It’s such a deal with for me to share immediately’s marriage ceremony with you. Just some weeks in the past, I loved a gloriously wintry stroll at Rutland Water and chanced throughout this unimaginable church, situated on a promontory into the reservoir with probably the most spectacular views. I couldn’t assist however assume what a phenomenal venue this might make, as you will note in Caroline and Dan’s shoreline marriage ceremony.

Please meet Caroline and Dan who wed in a civil ceremony on 9 August 2021 at Normanton Church on the banks of Rutland Water, with an intimate feast reception afterwards at The Finch’s Arms, Hambleton, Rutland. Rutland Water is a really particular place for the couple, as they labored and met at its water sports activities centre. Caroline is now a contract geophysicist and Dan is a contract hydrographic surveyor, each working within the offshore wind farm sector. Minimal, elegant, inexperienced and white tones ran via the day.

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Sneakers, Veil & Equipment

I had the underside of my veil, additionally through The Mews Bridal, embroidered with the phrases ‘love wins’ by Charlotte at Sewn Proper. I made a decision on the embroidery after making the choice to cancel our dream marriage ceremony in France. I felt that on this case, love actually did win and wished one thing to symbolise that. The embroidery was refined, stunning and ideal!

Our hair was carried out by a pal, Laura. She works at an area hairdresser and primarily does colors, however she’s so gifted she does event hair too. It was really easy having a pal with us within the morning. My make-up, bridesmaids and my mum’s make-up had been carried out by Michaela at The Boho Bridal. She has a pure, bronzed fashion which was simply what I used to be on the lookout for.

I wore Loeffler Randall footwear and, the Daisy’ hairvine from Eden B. Studio and a pair of gold ‘deconstructed flower’ earrings from Maison Sabben. I additionally wore a gold and glass household stamp ring, which belonged to my grandma. It was my ‘one thing outdated’ with extra that means than that. My step-sister (who was meant to be my fourth bridesmaid and sadly couldn’t be there on the day as she lives in South Africa, who had been nonetheless on the pink record) wore the identical ring on her bouquet on her marriage ceremony day.

I wore a Diptyque scent, through Area NK – it was the summer time 2021 version, Ilio. There have been a couple of explanation why I selected this fragrance. The Mews was scented with Diptyque fragrances and it at all times jogs my memory of the day I selected my gown. Secondly, this summer time version was created round scents of the Greek Islands. I’ve been to many, and love the Greek Islands. They’ve a particular place in my coronary heart and we spent our mini-moon there.

The Delay

We had been meant to get married in France in Might 2020 and postponed to 2021. Sadly, the venue proprietor in France charged us quite a bit to postpone and wouldn’t permit us to postpone once more with out paying in full. Right now, France was not permitting folks in until you had been totally vaccinated and most of our visitors, together with ourselves, had solely had one jab.

After the stress and uncertainty and looking for extra money to pay for the venue, we ended up cancelling the entire marriage ceremony in France and loosing £17,000. Not solely was this upsetting because of the sum of money, it was at all times our dream to get married within the sunshine in vineyards. I’m initially from South Africa. Once we obtained engaged, we thought South Africa can be too far for folks to journey, therefore we selected Bordeaux in France.

We made the choice two and a half weeks earlier than our precise marriage ceremony to go forward with a really small (forty folks) marriage ceremony with a pub dinner. My gown was nonetheless in London and hadn’t had any alterations. Nothing was booked or deliberate and one way or the other, we managed to plan and create what I believe ended up being a phenomenal, intimate marriage ceremony.

I actually felt that our determination was to decide on love and to say goodbye to our dream marriage ceremony. We weighed up what was vital and on the finish of the day, that was getting married with our closest family and friends who had been in a position to be there. In a few of the photographs you may see my brother with an iPad. He had my South African household on stay video so that they may very well be a part of the marriage all through the day.

The Proposal

We each labored at a water sports activities centre at Rutland Water throughout holidays and in between faculty and uni. It wasn’t till we had been twenty, after we had each determined to go away the uni programs we had been on and begin over on new programs, that we began to spend extra time collectively outdoors of labor.

What was solely ‘a little bit of summer time enjoyable’ ended up with us getting engaged within the bluebells at Rutland Water 9 years later and marrying twelve years later. We had been engaged for 3 years earlier than our marriage ceremony. The plan was one and a half years. Nonetheless, that doubled with Covid.

