normanton church july wedding

normanton church july wedding

Bride and groom outside normanton church

Clare and Derricks Normanton Church Wedding

 

Normanton Church in Rutland has to be one of my favorite local wedding venues. Not only because of the beautiful setting in the incredible scenery of Rutland water but also for its size. It allows for a wonderfully intimate wedding and couples getting married here can be assured they are going to be in the incredible hands of Johnny and his team at Rutland Water with everything running seamlessly.

Of course, it does help to have the area all to yourself for 2 hours on your wedding day which allows us time to capture images like this without any bikes or dog walkers to be seen (not that I don’t love a dog!)

Brides shoes and jewellery rutland by amanda forman photography

The day began at Rutland Water Golf Course in their incredible honeymoon suite. A perfect room for the bride and her tribe to get ready. Clare, Derrick, and their families had spent the day before setting up the marquee ready for the wedding reception and finishing touches were being added when I arrived on the morning of the wedding day all under the watchful eye of the incredible Gemma and her team at Rutland Water Golf Course.

Makeup was expertly applied by Hannah from Hannah Spendalow Makeup and hair was twisted into perfection by Michaela from Boho Bridal

Bridesmaids getting ready by Amanda Forman Photography
Bridal make up photograph by Amanda Forman Photography
Brides wedding dress by Amanda Forman Photography
Bride and her bridesmaids by Amanda Forman Photography
Bride getting ready for her wedding in rutland
Bride and her dad on the wedding day by Amanda Forman Photography

The rain did not put a dampner on proceedings (pun fully intented) instead the superb groomsmen took turns running to meet guests with umbrellas and walking them in to the church. What a crew!!

Guests arriving at Normanton Church Wedding by Amanda Forman Photography
Bridal party at Normanton Church Wedding
Wedding ceremony at Normanton Church rutland
Wedding ceremony at Normanton Church Rutland
Wedding ceremony at Normanton Church Rutland
Wedding ceremony at Normanton Church Rutland
Wedding ceremony at Normanton Church Rutland
Wedding ceremony at Normanton Church Rutland
Wedding group at Normanton Church Rutland
Normanton church bride and groom Amanda Forman Photography
Silhouette of couple at Normanton Church Wedding

After a beautiful ceremony and time for some photos at Normanton Church, we headed back to Rutland Water Golf course for the Wedding reception. What I love about this venue is that they allow confetti and even make special note of it in the couple’s timeline for the day as it isn’t allowed at Rutland Water because it is a nature reserve! Talk about going the extra mile for your couples.

Confetti photo at Rutland Water Golf Course
Wedding at Rutland Water Golf course
Bride and Groom on golf buggy at Rutland Water Golf Course
Bride and groom wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course
Bride and groom wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course
Bride and groom wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course
Bride and groom wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course
Bride and groom wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course
groomsmen wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course
Bridesmaids at Rutland Water Golf course wedding
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding
Wedding speeches Rutland Water Golf Course
Wedding speeches Rutland Water Golf Course
First Dance Rutland Water Golf Course
First Dance Rutland Water Golf Course
Evening Wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course
Evening Wedding portraits Rutland Water Golf Course

Steal their style

SUPPLIERS

Photography – Amanda Forman Photography

Ceremony – Normanton Church

Reception – Rutland Water Golf Course

Hair – The Boho Bridal

Make-up – Hannah Spendalow

Florist – Little L Florist

Cake – Wild Flour Bakes

Brides shoes – Kurt Geiger

DJ – Rob Lawes Entertainment

Decor hire – Optimum Weddings

 

 

 

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jason and Lizzie’s Empingham wedding

jason and Lizzie’s Empingham wedding

Bride and groom wedding portraits Clipsham rutland

Lizzie and Jasons Empingham Wedding

 

Lizzie and Jason will be receiving their full gallery of wedding images as this blog post goes live and I am so excited for them to see them.

I loved their wedding, not only because they are such a wonderful couple, but also because I actually knew quite a few people there! I had photographed Lizzies Cousin Charlotte’s wedding a few years back at Empingham Church and Lizzie had been a bridesmaid for Sophie’s wedding a month earlier at Fort Henry in Exton.

After a beautiful ceremony at Empingham Church, the couple had their wedding reception at Lizzie’s parent’s farm in Empingham, in a beautiful Marquee. With rolling fields as far as the eye could see we were treated to some incredible views, wonderful sunny weather, and a golden hour I wish I could have at every wedding.

As the night drew to a close, everyone descended on the dancefloor and showed off their best moves and if you take a look at the dancefloor images I think we can all agree that there are some serious shapes being thrown there!

Lizzie and Jason, thank you for choosing me to photograph your wedding, it was such a wonderful day and I am so honoured to have been part of it.

