Fort Henry summer wedding

Fort Henry summer wedding

Bride and groom at exton park

Sophie and James chose the stunning Fort Henry in Exton for their wedding day this July. I can’t believe I have been photographing weddings in Rutland for years now and have never had a wedding here (especially as the one the following weekend was here too!)

Fort Henry is a wonderfully gothic folly, sitting beside a large lake in Exton, Rutland dating back to 1788. 

I was so excited to photograph Sophie and Jame’s wedding, I did know however that my sense of direction is poor at the best of times, and although I had seen Fort Henry from the other side of the lake during one of my many lockdown walks I had never actually driven there. With this in mind, I decided to do a site visit beforehand and the wonderful Connie from Barnsdale Lodge allowed me to follow her down and take a look around Fort Henry. I have never been so thankful to have carried out a pre-wedding site visit! I would never have found it on my own. The guests managed it but there were a few hairy moments so I am told. 

Sophie was getting ready at her family home with her wonderful bridesmaids and her parents and grandma whilst James was at their home for the morning. As they had opted to book my second photographer for the day, Dan was with James for groom prep so we get to share some of those here too. I love it when my couples book a second, it is always so nice to see the other side of the day and from another set of eyes. 

Brides dress shoes and jewlery
Bride getting ready for her wedding in rutland
groom getting ready fo rhis wedding in rutland
groom getting ready for his wedding in rutland
groom shows and wedding rings
wedding invitations on a straw bale
bride with her bridesmaids on her wedding morning
bride reading a letter from her husband to be
bride with her bridesmaids on her wedding morning

As you can see, the guests didn’t have as much trouble finding Fort Henry as I would have done, although I understand from later conversations they had all left early and followed the signs rather than the sat nav!

Fort Henry is simply stunning, the views across the lake and the lush greenery all around is just so perfect, and with the weather we had for Sophie and James’ wedding it was even more perfect. 

The ceremony was outdoors, at the moment couples still need to be stood underneath a roof to be married so that is why in the photos you will see that Sophie and James are on the step just at the door of Fort Henry but this didn’t diminish from the beauty of the setting. 

The guests were expertly looked after by Liz and her team from Barnsdale Lodge on the day fixing buttonholes and furnishing the guests with refreshments after the ceremoy.

Guests arriving at fort henry rutland
wedding ceremony at fort henry rutland
wedding ceremony at fort henry rutland
wedding ceremony at fort henry rutland
wedding ceremony at fort henry rutland
wedding ceremony at fort henry rutland
wedding ceremony at fort henry rutland
wedding ceremony at fort henry rutland
group wedding photos at fort henry rutland
bride and her bridesmaids at fort henry rutland
Silhouette of bride and groom at fort henry rutland
bride and groom wedding portraits fort henry rutland
bride and groom wedding portraits fort henry rutland
bride and groom wedding portraits fort henry rutland
bride and groom wedding portraits fort henry rutland
Bride and groom at exton park

After the wedding ceremony, we all headed back to the Brides family farm for a marquee reception in the grounds. I had been here with Sophie in the morning and took a few photos before we left, the room wasn’t completely finished but I am so glad I did because by the time we caught up with the rest of the wedding party they were already seated at their tables ready to welcome Sophie and James in as the new Mr & Mrs.

 

wedding cake rutland
Wedding marquee ready for a wedding

Before sunset we managed to capture a few images of Sophie with her childhood pony, she was wearing the cutest little floral head collar and obligingly smiled for some photos with the bride laughing

bride and her pony on wedding day
Bride and groom at sunset rutland
Bride and groom at sunset rutland
Bride and groom at sunset rutland
Bride and groom at sunset rutland
Bride and groom at sunset rutland

The images are fantastic, thank you so much!. We are really happy with them all

Sophie & James Ronson

Bride and groom at sunset rutland
Bride and groom at sunset rutland
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bride and groom cutting their wedding cake rutland
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Steal their style

SUPPLIERS

Venue – Fort henry

Marquee – Stamford Marquees

Florist – Passifloras

Cake – Love Life Eat Cake

Hair – Charlie Darlow

Make-Up – Rochelle O’Brien

Wedding Dress – Anna Sorrano

Bridesmaid Dresses – Pretty Pink from Asos

Shoes – Jimmy Choos

Jewelry – Tiffany’s

Grooms suit – Ted Baker

Videographer – Lifestyle Visuals

 

