When I get a wedding submission my thought process goes like this – “oooo flowers, pretty photographs, dress, happiness and love, more flowers, have I fed the dog today, I should email back straight away, where was the wedding, helloooo handsome wedding guest, menu looks nice, wish I had that bridesmaid’s figure, yup I will blog this”.
Just a small insight in to the workings of my mind. When I saw this wedding I had two thoughts “look how happy they are” and “I need to blog this”. It then just so happened that the flowers are beautiful and they are a super gorgeous couple. Putting this as delicately as possible, you often see couples of a certain age on wedding blogs. The pinterest type, the 20 something. I don’t care how old you are, if you have a beautiful, love filled wedding, I want to blog it.
Photography by Katy Melling
Venue – Fayrer Garden House Hotel, Bowness on Windermere. We had stayed here for a couple of weekends over the last couple of years, taking Davids mum for her 90th birthday the first time, and loved the sense of peace and immaculate service they pride themselves on. We looked at a few venues for the wedding, but when we went to visit especially to discuss weddings, we knew when we walked in that this was the place we felt would suit our plans for our very personalised wedding, and we were so very glad we did as the whole day ran seamlessly from start to finish, and the staff were always smiling!
Wedding photographer – Katy Melling – just the best person to have around on our special day. Right from the start Katy had put us at ease, suggesting a ‘pre wed’ shoot, which we did on a glorious sunny day at Wallington, Northumberland, to getting to know us through countless emails and a couple of supper dates, so that by the wedding Katy and her husband Tim (also wielding a camera for the day) seemed more like friends at the wedding. We knew the photographs would be our lasting record of the day and chose Katy Melling especially to capture our special day.
Flowers Kevin at Brackens of Bowness – we asked for unstructured, wild flowers that would look abundant and generous, and he gave us armfuls of beauty that took our breath away when we saw them.
Bride’s dress /shoes – Dress designed and made to measure by Ahn Woodward at Mao Couture, Gosforth, Newcastle. I knew I did not want a strapless dress, or too much fussy detailing, but something elegant, in beautiful fabric that would be a little different too. We visited Ahn’s shop in Gosforth and immediately fell for her designs and attention to detail. She made the dress exactly as I had imagined it, and took great care to find just the right embellishment detail for the front.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – Pearl comb supplied by Mao Couture to match the pearl detail on my dress and shoes.
Bride’s hair /makeup – Anna Walker at Lakes Hair and Make up, who also did the bridesmaids. Anna was very professional and put everyone at their ease, and did the most amazing job with her brushes and rollers!
Bridesmaids’/dresses/shoes/accessories – Ghost and Jen Jen House. Shoes were bridesmaids own. Our bridesmaids were very different heights and lived 10, 000 miles apart, Sharley flew all the way from Australia to be with us, so getting dresses to fit them was not easy. We decided to go with a similar style and colour rather than trying to get them to match exactly.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – Next
Cake – we went for an unstructured cake! Neither of us enjoy icing so Janey designed the cake to have 3 different layers of our favourite cakes. a fruit cake made by Renate, chocolate baked by bridesmaid Janet, and the top layer by Janey. Each layer had travelled separately by their bakers so we had a nervous time watching Juliet sawing supports and trimming cake boards to get the whole thing to transform into the luscious tower bedecked with flowers that we cut for afternoon tea at 4pm.
DJ/entertainment – we had a superb band, Bodgers Mate, that we found online, then travelled to the lakes one weekend to listen to a gig they were playing in Langdale. Bodgers Mate played the music for our first dance – a mad polka that we started then kept changing partners until everyone was us and dancing with us. Just brilliant! We then had a great and exhausting time dancing traditional dances from various countries which seemed to involve a lot of laughter, slapping legs and generally going the wrong way. Bodgers mate then gave us an impromptu concert of songs that we all knew and we sang along with them until the wee small hours.
Moonbooth – during the afternoon, after the ceremony, we had Moonbooth who brought their stylish photography session which kept all the guests entertained whilst we braved the snow for our photographs. Guests could dress up in hats, feather boa’s and such like and sit on the moon for some really funny photos
Stationery – our wedding invitations came about after visiting Moonbooth last year at a Late Show special event in Newcastle, we loved our photo so much we designed our own stationery to include it. David hand painted a map of area to accompany the directions and we had them printed in California
Décor/wedding details – we spent all our holiday last year in the Lake District and Wales going round charity shops looking for tiny cut glass vases to make the centre pieces for the tables, we had a rule that nothing could cost more than £2 and preferably be much cheaper. We ended up looking for candlesticks too, and bought 8 of those and over 50 vases. We were very happy that our wedding had some ‘pre used’ details and that many charity shops benefitted. We gave away the vases and flowers as extra favours.
Our seating plan was a map of the lakes, (bought at Tynemouth flea market for £1), the table names were hills we had climbed in the lakes, and had photographs of us at the top of each of them along with the guests names all put together by David.
Catering/food/drink – we had Prosecco and canapés after the ceremony, then afternoon tea with wedding cake. As we have a lot of vegetarian friends, The wedding breakfast had a goats cheese tart with pickled walnuts to start, a choice of Pork 3 ways or Nut Roast, then the richest chocolate torte you could imagine with orange sorbet. We choose organic wines to accompany, and no one complained of a sore head the next day!
Wedding favours – We made these ourselves, little jars from Ikea, filled with old fashioned jelly babies, humbugs and sherbets, with labels aged in tea.
Honeymoon Destination – Sri Lanka. We had asked for contributions to our honeymoon as wedding gifts, and we had the most amazing and perfect time, staying in beautiful places including the totally luxurious Khanda Kanda and the unique Ceylon Tea Trails high in the mountains. We visited historic sites, climbed Adams Peak overnight in the dark, learnt everything about tea and dined under the stars at night.