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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.