A lockdown valentines in rutland

A lockdown valentines in rutland

Valentines in Rutland with Amanda Forman Photography

As we head into the second year of lockdown restrictions in the UK I wanted to take a look at the local companies in Rutland and the surrounding areas to gather some ideas for you on how to make your lockdown Valentine’s a little more special.

I hope these give you some incredible ideas and help make this Valentine’s day special even if it is in Lockdown.

01.

A framed print

Vicki over at inviting writing has some fantastic prints for sale over on her site HERE

You can even buy a digital download and print it yourself if you’re in a pinch and want to get something arranged quickly.

With prices starting at only £6 there is something for everyone and every personality.

 

Lockdown valentines frame
Valentines in lockdown with Amanda Forman Photography

02.

A blind date book

What a cute idea from the Rutland Book Nook. She is inviting you to visit her Facebook page and have a blind date with a book….

How does this work I hear you ask? Simply take a look at the little note on the top of the book and comment underneath the one you would like and for only £5 it’s yours ready to enjoy for valentine’s day.

You can find the post with all of the blind date books right HERE

 

03.

Flower subscription

Vicki at Paisley Floral is a local Florist based right here in Oakham, Rutland. Not only does she offer an option for bouquets to be delivered she also has the option for a monthly bouquet subscription. What a fantastic idea.

Show that special person just how much you love them, not just on Valentine’s day. Paisley Floral offers weekly, Bi-Weekly, or Monthly subscriptions. You just decide how often and what size bouquet you would like and Vicki does the rest.

Head HERE to select your subscription or one-off bouquets now.

 

paisley floral bouquet
Lockdown Valentines Magic show with Ricky Locke

04.

A private magic show

How about a live, interactive mind reading and magic experience. You can even get the kids involved as these are suitable for children from the age of 8 up. Shows are 40 minutes long and you can book yours by contacting Ricky HERE

“I had the great pleasure of taking part in Ricky’s show and it was amazing, it was such an experience and a laugh. I can’t fault it at all. He is amazing at what he does and you are never disappointed, thank you very much.” – Chanti Height

05.

A family or couples Photoshoot

We may still be in lockdown for now but why not get yourself booked in for a family or couples photoshoot and be the first in line to have your family photographed when the lockdown is eased.

Photoshoots last for approx 60 minutes in the Rutland area and are £295 including your edited digital images. What better a way to show someone how much you love them than capturing your love for all eternity.

Contact me HERE to get your session booked in and quote VALENTINE’S to get £25 off when booked before the 14th of February.

Engagement session in Rutland Amanda Forman Photography
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Rutland Lockdown Valentines Afternoon Tea

06.

Valentines Afternoon Tea

How delicious does this look! Local company Kavanagh’s are offering couples the chance to celebrate Valentine’s in style with this incredible afternoon tea offering.

All wrapped up with a pink ribbon & Rose for that personal touch. Only £36 for two which includes delivery to RUTLAND (LE15).

Get yours HERE

07.

Wisteria Valentines lunch

Fancy something a little more substantial? Why not opt for the Valentine’s Sunday lunch from the Wisteria Hotel in the heart of Oakham. They are offering an incredible menu of Valentine’s delights including roast sirloin of Beef and Strawberry Cheesecake. My mouth is already watering just thinking of it!

Two courses for two people is £35 and 3 courses is £60

You can order yours on their website by following this LINK

Collection is between 12:30 and 19:30.

 

Wisteria Hotel Valentines day Amanda Forman Photography
Wisteria Hotel Valentines day Amanda Forman Photography
Valentines in Rutland with Amanda Forman Photography

08.

Movie night

Have a movie night in the comfort of your own home. Get some popcorn, nachos, and cheese or sweets – or all three why not!!, turn down the lights and curl up on the sofa with a blanket. Turn off your phones and just enjoy each others company, admit it, when was the last time you had a tech-free night!

09.

MR & MRS QUIZ

Feeling brave? why not play MR & MRS with your couple friends on zoom. The winners can be treated to a drink by the other couples when we are allowed to go back out again!

 

Valentines in Rutland with Amanda Forman Photography
Valentines in Rutland in Lockdown

10.

