Sun shines on Jo & Ben’s whimsical country wedding in Norfolk

Wedding: 21/06/2014

Posted by Kate | 9 July, 2015

A perfect summer’s day provided a fairy tale backdrop for Jo Hulme and Ben Mark’s country wedding.

The high school sweethearts recreated the atmosphere of a village fair with their idyllic celebrations on June 21, 2014.

The Norfolk pair wed at their local Bressingham church in a simple, traditional ceremony before they and their 150 guests hightailed it to Ben’s parent’s property – Oak Tree Farm – for some good old-fashioned fun.

“We had the most perfect English summer’s day with sunshine, roses, love, lace, cream teas, cocktails and lots of dancing,” Jo, 26, recalls.

A bouncy castle, handmade bunting and an ice-cream van added a touch of whimsy, while a traditional canvas, wood and rope marquee perfectly matched the traditional garden party theme.

Guests were served up afternoon tea, followed by a two-course meal and then a roast, cheeseboard, ice-cream and, of course, wedding cake  later in the evening. “No one went hungry,” Jo laughs.

The bride says almost one year of planning went into her and 27-year-old Ben’s midsummer eve celebration.

“The wedding was a celebration of ten years together and a dedication to many more,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Hayley Denston Photography.

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“Ben is a car fanatic and loves Land Rovers,” explains Jo of their unusual wedding cars.

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The wedding flowers were flown all the way from Kenya as a gift from family friends!

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The couple honeymooned in Sweden staying at the Ice Hotel.

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“Decide at the start who is doing what and only make the big decisions together,” is Jo’s advice to other brides.

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