A Rutland Water Wedding
A RUSTIC DIY FUN FILLED WEDDING AT NORMANTON CHURCH & BRAUNSTON VILLAGE HALL, RUTLAND – IAN AND MICHELLE
SUNFLOWERS, SHOTS AND SMOOCHES SUMS UP THIS INFORMAL FUN WEDDING.
Ian and Michelle got married in July at the picturesque Normanton Church, an iconic building at Rutland water and their reception bash at Braunston Village Hall, which is an old village hall in Rutland. It was a gorgeous day and super chilled.
The excitement before the wedding
Ian and Michelle got ready separately with their friends and family around them. I met Michelle first upon her arrival to Normanton Church. She arrived before Ian in a lush vintage car provided by ‘Rutland Wedding Cars’ and was escorted to the waiting room at the far end of the church where she waited and watched the guests arrive. The wedding party then walked the short distance to the ceremony. Guests really took in the views of Rutland Water on this glorious day whilst walking up and waiting to go inside.
Getting hitched at Rutland Water
The ceremony was a legal ceremony at the stunning church at Rutland Water. The iconic and unique Normanton Church sits on the water and truly is the pride of Rutland. It is a magnificent, historic building with stunning views across the reservoir. It's no wonder this was the first and only choice for Michelle and Ian to get wed at. It's also in their own home county and local to their town. During the ceremony guests entered while a talented guitarist played setting the ambience. It was a relaxed and beautiful service with smiles, laughs and tears of joy all round.
The outdoor party in a picturesque village hall
The reception was at Braunston Village Hall. They chose the venue because it’s near their home and they could totally personalise it. It was a rustic theme and DIY wedding, which I absolutely adore. I love shooting rustic DIY weddings because the decor is so pretty and personal. The couple had decorated the place together with friends and family the day before. It was full of personal touches and summed up the couple totally - natural, relaxed, fun and booze filled. There were hay bales to sit upon, a self-service bar outside, Tequila and Sambuca shots in tiny labelled jam jars, lawn games for the kids and a whopping amount of sun. It was perfect!
They had gin and tonics all round in the afternoon, and beer on tap from the bar set up inside for the evening. They decorated the venue with flowers and bunting, keeping things simple and in keeping with this super chilled outdoor wedding. The hall itself was decorated with tealights, fairy lights and was dressed by the Rutland Marquee Company. It was wonderfully colourful and transformed the village hall.
For their ‘wedding breakfast’ Michelle and Ian had a paella tent, which was a great way of serving food. It was super tasty and just matched the vibe of the wedding perfectly. Summery and relaxed. In the evening a hog roast was served, again in keeping with the laid-back vibe. Michelle and Ian organised a casual and elegant wedding – with their likes, personal touches and without formalities. The first dance was a romantic dance – with lots of cuddling and singing. This was followed by lots of boogying from the guests. They finished off the evening with pretty much everyone lying around well fed and drunk with happiness (and Gin!) – I think you’d agree with me that this is also known as: a total success!
A relaxed wedding gathering surrounded by love
The most memorable part of the day had to be the speeches, everyone was doubled over in laughter. There certainly were some hilariously rude stuff said which ALWAYS goes down well! Again, this was an informal set up, with friends and family simply gathered round to hear and raise a glass. A glass was also raised to loved ones who were definitely there in spirit that day. You could really feel the love, warmth and celebration with this lot - I felt honoured to be part of it.
The couple met way back when they were young - childhood sweethearts as it were and have been together for since 2004! That's 14 years!! Their first date was watching the ‘Incredibles’ and within weeks of their wedding the sequel was to be released. Knowing this, I thought it only natural to try and re-create this special moment so I brought along a pair of superhero masks and the couple got into the famous ‘Incredible’ superhero pose. I am so glad the couple were up for it - that's what I like. A couple who are up for some fun and don't take themselves too seriously. I know they really appreciated this personal touch from me too.
I like to take the time to get to know my couples so that I can deliver a personal service and so that they feel comfortable with me. They said they wanted a photographer who would be like a guest, and I loved that they were so relaxed. I know both the bride and groom were both camera shy and so a pre-wed shoot was booked well before the wedding which helped us get to know each other more so then. They found out how I worked and I helped them relax in front of the camera. On the big day they were total naturals remembering all the tips and tricks to use to forget I was there.
Ian and Michelle’s wedding was just the happiest occasion and everything I love about weddings. Here’s their fun filled relaxed outdoor wedding!
If you’re planning a fun outdoor wedding, get in touch!
Venue dressing: Bride & Groom's own & Rutland Marquee Company
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