CAKE BOXES

Because if we are honest, a cake is always the answer. The Purple Pumpkin cake company have some delicious looking boxes for you to order. You can find them on their Facebook Page 

There are so many more things you can do on valentines day too, here are just a few ideas; 

 

1. Go out for a long walk and hold hands like old times

2. Get all dressed up for dinner as if you were going out, shirts, dresses, makeup the full works

3. Put a concert on TV and pretend like you are there

4. Have a cocktail making night, get creative and have a bit of fun putting some new cocktails together. 

 

I hope these ideas and recommendations bring a little spark to your lockdown Valentine’s day. Enjoy wonderful people of Rutland xx

bigger isn’t always better

bigger isn’t always better

Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham-29

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that my husband came up with the blog post title! Quite catch I think. He isn’t wrong though, when it comes to weddings, especially in the current climate, bigger is most certainly not always better.

I have spent the past few days contacting all of this year’s couples to discuss their plans, be it keep the date and hold out to see if COVID-19 allows for their wedding to go ahead, hold a new date just in case or move their wedding to 2022.

When I sent the emails out I will admit to being quite nervous about the influx of emails from couples asking to move or cancel but I was actually pleasantly surprised.

Several of this year’s brides and grooms, brides and brides and grooms and grooms have said that actually, they just want to get married. They no longer want COVID to dictate when they will be getting married, in fact in their exact words “Not to sound cliché and all, but….we just want to get married to each other now :)”

Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that a Micro wedding as they have now become known, is not what most couples have been planning for and in some cases, it just can’t work but I have seen first-hand just how magical a Micro Wedding can be.

Don’t believe me? take a look at the photos below from Nicole and Chris’s wedding day or hop back to the wedding of Jessica and Steve

Another way to look at it, according to my husband, it’s a brilliant way of getting out of inviting all of the people you were only going to invite out of courtesy 😉 AND it can save you a lot of money in the process.

So if you are looking at having a smaller wedding when restrictions are eased just head to my wedding collections to take a look at your options, I have anything from 1.5 hours to cover your ceremony and a few photos afterward to 4 hours covering arrival, ceremony, group photos, and couple photos.

Not sure which is best for you? Just send me an email to photography@amandaforman.co.uk or give me a call on 01572 491791

 

Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham

Amanda was so helpful for our last minute wedding day! She was friendly professional and the photos came out wonderful! We cannot thank her enough for everything she did for us!

Nicole Chapman

Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham

A few word from the bride and groom;

“After having changed the date so many times we just found that actually just being married meant more to us than anything. Regardless of how small or big, the ceremony was now going to be. We wanted a proper family for our little boy and for us all to have the same name. Who knows how long these restrictions will be so why not just have a small intimate ceremony?”

Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham-29
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Micro Wedding Oakham

Steal their style

Flowers – Julia Dilworth Florals

Dress – ChiChi Clothing 

Ceremony venue – Catmose Cottage Oakham 

Photo location – Normanton Church, Rutland Water

Hair – Hair by Keely

The wedding cake diaries

The wedding cake diaries

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Ever wondered why a wedding cake is more expensive than a cake bought from your local supermarket? I mean it’s all just cake right?? Wrong!

I almost can’t believe It has been this long, but last December I visited Michelle from Love Life Eat Cake based locally here in Rutland to see just what goes into the making of a wedding cake.

I missed out on the baking part, trade secrets and all! and joined Michelle for three days whilst she iced and decorated this lucky couple’s wedding cake to perfection.

The day started with Michelle using this fantastic device to level out the cakes so that all of them were perfectly even. Each layer of cake has multiple layers within it, all secured together with delicious icing.

 Lady cutting a cake
Icing a cake with chocolate icing
Icing a cake with love life eat cake
Baking with love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Icing a cake

How incredibly satisfying is this! the ganache is perfectly smoothed by Michelle to make sure that when she does add the icing it is free from any lumps and bumps and ready to wow your wedding guests.

Love life eat cake rutland cale maker icing a cake
Smoothing out th eicing with love life eat cake
Love life eat cake rutland baking

Next Michelle moves on to the very top layer of the cake, which in this case is a fruit cake. Now, until I saw Michelle do this, I actually thought I was doing pretty well with my Christmas cakes. I do cheat though and use Royal icing peaked to make it look like snow! Michelle has to level the fruit cakes out and then wrap them perfectly in marzipan and then icing. 

love life eat cake measuring a cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Making sure that the Marzipan around the fruit cake is beautifully smooth.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

