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Ann and Nic’s outdoor Lake District wedding at Patterdale Hall, with Simon Hudspeth Photography

Morning lovely blog readers! I have a special wedding for you today… a celebration which is 100% family orientated, from the beautiful Lake District, and photographed by a photographer I know very well indeed and can highly recommend: Simon Hudspeth from Durham. Simon is my brother in law, and it’s a rare treat to be able to share one of his weddings with you!

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Today’s bride and groom are gorgeous Ann and Nic. They married at Patterdale Hall in a uniquely personal and perfect wedding day. Ann had her own best man instead of bridesmaids; there was a lot of lego in their theme; kids were a huge part of the ceremony and celebrations, and the paper bouquet made from comic books is as funky as it is fabulous!

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Ann told me, “I think the best thing we did on the day was go off and have some photos taken while everyone was having the BBQ, we got a bit of time to ourselves, to have a chat and chill. We talked nonsense while Simon took some stunning pictures, and it didn’t feel quite so overwhelming for the rest of the day and no one even noticed we were missing!

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Images are by super lovely Simon Hudspeth Photography, based in Durham. Find out more about Simon and book him for your wedding here:

Ann and Nic sent a wonderful review for Simon:

I really can’t express how incredible we think [the photos] are… They have just captured the day so well, and when I look at them they just remind me of everything little part of it – even the bits I don’t really remember happening because it went by too fast!… I don’t think Nic and I will ever be able to express our gratitude for you managing to capture the event, especially with the unconventional nature of it, and the ease of process through the whole event from the first time we met in Newcastle! You made it all so easy and painless and worked so well with all the guests throughout the day! There were lots of very nice comments about you from the guests, mostly around how much you fitted in and just went with it and looked like you were enjoying it!

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Ann & Nic

Wedding photographer’s website:

Simon Hudspeth – www.simonhudspeth.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

We were recommended a photographer who was unavailable and who recommended Simon, having met and talked through what the wedding was going to be like and what we wanted, Simon seemed to be the best fit.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Thrilled! We had no idea what they would turn out like, especially given the informal nature of the wedding, but they came out brilliantly.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

Nic and I were both out the day the link came through and we made each other wait until we were at home to look at them, there were some amazing photos when we looked through, and some where we sent a screen grab through to someone as we wanted to share them straight away.

Wedding venue:

Patterdale Outdoor Centre

Wedding month:

July

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

A massive but personal family celebration.

Your wedding style or theme:

No real theme, but there was a lot of comic book and lego things to make it more personal.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

The paper flowers and bouquet came from Etsy, but everything else was made by the bride.

Hair and Make-up by Ruby Rouge Make up Ltd

Simon Hudspeth Photography

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Simple is often better, but know your limits. We did most of it by ourselves, which meant we could be flexible with our ideas and change them if we had a better idea. We did a room full of photos on ribbons, at least one for every guest, and then places we had been and ourselves – this wasn’t planned, but a “quick and easy” alternative to an idea we had run out of time for. It was one of the talking points of the wedding!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

I’m really glad I bought the bouquet and paper flowers and button holes. I tried, but I was not confident doing it so having them made meant I wasn’t stressed and didn’t spend the day being aggravated by them.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Labour of love 😉

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I completely fell in love with it, and compared to other decisions it was quite a long time being found. I knew exactly what style I wanted, and just kept looking until I found one I couldn’t not have.

It was second hand so it was even trickier to find, and I was on the verge of finding a dress maker until I saw it.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

My shoes were Kurt Geiger for the heels and special ordered converse for the trainers.

The jewellery was a gift from Nic, a Lego Heart bracelet and a sapphire necklace to match my engagement ring – he’s done very well getting these as the same jeweller did the necklace, engagement ring, and bracelet and is based in Warwick (we moved to Cumbria not long after getting engaged) and had to be ordered and designed by phone and email, and then picked up and passed off by some friends before making it to Cumbria with an advance party of friends involved in the wedding!

