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James and Karla’s country house wedding in Windermere, with Haydn Rydings Photography

A wedding very close to home for me this morning, at the Merewood Country House Hotel near lake Windermere. Karla and James had an intimate wedding with pretty details: pale pink roses and pretty bouquets which I love for the foliage and textures… so beautiful!

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The venue is elegant, the bride and groom both look amazing – Karla’s dress is perfect for her and she’s just stunning. Images are by Manchester wedding photographer Haydn Rydings – please have a look at his website and social media here:

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So for today, a beautiful and graceful Lake District wedding which I think you’ll love! Vodka ice luge, anyone?! Enjoy…
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Karla and James at the Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere

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Our wedding report: Karla & James

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.haydnrydings.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, we both don’t like having our photograph taken very much but Haydn put us completely at ease and got some great shots.

Wedding venue:

Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A perfect intimate drizzly English wedding!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Haydn captured our wedding perfectly. It showed the story of our day from start to finish.

Your wedding style and theme:

Grey and pale pink English country theme with lots of lace!

Any happy tears on the day?

Surprisingly not – I almost started crying when hearing our wedding music start but as soon as I saw James I couldn’t stop smiling, our smiles didn’t disappear all day long.

Our guests on the other hand…my mum said she had never seen so many people cry during a wedding ceremony!

How did the two of you meet?

We met in a local nightclub over 7 years ago.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We booked the venue 18 months before the wedding but the majority of planning was in the last 12 months.

Best bit of budget advice?

Ask family and friends if they know any suppliers – you can often get discount by using someone from a recommendation.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Ivory, grey and lace stationery made by a family friend.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes – I tried on several dresses all different shapes and styles but knew mine was the one when my mum and sister both cried!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Mori Lee – Dan Kerr bridal

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

My bracelet was my something borrowed – the bracelet my sister wore on her wedding day.

My hair piece was from Liberty in Love – it matched perfectly to my Pronovias belt I added to my dress.

My shoes were Carvela by Kurt Geiger.

The groom wore:

Silver mohair tails by Dan Kerr. James wears a suit on a daily basis so wearing tails made his outfit feel special.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My bridesmaids wore a silver lace fitted dress by Amy Childs.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Hair and makeup was by Rebecca from Jodie Smith Makeup.

Wedding flowers:

Pale pink English country garden theme by Brackens of Bowness. We had a mixture of tall and small table arrangements.

Brides bouquet was a mixed flower bouquet of pink peonies, roses, astilbe and foliage – bridesmaids had smaller versions of the brides bouquet.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Seeing James and almost running down the aisle – my dad had to tell me to slow down!

Wedding readings?

None – we wanted a fairly simple ceremony.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue was perfect and didn’t need much styling. We had Purple Swan hire do our chair covers and table runners.

For the evening we had a white LED dancefloor by Dancefloor Couture which made the room look amazing.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Traditional looking three tier wedding cake decorated with pink peonies but each tier was a different flavour – chocolate, lemon and vanillia. Delicious!

Our cake maker, Sugar Ruffles, also made our favours – individual white chocolate and lemon cake pops.

Entertainment:

Fantastic entertainment by DJ Gary Mills – he had the dancefloor packed all night.

We also had an ice vodka luge by Glacial Art – we wanted some entertainment that was a little different – it didn’t disappoint.

I also made my own sweet buffet, it kept the guests busy while waiting for the wedding breakfast.

On the day tips and advice:

Don’t panic about the weather, I checked the forecast every hour in the run up to the wedding. On the day it really didn’t matter. We wouldn’t change our day at all now.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being able to call each other ‘husband’ and ‘wife’!

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photographer – www.haydnrydings.co.uk

LED Dancefloor – www.dancefloorcouture.co.uk

Ice Sculpture luge – www.glacialart.com

DJ – www.djgarymills.co.uk

Wedding cake – www.sugarruffles.co.uk

Chair Covers – www.purpleswanhire.co.uk

Make up – www.jodiemakeup.co.uk

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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