I actually tried to do this with my own Christmas cake when I got home from photographing Michelle, NO CHANCE! This is why we pay Michelle to make our wedding cakes! even though there is no chance of you ever seeing this section of the cake on your wedding day, it is still treated as if it is the only thing that will be on show. Nothing short of perfection.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Time to roll out the icing ready to ice the cakes, the final layer before the decorating (and my favorite part) of the wedding cake begins. Remember, Michelle has to do this for every layer of your cake and takes just as much time and care over each one.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The middle layer of this cake was to be a shimmery one, covered in pearl icing and then edible sequins. Michelle took such care making sure that the cake was evenly covered in the pearl icing using her spray gun. When I asked her why it had to be perfect if she was just covering it in sequins anyway she said that was just how she worked. She takes such pride in her work and that is something you should always look for when choosing ANY of your wedding suppliers. Nothing less than their best should be good enough.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The top layer of the cake was to have little white snowflakes all around it, I have always wondered how this was done so neatly and if I am honest I still wonder. I watched Michelle move the stencil all the way around the cake without once smudging any of the other snowflakes and without leaving any gaps!

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

With the top and middle tiers complete it was time to move on to the base. This was the most intricate of the layers and took the longest. Each flourish is cut and folded by hand before being added to the cake with pinpoint precision. This takes pure skill and a huge amount of patience and concentration. 

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The time had come to deliver the cake. Michelle delivers all of her cakes by hand making sure they are displayed beautifully and allowing her to take care of any last-minute touch-ups like removing the sequins that had dropped from the middle layer. She takes great pride in her work and rightly so because it truly is a work of art. 

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Hopefully, this will have gone some way to showing you why a bespoke wedding or celebration cake is that little more expensive. There is so much skill and hard work that goes into creating each and every layer. 

Michelle owns ‘Love Life Eat Cake’ and is based right here in Rutland UK. She is an International award-winning Cake and Sugar Artist. You can find out more about her, the services she offers and book in for your own wedding consultation by visiting her website – Love Life Eat Cake. 

Autumnal family photoshoot in St Ives

Autumnal family photoshoot in St Ives

Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography

I have only recently begun offering family photo sessions on my website officially. Since having my daughter in February of this year and then the lockdown making me realise just how much family means to me and to all of us, I have come to believe that now more than ever it is SO IMPORTANT to capture moments just like these to treasure and to pass down the generations. 

During lockdown part one, my mum contacted me, she wanted to know if I had any nice photos of my siblings and their children for a project she was working on. I can’t go in to detail on what that was because as I understand it, it is for a Christmas present. 

I was shocked to realise that no, I hadn’t taken any photos of my own family in such a long time that nothing I had was up to date. 

With this in mind, I set out to capture the different members of my family, I had managed to complete this session and one other before lockdown part two started so these are to be continued but for now here are a few images from a session with my beautiful sister Phoebe and her gorgeous and wonderfully independent daughter Isla. 

P.S. If any of you are crushing over Islas coat and skirt then you need to head to Islabootique – my sister started her own business when Isla was born creating beautiful handmade childrens clothing. It truly is beautiful and so well made my baby girl has so many little outfits and coats from her now we are creating quite the collection.

Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography

Isla showing us where the baby is was so funny, she was convinced it was in her tummy and not mummies. 

Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea

Time for a quick change before heading out to the woods. We had to help mummy with her make up of course. 

Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family Photoshoot girl staring out of window
Family photoshoot girl blowing nose
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup

Next stop was the thicket in St Ives to play with the leaves and capture some photos of mummy, Isla and new baby Ezra. We didn’t have too long as it was coming up to Isla’s nap time but I love the images we captured and I know my sister does too. Thank goodness we got these in before lockdown part two came in to play as whilst I am allowed to meet her outdoors I am not actually allowed to work 🙁

Family photoshoot St Ives Cambridgeshire
Family photoshoot St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photoshoot in woods St Ives cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photoshoot in woods St Ives cambridgeshire
Autumnal family photoshoot in woods girl holding stick
Autumnal family photoshoot in woods
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography

Hopefully this has given you a little insight into the sort of images we can capture in a family photoshoot. My family photoshoots are about an hour long and usually take place either indoors or outdoors although I will soon be introducing a special option to include both like we did here with Phoebe and Isla so keep an eye out for that. 

I know we can’t actually take family photos right now but if you would like to buy a gift voucher for a family photoshoot to take place in the New Year just get in touch. And don’t worry, if we go in to lockdown again, all vouchers will be extended for a duration equal to that of the lockdown so you won’t miss out. 