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

Youngs from Debenhams, with cufflinks from Etsy again: Groom – Batman, Best man – Ironman, Bride’s Best man – Superman, Usher – Itchy and Scratchy

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

Hair and Make up was done by Ruby Rouge Make Up Limited – Kate Walker.

She’s fabulous, and I would highly recommend her! I didn’t want to DIY because it was the area I was least confident about and she took all the stress and thought out of it for me when the time came.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

We had paper flowers 🙂 All made from comic books!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We put up indoor decorations, pompoms, table cloths, the photos, and also decorated the marquee with bunting and pompoms, but it was mostly held outside so not much need for decorations, though we have lego mugs and boxes on the tables, full of sweets to nibble on (the mugs also served as a makeshift vase for the flowers)

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

I made the table cloths – at least I painted them. It was quite tricky, but once I had played about and decided how to do them it went quite well and was fairly easy going. Though I had to do it on a wooden floor in my lounge which was messy!

I designed the order of service, it was fun putting it together because we sat down and looked at different comic book panels we could use for each element of our day, but it was a bit of an after-thought because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do for it so was up until about 2am one night finishing it!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We had a one tier chocolate cake and cupcakes. We didn’t want a big fancy multi tier cake, because it’s just not us, and being able to pull the lego theme and the colour theme in as well was a great touch by our cake maker (Nic’s cousin!) We also didn’t want a fruit cake because not everyone likes fruitcake and we specifically designed our day around the family and friends that were coming!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had a play list going which we had asked for requests for, but we didn’t have a dance floor so it was a nice easy listening set – two play lists though, one for before the kids went to bed and one after as a few people had requested songs with naughty words in them!

We had loads of games, a massive box of lego and a huge scalextric track for people to play with, and the venue had a football table, ping pong and pool. We also provided a nice quiet area for people who needed respite from the running around and general hustle and bustle!

We did party buckets for all the kids who came, a little bucket with their name on filled with things to keep them entertained (all age related) but cheap and simple ideas e.g. a book, colour crayons, colouring pages, jokes, toys, bubbles, wands etc. We also had a load of arts and crafts things for them in case it was a rainy day!

We gave out Cartmel Sticky Toffee puddings as our favours, which went down amazingly. We wrapped them up so until they got home no one knew what they were. My facebook timeline was filled with “pudding” talk for about 3 weeks after! (and they were so so simple!)

On the day tips and advice:

I’d say that it will all go so quickly that some bits you won’t notice until you sit down later and look at the pictures, but it means that it’s really not worth stressing about anything on the day. If something hasn’t gone the exact way you hoped, just move on and enjoy the next bit – chance are, no one will notice something hasn’t quite worked. (Our processional and recessional music flopped but I didn’t notice on my walk down the aisle – it was the last thing on my mind, and when we left we got a massive cheer which was so much nicer than a song!)

I think the best thing we did on the day was go off and have some photos taken while everyone was having the BBQ, we got a bit of time to ourselves, to have a chat and chill. We talked nonsense while Simon took some stunning pictures, and it didn’t feel quite so overwhelming for the rest of the day and no one even noticed we were missing!

What’s the best thing about being married?

The hardest question ever! I don’t think there is a “best bit” because I don’t think anything has changed for us except my name! It doesn’t feel any different which I guess is the best thing really…..maybe because we had moved house, changed jobs and got married in the space of 6 months, and if you can survive all 3 of those things that close together you can cope with anything!

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Cartmel Sticky Toffee Puddings: http://www.cartmelvillageshop.co.uk/

Ruby Rouge Make Up: http://rubyrougemakeup.co.uk/

Simon Hudspeth Photography: http://www.simonhudspeth.co.uk/

Hamlingtons: http://www.hamlingtons.co.uk/

Jewellery by Michael King (Wedding Rings): http://www.kingjewellery.co.uk/

Patterdale Hall: http://patterdalehall.org.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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