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. 

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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
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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
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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
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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
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group wedding photo richmond hill hotel
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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
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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. 

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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
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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

Steal their

style.

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. 

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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!!

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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.

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Normanton church wedding groom portrait
Normanton church wedding ceremony
Normanton church wedding ceremony
Normanton church wedding ceremony
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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

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 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.

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Couple sitting in the woods by Amanda Forman Photography
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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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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
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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

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