The Barns at Redcoats

The Barns at Redcoats

Barns at Redcoats
Last Thursday evening I had the honour of being invited along to photograph the launch of The Barns at Redcoats. A stunning new barn wedding & events venue in Hertfordshire.

 

Guests were greeted with cocktails and treated to the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The Grade 2 listed Barns have been lovingly restored and create what could be a truly spectacular backdrop for your wedding.

Ellene from Stylenvy has give the interior of the barns and their additional 15 bedrooms a brand new look, with the bridal suite encompassing not only a free standing bath, but also a walk in shower and his and hers bathrooms. I can’t wait to go back to photograph them and share them all with you.

The Barns at Redcoats is an impressive venue, with an incredible events team led by Charlotte Barrett. They are already booking well in to next year and the following year so if you are looking for a barn wedding venue then get in touch with them and arrange a tour. For now you can go for the next best thing and take a look at some of my photos from the event, showing the Barns at Redcoats in all of it’s superior glory.

The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats
The Barns at Redcoats

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The Normanton Church Wedding of Anna and James

The Normanton Church Wedding of Anna and James

Amanda Forman Photography | Normanton Church Wedding | Rutland Golf Course
Friday 13th may be unlucky for some but for Anna and James it is a date they will remember fondly for many many years to come. I’ll also remember this day for years to come, but for slight different reasons #TheCameraThatDidNotDefyGravity; but such events are why professionals always carry more than one!

 

The day was a cloudy one with the threat of rain, and as soon as Tom and I arrived and saw Anna’s beautiful white lace dress Tom raced home to get my trusty wellies and a white sheet for Anna to stand on for photos. We will never knowingly muddy a dress, especially not one as beautiful as Anna’s!! More on this later…

Bridal prep took place in the cottage at Rutland Water Golf course, we were greeted by Anna, her 3 bridesmaids and a third lady who we fondly nicknamed the Interloper. This particular interloper, a non-bridesmaid but good friend had travelled from Australia, and provided much amusement by spending the morning running around in an attempt to avoid an accidental photo-bomb. She failed 🙂

Amanda Forman Photography | Normanton Church Wedding | Rutland Golf Course
Amanda Forman Photography | Normanton Church Wedding | Rutland Golf Course
Normanton Church Wedding

When I am shooting a wedding solo; I like to try and get to the church or ceremony venue ahead of time to make sure I can get a few photos of the groom and his entourage, and when you are photographing a wedding at Normanton Church the backdrop makes this even better!

This time however Anna was the one who would be arriving first! Did you know you can choose which way you would like to face when getting married inside Normanton church? And as there is only one entrance and exit from the church, if you want to walk down the aisle the way Anna did then you need to arrive early and hide in the back – don’t worry there’s loads of space and you can spy on all of the guests arriving too!

With Anna safely hidden I went back outside to photograph early arriving guest and James looking calm and collected (read nervous). I assumed my role of chief button hole pinner and instructed Damo in exactly how to pin the button hole on for James – a skill that has taken me time to perfect but which I am very proud of.

Normanton Church Wedding bride
Normanton Church Wedding groom

After a truly beautiful ceremony Tom ushered all of the guests back to Rutland Water Golf Course, whilst I stayed behind and snuck in a few photos of the newlyweds at Normanton Church. We didn’t have the venue for long but I knew if we worked quickly we could get some memories for them, and it was a nice way for them to take in the fact that THEY WERE NOW MARRIED!

It was at this exact moment one of my cameras decided to take a topple from my holster and smashed on the floor. After a heart dropping moment I gathered myself together, safe in the knowledge that I did in fact have two cameras and several other lenses so everything was fine and most importantly, the photography could continue. But this my dear reader is the reason you should always choose a photographer that does in fact have more than one camera. I have never had this happen to me before but boy am I glad I was prepared for it.

Normanton Church family photo
Normanton Church couple photos

Not being put off by the weather and the fact we couldn’t race around in the golf buggies (Tom was secretly pretty upset about that) we had arrived early to look for some new locations for the couple portraits at Rutland Water Golf course and it really paid off. I actually like it when the weather throws us a curve ball like this, it forces me to think outside of the box and we came up with some great locations. And of course with the welly boots we had even more scope.