Bride and groom at sunset rutland

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Bawdon Lodge Wedding

Bawdon Lodge Wedding

Brides walking through the woods at Bawdon Lodge Farm

I first met Krysia and Alex way back in 2018 at an open day at Bawdon Lodge Farm where they would be getting married. Their 2020 wedding date felt like so long away when they booked but I was so looking forward to their wedding, we hit it off immediately and they just seemed so relaxed about everything.

It’s a good job really because as we all know, Covid struck in early 2020, and with their wedding planned for June that year, they soon realised that they would need to reschedule the date.

Fast forward to 2021 and with their wedding planned for the 26th June and restrictions due to ease on the 21st it felt like everything was finally coming together, but alas, restrictions were not eased and they toyed with moving the date again but decided to hold firm and have their wedding restrictions and all.

Bawdon Lodge farm looked after the ladies in the incredible way they always do. They increased their team numbers to allow for table service and made sure everyone had everything they needed throughout the day and into the night.

Krysia and Alex’s wedding at Bawdon Lodge Farm was nothing short of incredible, it was a funfair of activity quite literally, with hook a duck, an inflatable helter-skelter, a shooting range, crazy golf (a wedding gift from Bawdon Lodge Farm and a surprise for the lucky couple), a photo booth and fire pits. Bell tents were set up and some guests had even brought their own tents across, all ready to stay the night and be served a delicious breakfast by Lynn and Richard the following morning.

The food fit perfectly in with the theme with Gorgeous Gourmet Grub providing Cajun chicken flatbreads and three-bean chili, followed by Crepes from The Old Manor House Bakery I tested both and can safely say they are INCREDIBLE! Later in the evening Biddulphs Pizzeria arrived and provided their delicious pizzas for all of the guests as well.

 

The awesomeness didn’t stop there though, the ladies had put together the funniest montage for their first dance, they had only managed to practice it twice before the moment arrived but they didn’t put a foot wrong and it had everyone clapping along.

I had so much fun photographing this wedding I didn’t want to leave, can we do it all again next year ladies??

Brides getting ready for their wedding dya
Photo of perfume bottle, shoes and jewellery on wedding day
Bride having her makeup done
Brides getting ready on the wedding morning
Wedding ceremony at Bawdon Lodge Farm
Bride with her dad at Bawdon lodge farm wedding
Brides holding hands during their wedding ceremony
Brides getting married at Bawdon Lodge Farm
Brides holding hands during their wedding ceremony
Brides wedding ceremony at Bawdon Lodge Farm
Girls watching a wedding ceremony and holding mums hand
Brides first kiss at wedding at bawdon lodge farm
brides first kiss at bawdon lodge farm wedding
brides signing the wedding registry at bawdon lodge farm
Brides walking down the aisle at bawdon lodge farm
brides holding hands and cheering
brides walking through confetti
group wedding photos at bawdon lodge farm
group wedding photo at bawdon lodge farm
group wedding photos at bawdon lodge farm
wedding decor at bawdon lodge farm
couple sat by the fire pit laughing
brides and their friends stood in front of a tipi
Brides couple portraits at bawdon lodge farm
Brides couple portraits at bawdon lodge farm
Wedding details featuring macrame at bawdon lodge farm
bar staff making cocktails at bawdon lodge farm
ladies going down the helter skelter
crepes being made
people playing with shooting game
guests having fun at a wedding at bawdon lodge farm
Brides giving a speech at their wedding
bridal portraits at Bawdon Lodge Farm
Bridal portrait at Bawdon Lodge Farm
Brides holding hands and walking through the woods at bawdon lodge farm
Brides holding hands and looking back at bawdon lodge farm wedding
Brides showing their socks
Brides walking through the woods during their wedding at bawdon lodge farm
brides laughing and smiling
brides walking back to the tipi on their wedding day
brides posing with wedfest sign
brides dancing in tipi
people having fun at a wedding at bawdon lodge farm
brides cutting their cake at bawdon lodge farm
brides first dance in tipi at bawdon lodge farm
tipi wedding at bawdon lodge farm

