Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous rustic Leicestershire Wedding with pretty blue and sunflower details at Castle View farm and Stables.
Images were captured by Gina Fernandes Photography.
Gina is a wedding photographer based in Rutland, working across the U.K. and beyond.
She offers bright, bodacious and beautiful wedding photography for people that fancy the pants off each other, laugh hard & boogie all night long.
Gina believes that weddings are up there on the ‘best day of your life’ list and captures it all naturally as the day unfolds, leaving you with images of authentic moments of love, fun and details you will cherish for years to come.
She says of the couple and their day…
Kat & Nick found me because their Venue, Castle View Farms & Stables had recommended me.
The venue is local to me and I had worked with the owners on a styled shoot featuring a ‘Greatest Showman’ styled wedding.
When I met Kat and she told me about the wedding and finding out that Kat had a background in events management, I was left feeling incredibly excited to photograph the day. And the day did not disappoint!
The day started with a beautiful ceremony at the iconic Normanton Church in Rutland before travelling to their reception venue.
I loved the colours for the day, their wedding style and how much they had thought about the guests. They wanted to entertain and have a wedding that friends and family could really enjoy.
They had 3 live bands, stilt walkers and a ‘welly wanging’ competition!
Both Kat & Nick, actually everyone, had a beaming smile plastered on their faces all day. There was plenty of food, laughter and dancing. Lots of dancing!
I hand over to stunning Bride Kat…
How did you meet?
We met at secondary school, although we had very little to do with each other then.
5 years ago after a drunken night out, Nicky Facebook messaged me, and after an initial chat (about my dad who he knew through golf) he asked me out.
Tell us about the Proposal…
Nick works abroad in Egypt teaching so is only home for holidays.
He flew back early for Christmas as a surprise and had arranged for my folks to take me to the local for a drink with our son Leo, where he walked in to surprise me.
He then took Leo home with the plan to get the fire lit and propose that night by the Christmas tree in our cottage.
However…….I took the opportunity of him being home early and being child free and stayed for a couple more drinks.
Fast forward to a couple of hours and I returned home to a cold house, screaming child and a blown fuse.
He couldn’t settle Leo, so couldn’t sort the fuse or the fire. Plan spoiled slightly by wine.
The next morning he got up, dressed Leo and took him downstairs. He came up with a cup of coffee for me and told me to come downstairs.
I fell back to sleep. Woke up about an hour later to a picture message on my phone of Leo lying peacefully with a note on top saying his daddy had something to ask me and give me but I needed to find it first.
I got up to find Nick sat downstairs, Leo no longer settled and crying.
I found the ring in the pocket of his dungarees and said Yes to Nick amongst the screaming of a 3 month old and followed it with ‘get his dummy will you’.
Despite my unknowing attempts to ruin it. It was perfect!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Nick proposed in the December and I had never wanted a long engagement, so we decided to start looking straight away.
Nick had said he didn’t want the formal wedding with the sit-down meal and the day and evening guests, so we were looking for something a bit quirky that we could put our own stamp on.
We looked online and came across Castle View farm and stables and it seemed to tick all the boxes.
We arranged to go and view on a very wet and drizzly January Saturday and instantly knew it was perfect, even in that weather.
We didn’t bother looking anywhere else but needed to find somewhere for the ceremony.
Again, we found Normanton Church online and they had time 1 slots left on 2 dates for a ceremony in the summer, one of which happened to be a date we were looking for!
Everything else was organised with the idea of it all being very relaxed, informal and full of music.
With Nick working abroad, we were very fortunate to have a lot of family about to help with getting decorations bought and made and a full team the day before to set up.
Any special touches/DIY?
I work as an events planner, having previously worked as a wedding coordinator so actually arranged all the suppliers myself.
All the decorations were created with the help of family.
Mountains of blue and yellow farmyard bunting were made by both our amazing mums.
Pots were planted with blue and yellow flowers and dotted around the venue to add colour to the styling.
Signs and posters were designed and made by Nick, and booze bottles of every style and colour were saved for us by Nicks brother Jamie who manages the local pub which we put fairylights in and put on the tables.
Jam jars were also painted by Nicks mum and with added candles were dotted all around done by Nicks Mum
Going with our theme we gave sunflower seeds as favours to guests.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted a relaxed informal day with lots of music playing and general fun with lots going on so there was never that time when you were just waiting around for something to happen.
My favourite flower is the sunflower so we had yellow and blue as the bridal party colours, with a bit of a vintage 50’s theme.
Sunflowers, bunting and fairylights everywhere, 3 bands playing, a stilt walker/fire eater, magic mirror photo booth and a face painter.
What was the best bit of your day?
All of it but high lights were definitely the ceremony at Normanton church and the welly wanging competition.
I never realised how competitive our friend and family are!! All 3 bands were amazing too.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not a thing (just maybe no rain at all would have been nice) Oh and I’d have had more of the food, I barely ate!!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Do what you want, don’t worry about what others will think or compare to other weddings you have been to. The day is about you as a couple and your wedding should reflect that.
Photography – Gina Fernandes Photography
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Bride with management on the day from event manager friend Bea Frost
Bridesmaid Gowns – Navy Nyla Trapeze dress – Dorothy Perkins
Cake Maker – Michelle at Love Life Eat Cake
Florist – Hollie Fox Flowers
Rings – Beaverbrooks
Make up/Hair stylist – Good Hair Days
Circus Act – High Voltage
Catering – BBQ & Hogroast – Sargeants and Pizza – Raphaels
Ice cream and VW Van – Mortons vintage hire