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Tim and Anna’s village green knees-up

21 Jun 2011

Tim and Anna’s village green knees-up

Anna Chapman didn’t need to look any further than the front of mum and dad’s home for her dream wedding venue.

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Visiting her parents’ new home on the idyllic Kimberley Green, near Wymondham, four years ago, Anna and partner Tim were quick to notice its potential as a wedding venue. A horseshoe of cottages surrounding a central green with trees and open space, and it was made even more perfect by its location just metres away from the picturesque St Peter’s Church.

“Tim said how nice it would be to have a marquee on the green, and once we were engaged we started looking into it,” explained Anna. “We didn’t really think that it would be possible but there seemed to be no barriers.”

The first step was going door-to-door to speak to the residents and get their views on the idea. Expecting some resistance, the couple were surprised when no-one objected to the idea – maybe because they were all invited to the reception and were looking forward to a village knees-up.

The land belongs to South Norfolk Council and it was simply a matter of getting a licence. “I think they got a good deal out of it because Tim did a lot of work on the green, including re-seeding the lawn and mowing it every week in the lead up the wedding to make sure it was perfect.”

Tim and Anna went to a few marquee companies to get quotes and eventually settled on Weatherill Brothers. “They met us on the green because it was an unusual location, but they didn’t think there would be any problems,” said Anna. “I had to find out if there were any water pipes or electricity cables running under the green because the corner supports go 4ft into the ground.”

Tim comes from a farming family and the couple met at agricultural college, where Anna was training to become an agricultural secretary, so it’s no surprise that they went for a country theme.

Anna and her mum spent months making metre upon metre of bunting and, instead of a hot meal, they had sandwiches, cream teas and cakes, then a hog roast later in the evening.

Probably the most unpredictable aspect of a marquee wedding is the weather, but luckily the sun shone down on Anna and Tim’s big day, so there was no need for the wellies to come out – although that may have worked quite well with the country theme!

Pictures: Kevin Maunton, 01953 881144, www.kevinmaunton.co.uk

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