didn’t want to wear a dress. We teamed this with some blingy sandals.
Godwick Hall & Great Barn, Tittleshall Norfolk. As soon as we arrived to view the venue, we knew this was the one. We hired Godwick hall for the entire wedding party to stay in as well as the 3 shepherd huts. We had the ceremony in the barn, the handfasting in the grounds and the meal and evening reception back in the barn.
That still and settled place by Edward Monkton:
"In that still and settled place
There's nobody but you
You're where I breath my oxygen
You're where I see my view
And when the world feels full of noise
My heart knows what to do
It finds that still and settled place
And dances there with you"
We hired a local DJ to do music for the whole day. We discussed and provided him with a full list of music and timings and he did a great job. I walked into “Marry me” by Train and Myself, Warren & my stepdaughter danced out to “Can’t stop the feeling” by Justin Timberlake. We also had a pagan handfasting ceremony outside, which we walked in to “Give me your hand” by Carlyle Fraser and jumped the broomstick and walked out to “The Gaelic Reels” by Capercaillie. The interim (stand around) music was all big band & swing with a ban on anything by Jamie Cullum or Michael Buble! Our first dance was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
by Danielle / June 2020 / Real Weddings
As with my dress, I changed my mind a number of times regards flowers. My bouquet was made up of Roses such as Avalanche in neutral and blush tones, with Dahlia, spray rose and wax flower with ferns and herbs hand tied with gold organza ribbon. The button holes and corsages were made to match as was the top table arrangement. My step daughter had a mini replica wrist corsage.
We looked at the work of a few photographers, when we happened to see some of Chloe’s work. We were very impressed at the quality for someone so young and thought it would be nice to have our wedding covered by an up and coming photographer and also to support a local business.
Just the one. My stepdaughter Katie. My stepdaughter wore a neutral/mocha coloured jumpsuit as she didn’t want to wear a dress. We teamed this with some blingy sandals.
Our nephews Monty & Hugo. Monty was the ringbearer as Hugo was too young to be trusted with the rings. He was however given a sign to carry so he didn’t feel left out. They both walk down the aisle with Katie.
The Details & Decor
There was very little needed at Godwick Barn as it was already so beautiful. All the décor however was themed around gold, neutral and foliage. We had long banqueting tables rather than small individual ones as we wanted a more “together” feel. The tables were decorated with mini lanterns filled with moss and fairly lights, gold crackle votives with tea lights and scattered flowers and foliage with some flowers in jam jars.
The Film Maker
We decided not go for a film maker, we were happy enough with just a photographer.
We have two very adored dogs, so it was important that they shared the honeymoon with us. We spent 4 nights at “The Tranquil Otter” in Cumbria. We had a log cabin on the side of a lake with a veranda and hot tub. It was so peaceful, with lovely walks for the dogs.
Very cliched, but every moment of the day really. Warren and I were together many years ago and things just fizzled out and we both moved on with life in completely different directions, so to find ourselves re-connecting and getting married after all this time felt so surreal on the day.
Advice for other couples...
Don’t stress about anything. No wedding day will be without its hiccups, but you’ll be enjoying yourselves so much that you won’t notice, and neither will your guests. Once that day arrives, there is nothing you can do to change the course of how it will run, so just go with the flow and remember why you’re doing this.
Venue – Godwick Hall
Dress – Heidi Button
Photography – CeeCee Photography
HMUA – Girlyglam
Music – Star Dust Wedding Disco
Flowers & Styling – Flower30
Shoes – ASOS