A Rutland Romance.

It’s hard to imagine that just three weeks ago the weather was somewhat of a crazy little heatwave heading up to the late 20’s. Looking at the weather the start of the week leading up to the Cooper wedding we were hoping the sunshine would stay, a few messages between the Bride and I kept each other hopeful. Little did we know we would be blessed with the hottest day of the year so far. Todays wedding of James and Charlotte couldn’t have landed on a better day.

With my lovely second shooter Sally with me for this one, I just knew we would get so many wonderful photographs. The fun we had on our pre wedding photoshoot with Charlotte and James (that was free with their photography package)left me excited to be photographing this happy couple again!

Weddings at The Rutland Water Golf Club are always such a pleasure to photograph. They are incredibly friendly to work with, and everything runs so smoothly. Always very happy to throw us some keys to a nippy little golf buggy! The decor for their wedding had been done so beautifully and thought out very well. Elegantly floral, and a hint of rustic to suit the venue too. The grounds of the golf club dripping in pink blossom trees and endless beauty spots to take our Newlyweds.

Let’s start at the cottage, the Rutland Water Golf Club have an amazing cottage on site just to the side, with lovely welcoming gardens and seating area outside too. It’s simply perfect for wedding preparation. The rustic and homely feel to the cottage is so warming. Natural light floods through the windows, and with a lovely space upstairs to dress in, we didn’t have to work too hard to capture the girls so beautifully.

Inside, Emma and bump at Hair by Emma Claire was working her magic, along with the lovely Kaye at Kaye Salmon Make Up busy painting the faces of Charlotte’s Bridesmaids, and of course Rebecca our Mother of the Bride too. Sally snapping away at details upstairs, I took the opportunity to picture the mornings prep in the gardens. These girls gave me nothing but beauty and big smiles!


The girls sipped on bubbles, before getting ready to leave as Sally headed off to the Church in the quiet little village of Tugby to catch up with the Groomsmen, and capture the guests arriving for the ceremony. The boys were in a playful mood, and we don’t think our Groom was too nervous at this point, although he could have been covering it well.


Charlotte and her sister Rachael had a beautiful moment together before we left for the ceremony. You can see they are so close, and it was touching to witness.

Now this was a tricky one! Two huge beautiful floral arrangements at the top of the aisle meant for a stunning setting but incredibly difficult for both myself and my wonderful friend and videographer Ellen Jackson, we didn’t have much room at all, but of course lucky for us Sally was at the back and could get some amazing shots! (Queue another reason its a great idea to have two photographers at weddings). I’m pretty sure Charlotte knew we couldn’t see her much and bless, even popped a little shuffle in during her vows to give us a better shot! Neverless, the ceremony was touching, and very emotional. Even some tears were shed by Charlotte as her twin sister Racheal delivered a lovely heartfelt reading.

Confetti time!!

We love this part, a real celebratory feel straight after the ceremony full of energy and cheer. Two rows of guests, a walk through path and a tonne of confetti in poor Jame’s face…I think that may have been planned. Take a peek, and see what you think? Ha ha.

The speeches were hosted by Jame’s brother who doubled up as his best man too. (Oh and not to mention a dab hand at making vienesse whirls!) What a cracking delivery the speeches were! Top job there for sure, the wedding guests fully engaged throughout, and every single word was said from the heart. The love for our Bride and Groom was felt by all, smiles and laughter filled the room.

Rutland Water Golf Course is one of the best venues for an incredible view. With the golf buggy’s you can get right out onto the far edge of the golf course. We took Mr and Mrs Cooper for a little drive to explore, give them some time together and have a little moment.

It did not disappoint, well…we were on the hottest day of the year, in a remarkable venue.

The guests sipping on their celebratory drinks while the band set up ready to kick start the evening. The photo booth from The Directors Cut Photobooth entertaining everyone fantastically, including Sally and I. We love a good booth, it really brings everyone together for giggles and fun which sets off the party too!


Let’s get this party started!

Mr and Mrs Cooper, thank you. It was a fabulous day, and we hope you’re very happy together for many years as a wonderful married couple. See you in a few months time for Rachaels big day!


Love Michelle and Sally