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A tropical wedding in Norfolk

A tropical wedding in Norfolk

Written by Katie Byrne

Anisa and Damien filled their gorgeous celebration with lush jungle-inspired florals and vibrant details


Anisa Daniels and Damien Marshall married at Narborough Hall Gardens in King's Lynn, Norfolk.

Photography: Matt Parry

Our wedding day in three words? Dreamy, happy, incandescent...

After a few months of searching for a wedding venue with no success, our wedding planner suggested Damien and I visited Narborough Garden Halls. Even with our different styles, we both knew this was the venue for us.

It had the perfect balance of wow-factor and intimacy: the house had such a warm, inviting feel, with beautiful bedrooms for family and friends to say in, a huge kitchen and separate dining rooms. Its stunning gardens were in full-bloom at the time and we loved the lake.

The wedding day itself was sunny, with a gorgeous warm May breeze, which I felt on my face as I walked down the aisle!

I didn’t dare believe it would be nice until I was literally having my hair and make-up done and being fitted in my dress on the morning and looked down across the gardens towards the ceremony area by the lake and was finally able to exhale in the grateful realisation that it would be the lovely day I had hoped for.

We were so blessed with the weather that day. The day before and after were slightly cooler. It was like the perfect window of sunshine appeared, just for us.

Readings at wedding are usually limited to two – but we had four! Damien and I loved something in all of them and they were really special to us, so we managed to persuade the Norfolk registration office to allow it.

They included an extract from The Velveteen Rabbit, a poem by the Persian poet Jalalud-din Rumi and an Apache American-Indian blessing, which was important to me as our family as Amerindian blood. We also had My Big Secret by Micheal Nyman playing during the processional – this was special to me because I love the film The Piano and adore that piece so much I taught myself to play it on the piano.

Our first dance was to One And Only by Adele. It’s a song we both love and we used to play it when we ewre driving or getting ready to go out and sing at full volume to each other! It’s a stunning song, full of emotion, and the lyrics were very fitting.

Despite being obsessed with long lace sleeves and column-style cuts, I knew my wedding dress was the one for me as soon as I tried it on. It was the perfect combination of traditional and modern, with just the right amount of drama and a beautiful train.

I loved the elegant pleats, the nipped-in waist, the smattering of guipure lace… It felt very romantic, very Audrey Hepburn. Damien loved that it was nothing like he had expected me to choose. I also wore a veil – it was a metre longer than my train!

One of my favourite moments of the day was walking through the gardens in that warm May breeze, holding hands with my son Grayson (who was holding Damien’s hand, too), and turning a corner to see our friends and family smiling at us. Also, walking down the aisle to meet Damien was an incredible moment, too. 

I also loved walking out of the house, officially a married couple and with the sun shining down, to a welcome of cheers and a flurry of confetti. It felt so celebratory and full of love!

Steal their style!

PLANNER: Knot & Pop VENUE: Narborough Hall Gardens, Norfolk FLORIST: Jo Flowers DRESS: Peter Langner BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: CAKE: Couture Cakes 

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