I specialise in working with couples who don’t ‘really’ want to have their photo taken but at the same time would like photographs to remember their day by. Whilst I will advise you on, what to do, where to stand, and give some simple instructions. I also work to get natural reactions from you, along with my wonderful husband Tom, we aim to capture the real you, the couple that your friends and family see and not the couple who are being forced to stand and smile at the camera. This is also where things like the welly boots come in to play. There is just no way you can feel too posed when wearing a wedding dress and welly boots, try it, I dare you!

We didn’t want the bride and groom to go hungry and miss their canapés, so Tom ran off to fetch some for them, they were very well received – and I think some of the best canapés I have seen at any wedding, proper food and so comforting on a rainy, cloudy day.

Rutland Water Golf Course group photo
Rutland Water Golf Course couple photo
Rutland Water Golf Course couple photo
Rutland Water Golf Course couple photo
Rutland Water Golf Course couple photo

I will leave you with a few images from the reception, and some of my favourite dance floor shots, such an awesome crowd and fuelled by the biggest wheel of cheese I have ever seen!! They had a cake of cheese as their wedding cake, a fantastic idea, check the credits below for the link.

Rutland Water Golf Course dance floor photos

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A Handful of Wedding Planning Tips [Part 1]

A Handful of Wedding Planning Tips [Part 1]

A brief introduction

You may know me as Just Tom, Amanda’s Husband, Amanda’s Assistant, or just ‘that random wedding guest [which no-one remembers inviting]’. Or even more likely, you may not know me at all.

Over the years, we [Amanda and I] have both heard a similar sentiment resonating from her clients, which is that the initial ‘Yes’ was, with hindsight the easy part, and all the subsequent wedding planning was far harder than ever expected.

Now, as some of you know. I [Tom] tend to buck the trend in most instances either intentionally or not and our own wedding was no exception. Because I pretty much planned the entire day [with the exception of dress and photographer]. And before someone tries to interject; no, the day was not a complete disaster.

Because of this, Amanda asked me, begged me, or maybe bribed me with chocolate to note down my thoughts / experiences about that time long ago, when I was ‘elbow deep in wedding planning shenanigans’.

The Big Take Away [to save you reading the rest]. There are very few things that are really worth losing sleep over. No, seriously. At the end of the day; you; your partner and some witnesses are all that is needed! The rest is just matrimonial fluff [well, with the exception of a photographer obvs].

I for example should have never invested two weeks of my free time looking for that perfect ‘laser cut, tiffany blue cupcake case’. Neither should I have lost sleep over initially only being able to find ‘warm duck egg’ cupcake cases. Nor should I have found myself arguing with people that had the audacity to suggest ‘just using teal’. AND finally, once I had found said perfect light medium robin egg blue laser cut, lace cupcake case should have even considered £7 per case would a ‘reasonable expense’. And that is what started Amanda calling me ‘Mr Groomzilla’.

But lets move on with what I found to be important items, and relatively ‘quick wins’* when planning a wedding.

The Important Items

  • A Budget
  • Set a Date
  • Book a Venue & Registrar
  • Create a Guest List
  • Consider Save the Dates [useful for wedding date over a year away

A heads up: I like playing a little management BS bingo with blogging. So be warned.

A Budget

I am writing this based upon the assumption that you [the reader] fall inline with vast majority of wedding couples’ i.e.  you will have to have, or need a budget. If you do not, then please contact Amanda for some special photography rates; or contact me and I will plan your entire wedding.

Budgeting for a wedding, is very much like building a house it appears; although to clarify I have never built a house. BUT I have watched far too much Grand Designs for my own sanity. Based upon our wedding planning, I would suggest that you have a crack at some hard math; and answer the following:

  • Question 1: Write down the figure to answer: how much money do we want to spend on our wedding day?
  • Question 2: Write down the figure to answer: how much money can we spend on wedding day without having to honeymoon in the back-garden [not a euphemism]?

Now, unless you are ‘in the know’ or retrospectively making a budget to fulfil what you have already spent (which is cheating). Then you will likely spend a figure in between Figure 1 & 2. Amanda and I never really considered how much we wanted to spend; I recommend you have a think about it.

But anyway, I digress. For those of you who thought tl;dr: Just consider the following

  • Talk about the budget with each other, it shouldn’t be a secret.
  • Know how much you are planning to spend AND
  • Make a proper effort to break it down by item,
  • Do NOT just look at the big item spends, a few smaller items can quickly dent the budget.