 

Bridal bouquet in purples and yellows
Brides shoes and perfume by amanda forman photography
Bride pouring champagne by Amanda Forman Photography
bride with her bridesmaids on her wedding morning
bride with her bridesmaids on her wedding morning by amanda forman photography
Bride getting ready for her wedding by amanda forman photography
groom with his groomsmen on wedding morning
Bride getting ready for her wedding in rutland
Bride getting ready for her wedding
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Bride with her dad at the alter
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Empingham church wedding ceremony
Empingham Church Wedding ceremony
Bride and groom outside Empingham Church Rutland
Confetti at Clipsham Wedding
Family photos Empinghamwedding photographer
Bride and groom wedding portraits Empinghamrutland
Bride and groom wedding portraits Empinghamrutland
Marquee speeches wedding clipsham rutland
Sunset portraits Empinghamwedding photographer amanda forman photography
Guests playing at Empinghamwedding rutland
Bride and groom cutting the cake Amanda Forman Photography
First dance with smoke amanda forman photography
Dance floor photos by amanda forman photography
Abbots Oak Manor wedding

Abbots Oak Manor wedding

Abbots Oak Manor

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this wedding at Abbots Oak Manor yet! I think this may be one of my favourite micro weddings yet, and the best thing is, it was always meant to be a micro wedding. 

Way back when Bethan and Tom booked me they had been planning for a smaller, more intimate wedding day and Abbots Oak Manor provided the perfect location for them, it even meant their dog could come along to the wedding too, bow tie and all. 

Getting ready with her mum and sister I joined Bethan in the bridal suite, there was a certain calmness about the place, and the room smelt incredible courtesy of Bethans’ dried flower bouquet. 

We had a great vantage point to watch people arriving and just be generally nosy, and as Bethan only had to go downstairs for the ceremony we weren’t rushed at all. 

Bethan and Tom walked down the aisle together and said their vows in front of their close family and friends. It was a perfect ceremony in a perfect location.

I am so excited to share these photographs from their day, I was only with them for 4 hours, but sometimes that is all you need and I think these images document their day perfectly. 

Abbots oak manor bridal preparations
Bride getting ready for her wedding
Abbots Oak Manor bridal prep
brides wedding dress hanging on a door
bride having her make up done on her wedding day at abbots oak manor
bride getting in to her wedding dress at abbots oak manor
dog at wedding at abbots oak manor
bride walking down the stairs at abbots oak manor
wedding ceremony at abbots oak manor
wedding ceremony at abbots oak manor
wedding ceremony at abbots oak manor
wedding ceremony at abbots oak manor
wedding ceremony at abbots oak manor
wedding reception at abbots oak manor
wedding reception at abbots oak manor
wedding portraits of bride and groom at abbots oak manor
bride and groom wedding portrait abbots oak manor
wedding portraits of bride and groom at abbots oak manor
wedding reception at abbots oak manor
Summer wedding at Richmond Hill

Summer wedding at Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Wedding bridal portrait

“Will and I are going ahead with our wedding. Not to sound cliche and all, but….we just want to get married to each other now :)”

These are words directly from Will and Lorena when we chatted a few months ahead of their intended wedding date. They had already had to move it once from its original October date. I remember thinking way back in March of 2020 how ludicrous it felt for us all to be thinking weddings might not be going ahead by October, and yet here we are in July of 2021 still waiting for the restrictions to be fully lifted. 

Keeping the June wedding date did mean that many of Lorena’s overseas family were not able to attend which I know hit hard, especially on the day itself with tears being shed, but there were so many beautiful surprises from guests near and far that helped ease this a little and Lorena and Wills wedding at the Richmond Hill Hotel was absolutely beautiful. 

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Bridesmaid having her hair done

Now Lorena is Italian/American so it goes without saying that she would have pasta for her pre-wedding meal. Here is her wonderful mum cooking up a feast for her. 

mum making pasta in the kitchen
Bride eating pasta on the morning of her wedding
Photo of wedding details, shoes, jewellery an perfume
wedding shoes with perfume and jewellery
Richmond Hill Wedding bridal portrait
bride getting ready for her wedding
bride getting ready for her wedding
bride getting ready for her wedding
bride and her mum

Anyone who knows me will know I am a Daddy’s girl so this moment is always one of my highlights on a wedding day. The moment a father see’s his little girl in her wedding dress for the very first time. 

