It was blustery day back in August for Rebecca and David’s wedding at Normanton Church in Rutland.
Rebecca was getting ready at Rutland Water golf Course with her mum and bridesmaids and all was calm when I arrived with prosecco flowing and lots of laughter.
I started the day the same way I always do, by photographing the details. Rebecca’s beautiful flowers were by Penny at RS Barnwell Garden Centre
Her shoes were one of her favourite accessories for the day, a truly stunning pair of Manolo Blahniks, I have never been more petrified taking a pair of shoes out of their box!
The interesting point came when I asked if she would be wearing a veil so I could use it to photograph her jewellery on……. it wasn’t there, it had been left at home and with no way of getting it to us………… panic ensued!!
Luckily, I run a networking group in Rutland for Wedding proffessionals and before long we had the wonderful Naomi from Lace and Pearl Bridal Boutique on her way to us with the perfect veil to match Rebecca’s dress.
Panic over normal service resumed and before long it was time to leave for Normanton Church.
Meanwhile my second shooter was with the boys at the couples home along with the best man, parents and page boy.
I always love it when my couples book a second photographer for the day, it is nice to see what the boys get up too in the morning and it seems such a shame for them to be left out.
Rebecca and David chose the simply stunning Normanton Church for their wedding ceremony. I love photographing weddings here, the inside of the church is so light and airy and the smaller size of the church makes it feel so much more personal and private.
Usually I will run in to the church before the bride arrives to catch some photos of the groom nervously waiting for his bride to arrive whilst his groomsmen rib him for punching above his weight and joke that his bride isn’t coming 😉 This time however the atmosphere in the church was not one of nervousness, David was calm and relaxed and joking with his friends and the registrars. It was so lovely to see and a great way to start the wedding.
After the ceremony I would usually set up group shots outside the church as we have it for about another 30 minutes after the ceremony but at our pre wedding meeting we had decided that the photos could be taken at the golf course and we could optimise the time at the church to take some photos of just Rebecca and David. Given how windy it was this worked perfectly and allowed all of the guests to head back to Rutland Water Golf Course for canapes and fizz.
Normanton church is the perfect backdrop for wedding portraits and having a little extra time we were able to get lots of variation for their wedidng album.
Rebecca and David had styled the gorgeous marquee at Rutland Water Golf Course to perfection. I love details on a wedding day and there were so many different personal touches here.
The best thing about the marquee is that it is actually inside a barn type building at the golf course so it isn’t effected by wind and they have even installed fairy lights in to the canopy permentantly so it looks like a night sky when the sun goes down.
Another special advantage to having your wedding ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Course is the fact that you can have confetti on the grounds.
You aren’t allowed to throw confetti at Normanton Church, so when you arrive at the golf course they arrange the confetti line there for you.
After group photos and prosecco and canapes it was time to sit down down for the wedding breakfast.
This however, was the exact time the majority of the UK had a power cut! I was sat editing images in the bar area ready for the same day slideshow that the couple had booked when everything went dark! Luckily the food had all already been cooked and was being served and no one seemed at all worried, the staff at the Golf Course were on it as always!
We were quite lucky in that the power came back on after only 10 minutes, the rest of the UK weren’t so lucky.
I always look forward to the speeches at a wedding and Rebecca and David’s didn’t disappoint. The laughs were plentiful, embarassing stories in full swing and tears were flowing.
After the wedding breakfast we were able to slip back outside with Rebecca and David for a few more photos at sunset, and given how windy the day had been we were blessed with a beautiful sunset. It also proved to be the PERFECT time to practice the first dance.
After the sunset photos we headed back inside to cut the cake. They had cut their sweet cake a little earlier so now it was time to cut the cheese cake…..I love a wedding with cheese as a cake! especially when it comes from Otters in Oakham.