FYI: TL;DR; – “Too long; didn’t read”.

Setting The Date

When it comes to wedding planning, ‘setting the date’ is a very important milestone, and to be honest everything flows a little easier when the date is secured pretty early on.

  • Primarily as it is pretty difficult to book anything if you do not know when you require it.
  • Secondly as your guests will likely prefer knowing an actual date to save, rather than an entire month or nonchalant ‘season & year’ combo.

Securing a date will also assist with focusing your venue options. For example, Amanda and I were wed in a January and I can assure you that at no point did we consider a festival themed wedding.

Should you be wondering, what we tend to see is couples taking around 12-18 months to plan their wedding, thus:

  • Allowing them to save / fund their shindig
  • To give them enough time to organise the particulars
  • To increase the odds on their guests being available

 

The ‘Takeaway Points’

  • Most newly engaged couples we talk to expect to take between 12-18 months planning their wedding
  • Some popular venues combined with a bank holiday weekend may be secured further than 18 months into the future!
    • We tend to see a dwell in the planning between the initial date and venue being secured and the remaining items
  • Without a date, its hard to book anything else for your wedding..
  • Setting the date early increases the odds of guests not already having plans / holidays booked etc
  • Save The Dates are a great way to indicate to guests they will receive an invite at a later date; and that they should keep the date ‘free’. Without having to rush and send your invites out 12 months prior to the wedding.
    • Our Save The Dates went out once we had a guest list and a date.
    • Our Invites were posted 6 months before the ‘date of impending nuptials’
Amanda Forman Photography - Wedding Planning - Save The Dates
The Guest List

Realistically you can do one of two things when it comes to the Guest List

  1. Elope; only invite a handful of people; annoy a lot of close friends and family; BUT save having to feed people; listen to people; and manoeuvre around the minefield that is the ‘family dynamic’.
  2. Dont.

Presuming that Option 1 is only called an ‘option’ for the sake of irony; then I will let you into a little secret that I discovered when writing our list of free loaders [or close-friends and family as my wife calls it].

Writing a guest list does not have to be a stressful nightmare with heated arguments with your loved one; about if ‘that always overly inebriated friend’ should be invited or not [its ok, we all have one]. A good starting point would be:

  1. Initially write down everyone who, in an ideal world, you would want at your wedding.
  2. Now work out which of these potential guests require a ‘plus one’
  3. Find out how many your venue can sit for your Wedding Breakfast [also known as dinner on your wedding day].

If the total of Question 1 & 2 is larger than your answer for Question 3, then this leads you nicely onto the notion of wedding and evening quests. If however your venue can feed all of your guests; it may be worth finding out the answer to ‘what is the price per head for your wedding breakfast’.

Our Wedding Breakfast for reference was £60 per person; thus a guest plus their ‘random’ equated to 120 quid of food; plus drinks which we provided ourselves [Thanks Mum!]. 

One Guest List or a Day List and Evening Only list

There are pros and cons either way, however your hand may be forced if you are a popular person, know lot of people or have a large family; but have chosen a small cosy wedding venue.

The benefits include:

  • It gives guests who have day commitments the chance to be a part of your evening celebrations.
  • It allows you to invite everyone whilst keeping the Wedding Breakfast costs down
  • Allows you to invite all the people you want at your day; whilst keeping that cosy wedding venue

However!

  • Be mindful not to alienate your evening guests. No one likes feeling unloved or second rate.
  • Consider segregating entire social groups to either the entire day or the evening; as that will limit the potential for squabbling.

Remember, contrary to what some people may tell you. Your wedding day is all about you, and people being their celebrating your love for each other [eurgh, I made myself feel sick then]. So if you close your eyes and imagine that in 10 years time you are looking through your wedding album; the people who you imagine are in there are those who you should consider inviting..

 

Amanda Forman Photography - Wedding Planning - Guests Partying
The Table Plan

A lot of couples dread the process of table plan, a family dynamic can be lots of things, but sometimes not conducive to prolonged close proximity to each other.

The dynamic of inter-friend relationships can also be a tricky path to tread; because after-all they are all there to see you, which doesn’t mean they like each other. And realistically, they’ll see a lot more of each other than you both on your wedding day.

I planned our table plan for all 98 guests in under 15 minutes, and although I approached it methodically, gave consideration to certain personality types and also tried to ensure no one was stranded on a table, solo.

