Bride and Groom at nighttime at The Granary Estates, Newmarket

Darshita & Adrian // The Granary Estates

I was thrilled to be Darshita and Adrian’s Granary Estates Wedding Photographer. They are such a lovely couple and it was such a fun wedding! Adrian kindly answered a few questions to describe their wedding story so without any further waffle from me, read all about it below…

How did you guys meet?

At university, we were introduced by mutual friends. We only met in the final year, despite having the same mutual friends and attending the same events for 2 years leading up to that!

Tell me a bit about yourselves

We both mostly enjoy Powerlifting, food, music and festivals.

How did the proposal go down?

I proposed on the beach at sunset in Boca Del Toro, Panama on the penultimate day of our holiday. I had tried to propose a few times over the preceding week but was unable to due to unforeseen circumstances including seeing baby turtles hatching then being surrounded by too many people, weather changing dramatically, and Darsh being eaten alive by sand flies. Trying to hide the ring for was quite a stressful experience, especially when Darsh decided to start re-packing the suitcase it was in. She thought she was being helpful – she was not.

The Granary Estates Wedding Photography photo of bride and groom in a warm embrace

How did you choose your wedding venue?

We searched online for potential venues, created a shortlist of a few to go and visit in person. The decision was easy as we loved the Granary Estate as soon as we saw it – it was such a lovely space and perfect for the atmosphere we were aiming for.

What sort of experience did you want your guests to have?

We wanted everyone to have a very relaxed day with plenty of food and lots of dancing.

The Granary Estates swing
Can you describe some of the details and stylings, did your wedding have a theme?

We didn’t really have a theme as such, we just knew we wanted our friends and family to have a fun day celebrating with us in comfortable surroundings. The venue itself was beautiful and needed very little doing to it. As we didn’t really have any specific visions of styling (beyond the sparkly table cloths Darsh was drawn to like a magpie), we took the expert advice of our amazing florist, Bridget, who created some stunning floral arrangements which made everything feel extra special.
Sunset photo at The Granary Estates

What was your best decision during the wedding planning?

The best decision was definitely hiring Winston as our photographer. As the photos would be the only thing we would have to remember the day by, it was also an important one. Also, Darsh isn’t keen on photos of herself and is extremely uncomfortable in front of a camera, but we had met Winston who was the photographer at a wedding we had previously attended where his non-intrusive style and friendly personality really stood out, which made the decision easy to make.

What was the hardest decision?

Definitely the catering, coming from different cultural backgrounds, we had to find something that would appeal to all of those in attendance. Thankfully our caterer was great and able to put together excellent menu.
The decision of the evening’s entertainment was also very difficult for the same reason – vastly different cultures with extremely varying musical preferences. I knew Hayley-Ria Christian from previously having worked with her, and we figured surely everyone loves a bit of Soul & Motown? Turns out that was true, as she and the band were amazing and got everyone dancing. They also learnt the song for our first dance, which made the moment even more special.

What were your favourite memories of the day?

We loved the whole day, it’s very difficult to pick one memory. This being said, Winston took us out around the venue grounds for an hour to take photos which was very relaxing and allowed us to spend some time alone together and got some lovely natural pictures of us.

What advice would you have for any couples planning their wedding?

Set the date and secure the venue as early as possible. Once the venue has been booked everything else forms around it including catering, accommodation, decor, entertainment and sending invites. Alongside this, give yourselves time to plan & have a list of priorities of what is important to you on the day. We had 15 months which allowed us plenty of time to think things through and gave us wiggle room to re-plan when required.

“Winston was the photographer for my wedding. He was brilliant throughout combining a mixture of spontaneous, candid and arranged group photos.

The best part was the 60 minutes my wife and I spent walking around the grounds with Winston taking photos capturing some beautiful memories which look great in curated albums we ordered.

I would highly recommend Winston to any couple looking for a wedding photographer or a family photographer. So much so that I have recommended Winston to my brother and his fiancee who are now in the early stages of planning their wedding.

To Winston, Thank you again for capturing our special day.”

Superstar suppliers:

Florist: Wild Rosamund
Band + DJ:Hayley-Ria Christian & the Soul Council
Catering + some decor: Hall & Co Event Design

I’m a Norfolk Wedding Photographer who travels all over the country and beyond capturing beautiful weddings. If you’d like a Granary Estates Wedding Photographer, or a wedding photographer for anywhere in the UK or further afield, please do get in touch!

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