Normanton Park Wedding – Elaine & Andy

Normanton Park Wedding – Elaine & Andy

Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography

On the 24th August Elaine and Andrew said those magical words ‘I DO’ at Normanton Church in Rutland and celebrated their day at the nearby Normanton Park Hotel. Family travelled from far and wide, with one of Elaine’s sons travelling all the way over from Scotland.

 

Andrew and Elaine met in Rutland and so it wasn’t a hard decision when choosing their wedding location to come back to Rutland, and more specifically Normanton Church. They have fond memories of sitting on the bench at the back of the church and looking out to the water so of course this was a photo I had to capture for them on their wedding day.

I arrived at Normanton Park hotel for 08:30 along with the makeup artist Phoebe where preparations were already in full swing. Elaine was surrounded by her grandchildren and was amazingly relaxed considering Andrew was just over the hallway, what I loved about the bridal prep was how clearly Elaine’s grandchildren doted on her, there was a real buzz in the room.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography

Andrew was just across the hallway with his sons getting ready for the day. I took them all outside for a few photo’s and I am pretty sure they loved me for that because with 4 men and 2 children in one room… it was getting quite warm in there.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography

The stunning Normanton Church was the backdrop for Elaine and Andrews vows. I love photographing weddings here, it is such a magnificent church with breathtaking views across Rutland Water.

Elaine had told Andrew that she would be wearing a two piece suit instead of a dress on their wedding day and had even had her friends involved in the plot to trick him so his face when he saw her at the top of the aisle in her beautiful wedding dress was really something beautiful to see.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography

After the ceremony, we attempted to photograph the confetti shot but with bubbles instead but the bubbles were not playing ball, it did make for a lot of laughs and the longest aisle walk in history though. The guests all ran for shelter from the wind whilst we took a few photos of Elaine and Andrew around Normanton Church before heading out in the Rutland Belle. I have lived in Rutland for over a year and a half and can’t believe this was my first time! I loved it, we could have had better weather but spirits were high and everyone was excitedly chatting away.

Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
The Rutland Belle | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
The Rutland Belle | Amanda Forman Photography

We arrived back at Normanton Church just in time for the rain to start!! Luckily I had planned ahead and brought a white umbrella with me for the couple to use. They guests however had to improvise 🙂

We all headed back to Normanton Park Hotel for the reception where the rooms had been beautifully transformed by Lola Rose and we were greeted by ALPACA’S !! Seriously I think every wedding should have them. They were so cute and soft.

The Rutland Belle | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Church Wedding | Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park Wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography
Normanton Park wedding Amanda Forman Photography

Elaine and Andrew thank you for sharing your day with me. I can’t wait to share your full gallery with you but for now I hope you have enjoyed your sneak peeks. Have a wonderful honeymoon xx

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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

Steal their style

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