I’ve only ever filmed at Leeming House a couple of times over the years. It’s a beautiful venue set in extensive grounds overlooking Ullswater lake and the fells beyond. Another sun filled day – it never rains in the Lake District 🙂 A day of relaxing on the terrace with a glass of something nice and an icecream and an evening of pizza ovens, live music and fireworks. Photography by Tiree Dawson
I really like the Cragwood, it’s one of the smaller venues in the Lake District and has a very relaxed atmosphere about it. Rebecca and Ben’s wedding was on a gorgeous August day just after I’d returned from my summer break – couldn’t have walked into a better days work to get back into the swing of it all. Photography by James Tracy and the evening taken care of by DJ Stu Rogers who’s own wedding I filmed a few years back.
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
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.
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.
One of those ‘will it/won’t it stay dry’ kind of days. Unfortunately for Helen and Dan it just wouldn’t clear in time for the ceremony and sometimes that’s the way it goes – it’s the lake District after all ! Managed to get everything else outside though. Jason Chambers made the most of the improving weather to catch some great photographs and later in the day took time out for some beautiful ‘location’ shots later in the day. The refurbished Ramblers and Candleroom looked good for the evening dance.
Blue sky over the Grange Hotel was order of the day for Cenedra and Lewis. An outdoor wedding amongst the trees with all their friends and family. Live music by Classic Ensembles completed the scene as on a very happy day. The Grange is set overlooking the bay and the grounds form a beautiful setting for an afternoon drinks reception. Guests were kept completely baffled by the skills of mind reader Chris Hurst and Cenedra and Lewis helped out with some colouring-in – just how did he do that! Evening guests arrived for a night of great entertainment from the one and only Mr Pete Murphy. Photography throughout the day and evening by Steve Hillman