Where to begin with this wedding?! Well, a Normanton Church wedding is always beautiful, it’s a wedding venue unlike any other. Amy & Will planned a fantastic reception featuring a cruise on the Rutland Belle. For endless wedding inspiration, and to ease any worries of a rainy wedding, read on…!
Amy & Will both got ready in Stamford, Amy at her parent’s house and Will at Quarry House in the town centre. The atmosphere at the house with Amy, her bridesmaids and family was so warm, loving and exciting. They had plenty of time for everyone to have their hair done and to enjoy brunch all together. Whilst I was photographing the girls, my second photographer Georgi was busy photographing Will and his groomsmen. Having a second photographer can be so valuable. The added coverage captured moments like Will reading his card from Amy teary-eyed, and later when all the guests met for drinks at The Crown.
A coach took everyone to the Normanton Church wedding, and as they made their way to the ceremony some rather ominous grey clouds gathered. Guests had umbrellas as they walked to the church which added so much character to all the pictures! The ceremony was beautifully intimate, Amy & Will had written personalised vows for each other. The setting looked perfect with candles twinkling in all corners.
The conversation about weather is one I often have with couples as it can seem daunting – I hope these pictures give you confidence that rain does not stop play! Amy & Will were amazing, the weather didn’t discourage them from getting gorgeous pictures together. There are so many options for photos on a rainy day; often there is a break in the weather, and we can also find sheltered places, as we did around Normanton Church.
A champagne reception was held inside the church, followed by an hour long journey on the Rutland Belle to the reception marquee on the opposite shore of Rutland Water. Far from the rain (at times very heavy!) worrying anyone, it absolutely brought everyone together, I saw so many beaming smiles.
Amy & Will decorated the marquee beautifully, using hemp and fresh foliage for the tables. They also hand wrote a note for every single one of their guests, a personal touch I’ve rarely seen. The Stamford Kitchen catered an incredible meal, and made all sorts of cakes, pies and cheeses which were shared for dessert. The inclement weather still hadn’t let up, which made sure that later on the dance floor remained packed at all times. It was hard to tear myself away!