Cliche it may be, but your wedding should be all about YOU! Style your day with the things you both love, and you’ll have happy memories forever. Claire and Christian did an incredible job of making their day really personal – taking things to the next level with their wedding favours (bristlebot, anyone?!) and chose a super Lake District wedding venue which they made their own for the day.
I’m so excited to feature this wedding – the room Claire and her girls got ready in is where we stayed back in August! It’s more than lovely and I know they adored the place. Claire is gorgeous and looks amazing all day as she changes from her ivory heels into green wellies and purple Converse… I LOVE a bride with personality!!
The Wild Boar is a venue which needs very little extra wedding decor. Claire and Christian told me, “It’s lovely. Low wooden beams and a little bit higgledy-piggledy! We were keen as far as possible to let it speak for itself. We decorated the tables and the Wild Boar supplied some table vases.”
The fabulous images are by lovely Jay Emme Photography. Jay is a superstar, generous and helpful – and gets a brilliant review from the happy couple in their interview below – and I’m more than thrilled to be able to share her beautiful images with you on the blog today. (I hope we’ll see more real weddings from Jay on the English Wedding Blog!)
Watch out for Batman… 😉
The English Wedding Blog interview: Claire & Christian
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We didn’t want anything too traditional. We wanted a few portraits with close family members and friends, but otherwise wanted a record of the day as it unfolded with some relaxed creativity thrown in for good measure.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes, absolutely. Jay was great to work with but more than that, she made an effort to get to know us before the Big Day. On the day, we wanted a professional to deliver a professional service and that’s exactly what we got. Although we gave Jay a relatively short list of group shots – which were taken indoors because of the rain – we were adamant that we wanted to be outside in the pouring rain wearing our wellies with an umbrella for some of our portraits. Jay was right there with us – rattling around in the back of a Landrover Defender en route to a beautiful spot in the grounds of the Wild Boar! The Lake District weather was not going to stop us and Jay was, quite literally, ‘on board’!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
The photos took us right back to our wedding day. It was great to see the shots we remembered appearing in but also those of our friends and family. We re-lived our day but also got to see what our friends and family got up to.
The Wild Boar Inn, Grill and Smokehouse. We highly recommend it, particularly for an autumn/winter wedding.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Lake District winter celebration with ceilidh, tweed and delicious food.
Your wedding style or theme:
Traditional bridal ivory crossed with tweed, purple and lilac accent colours.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
They were either local to us (West Midlands) or to the Wild Boar (Cumbria). We generally went with recommendations, and after visiting the Wild Boar there is no doubt in our minds – it was perfect for our needs.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We decided to marry on a Friday in the winter. It’s not for everyone but given the seasonal demand it meant we had the pick of dates and of course it was more affordable. The Wild Boar offered a good deal on accommodation, subject to us achieving an agreed level of occupancy, which for almost all of our guests meant reasonable room rates and accommodation that was a short stumble away. We also saved a bit on stationery costs by designing and producing our own.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photographer and food – the Wild Boar was Out. Of. This. World. And need we mention the Wild Boar’s whisky selection?
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
It was definitely a labour of love. Once we’d agreed on a design/style Christian procrastinated agonised deliberated patiently over the layout, spacing, justification and font size for literally hours.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The White Boutique, Leamington Spa
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Ivory shoes from Monsoon for the day; Purple Converse All Stars for the evening.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
A black/grey herringbone tweed three piece suit – Hammond and co. by Patrick Grant. Off-the-peg.
Plain white herringbone shirt – TM Lewin.
Black Clarence toe cap brogue shoes – Charles Tyrwhitt.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Lori Lee lace maxi dress – Coast
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A SWAT team of hair and make-up professionals swooped in on the morning of the wedding to take care of things:
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Purples and lilacs to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and Christian’s tie and pocket square.
Valerie Ann’s florist, Windermere. We were very pleased with them, considering we didn’t even visit the shop or look at examples. We trusted the Wild Boar’s recommendation and were not disappointed.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really. It’s lovely. Low wooden beams and a little bit higgledy-piggledy! We were keen as far as possible to let it speak for itself. We decorated the tables and the Wild Boar supplied some table vases.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Well, since you ask: Claire is a robotics lecturer and we wanted our guests to have a bit of fun. So we gave them each a small kit comprising a toothbrush head, pager motor, battery and googly eyes… Yes, really. Their task was to construct a ‘bristlebot’.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Cheese! Why else?!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Claire’s side of the family is Scottish and half of Christian’s family is too, so a Ceilidh seemed like an appropriate choice. Apart from anything else, it’s great fun. Jay captured some awesome black and white images of us and our guests dancing! We then borrowed the band’s amp and speakers, and plugged in our own music for the remainder of the night.
On the day tips and advice:
We spent an inordinate amount of time planning the wedding – the schedule, the venue, the food, the details, etc., etc. We enjoyed doing so and wouldn’t change anything, but at times we lost sight of the most important part of the day – the ceremony. We decided to write our own vows and read these to each other after the registrar did her bit. We’re really glad we personalised our wedding vows.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Christian loves the fact that he’s now not the only one with a long and unusual surname that very few people can spell or pronounce!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms: