Growing up in the same town, Ellie and James already knew of each other but it wasn't until Ellie posted a Game of Thrones photo up online that they actually started talking and the spark was lit. "As we were chatting we realised we had both moved back to Norfolk after being away at university so we went for a drink that night and got on so well it just went from there," Ellie reveals.

James proposed to Ellie in New York on New Years Day. She’d taken him there to celebrate his 30th birthday on the 2nd January and he slipped the proposal in first. “It was amazing but very sneaky because he’d managed to keep it from me and had even asked my father’s permission on Christmas Day. He popped the question in front of the huge Christmas tree outside the Rockefeller Centre. He couldn’t have picked a better spot, it was beautiful and I had absolutely no idea it was going to happen.”

Georgian Townhouse They set the wedding date for 21st August 2021 at The Georgian Townhouse in Norwich. Ellie says, "We'd seen photos of a wedding at the venue and we really liked the look of the place. Once we went there in person and tried the food, we knew it was the one and we booked it instantly."

Flowergirls

They set the wedding date for 21st August 2021 at The Georgian Townhouse in Norwich. Ellie says, "We'd seen photos of a wedding at the venue and we really liked the look of the place. Once we went there in person and tried the food, we knew it was the one and we booked it instantly."

Groomsmen

The groom and all his party wore matching blue suits with pink ties and pocket squares to complement the bridesmaids' dresses. The buttonholes were mini versions of the bouquets and their two Siberian huskies looked the part in their own wedding finery. "Ghost, our male dog, wore the same style suit jacket as the groom and groomsmen, which was cleverly adapted by James' mum, while our female husky Inca had a dress made from ivory tulle."

Signing register Although the nerves kicked in a little on the wedding morning James barely had time to notice as he had his hands full with the dogs and overseeing proceedings in the main building, while Ellie was looking after their baby boy Atlas. "I was in the separate apartments and although I was very nervous, I was excited too. The ceremony was beautiful and it meant the world to us having everyone there as we had to rearrange our original date due to the pandemic and it was such a relief for it to be going ahead."

Huskys dressed up
Musician

Ellie adds, “We had live music, which was really important to us to set the tone of the day and when I heard Simon singing it actually made me relax before walking up the aisle,” recalls Ellie.

Couple and baby The wedding flowers included O'Hara roses, pampas grass and bunny tails, trailing pink ribbons and a blend of nude, pink and pale peachy tones with dried eucalyptus to add extra depth of colour. James' mum made tissue paper roses to scatter on the tables, all hand-dyed to reflect the colour scheme.

Centrepieces

As James is an artist, he did all the signage to tie everything in with the big-day theme. He also designed the table names, all places in New York that they'd visited with 'Top of the Rock' for the head table in a nod to their engagement.

Personalised scratchcards

They also made the place names themselves using wax seals and a matching font. "We went for scratchcards in personalised envelopes as favours because we loved the idea of someone possibly winning and we wanted something people could talk about and have a bit of fun with at the tables," explains Ellie.

Decoration
Marble cake

Bridesmaids Their showstopping, hexagonal cake featured a hand-painted marble effect and gold detail, with a delicious chocolate layer, white chocolate and raspberry, topped with a vegan, lemon tier. Ellie raves, "Emma our cakemaker really stood out to us with her incredible detailing. She even included a little hand-drawn image of the cake on an easel next to it."

Exchanging vows
Bride standing on bridge

Garden seating The nearby Plantation Garden was a focal point of the wedding, providing a wealth of picture-perfect backdrops. "We took everyone over there as it was absolutely stunning and we managed to get a group shot of us all together and then our guests were able to go off and explore while we had our couple photos done," explains Ellie.

Sparklers There were garden games and pick and mix sweets and an instant camera with the guest book for family and friends to capture the fun and leave a lasting memory of the day. Later in the evening they had sparklers outside and everyone hit the dancefloor to party the night away.

Ellie and James' contact book

Bride's dress

Pure, Norwich
www.purebrides.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses,

ASOS

Cake

Buns of Fun
www.bunsoffun.co.uk

Ceremony singer and guitar

Simon Benefer of Jackdaw Wedding Duo
www.awesomeweddings.co.uk

DJ

Connections Entertainment Ltd
www.connectionsentertainment.co.uk

Flowergirls' dresses

Monsoon

Flowers

Ivy floral events
www.ivyfloralevents.co.uk

Groom and groomsmens' suits

ASOS

Hair

Make-up

Photography

Ella Nurse Photography
www.ellanurse.com

Venue

The Georgian Townhouse
www.thegeorgiantownhousenorwich.com
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