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Post wedding photos at Normanton Church

Post wedding photos at Normanton Church

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Sophie and Patrick had been due to get married in Italy, but then Covid struck and everything had to be cancelled. They didn’t let this spoil their wedding though they simply switched things up and got married right here in Rutland. 

I wasn’t allowed in to the ceremony which was held at Oakham Registry office. I beleive this is because they are using the smaller room at the moment so only the couple and their two witnesses are allowed in. 

Instead I met Sophie and Patrick at Normanton Church on what was one of the hottest days of the year and we captured some family photos and couple shots for them. 

Please note: the couple had been living through lockdown with Sophie’s parents so they were able to attend their wedding and not socially distance.

Here are a few photos from their perfect day, all finished off with an ice cream, because, well, it would be rude note to! 

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Micro wedding normanton church rutland-9
bride and groom normanton church
Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
bride and groom normanton church
bride and groom normanton church
Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
A micro wedding in Oakham, Rutland

A micro wedding in Oakham, Rutland

Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

With all of the changes currently taking place it certainly looks like Micro weddings are going to be around to stay for a little while and of course here at Amanda Forman Photography I am ever adapting and am excited to show you exactly how FANTASTIC a micro wedding can really be. 

So firstly, what is a micro wedding? Is it the same as an elopement? Well in all honesty the amount of people in a micro wedding is constanly changing, had you asked me last week I would have said a micro wedding would be one containing 30 people or less, but as of last night it is 15 people or less and yes they can be just as much fun. 

A micro wedding is smaller in size than a standard wedding, costs a lot less (hurrah), it is usually shorter in length and is a lot more intimate. An elopement is something that is usually done in secret and is often just the couple, two witnesses and their photographer if they choose to have one (which of course I suggest you do so that you can share your images with family and friends) 

I will of course go in to more detail on Micro weddings on a seperate blog post as I don’t want to take away from this INCREDIBLE micro wedding of Jessica and Steve in Oakham. 

Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography

The day started as I feel all weddings should!! with the bride in an Elmo onesie at home, in her slippers!! Both Jessica and Steve were getting ready together at home with their family. This is an unconventional way of starting the wedding morning but one that as a photographer, I love as it meant that I got to capture both bride and groom prep and it was just so relaxed. Jessicas incredible make up artist was Liz Staniland who I have worked with on several weddings now and comes highly reccomended. You can find her using the links at the bottom of this post if you would like to get in touch. 

Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography

Jessica and Steve had their wedding ceremony at Oakham Registry office. For now at least they are not allowing anyone other than the wedding couple and their two witnesses in the room but I was there to capture their arrival and departure and we all cheered when we heard the words ‘I now pronounce you man and wife’. It did feel a little odd to not be right there in the ceremony but we found a way around it and though this was the case for Oakham registry office it isn’t the case for all micro weddings, it greatly depends on the venue size and location (outdoors has a little more flexibility).

Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

Of course a wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without confetti of some sort. Jessica and Steve had picked and dried some lavender from their garden, it smelt so good! After confetti we composed some socially distanced group shots and then the group headed over to the reception venue, the wonderful Hitchens Barn in Oakham whilst I held the couple back and captured a few photographs just for them. 

Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

Weddings are of course exempt from the rule of 6 which came in to effect last week just before their wedding and we all breathed a sigh of relief. Because of this the couple were able to book out the top floor of Hitchens Barn for their micro wedding reception. It is such a beautiful location and perfect for anyone planning their micro wedding, the food was mouth wateringly good with the cheese soufflé being the star of the show. If you are interested in booking Hitchens Barn for your micro wedding just get in touch with Louise or Neil and I am sure they will be happy to help.

Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham
Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham
Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham
Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham

After dinner and speeches the couple retired to the local Hambleton Hall Hotel for their first evening as newlyweds, but not without first having a few more photos to celebrate their wedding day. They exchanged wedding day gifts just before I left them for the evening, feet dipped in the warm outdoor pool and relaxing in the sunshine. What a perfect end to an incredibly perfect day.

Guys I wish you only the best for the future and can’t wait for your wedding celebration party!!

Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

Suppliers

Make-Up – Liz Staniland MUA

Hair – TBC

Dress – TBC

Flowers – Brides own creation

Shoes – Irregular choice

Reception Venue – Hitchens Barn

Hotel stay – Hambleton Hall 

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