I at all times have beloved white and inexperienced flowers and really impartial palettes. I believe this knowledgeable the color scheme of inexperienced and white with a contact of gold.

We’re each very outdoorsy folks and we love good wine within the sunshine, so drinks open air had been at all times a should.


The Ceremony

We employed two separate vehicles from Lil & Blue to take me, my mum and the bridesmaids to the church from my home. The vehicles had been simply what I used to be on the lookout for.

I wished an outdated automobile however one thing totally different and the 2 cute vehicles had been distinctive, fashionable and in theme with our small, compact marriage ceremony. Amy, the proprietor, was so beautiful.

Lil & Blue

She was very versatile and went out of her approach to gown the vehicles to match our marriage ceremony theme. I beloved them.

I may barely converse to my mum after I obtained into the automobile, I used to be so nervous. Our driver Amy stored the dialog going. I walked down the aisle myself. Surprisingly, I used to be not nervous to stroll by myself.

It truly made me really feel sturdy and blissful, like I used to be on this tiny bubble.

That point and second was solely about myself and my husband-to-be and nothing else mattered however us.

My maid of honour’s mum performed the piano for us within the church. She performed while visitors arrive, after I and the bridesmaids walked down the aisle, signing the registry and after we exited. I’ve identified her for years and he or she was at all times invited to our France marriage ceremony. She is unbelievably gifted and it was so particular her taking part in and nonetheless with the ability to be a part of the marriage not directly. I selected ‘Brothers in Arms’ because it was the track my mum selected to be performed while I used to be being born.

Our celebrant was very relaxed and made the ceremony very pleasing. The church shouldn’t be a non secular church so our ceremony was authorized solely, about thirty minutes lengthy. It was enjoyable. We had one studying by our pal, Kelly. It was ‘Love is a Short-term Insanity’ from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. That is Dan’s favorite ebook and we have now been to Kefalonia collectively.

Dan obtained my engagement ring from Blue Nile, so it made sense to get the rings from there too. My band is a barely thicker model of the band of my engagement ring, so it matches very well.


Lizzie from Shoot It Momma Images was the photographer at my finest pal’s marriage ceremony and has carried out many different folks’s marriage ceremony I do know. She lives in the identical city as us so it labored nicely with the last-minute rush.

I selected her as a result of I had already met her and been a part of a marriage that she was capturing, and he or she is wonderful!

All people, and I imply everyone, at our marriage ceremony commented on how nice she is. Not solely are her photographs unimaginable, however she can be an exquisite, enjoyable one who doesn’t make you’re feeling uncomfortable close to a digicam.

She captured the entire ambiance of the day completely and didn’t pass over any particulars.

On the day, she was greater than a photographer. She was a marriage stylist, advisor, hair dresser, florist and MC! Truthfully, her expertise aids the day.

She even taught me easy methods to flip round in my gown with out tripping up. She’s not imposing or in your face and he or she has the flexibility to learn the room and your visitors.

She captured each single second and we’re so, so proud of our photographs. This girl works so arduous and I’d 100% suggest her to anybody.


The bridesmaids wore fairly, floaty white attire from New Look, with nude, block-heel sandals, additionally from New Look.

Through the time of the postponements, my maid of honour had a child which meant the unique bridesmaid attire had been not appropriate. In order that she felt comfy on the day, I ended up on the lookout for new bridesmaid attire two weeks earlier than the marriage. Fortunately, I used to be having white and it was the summer time so there have been fairly a couple of choices.

I ended up getting all of the bridesmaid attire from New Look which, after already buying 5 attire, was truly good! They had been nice.

I purchased them small, gold, hooped, shell earrings from & Different Tales and a gold and pearl bracelet from Oliver Bonas. Additionally they wore the gold Mila Hairpins of their hair from Eden b. Studio which I purchased alongside my hair piece from the stunning Hannah. I used to be fortunate sufficient to satisfy Hannah at a marriage truthful, the place I found her equipment. She was so wonderful.

My two finest mates’ little women wore blue and white striped attire from Subsequent.

Flowers, Decor & Element

Our florist was Vicki from Paisley Flower Co.. She is native and in addition did the flowers for my pal’s marriage ceremony. She is gorgeous, easy-going and so gifted! I will need to have modified our temporary so many instances and nothing was an effort, she simply went with it. I at all times wished heaps and plenty of flowers and Vicki didn’t allow us to down. The aisle was so full we needed to stroll down it one after the other. They had been all so stunning. My temporary was white and inexperienced, wild with roses. Vicki selected all of the flowers and I wouldn’t change any of them.