My mindset was simple [one could say synergistic]; be considerate and relatively flexible, but at the end of the day. They are only there to see you, so If they are going to cause issues, they aren’t your friend and maybe not worth an invite.

Also remember that the majority of the costs you incur are to keep these guests happy; YES that is correct you are basically paying your guests to be there. After all, if we hadn’t have invited our guests, we wouldn’t have hired a Magician [Will Gray], a Band [BreakThrough], a Caricaturist [Tonys Toons]; or even the epic venue [Berkeley Castle].

Instead Amanda and I would have headed straight to the Maldives and got hitched in the sun.

Tabling Planning in a Nutshell

  • Do not spend days stressing about who can’t sit near who; remember they are only sitting there for a posh dinner! Not for the rest of their lives [all being well].
  • People deserving of being a guest will sit where they are told
Amanda Forman Photography - Wedding Planning - The Table Plan
To Summarise!

Planning a wedding is a massive task, the pressure to get it right is undeniably high. After all you don’t want to be the couple that hosted a crap wedding right?

Well, here is some truth for you reader. The people that would bitch and moan about your day do not deserve a place on your guest list.; and most certainly do not deserve the additional cost to feed them. #truth

Finally; after reading this epic post you may have saved enough money to book an awesome wedding photographer! But failing that, I would recommend you look at Amanda’s Portfolio. She is annoyingly talented [for the record]. And If you read that, then it proves Amanda doesn’t proof my posts! #mwahaha

Potential Future Topics

If I am ever allowed to blog on here again, then the next instalment of ‘A Handful of Wedding Planning Tips’ will hopefully include the topics:

  1. A Photographer – A Guide to Looking Pensive.
  2. The Wedding Breakfast – To Give Guests a Choice OR to Force Feed Them Chicken [Vegetarians Beware]
  3. Etiquette / ‘Schzmequette’ -Breaking From Tradition & Having Some Fun!
  4. Groomsmen – The Suits, The Responsibilities & The Faux Pas

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A Rutland Water Wedding Shoot

A Rutland Water Wedding Shoot

Rutland Water Wedding
I Can’t believe it has been almost a year since I photographed this gorgeous Rutland Water Wedding shoot at the Rutland Water golf course in Manton. At the time I had only lived in Rutland for 4 months and wanted to get to know the local are and its wedding community and what better a reason to meet them then setting up a styled wedding shoot.

If you like fresh themes, peach colours, stunning stationery, rustic floral bouquets and over sized balloons then this shoot is one for you. All of the suppliers shown are linked at the bottom of the page so please get in touch with them if you see something you like.

Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding
Rutland Water Wedding

Contact these Rutland Wedding suppliers

Venue   – Rutland Water Golf Course 

Florist – Vicki at Paisley Flowers 

Stationery – Lucy at In the Details  

Cake – Karen at Sticky Fingers 

Styling – Jack at Pretty quirky hire

Make up and hair – Hannah – Lipstick and Hairpins

Veil – Bridie of Berkshire veils 

Birdcage veil – Jodi of McFayden Millinery

Jewellery – You and beyond 

Balloons – Rina of Grapefruit balloons 

Model – Alice of Alice Brown Beauty

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How to prepare for your pre wedding shoot

How to prepare for your pre wedding shoot

Deciding what to wear and how to prepare for your pre wedding shoot can often be more stressful than the shoot itself.

Unless of course you have a cheeky little prep post like this one to help you along that is.

Your session will either take place at sunrise or sunset (preferably) so we can get some of that gorgeous golden light. It will last for up to 90 minutes which should give us time for at least two outfit changes.

My best suggestion for your outfit options is to keep them simple. You don’t want too many patterns and try to avoid clothing that has logos as these can date the image in years to come.

The outfits below would be perfect for a slightly cooler evening for your more casual outfit.

What to wear for your engagement session
What to wear for your engagement session

It is always nice to include a more dressy outfit as well. Try and think of it as an outfit you would wear for date night. Consider adding a little colour in to your outfit here as this is likely to be the one we change you in to when the sunset hits.

What to wear for your engagement session
What to wear for your engagement session

In advance of your pre wedding photo session

These are my top 10 tips for preparing for your pre wedding photo session.

  1. Drink more water
  2. Avoid the sun – tan lines and sunburn don’t make for great photos. If you really must be in the sun be aware of which outfits you will be wearing and try and avoid tan lines where possible
  3. Begin your skincare regimen – this will set you up for the wedding as well. Wash your face nightly, exfoliate every other day  and be sure to moisturise
  4. Get a manicure – everyone feels better with a manicure I am almost certain this should be a scientific fact!
  5. Gather and organise yours and your fiance’s outfits – make sure they are pressed and clean and that your colours don’t clash. Think about where we will be going for your shoot – if we are mainly going to be out in the countryside are those shoes really appropriate 😉
  6. Touch up your roots – if you dye your hair be sure to get this touched up before your photo shoot – the week before is ideal and get a trim whilst you are there
  7. Men – shave the day of and make sure your skin is moisturised
  8. If you have a makeup artist for your wedding day this would be the perfect day to book in for your makeup trial so plan it in if you can
  9. Get your beauty sleep
  10. Arrive on time

Pre wedding photo shoots can be booked at a cost of only £250 including your digital images for anyone who has booked their wedding day with me. And even better, if you have a dog and want them to be involved – they can come along too!

 

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A Rutland Water Golf Course wedding

A Rutland Water Golf Course wedding

Rutland water golf course wedding

On the 2nd September Charlotte and Oz (Michael) tied the knot at St Peter’s Church in Empingham followed by a reception at Rutland Water Golf Course in my new home county Rutland.
I knew as soon as I met Charlotte and Oz that their wedding would be a special one, not least because of the fact that Charlotte worked at Harley Davidson and would be escorted to the wedding by 4 Harleys and two armoured trucks!

Rutland water golf course wedding

Charlotte and her bridesmaids along with her mum and aunt got ready at Rutland Water golf course in their new bridal suite, and wow what a beautiful room. All of the rooms at Rutland Water Golf Course have been either newly created or newly re furbished, decorated beautifully with the Bridal suite having a purely luxurious bathroom this was the perfect place for Charlotte and the girls to be pampered and get ready.

Rutland water golf course wedding

When I arrived the girls had started on hair and make up, looked after by the wonderful Vivienne Welford from The Ivy Lodge in Stamford and Frankie from Georges in Leicester who was braiding and curling and pinning away.

Where were your accessories and shoes from?  

My veil was a one off and designed and made especially for me to match my dress. My hair piece was from the same place where we got my dress from Annie Laurie Bridal and my shoes were from ASOS. I ordered many different types to try on with the dress and found the pair I had went really well with my dress.

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding

I have never seen a bride as happy as when her aunt brought Charlotte this toothbrush!! Charlotte had stayed the night before (unplanned) and didn’t have one with her.

Before long it was time to get Charlotte ready. Her Aunt was in charge of helping and everyone else left the room. This is always a good idea on the wedding morning as it gives the you (the bride) 5 minutes to just breath and take in everything that has been going on.

Who was your dress by and where did you buy it?
My dress was designed Agnes a polish wedding dress designer, I was the first person to buy the dress it had only just been released and I purchased it from Annie Laurie Bridal in Easton on the hill as they were recommended to me. My mother and My auntie came with me to help me choose it. This was one of the most amazing memories for a girl to have, as you are in your element and you feel like a princess.

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding

Meanwhile over at the White Horse pub in Empingham Oz had arrived, much to the relief of my second photographer who had arrived 30 minutes earlier and was panicking that she had no groom! Their morning, as is usually the case on the grooms side, was a different affair, think less pampering, more beer!
Oz was joined by his groomsmen and parents along with several members of the wedding party.

Where did oz pick up his and his groomsmens suits?

Oz and His groomsmen got the suits from Greenwoods. This was hilarious, they sent me pictures of the best man in a kilt and told me this was the outfit they had chosen.

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding groom prep

Now for one of my favourite parts of the morning, the first time Dad see’s his little girl. Being a daddies girl myself this is the part that gets me the most, I loved seeing Charlottes dad’s face light up and I hope this is a photo they will treasure.

Where were your bridesmaids dresses from?

We are all big fans of ASOS and we ordered quite a few different styles and shades of pink from ASOS to try. Then we had a few girlie nights and a couple of fashion show with them each taking it in turns and trying them on. That’s how we choose the ones they wore. The great thing about ASOS is, they offer free returns, so we just sent the others back.