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style

WEDDING VENDORS

Wedding venue – Bawdon Lodge Farm 

Tipis – Sami Tipi 

Bell tents – Bell bliss

Flowers – Maria at the Flower Patch

Fairground – CJentertainment

Crazy Golf – 9 Hole Eevent hire

Day time food – Gorgeous Gourmet Grub and The Old Manor House Bakery

Evening food – Biddulphs Pizzeria 

Cake – Helen Alborn Cakes 

Singer – Siobhan Mazzei

DJ – Rob Laws Events 

Wedfest sign – made by Alex

Styling – Krysia and Alex

 

 

 

brides cheering
brides laughing and smiling
Barnsdale Gardens wedding

Barnsdale Gardens wedding

Wedding at Barnsdale Gardens

I will be the first to admit it, until lockdown part 1 I had never been to visit Barnsdale Gardens and I am kicking myself now because it is just such a beautiful escape with a huge variety of garden inspiration (not that I am in the slightest bit green-fingered) and it has the cutest cafe with outdoor seating. 

Barnsdale Gardens also cater for weddings, yes, I know, a photographers paradise filled with hundreds of different and unique locations for those all-important wedding day photos it’s a wonder I haven’t been here before. What I can say is that they now can’t get rid of me. 

Back in May, a group of incredible local wedding suppliers pulled together what can only be described as a quintessentially British Styled Wedding shoot. 

For the uninitiated, a styled shoot is basically a day where all of the suppliers work together to create their dream wedding in terms of styling location, colours, photography and overall ‘vibe’. We couldn’t decide on what the groom should wear so we decided on two different looks with two different couples. 

 The day starts with Amanda (on floral designs) and Jack (on wedding styling and prop hire) bringing everything down from the cars and on to location. There is a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to get everything ready on a wedding day. 

Yes, that is a teeny tiny newborn baby coming along with her big brother and her mummy to deliver the gorgeous stationery set. You can find this lovely ladies creations here

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Once our first couple arrived we headed over to hair and makeup with Michaela from The Boho Bridal and Alice from Alice Snell Bridal.

The weather was being very kind to us at this point so we finished up the makeup and hair in the grounds of Barnsdale Gardens rather than sitting inside.

 

I will be listing all of the suppliers at the bottom of this blog post so you can steal them for your wedding. It was such a dream team and Barnsdale Gardens is just the most beautiful location for a wedding or wedding reception so be sure to look them up and ask for Charlotte. 

The afternoon section of the shoot was a little rainier than we had hoped for but we more than made up for it, using the puddles to create some stunning reflection photos.

Normanton Church micro wedding

Normanton Church micro wedding

Normanton Church wedding ceremony

One of the things I love most about living in Rutland is the beautiful wedding and wedding reception venues we have right on our doorstep. I always feel a little surge of happiness when a couple contact me to say they are getting married in Normanton Church and this wedding was no exception. 

Mark and Judy have had to move their wedding 3 times due to Covid and decided that when it was announced that they could have 15 people in May that they would go ahead regardless and make the absoloute best of it, and what a fantastic day it turned out to be. 

The day started at their home for Bridal prep. There was such a buzz about the house, I felt right at home coming from a family of 7 siblings. The girls were running around getting their makeup done, choosing which jewlery to wear and comparing outfits and the boys were all sat chatting in the living room. 

Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Wedding dress Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton church wedding bridal prep
Normanton church wedding bridal prep
Normanton church wedding bridal prep
Normanton church wedding bridal prep

The brides family weren’t all able to travel over for the wedding due to Covid restrictions so they dialed one of her sisters in to see her in her dress. It was such a magical moment. 

Normanton church wedding bridal prep

When planning the timeline for the day we weren’t sure how much time we would have for group portraits after the wedding so we planned in a few garden shots beforehand (in case it rained later as we couldn’t go inside) and this may actually be one of my new favourite ways to do things!!

