Those of you who follow me on my personal instagram will know I’m lucky to live by the beautiful Lake District. My home is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I’d never dream of getting married anywhere else. Andy and Katie’s wedding is literally right up my street – and instantly shoots to the top of my list of weddings of the year. Their day is charming, full of personal touches and still wonderfully down to earth. Oh and Katie is the prettiest bride with such a wonderful smile… you’ll LOVE today’s real wedding.
The colours for the day were kept in line with the Lakeland setting: blues and greens kept the styling consistent, although little decoration was needed. Katie is a keen and talented crafter, and she made 150 metres of bunting to string across the beams of the chapel and reception venue.
The fabulous images are by Lake District wedding photographer Tiree Dawson. Tiree is amazing and Katie gave me the best review: “with the day floating past in a dream – having someone capturing all the little moments, seen and unseen, is so important. In essence it makes the whole day tangible – photos capture that special moment in time and allow you to keep it forever. Tiree did this perfectly – she captured the beauty, the personality and the journey of the whole day like a true artist.”
Discover (and book!) Tiree Dawson Photography for yourself:
There are so many things I adore about today’s real wedding: the backdrop, the super gorgeous bride and groom, Katie’s tea length dress, the rabbit cake topper, singing in the rain… and as those of you who’ve followed the English Wedding Blog for a while will know, the fact that this is an intimate wedding with 25 guests makes it perfect as far as I’m concerned. Closest friends and family and a relaxed and stress free atmosphere are what make a wedding really special.
Grab a cuppa, snuggle into your armchair and fall in love with these pictures…
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Andy & Katie
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Tiree came recommended. We looked at a few but just knew instantly from looking at Tiree’s website and her work that she was the photographer for us.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Tiree was just wonderful from start to finish. As we don’t live in the lakes our first contact was by email and then by phone. Our photo package included a pre wedding shoot which allowed us to meet Tiree before the big day itself. We were both made to feel relaxed and really enjoyed the pre wedding shoot. As for the wedding day Tiree was amazing. So discreet but yet she captured everything perfectly! You honestly didn’t know that she was there (in a nice way!). Also, with the day floating past in a dream – having someone capturing all the little moments, seen and unseen, is so important. In essence it makes the whole day tangible – photos capture that special moment in time and allow you to keep it forever. Tiree did this perfectly – she captured the beauty, the personality and the journey of the whole day like a true artist.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We are not ashamed to say we both cried! Tiree had captured our day perfectly – just as we remembered. We will treasure them forever.
Mission Chapel, Little Langdale. We had to apply for a special license to marry in the chapel as it hadn’t been consecrated. Our vicar was so supportive with the process and was just as surprised as we were when the archbishop of Canterbury sent us a letter approving it along with a beautiful certificate.
Our reception was held at the Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale. The pub is a firm favourite of ours for many years and we just LOVE the food. Jane and Ian and all the team were so fantastic! As a pub they have only ever had one other wedding so it’s not the norm for them, not that you would have known. They were so brilliant and everything ran like clockwork. We had a small wedding and the pub was the perfect setting. Everyone was so helpful – especially when it started to rain a little just as I was due to walk up to the chapel. Jane suddenly appeared with a beautiful brolly that she had used on her wedding day!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Perfect, dream like, serene, relaxed and LOTS of fun.
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t have a conscious theme – we wanted to let the surroundings be our backdrop and so we went for blues and greens to compliment this. You can’t have a more stunning theme than the Lake District!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Photos – Tiree Dawson – Recommended by The Three Shires
Equinox Hair Windermere – Recommended by The Three Shires
Make Up – Lime Beauty Ambleside – Recommended by The Three Shires
Valerie Ann’s Windermere and Lily Lou’s Ambleside – Recommended by The Three Shires
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We didn’t have a DJ or band. As it was a very small wedding (25 adults and 3 littlies) and a small room it worked perfectly with a playlist on our ipod and a disco light for £9.99 on amazon! It still gave us a party vibe and the dancefloor was full all night.
I am a keen crafter so I made most of our decorations, which certainly saved money. But it’s knowing where to stop! I got a little carried away and had to rein it in.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photos – Tiree’s photos are priceless.
