Normanton Church wedding photography
Normanton Church... The place where classic church location meets intimate civil ceremony - and nature butts in for good measure.
If there’s a ‘25 most unusual wedding venues in the UK’ list (I’m pretty sure there will be, if you feel inclined to google it, unlike me) then Normanton Church must surely be on it. And if it’s not … then it jolly well should be!
Because it's a Rutland icon and a one-of-a-kind wedding venue in the UK. There’s nowhere else like it.
What makes it so unique?
The answer may surprise you. Got your “Woah!” emoji ready?
It goes something like this...
Two villages were flooded in the '70s to make Rutland Water, and Normanton Church was set to sink and be lost forever. But the locals fought against it and a compromise was reached.
Instead of being completely flooded, it was only partially submerged (by filling the lower half of the building with rocks and rubble, and sealing it with concrete just below the windows).
Then, a narrow peninsula was added around the church and a causeway was built for access, which created the illusion of a floating/sinking (depending on the water level) church.
It’s deconsecrated and a much-loved venue for civil wedding ceremonies now. Which means you can get married on the water with swans and boats floating by.
So if you’re dreaming of a relaxed ceremony in an elegant natural setting by the water… stick around for a bit.
My experience at Normanton Church
Weddings at Normanton Church are a regular fixture on my calendar.
And that makes me hApPy!
I’m a country girl at heart and adore being immersed in nature. So, for me, photographing a wedding at Normanton feeds two birds with one scone - soothing for the soul and a treat for the eyes.
From ancient oak trees overlooking proceedings to long grasses blowing in the breeze and ducks bobbing about on the waves… inspiration is everywhere.
(And the ice cream van en route back to the car is a win!)