There are days when it rains and then there are days when it really rains, and blows and just doesn’t know when to stop. Aimee and Nick’s wedding was a bit like that, in fact, Aimee and Nick’s wedding was a lot like that. The Inn on the Lake is probably the venue I film at the most in any one season and for good reason, it’s a fabulous setting right by Ullswater with views to the mountains. There’s nothing you can do about bad weather but my advice is just make the very most of it no matter what, get out there and just go for it – and that’s exactly what Aimee and Nick did. Photography by Jason Chambers
Every once in a while I get the chance to work outside my local area and this time it was a trip out to rural Lancashire and the splendid Eaves Hall. Ross and Alex are good friends of another couple who’s wedding I filmed some time ago, which is how I found myself here on a beautiful May morning. Eaves Hall really is a wonderful venue. Loved the bridal preps, chilled but hectic which makes for great filming. Then off to St Paul’s church in Clitheroe for the ceremony. A great day all round though I must remember not to follow the satnav directions home next time – the moors are beautiful but not the fastest way! Photography by Steve Holcroft
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
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.
Danielle and Jamie’s wedding on a very windy day at The Belsfield Hotel and St Mary’s church, Windermere.
Great day’s entertainment provided by Adam of DFC Lancashire and dance night with Marc & Abi
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
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.
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).
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.