Dad and his daughter on her wedding day

As many of the family couldn’t travel over for the wedding from America due to the current travel restrictions, Lorena and her family had a video call before leaving for the church. It was so incredible to see the connection they so clearly shared. 

bride and her father
Bride having video call morning of wedding
mother of the bride arriving at the church
bride arriving at the church in limo
groom in the church
bride and her father walking down the aisle
groom at the alter
bridal part at the alter in church
bride and her father at the aisle
bride and her father walking down the aisle
bride and her father at the alter
groomsmen in the church
bride and groom wedding in church
bride and groom wedding in church
bride and groom in church
bride in church
bride and groom holding hands
bride and groom exchanging wedding rings
bride and groom saying wedding vows
bride and groom pronounced husband and wife
violinist playing
bride and groom signing the wedding registry
bride and groom walking down the aisle
bride and groom saying vows
bride and groom pronounced husband and wife
bride and groom pronounced husband and wife
violinist playing
bride and groom signing the wedding registry
bride and groom walking down the aisle
Bride and groom walking through confetti

At this exact moment, Lorena exclaims; “it’s in my dress it’s in my dress”. Confetti gets everywhere ladies, consider yourself warned.

Bride and groom walking through confetti
bride and her mum outside the church
groom and his mum outside the church
bride and her mum outside the church
groom and his dad outside the church
bride in her wedding dress and cathedral length veil outside church
bride and groom outside the church
bride and groom outside the church
group wedding photo richmond hill hotel
group wedding photo richmond hill hotel
bridal party at richmond hill hotel
groomsmen at richmond hill hotel
group wedding photo richmond hill hotel
group wedding photo richmond hill hotel
bridal party at richmond hill hotel
bridesmaids at Richmond Hill Hotel

If we have time after all of the more formal group shots are taken I love to have a bit of fun with the bridal party. I make sure I capture a ‘nice’ image of each member of the bridal party and then we throw some poses. I love seeing how much effort some people put into their poses, it’s always such a laugh.

groom and groomsman at Richmond Hill
groom and groomsman at Richmond Hill
Bride and her bridesmaid at Richmond Hill Hotel
groom and groomsman at Richmond Hill
groom and groomsman at Richmond Hill
Bride and her bridesmaid at Richmond Hill Hotel
groom and groomsman at Richmond Hill
Bride and her bridesmaid at Richmond Hill Hotel
Bride and her bridesmaid at Richmond Hill Hotel
bride and groom portrait richmond hill hotel
bride and groom portrait richmond hill hotel
bride and groom portrait richmond hill hotel
bride and groom portrait richmond hill hotel
bride and groom portrait richmond hill hotel
bride and groom portrait richmond hill hotel
Richmond Hill Hotel ballroom
Richmond Hill Hotel ballroom
Richmond Hill Hotel ballroom
Richmond Hill Hotel ballroom
wedding placenames made from wood
naked cake at Richmond Hill Hotel

This is one of the lovely surprises I eluded to earlier. Some family members over in America arranged for champagne to be sent to the table to toast the newlyweds. You can see the emotion on their faces so clearly when they realised what was going on. This was a wedding where tissues were needed for sure!

Dad’s speech included a slideshow filled with images and videos of Lorena growing up and some handily passed on images of William too. There were also speeches from the two Best Men, the chief Bridesmaid, and the couple themselves. Emotions were flying high and there wasn’t one googled section of the speech in there anywhere. 

bride and groom wedding breakfast richmond hill hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
Mum and bride holding hands
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
bride and groom wedding breakfast richmond hill hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
Mum and bride holding hands
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
glass of champagne in hand
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel
wedding speeches at the Richmond Hill Hotel

Dancefloors are still not allowed under current restrictions but first dances are back!! And William and Lorena did not disappoint, neither did the father-daughter dance which was truly one of the best I have ever seen. These dances were perfectly fit for the Richmond Hill Hotel Ballroom. 

Followed closely by one final surprise. The family had arranged for a whole host of video messages from family near and far. Seeing these messages and how close the family is really showed just how much more EPIC a wedding this would have been had it been restriction-free. That being said, this was a truly beautiful wedding and I am so pleased William and Lorena didn’t have to wait another year to tie the knot. 

cake cutting at the Richmond Hill Hotel
first dance at the Richmond Hill Hotel
Father Daughter dance at the Richmond Hill Hotel
cake cutting at the Richmond Hill Hotel
first dance at the Richmond Hill Hotel
Father Daughter dance at the Richmond Hill Hotel
Sunset portrait at Richmond Hill Hotel
Groomsmen portrait at Richmond Hill Hotel
Wedding reception Richmond Hill Hotel

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Venue – Richmond Hill Hotel

Florist – Holly & The Ivy

Makeup Artist – Kristina Gasperas

Violinists – Olympia Ensemble

Dress – Belonged to the brides mum and was altered for Lorena

Cake – An incredible cookie cake made by the grooms mum – I tried some it was amazing

Bridesmaid Dresses – JJ House

Brides Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Invitations and stationery – Printed.com

 

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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.

 

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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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