Normanton Church Candle-lit Weddings: Anna and Mike

A candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church: Anna and Mike

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I always look forward to photographing weddings at Normanton Church – it’s such an iconic building and it’s location on the banks of Rutland Water is hard to beat – but in the build up to Anna and Mike’s big day, I was a little nervous as this would be my first wedding lit by nothing but candles. Moreover, to help make the most of the low-light ambience, the couple had timed their wedding so it would end just as the sun was setting. A candle-lit wedding as the sun was going down – the romance of the idea would be hard to beat, but would me and my cameras be up to it?

In event, my cameras coped admirably (and I hope I did too – I guess that’s for the couple to decide!) – a combination of fast lenses and occasionally resorting to manual focusing meant I captured all the moments I needed.

Candle-lit Wedding Ceremony

When Anna, her young daughter and father walked up the aisle, the ambiance in the church was spellbinding. Candles flickered all around, bathing the couple and their guests in a soft, warm light and a reverential hush fell over the building. The ceremony was genuinely beautiful and full of emotion – I’m pretty sure I saw tears in Anna’s eyes – and it was a huge plus for me that I could switch my cameras to work with an electronic shutter, making them literally silent, and so allowing me to work with as little impact as possible on the scene.

Straight after the ceremony, the newly weds and their daughter came outside for some very quick portraits at sunset. Making them quick was essential – despite the surprisingly fine weather, the wind by the water was probably the coldest I’ve felt this year and for their sake (and for my by then literally numb fingertips!) we were soon making our way up to their wedding breakfast.

The wedding reception at Normanton Park Hotel

Happily for us and the guests, the reception took place at the blissfully close and always lovely Normanton Park Hotel, so it was only a matter of minutes before the wind was nothing but a memory and glasses of warm cider were warming once cold hands.

Following a very buzzy drinks reception in the bar area of the hotel, it was time to sit down and enjoy the speeches. Before the wedding, Mike had showed me his tie pin, complete with grimacing Lego mini-figure whose job was to ‘take the fear’ for him. Well, the good news was that it seemed to work – Mike’s speech went down brilliantly with the guests, and most importantly with his new wife. The best men followed up with two fine speeches and then it was time for the wedding breakfast to begin.

A little later it was time for me to go. With the main course eaten, a lively atmosphere was building in the room and as I left it was lovely to see the bride and groom mingling with their guests, clearly making the most of this most special of days.

I’d like to thank Anna and Mike for giving me the chance to photograph their beautiful candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church. It was an unforgettable experience and I hope my photographs have captured at least some of the memories and ambiance for them. Good luck to both of you and hope you have a long and extremely happy marriage!

Photography from Anna & Mike’s lovely candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church:

view of Normanton Church, Rutland, taken just before a wedding

 

Groom's wedding buttonhole with scared-looking Lego-mini figure at a wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Groom chatting with wedding guests in the bar at Normanton Park Hotel, Rutland

 

Wedding guests smiling at the groom in the bar at Normanton Park Hotel, Rutland

 

Usher and guests chatting with the groom at a wedding at Normanton Park Hotel

 

The groom cuddles his nervous looking 2-year-old daughter at a wedding at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Smiling young bridesmaid and her Dad, the groom, at a wedding at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Toddler brides maid looks calmly at the camera at a wedding at Normanton Park Hotel, Rutland

 

Wide sunset view of Normanton Church just before Anna and Mike's wedding at Normanton Church in Rutland

 

Guests arriving for a wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Grooms arrives with his bridesmaid daughter for a wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Guests gather outside Normanton Church, Rutland, just before a wedding

 

The groom chats to the registrar just before a wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Elderly wedding guest chatting at a wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Female guest laughing at a wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

The groom closes eyes in contemplation before his bride enters at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Bride with daughter and father about to walk up the aisle at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Bride, daughter and father walk up the aisle at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Bride and groom smiling during candle-lit ceremony at Rutland's Normanton Church

 

Bride, groom and their young daughter during a candle-lit ceremony at Rutland's Normanton Church

 

Bride and groom looking at each other during candle-lit ceremony at Rutland's Normanton Church

 

Wide view from back of Normanton church while readings take place at a candle-lit wedding

 

Groom places ring on bride's finger at a candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Groom holds bride's hand at a candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Bride and groom smile at the registrar during candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

wide view of candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland, as the couple kiss

 

Couple signing the register at a candle-lit wedding at Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Sunset portrait of bride, groom and young daughter with Rutland Water in the background

 

Sunset portrait of bride and groom at Rutland Water

 

Just married couple hold gads while walking near Normanton Church, Rutland

 

Bride and groom walking at sunset with Normanton Church, Rutland, in the background

 

Female guests laughing during wedding reception at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Young bridesmaid sitting at table at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Brides father during his wedding speech at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Bride and groom laughing during speeches at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Groom smiles at bride during his speech at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Wide view of wedding breakfast at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Bride and groom laughing at Normanton Park Hotel in Rutland

 

Bride smiles at best man during wedding speeches at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Best man looks to the groom during speeches at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Embarrassed groom holds head in hands during speeches at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Female guest laughing during wedding breakfast at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Cute toddler bridesmaid looks to camera during wedding breakfast at Normanton Park Hotel

 

Groom laughing with guests during wedding breakfast at Normanton Park Hotel

 Want to See More? Are you planning a Rutland wedding? Then why not check out this lovely wedding at Normanton church or this lovely wedding at Barnsdale Gardens
 Want to Know More? If you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer in Rutland or elsewhere in the UK, please feel free to contact me via email or call me on 07870 135 986 and I’d be very happy to provide you with full details about my approach and packages.

2 Responses to Normanton Church Candle-lit Weddings: Anna and Mike

  • Anna and Mike

    Mike and I are both very camera shy and almost didn’t have a photographer at our wedding. From our first look at your portfolio and following our first conversation we had every confidence in you. These images are simply stunning and bring back all the memories and emotions of the day – and we hardly even noticed you were there! We love, love, love them.  Thank you.

    • andrew

      Thank you Anna and Mike – it was a wonderful occasion and I’m delighted you’re enjoying the pictures!

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