Our décor primarily consisted of flowers and candles. We stuffed the church with flowers and our drinks had been outdoors so we had been fortunate sufficient to have the backdrop of Rutland Water. The room on the pub was full of the flowers introduced over by our florist from the church.

We employed cylinder vases from an area firm to place in amongst the flowers and had plenty of candles on the dinner. We had a banner behind us on the wall, too. It was made to hold over a portray in our marriage ceremony in France and wished to attempt use it at our precise marriage ceremony. It was made by Chloe and Tom at Made by Wooden & Wooden and so they matched the writing with our stationery.

Jinny at Vine In The Wild did our unique save the dates and invitations for France and similar to all of our suppliers, she did all our stationery with two weeks’ discover. It was all quite simple, black and white, but elegant and fashionable. I completely love her fashion and he or she was so useful. She supplied us with a welcome signal, an order of ceremony (which had the order of the day on the again) confetti luggage, desk plan, desk numbers and personalised, named menus.

The Venue & Reception

After cancelling our unique marriage ceremony in France attributable to Covid, Rutland Water was the one place near dwelling that meant one thing to us. Perhaps it was at all times meant to be this fashion. The Finch’s Arms is near our hometown of Oakham and Rutland Water. We’ve spent lots of time on the peninsula, the place the pub is situated, and had drinks right here the day we obtained engaged so it appeared becoming.

We supplied a marriage bus to select visitors up from our hometown and take them to Rutland Water. The bus then waited and took the well-watered visitors from the church to the pub. This fashion, no-one needed to fear about what number of drinks that they had on the church.

Our mates and their mums pulled collectively to make (and ship on the day) probably the most unimaginable canapés! We couldn’t be extra grateful and so they had been completely scrumptious. The ushers handed them out to the visitors on picket chopping boards we purchased from IKEA.


The monetary and emotional stress over postponement and the considered not with the ability to have your dream marriage ceremony day is quite a bit. It’s completely okay to be feeling and coping with it within the particular person approach that every bride would. It was an entire rollercoaster for me, and no bride ought to ever be made to really feel responsible for the best way that they really feel. It’s not simple while you change all of your marriage ceremony plans and that ‘dream’ marriage ceremony you had deliberate is nothing greater than a distant dream and plan. I’ve struggled to recover from the truth that we by no means truly had our dream marriage ceremony and I believe that’s okay too.

All that being mentioned, I’d not change our marriage ceremony for the world. It’s so vital to recollect why you might be truly getting married and what a couple of marriage ceremony is vital to you. For me, so long as I had as many shut family and friends as we may have on the day, I used to be in a position to prepare with my mother and bridesmaids and have my bridal entrance and sit down for a yummy meal with attractive tables, meals and wine, I informed myself I’d be he blissful. That’s what we had and it was distinctive and ideal and probably meant to be! It was the place we met and obtained engaged. in any case.

If you’re suspending and fortunate sufficient to your unique marriage ceremony to go forward then that’s completely wonderful! Attempt to not overthink the marriage through the postponement time. What you have already got deliberate is all the things you wished. Get pleasure from a while off from marriage ceremony admin after which the run-up turns into simply as thrilling yet again. Your special occasion will come and it doesn’t matter what occurs, it is going to be unimaginable. The postponement received’t even cross your thoughts in your day! So many individuals mentioned this to me and I do know it’s arduous to think about, however it actually will.

If you’re turning round a really last-minute marriage ceremony like we did then belief me, it’s wonderful what you are able to do in 2.5 weeks. Belief you suppliers. Everyone seems to be rooting for you.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

Everybody says this, however truthfully don’t fret the small issues. So long as you may have your family and friends, flowers, music and good meals and wine, you and your whole visitors could have one of the best day.

Ensure you select your suppliers properly. Do your analysis, and after getting, belief them. They actually know what they’re doing and they’ll ship.

Belief me. From expertise, while you assume you haven’t obtained sufficient time to plan, you may have on a regular basis on the planet. It’s wonderful what may be carried out in a brief period of time. Settle for assist from the folks round you and you may be high-quality.

Lastly, loosen up and luxuriate in it! It truly is an incredible day, nonetheless you find yourself getting there.

Eleanor Crossland

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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the gorgeous coast. A professional Pilates instructor, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome habit to baking, writing and journey.

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