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding dads first look
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding bridesmaids first look

It was now time for me to leave and head to the church, I like to get there a little earlier so I can say hello to the groom, meet the vicar / registrars and (hopefully) photograph the bride arriving. In this case, Charlotte was so keen to get to the church she arrived a good 15 minutes early!!

The ceremony took place in St Peter’s Church in Empingham, Rutland only a short drive away from Rutland Water Golf Course.
Charlottes bridesmaids did a fantastic job of making sure her dress was beautifully set at the back before sitting down – thank you ladies!

Empingham church wedding
Empingham church wedding
Empingham Church Rutland
Empingham Church Rutland
Empingham Church Rutland

We took a few moments outside the Church to capture some photos of the bridal party, with Empingham church being such a beautiful location it would be a shame not to. This church meant a lot to Charlotte and her family.

Empingham Church Rutland family photos

Charlotte and Oz arrived at Rutland Water Golf Course in style

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding Amanda Forman Photography

We didn’t have very long to capture the group shots on the day as Charlotte and Oz had arranged a FLY OVER! This was a first for me, and on speaking to one of the pilots later in the evening it seemed I gave them quite a laugh as I ran around trying to make sure I got a shot of Charlotte and Oz with the plane in view. What a spectacular site though!

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding Amanda Forman Photography

Once groups were photographed it was time to take our couple away for a few photos of just the two of them. I know that whilst you want photos of the two of you on your wedding day you don’t want to spend your entire time taking them, that is why I split the portrait sessions in to three. It also means you get a little more variety.

We took Charlotte and Oz on a golf buggy down to an area that was a little more secluded and with an absolutely stunning view of Rutland Water. I think Oz and my husband may have enjoyed the buggy racing just a little too much.

Rutland Water Golf Course Wedding golf buggy
Rutland Water Golf Course Wedding Bridal portrait
Rutland Water Golf Course Wedding Bridal portrait
Rutland Water Golf Course Wedding Bridal portrait
Rutland Water Golf Course Wedding Bridal portrait
Rutland Water Golf Course Wedding Bridal portrait

Charlotte and Oz’s cake was created by the amazing Karen from Sticky Fingers Cake Creations, this woman is seriously talented!

One thing that Rutland Water Golf Course do that I LOVE, is allow their brides and grooms to have a confetti shot, they couldn’t have it at the church so this was a perfect time to throw the confetti and welcome all of the guests in for their wedding breakfast. And of course the little ones had to practice for their big days too 😊

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding Amanda Forman Photography

Once Charlotte, Oz and the guests were safely seated, me, my second shooter and my wonderful husband/assistant tucked ourselves away in the bar to take a few minutes rest and to prepare the same day slideshow. This isn’t something all of my couples opt to add on to their collections but when they do they always love it, even the ones who say they aren’t very emotional end up with tears in their eyes.
Part way through editing however I noticed that the sun had indeed started to set, and having their permission in advance I pulled Charlotte and Oz away from their dinner (between main and desert – I’m not a monster) just for 10 minutes to capture these sunset images for them in a different location to the one we were in earlier.

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset

After dinner it was just a small matter of speeches, quickly followed by the bouquet toss and the cake cutting. I love how competitive us women get when it comes to catching the bouquet!

Next we played our same day slideshow, which is effectively a slideshow of about 50-80 images I have edited whilst the couple are eating that show off their day from the start until usually just before dinner. I love seeing everyones reactions running from laughter to tears and it is a perfect lead in to the first dance as everyone is already gathered around.

Charlotte and Oz thank you for making me and my team feel so welcome. We loved every second of your day!

Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset
Rutland Water Golf Course wedding sunset

Looking back is there anything advice you would give other brides? Don’t panic, try not to be last minute.com like me. The run up to the wedding is non-stop and luckily, we had some amazing friends and family that helped so much with everything. Make sure you take in every second of the day because it goes just like that. Loads of people told us this and its so true. Get an amazing photographer like Amanda to capture those memories that just pass by so quickly, because at least in years to come you can look through that wedding album and remember them again and again.

Suppliers list for this Rutland Water Golf Course Wedding

Cake – Sticky Fingers Cake Creations
Venue – Rutland Water Golf Course
Church – Empingham Church
Flowers – Paisley Flower
Bridesmaids dresses- ASOS
Wedding Dress – Agnes Bridal

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