Updated: Sep 19
Robert and Emily got married on a hot summer’s day in Norwich's stunning cathedral and celebrated at the magnificent Voewood. It’s one of my favourite venues anyway, but they took it to another level with their editorial-esque styling and orange wedding palette. Grab a drink and wherever you’re keeping your wedding inspiration – whether it’s a notebook or Pinterest – because this wedding has got it in buckets.
Voewood, one of my favourite Norfolk wedding venues
I just love being at Voewood. Not only does it always look amazing (check out another Voewood wedding that I had the pleasure of working on here), but I also always love the morning hubbub with the groom and various family members pottering about. When I arrived to set up on the morning of Emily and Robert’s orange wedding, several bridesmaids were having their hair and make up done in the next door room which is always nice to see happening. I left the venue that day with a very happy heart, and sang to the radio all the way home (with my apologies to the fellow travellers on the A148!)
To be honest, Voewood isn’t just one of my favourite Norfolk wedding venues; it’s one of my favourite venues ever. It’s a Grade II listed country house that manages to be grand and impressive whilst also feeling homely and welcoming, so that you can be totally comfortable that your wedding day will be exactly that: all yours. As such, it was the perfect backdrop for Robert and Emily’s editorial wedding plans, and in particular the orange wedding vibe they had for their meal and reception.
Editorial bridal and bridesmaids’ outfits
In case you were under any pretence that this wedding was going to be anything other than spectacularly stylish, Emily and her bridesmaids’ outfits signal just the levels of editorial excellence that we’re working with!
Emily wore a chic strapless dress from Hayes Bridal, which she accessorised with a flowery veil and power blue shoes. On top, she wore a sheer organza top layer that knotted at her waist at the back, which she later took off for a chic, minimalist update on the look. Her third and final look came in the evening, when she let down her hair from its slicked-back bun and changed into a strappy, satin midi dress for the dancefloor!
Emily’s bridesmaids also topped the style charts with their gorgeous mismatched dresses. In addition to the orange wedding vibe that Emily and Robert had going on in their decor, they added in seafoam blues and juicy reds in their bridesmaids’ dresses.
Audaciously orange wedding tables
Emily and Robert’s wedding style was boho without being rustic; artistic and colourful whilst remaining refined. This is where the orange wedding colour scheme came in.
The reception room in Voewood is sizable, and with huge windows on one side letting in a fair amount of light, the room can house a really bold accent colour without being overpowered. So that’s exactly what Emily and Robert decided to do: they went big, and decked their long trestle tables out in super striking deep orange linens. To keep the focus on the main shade, the menus at each place setting (designed by the super talented Emily) were kept simple in cream cardstock with a black serif font. Taper candles in warm, complementary tones of blush and rust lined the table, as well as small floral arrangements in mismatched earthenware bud vases.
These echoed the incredible floral arrangement that Floral Sistas had made to frame the lower ceiling. Foliage, fluffy orange grasses and flowers all came together in this brilliant bough, which was larger than life and looked almost as if it was bursting out from the back half of the room. Peach and ochre roses studded the dark green of the leaves, as well as sprays of daisies, dahlias, and more, all in varying shades of orange and yellow. As well as bringing the sunshine, they were also seasonal, making them more sustainable too!
Altogether, the result was nothing short of incredible. It’s fair to say you don’t see many orange weddings, but after this amazing day I think it’s also fair to say we want to see many, many more. Viva la orange wedding styling!
Meadow-like wedding cake for dessert
Though my cake itself wasn’t orange, it got in on the orange wedding action with a bright tablecloth, and the brilliant flowers provided by Floral Sistas. I love working with them as I always know they’ll leave me some amazing flowers to play with, and this time was no different.
I arrived to find a lovely big bucket of beautiful flowers, which I set about preparing to add them safely to the cake. (Did you know that fresh flowers have to be specially treated before being added to your cake? Now you do!) The stems were perfect for my signature style of meadow-like wedding cake, where flowers are artfully arranged to look as if they’re growing up the side of the cake – and, with four tiers, there was plenty of cake to work with!
I placed the cake on top of a chunky wooden stand from The Little Lending Co, which meant it was easily transportable from inside to outside, where they cut the cake later in the afternoon.
Emily and Robert had chosen three flavours across the four tiers: rich vegan chocolate cake, zesty lemon sponge with lemon curd and buttercream, and white chocolate and raspberry. As their orange wedding was a summer wedding, they had the genius idea to eat the cake as the wedding dessert, and served it with berries and extra cream!
There are three things to take away from Emily and Robert’s day: 1. You should think about getting married at Voewood. 2. You should think about having an orange wedding, because they look sensational. 3. I love working with couples who come to me with great inspiration like this, so if you’re looking for a modern, refined boho style cake…then I’d love to chat! You can get in touch here to tell me all about your plans so far - I can’t wait to hear them.
"Our cake was so beautiful and delicious and just what I imagined it would be! It complemented the setting and our flowers & decorations so well. It was huge and I thought there’d be lots left the next day, but I think we ate all of it on the night!"
With thanks to:
Venue: Voewood https://www.voewood.com/
Photographer: Georgia Rachel Photography https://www.georgiarachael.co.uk/
Decor: Little Lending Company, https://thelittlelendingcompany.com/
Flowers: Floral Sistas https://www.floralsistas.co.uk/
Catering: Florentina https://florentina-events.com/
Dress: Hayes Bridal https://www.hayesbridal.co.nz/
Hair: Amie Kelly at Gemma Holiday http://www.gemmaholiday.com/
Make up: Melissa Abel https://www.melissaabel.co.uk/