If music be the food of love, play on
PUBLISHED: 06:27 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 15 August 2017
A full orchestra, fireworks and a temple were part of a spectacular wedding in the grounds of Blickling Hall ahead of the Great British Prom
When Suzanne Cooper and Mike Gaffaney were working out where to wed, their initial ideas did not include a full orchestra, a pipe band, a male voice choir, patriotic anthems, a temple in the grounds of a stately home, an audience of thousands and a fireworks finale.
But when they heard about the Blickling Proms they immediately knew it would be perfect backdrop to their wedding.
Suzanne and Mike, of Thorpe, near Norwich, married in the temple in the grounds of Blickling Hall and invited their guests to join them at the proms event in the evening as part of their wedding reception.
Some, including Mike’s parents, who live in New Zealand, travelled from the other side of the world for the wedding.
“We thought that the Blickling Proms would provide such a wonderful memory for us all to enjoy as it’s such a fantastically British event that’s enjoyed by all ages. We approached the organisers to see if it was a possibility to have a marquee and were told that it would be an honour to host the reception there,” said Suzanne.
The wedding ceremony was held in the 18th century classical-style temple overlooking the Blickling gardens and Suzanne said: After lunch in the Buckinghamshire Arms, next door to the hall, the newlyweds spent the evening in a marquee overlooking the lake and stage, with around 40 guests.
Picture of Suzanne and Mike with their dog, Storm, beside the lake by Andy Dane, www.andydanephotography.co.uk
The weekend of music at Blickling, began with the sold out Classic Ibiza, including party anthems with the Urban Soul Orchestra and DJ Goldierocks, and continued with the Great British Prom the following evening, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh male choir Only Men Aloud, and the City of Norwich Pipe Band. The evening finished with a fireworks display over the lake.