Normanton church wedding bridal prep
Normanton church wedding family photos
Rutland Wedding Family portraits

We headed off to Normanton Church in Rutland for the Ceremony itself, only 15 people were allowed inside and all had to wear masks, a little different to what we are used to with weddings but it didn’t lessen the moment at all. Watching Judy walk down the aisle to Mark had me welling up, you could see the pure emotion in her eyes and how much they had both longed for this moment to come.

Normanton church wedding flowers
Normanton church wedding groom portrait
Normanton church wedding ceremony
Normanton church wedding ceremony
Normanton church wedding ceremony
Normanton church wedding ceremony rutland
Normanton church wedding ceremony rutland
Normanton church wedding ceremony rutland
Normanton Church wedding ceremony
Normanton church wedding rutland
Normanton church wedding rutland
Normanton church wedding rutland
Normanton church wedding rutland
Normanton church wedding rutland

What happened next was fate, I am certain of it. Right up until a week before the wedding, Mark and Judy had been planning to have a picnic outside at Rutland Water for their wedding guests. They were, understandably, nervous about the weather and worried that it would affect the day but they had no other option, or so they thought.

The week before, they decided to take a walk around the water and stopped at Normanton Park Hotel for a coffee. Whilst there they noticed a marquee on the grounds looking out to the water and asked one of the staff what it was for. It turns out, there was a wedding there that day and that was for the wedding breakfast!! Stupidly excited about this they asked to speak to the wedding planner and booked the marquee on the spot, it was the only date that Normanton Park Hotel had available for the next few months, how amazing!

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wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland
wedding marquee normanton park hotel rutland

After the wedding breakfast Mark & Judy had booked an Air B&B right on the water. I have lived here over 5 years and didn’t even know it existed and what a find it was, it was so beautiful.

I took a few more group photos here before finishing with some more portraits of Mark and Judy before heading off. to leave them to their evening. With covid restrictions still in place they weren’t allowed live music or a dancefloor so they enjoyed a lovely evening together looking out to the water.

 

Wedding photos rutland water
Bridal portraits rutland water
Bridal portraits rutland water
Bridal portraits rutland water
Bridal portraits rutland water
Bridal portraits rutland water Amanda Forman Photography
Bridal portraits rutland water Amanda Forman Photography
Bridal portraits rutland water Amanda Forman Photography
Bridal portraits rutland water Amanda Forman Photography
Bridal portraits rutland water Amanda Forman Photography

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Engagement photoshoot rutland

Engagement photoshoot rutland

Engagement sessions, what a strange thing to get your head around, I mean, your engaged already otherwise you wouldn’t be looking for a wedding photographer right!

So what exactly are they? Also known as Pre-Wedding shoots, engagement sessions are basically a couples photoshoot. They are the perfect opportunity for you to get to know me as a photographer and for me to get to know you as a couple.

Ok, so why am I telling you this?? Well, on a trial basis, I have decided to offer ‘mini’ Engagement photoshoots as part of the wedding consultation process. 

These will take place in Rutland and will last 20 minutes and the best part, they are completely free. After the engagement photoshoot we will grab a coffee and look at the photos together, you can ask any questions you have about the way I work and go over all of the different collection prices.

Every couple will receive a 5×7 print of their favourite image and if you decide to book me as your wedding photographer then you will receive the full gallery of digital images. 

Think of it as a try before you buy, but for wedding photography. Hopefully, you love how I work but if you don’t then no problem at all I promise not to take it personally and no you don’t have to decide on the spot if you want to take some time to discuss it as a couple that is completely fine.

Take a look below to see the variety of images we can capture all within 20 minutes.

Couple hugging barnsdale woods
Couple walking in barnsdale woods rutland
Couple sitting in the woods
Couple sitting in the woods by Amanda Forman Photography
Couple posing for engagement photoshoot in rutland
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in Rutland
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in rutland by Amanda Forman Photography
Couple having an engagement photshoot in Barnsdale Woods
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in Rutland by Amanda Forman Photography
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in Barnsdale Woods
Portrait of a couple in Rutland Water by Amanda Forman Photography

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Amazing! Simply click the link below to enter your details so I can make sure I have your wedding date free and if I do I will send you a link to book your Engagement shoot in the calendar.

I can’t wait to meet you.