Andy’s Suit – Why spend money renting suits when you can purchase yours to keep forever. A friend of ours recommended going to Slaters Menswear in Leeds. Put it this way – Andy hasn’t purchased any clothing elsewhere since. The service, pricing, range and quality of the clothing is second to none. We spent about 3 hours with Stephen Beardsley picking the prefect suit – typically we went with the one Andy saw on the mannequin when we walked into the suit section of the shop. It was a stunning blue 2 piece Bäumler tailored suit. The quality of it is stunning and he is going to have it for life.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My brother in law is a graphic designer and so we were really lucky that he designed everything! It allowed us to really create a personal look and have consistency throughout. We then used a variety of printers depending on cost/quantity.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
YES! It really was love at first sight. It was in the window of a shop in the village where my parents live. It was at a time when I was visiting home a lot as sadly my Nan was very unwell. On one of my final visits to see her I was doing a few errands for my mum in the village. I thought I would just pop in to see how much my dream dress was; as I didn’t want to get my hopes up if it was out of my budget. It wasn’t the price that I noticed first it was the name of the dress ‘Maisey’. I instantly burst into tears, as this was my Nans surname, my mum’s maiden name. What a perfect sign! A few weeks later I went back to try it on along with my sister and Mum. We were all in tears. It’s a tea length dress that I had never considered before as I always imagined having the big long dress. So it goes to show don’t rule anything out. My dress made me feel like a beautiful bride and I knew my Nan was with me.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Maisey from http://www.dresses2impressu.co.uk/
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I knew I wanted pearls and so I had some simple drop pearl earrings and matching bracelet. The dress neckline meant I didn’t need a necklace. My shoes were from monsoon and had pearl detail on the toes. I didn’t wear a veil so I got a lovely hairgrip with sparkle and pearl detail on to tie in with everything.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Andy wore his 2 piece Bäumler suit with dark brown OneSix5ive Brogues, a brown Ted Baker belt, a floral tie and pocket square by OneSix5ive, a pair of Happy Socks and a ANDRE Modern Fit White Button Stitch Shirt finished off with a pair of Lego R2D2 cufflinks from Etsy. After the meal Andy had a costume change into a ANDRE Modern Fit Pink Button Stitch Shirt with Lego Starlord cufflinks and a bowtie from OneSix5ive. All of it was purchased from Slaters Menswear Leeds. A special recommendation has to go to Stephen Beardsley at Slaters Menswear Leeds for not only his patience, attention to detail and helping Andy find a great suit but getting all 4 groomsmen a cracking suit to match Andy’s. They also do tailoring for the life time of the suit.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I was so thrilled with the dresses for my bridesmaids. I had the colour in mind and it was just perfect – we went with the Brooke Dress from Monsoon. For my flower Girl we got a beautiful dress from Debenhams and for my pageboy we went to Next.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We had our hair and make up done by local salons and they were fantastic! It was amazing having them come to the pub where we were staying. Louise and Lisa made me feel relaxed and we had a lovely morning getting ready.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We had two florists. Valerie Anns of Windermere made my bouquet and the bridesmaids and flower girls. I knew I wanted peonies and hydrangea. I also knew I wanted white with a hint of pink and some greenery. I took lots of photos with me and together we worked out the perfect combination. They were beautiful.
Lilly Lous of Ambleside made our button holes and our church flowers. The chapel where we married had three large clear windows on each side overlooking Little Langdale. The greenery and views are just stunning so we knew we only needed something simple and so we went with gypsophila and white hydrangeas.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Chapel we got married in is very small with beautiful high ceilings and three windows along each side with stunning views of Little Langdale. We had to apply for a special license for the Archbishop of Canterbury to marry in the church, as it isn’t consecrated. We were so thrilled when we found out our application had been approved. We knew the Church needed some decorations but we didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the room itself and the stunning views. I made bunting for the chapel and with the help of my mum some colourful wreaths to hang on the walls. They had a fabric flower on them made for the same fabric as the bunting. The final touch to the chapel was the seat covers and bows; it pulled everything together.
Our reception venue was The Three Shires and we love the way it is decorated so it really didn’t need much decorating. Again bunting was used, some fairy lights and flowers on the tables. I brought some large jars reduced in the sale from B&M and saved money buy placing my bouquet and the 4 bridesmaids’ bouquets into the jars for the flowers on the table as well as the flowers from the Chapel.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made 150 metres of bunting! I go to a weekly sewing class and just got carried away! We also made some colourful wreaths with a matching fabric flower.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Andy’s Mum is the queen of fruitcake and kindly offered to make our cake. It was square with 3 tiers. We decorated it with a plain ribbon the same colour as the bridesmaid dresses and on each corner of the cake was a maple leaf (as we are going to Canada for our honeymoon) made out of icing. The cake was topped with a peter rabbit and his bride and a beautiful cross stitch made by Andy’s Mum. Our cake was a real focal point and we placed wedding photos of each of our grandparents around the cake as they are sadly no longer with us. This was a really special way for us to remember them on our wedding day.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Andy went to Dublin for his Stag do and so Andy and his stags performed a few Irish classics for us! This was totally unrehearsed but absolutely fantastic!
Our wedding favours were Three Shires Pint glasses along with a coaster cross stitch of our names and wedding date made by Andy’s Mum. We also were very lucky to have a friend’s mum make us ceramic hearts that had our initial and wedding date on one side and the name of our guest on the other. These were our table place names and also a lovely gift for our guests to take away with them as a memento.
On the day tips and advice:
Do what you want to do! It’s your day and it goes so fast. Make sure you have some time just for the 2 of you – even if its a just 10 minutes walk outside to take it all in.
What’s the best thing about being married?
After being together for 9 years it amazing to be able to finally call one another husband or wife. Despite being together for so long being marriage has somehow made us closer and gives you a real sense of security.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Venue – Three Shires – http://www.threeshiresinn.co.uk/
Photos – Tiree Dawson – Recommended by The Three Shires – http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/
Equinox Hair – Recommended by The Three Shires – http://www.equinox-hair.co.uk/
Lime Beauty Rooms – Recommended by The Three Shires – http://www.lime-beauty.co.uk/