Jess and Ollie’s Wedding

Jess and Ollie’s beautiful Rutland Wedding

Jess and Ollie were married in May this year at Normanton Church. Their reception  at Normanton Park hotel. Both locations overlooking Rutland water.

I asked Jess all about the proposal which was in New York, on a rowing boat in central park..

“We went to New York in March 2016 and the boats on the lake weren’t due to open for another month. Luckily on the day we went to central park it was beautiful weather so they opened early! He hadn’t planned to propose in a specific spot, he was just waiting for the right moment, so once we saw they were open he knew that was how he’d do it.

After dragging me round the national history museum at 100mph he took us out on a boat into the middle of the lake, he waited until there were no other boats nearby (and for me to stop taking pictures!). Then managed to get down on one knee without rocking the boat.

I can’t remember the words he said or how I responded, it was just a blur of happy tears!”

Ollie chose the engagement ring himself!

He chose a platinum ring with a round stone with a double diamond band and halo, it’s perfect!

Choosing the Wedding Venue

On one of Jess and Ollie’s first dates they had biked around Rutland water and saw a couple getting married at Normanton Church, They  joked over the years that they would get married there one day.

When it came to picking the venue, it seemed the obvious choice.

The reception location was chosen purely because you can walk to and from the church along the lake side. The top table also had a view across the hotel gardens and over the lake which they loved.

I asked Jess about their ceremony…

“I’m a renowned crier! Whether I’m happy, sad, angry, stressed…. I cry!

Ollie on the other hand, I think I could count the number of times I’ve seen him cry on one hand!

For the ceremony we decided to write our own vows, we each wrote 8 personal promises to each other. I think this was a really nice touch to the ceremony but I was really nervous about it in the lead up to the day.

I made sure I practised these a few times so that I didn’t mess up my words. But ollie never got chance to practice his vows as he was busy with his speech. When the time came to read them out in the ceremony he was reading them for the first time in a couple of months. He didn’t make it through the first sentence before the tears came! He kept having to start again and tell himself to get a grip! I on the other hand was laughing at him too much to cry myself!”

The Dress…

…57 dresses later Jess tried on the Stella York 6391!

She was hesitant at first as it wasn’t the first time that she thought she’d found ‘the one’! She said she even doubted her bridal party’s opinion as by this point she thought they were pretty fed up! After a good 10 minutes of twirling, trying on veils and swooning at the back detail I was convinced! I never doubted my decision after that!

The Photographer…

Jess and Ollie’s Wedding photographer was Craig Hickey along with a second photographer called Helen.

Where did you find your photographer and what was it that prompted you to book them?

When we told our neighbour that we had got engaged she told us her son-in-law was a photographer, we had no other recommendations at the time so we thought we’d check him out first. He had an amazing gallery on his website and when we met him he was really relaxed and easy going. We didn’t want to spend hours of our day taking posed photos rather than being with our guests and Craig was great at making sure we quickly got some good ‘formal’ pictures and then he got lots of candid ones while we enjoyed our day.


Afternoon tea wedding breakfast with a BBQ in the evening was such a great choice! Everyone loved it and the weather was so amazing that a hot meal would have been too much!

Other suppliers…

Hair – Katie Attwood

Make up – Kaye Salmon

Flowers – Flowers by Chitra

Cake – Made by a friend from work

Harpist – Christine Palethorpe played at the ceremony and during the reception drinks.