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Cragwood Country House: Rebecca and Ben

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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.

Merewood Country House : Ben and Ellen

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One of those watching out of the window days – would it rain, would it hold dry? Lots of excited bridesmaids for the preps and the groom and groomsmen downstairs making sure everything was in place for later in the day.  I’d been at the rehearsal the night before and Ellen’s dad had come up to say hello – bit of a shock when he told me we were in the same class at school! The rain held off until Ben and Ellen walked back out of church at the end of the ceremony then it was back to the Merewood Country House for the reception and evening entertainment.

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).

Merewood Country House : Barry and Heather

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I’ve often driven along the coast road between Ulverston and Barrow and looked up at the little church that sits on the hill at Bardsea but never filmed there until now. Once you’ve squeezed your way through the narrow lane that leads to the even narrower village street, Holy Trinity church sits high up overlooking the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay.

Barry takes my prize as the quietest groom I’ve ever had to film. Thank goodness for those wonderful little lapel micrphones 🙂 But once the ceremony was over he started to relax a little. Photographer Tiree Dawson had the great idea of going for ice creams down on the shore and it gave them both a chance to chill for a while as well as an opportunity for some bride and groom shots.

The Merewood Country House Hotel always seems to run like clockwork without any fuss or bother. The sun kept shining and everyone was happy – what more would you want. The evening drew in with some very competitive Jenga games on the terrace and then the band kicked in with ‘I’ll tell my Ma’ and the dance floor suddenly filled with whooping and cheering Irishmen and women and that was that – the night had truly begun !