Like so many couples, Caroline and Dan faced the threat of COVID complications and unforseen challenges on their big day. Originally set to take place in France, this beautiful couple were suddenly forced to rethink their wedding location. Reflecting on how they first met, working together as teenagers at Rutland Water Sports Centre, there was only one place for it… Our very own Rutland Water. A place of timless beauty and memories for this couple as it was not only where they first met but also where Caroline and Dan got engaged and came to say ‘I do’. 

Caroline started the day’s preparations at home alongside her gorgeous bridal team.

The couple hired a stylish wedding bus from Premier carriage to pick guests up from their hometown in Oakham and take them to Rutland Water. The bus then waited and took the well-watered guests from Normanton Church to The Finch’s Arms where the wedding breakfast and reception took place. Speaking of the bus transport, Caroline said ‘..this way no one had to worry about how many drinks they had at the church!” Great idea!!

For the bridal party, Caroline organised two old fiat 500’s from Lil and Blue ; “..they were just what I was looking for! I wanted an old car, but something different and the 2 cute cars were unique, stylish and in theme with our small, compact wedding. Amy, the owner, was so lovely. She was very flexible and went out of her way to dress the cars to match our wedding theme. I loved them! Not sure how much the bridesmaids enjoyed squeezing into one..”

Adding to the touching sentimental value of the day, the couple’s reception was held at The Finch’s Arms in Hambleton. This gorgeous and historic restaurant was where the two went with family and friends to celebrate the very day Dan proposed!

Can we take a moment to draw our attention to Caroline’s show stopping dress by Rime Arodaky and veil from The Mews. I mean, just LOOK AT IT!!!!!

COVID might have tried its best to compromise Caroline and Dan’s big day but these two certainly made the best of a bad situation, and whilst it might not have been the big day they had originally planned for, it was a beautiful, glorious alternative and a wedding that defies sentimental. 

Links to all other suppliers and thoughtful personal touches below:

Caroline’s shoes were the Camellia bow-embellished plissé-organza sandals by Loeffler Randall.  
Hair piece was the Daisy Hairvine from Eden b. Studio.      

A favourite addition was Caroline’s ‘MRS’ beaded clutch bag for the evening from Accessorize “It was perfect for the essentials, lipstick, perfume etc”  

Jinny at Vine In The Wild provided an elegant ‘Welcome’ sign, an order of ceremony, which had the order of the day on the back, confetti bags, table plan, table numbers and personalised named menus.

Another local supplies was florist, Vicki, from Paisley Flowers. She is also local and also did the flowers for my friends wedding. She is lovely and easy going and so talented! I must have changed our brief so many times and nothing was an effort, she just went with it. I always wanted lots and lots of flowers and Vicki did not let us down. The aisle was so full we had to walk down it one at a time. They were all so beautiful.
My brief was white and green, wild with roses. Vicki chose all the flowers and I wouldn’t change any of them. The only one I requested was the white king protea in my bouquet, which I had as this is the South African national flower and I am originally from South Africa. A nod to my heritage. 

For this couple, Rutland Water holds timeless beauty and memories.

Take a look at how another lovely couple, Denise and Ryan, enjoyed Rutland Water for their 2019 Winter Wedding HERE