Armathwaite Hall Hotel : Kara and Adam

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A couple of years ago I filmed Sarah and Phil’s wedding at New House Barn in the Lakes and it was Sarah who was to be Kara’s bridesmaid at Armathwaite Hall.

I don’t want to make it sound as if the rain follows me around like a best friend but this was another of those days when it just poured for most of the time. Again, I have to say that Kara and Adam did exactly what you’re meant to do – just say ‘that’s how it goes’ and get on with it. Brollies at the ready it was out in the raindrops with Camilla Lucinda Photography for a great, if slightly damp photoshoot.
Lots of extra guests for the evening dance with DJ Dancing in the Dark and live music with the excellent Highly Strung

Grange Hotel. Grange over Sands : Sarah and Andy

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Sarah and Andy’s wedding was on a beautiful sunny winters day at Grange Hotel with Mike at Eden Valley Photography.

Sarah had given me fair warning about just how nervous a groom Andy was likely to be so the microphone was hidden away in the table flowers and not in his jacket! He was fine once the ceremony was over and he could relax.

Great night time dance with local band ‘Absolutely’ – I seem to think Andy’s nerves had disappeared altogether by then.

Roundthorn Country House : Grace and Josh

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If you drive up the M6 to Tebay and then over the moor to Appleby, take the road to where ever until you reach 3 miles passed nowhere you’ll eventually come to the tiny village of Duffton where Grace and Josh had their wedding in the Methodist Chapel.
Once they’d paid the children enough money to be let back out of church – Cumbrian tradition involving lots and lots of string and rope, they headed off to Roundthorn Country House at Penrith for the reception.
Photography by Dawn Matthews

Merewood Country House Hotel : Lucy and Cain

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A great day that started out at Lucy’s house for some bridal prep shots before heading off to St Mary’s church for the service. Cain and family arrived from the pub over the road – very traditional 🙂
The bridesmaids and Lucy arrived by campervan and once everything was signed, sealed and done, it was off to the Merewood Country House Hotel for the reception. A quick stop off at the lakeside for some beautiful photos on the jetty before the official family shots back at the hotel with photographer Steven Bailey.
First dance featured a slide show of growing up photos – lots of awws and ahhs and laughter.

Laura Ashley Hotel. The Belsfield : Jessica and Mike

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The Belsfield has rapidly become one of the most popular venues in the area since it’s refurbishment a couple of years ago and one that I’m filming at more and more.

Jessica and Mikes wedding started off as a room packed full of bridesmaids, bride, baby daughter, mums and various friends dropping by – not to mention hairdressers and makeup artists. Just how things should be on a wedding morning. Downstairs the groomsmen eventually worked out how to put on their buttonholes – with a bit of help from mums.

Now I’ve probably mentioned this somewhere before but the Lake District is not the most reliable area in the country when it comes to sunshine and in fact this was one of those days when it just rained from start to finish ! That said, it didn’t spoil anyone’s day and Jessica and Mike just grabbed some brollies and got on with it – including a sing-a-long cruise on the lake (in the rain).

Music Festival Theme for Lake District Wedding

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The day started out in a fairly conventional way with a bridal preps shoot at The Riverside Hotel in Kendal. Kirsty and her bridesmaids having a glass of fizz and a laugh as they readied themselves for the big event. Kate arrived from Made in Flowers and the excitement level started to rise, lots of opportunities for photographer Lorraine Oats. Downstairs the boys nervous banter was going well and then it was off out into the street.

Kendal Register Office is a five minute walk along the riverbank and the sun had started to shine as the Gareth and his groomsmen headed out for the ceremony followed by the guests. Ten minutes later the bridesmaids followed on and then Kirsty and her dad. It was one of those times when I wondered if filming on my own was such a good idea – running back and forth along the path between each group.

Once the ceremony was completed the fun began, the double decker bus arrived from Cumbria Classic Coaches and the journey over Shap Fell and along to the northern end of Ullswater began where a music festival themed reception was waiting for the party to start – complete with festival stage, mud, fish and chips and lots and lots of friends, dancing and singing. A real one off special occasion.Safe Harbour Wedding Video Production

Chris and Siobhan: Gibbon Bridge Hotel

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Quite often, when I’m driving around, I’ll see a church or a venue where I’ve never filmed before and think – ‘that would be nice to work there’ St Margaret’s Church in Hornby is one of those places – I think it’s the octagonal tower that does it. Top hat and tails for the boys, always a good source for photos and film.
Siobhan lived right next to the church – but had a car anyway. The bridesmaids and Mum just walked 🙂 A really nice reading in the service – I used it for the highlights. After the ‘down the aisle’ bit they had a few minutes peace and quiet outside the village shop then the confetti flew and it was off to Gibbon Bridge for a sunshine filled afternoon. Great speeches, great dance to a live band.

Iscoyd Park : Georgina and Tom

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A few years ago I filmed a wedding over in Barrow and that bride then passed on my name for her friend who was getting married in Cheshire and in 2016 I was back in Cheshire again to film her sister’s wedding – it’s nice how things work out.

St Helen’s church is set in the middle of Tarpoley and the small town was decked out in bunting for the annual fair when Tom and his best man arrived in a classic car for the ceremony. Crowds of well wishers stood at the gates waiting for Georgina who rolled up in her Dad’s 2 seater Morgan. After a lovely service with some special readings it was down the aisle to be met with confetti and doves (not all together)

Iscoyd Park is on the border of England and Wales just outside Whitchurch. It’s a beautiful exclusive use venue set in it’s own grounds, even has a cricket pitch next door just to add to the peaceful rural feel.