Becoming a mum in lockdown

Becoming a mum in lockdown

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Technically, I became a mum just before lockdown. My beautiful little girl was born on the 26th of February 2020 and she amazes me and makes me smile every single day.

The entire country going in to lockdown a few weeks later was not how I envisaged my maternity leave but I cannot, and will not say that 2020 was a write-off, 2020 gave me my baby girl.

Weddings were cancelled, family photoshoots were stopped, I missed several maternity sessions because babies were born before we came out of lockdown mid-year and my entire business as I knew it changed. What else is a photographer in lockdown to do though than use that valuable time to photograph my own little angel.

Of course, I would have loved to have taken Mya out and shown her off to anyone and everyone because I am one proud mummy, but I can’t so instead I am sharing some images and a little insight into our lockdown life from her first weeks on earth right up to her first birthday. 

I hope you enjoy and that these images get you excited for your own family sessions which we can hopefully resume from April/May all being well.

 

Baby in a cot by Amanda Forman Photography
Newborn photography Amanda Forman Photography
Newborn Photography Amanda Forman Photography

One of my favorite images to take and this particular one is framed and displayed in Mya’s nursery. I love how tiny she is in Daddy’s hands, she was only a week old when we took this photo and as we aren’t having any more babies I really wanted to make sure we had this image as I have taken it for so many other families. 

Baby in dads hands amanda forman photography

This isn’t the most professional of photos, the background is all creased, it was just a blanket I had put her on to go to sleep. I love how curled she still was at this point. 

newborn photography by amanda forman photography

A beautiful close-up of her long eyelashes. Because, why not!

babies eyelashes by amanda forman photography

The image below was taken the very first time we put Mya in her big girl’s cot in her own room. A bittersweet moment i am sure most parents can attest to. 

Baby sleeping by Amanda Forman Photography
newborn photography by amanda forman photography

I am so so pleased I took these photos. As we had gone into lockdown at this point I wasn’t able to book another photographer to take our photos which is what I had always planned to do. Instead, I placed my camera on a tripod and keyed in all of the settings then used a remote trigger to capture these. I love looking back on them, it is so special to me to have photos from this time in my life and Mya’s life. I can’t even remember her being this small now! I will be doing some more self-portraits again soon. 

Mum with her baby by amanda forman photography
Mum with her new baby by amanda forman photography
mum cuddling her newborn by amanda forman photography
Mum with her new baby outside by amanda forman photography

Another self-portrait was taken in the old Quarry in Stamford. It is so important to me that I have photos not only of Mya and her Daddy but also some with me in them as well. 

newborn photography by amanda forman photography
mum and her daughter at the fatm by amanda forman photography

A little trip over to Rutland Farm Park, I can’t wait for this to be able to open again so we can take Mya back again now she is walking. Of course I didn’t take this photo I gave the camera to my wonderful husband : )

Baby photography by amanda forman photography

Remember that time back in 2020 when we were able to sit outside in the SUNSHINE!!! I am so looking forward to that again this year, it really did make the lockdown part one so much more bearable. 

Baby laying down by amanda forman photography
baby playing by amanda forman photography

I had just calibrated all of my lenses so I figured who better to test them out on than Mya, she rose to the occasion as you can see.

baby portrait by amanda forman photography
Newborn photography by amanda forman photography

Bathtime with Nonna. We were so lucky to be able to get away in September as it gave us some much needed family time. 

baby photography by amanda forman photography
baby cuddling daddy by amanda forman photography

Morning cuddles with Daddy, we were in Cornwall and this was such a peaceful spot sat in front of the window just watching the rain and having a morning coffee. 

christmas photo of baby on chair

Of course Mya gets to be my tester for my Christmas Micro sessions, this was last years set and I loved it so much. I can’t believe how small she looks here though 

mum and daughter in the snow
baby girl by amanda forman photography
baby playing with headphones
baby playing in leaves
Baby playing in the leaves
baby playing by amanda forman photography
baby photoshoot by amanda forman photography
portrait of a baby girl
Family photography by Amanda Forman Photography
Family photography by amanda forman photography
Girl walking in the woods with leaf
girl playing in the woods
girl walking in the woods

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