Today’s gorgeous bride Rebecca told me she LOVED having the opportunity for photos with her ponies… so let’s begin with one of those, shall we? This is the perfect introduction to a gorgeous Lake District wedding with a real countryside atmosphere and pretty homemade styling.
Luke and Rebecca are today’s fabulous couple, who married in May at Lowick Green. Many of their suppliers are local; ideas came from Rebecca’s love of Pinterest and so many of the details were a labour of love with special help from both mums!
I asked Rebecca what she feels is the best thing about being married, and she told me “Just being together, it’s such a lovely comfortable, blissful feeling“. How beautiful is that?
Images are by Rachel Joyce, a Lancashire wedding photographer. You can check out her website and social media here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Luke and Rebecca
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We both loved her country relaxed style which we were looking for and how she managed to capture the natural shots and revealing the emotion behind them. We wanted a personalised wedding and we felt Rachel also managed to take shots of the little touches that make the day so special.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Everyone was asking us where we got our photographer from and how we found her! Rachel fitted in so well with my friends and family, she just felt like a guest! It was so nice to have her there in the morning while we were getting ready. Luke ‘my husband’ hates having his photo taken which I explained to Rachel, but she was so good in making sure we got all our shots but done very quickly and efficiently. She also had to counsel Luke through it letting him know the pint of beer wasn’t far away and Luke actually didn’t mind it!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Aw well it’s such a nice feeling to return from your honeymoon and even though you don’t want it to end, you get home and there is the wedding photos to look forward to! The photos are beautiful, we are so happy that Rachel was able to capture so many important parts of the day and I was so pleased to have pictures taken with my ponies! I adore these pictures! Which everyone finds hilarious as I keep saying but look at the pictures with the ponies…!!!
Colton Church, Marquee at Lowick Green, Lake District, Cumbria.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The most perfect, exciting, emotional and wonderful day!
Your wedding style or theme:
Country vintage chic.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Pinterest for many ideas, such as hair, marquee layout. Brides magazine.
Blog Amy Antoinette- our English country garden wedding.
Bare Minerals makeup which felt so flawless and light.
Classic Chambers supplied our portaloos which were amazing! Johnathan was lovely, he made the whole thing so easy. For portaloos they were something else! With LED lighting, fresh water flushing and vanity packs! Everyone was so excited to use the loo!
Fells and Dales catering at Kirby Stephen were spot on, for the wedding breakfast we had a buffet with a hog roast, dressed salmon, pasta dishes, minted potatoes, salads, quiches, 3 desserts and cheese and biscuits! Everyone couldn’t believe how much food there was and how tasty it was! They used local produce and as much as they could from their own farm. At night we had homemade pies, which were steak and ale, chicken and leek crumble and creamy vegetable. I would thoroughly recommend them!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Hmm…there isn’t! I think you need to be so strict not to get carried away with everything. If you have a budget and an initial plan to try and stick by it as you can’t help but get sucked into thinking you need to have canapes, favours, wedding cars, and a three tier cake. But you just need to decide what are your must haves are and then things that are just extras and do without. But my biggest bit of advice would be to try and keep it simple.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely the food and the band! These were our main priorities and we felt if these are a great success then everyone would be happy! Also a good bar with a good selection of drinks those aren’t ridiculously expensive so people feel able to let their hair down!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We designed the wedding invitations ourselves but we got the card, printing and cutting done by Grosvenor House in Kendal who were fantastic and very reasonable. They went above and beyond to help us and also helped with the order of service and thank you cards.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes the dress was me down to a tee! I felt you should make the dress not the dress makes you. It showed off my curves and accentuated my best features! I tried on a beautiful princess dress but I felt it was all about the dress and it could have been anyone in it. I also felt it was a dress that I knew my husband to be would love and it truly was!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mears Ghyll at Caton, near Lancaster was where I got my dress, head piece, shoes and earrings, everything in the shop is stunning and the service is so personal and extra special.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I found buying it all from the same shop was such an easier way of doing it as you could see the full outfit and ensure it all matched perfectly. The shoes were from Rainbow Club and so comfortable, I was able to dance the night away! The headpiece was from Halo & Co which was stunning and beautiful quality. It didn’t hurt the back of my ears at all so don’t let that put you off.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
The groom and grooms men wore hired suits from Marrime in Kendal. I would very much recommend them as they had a great selection of dresses and suits.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore Monsoon dresses which looked beautiful. They had so much detail on them. Because there were two curvier bridesmaids and two slimmer, taller bridesmaids, they wore two different dresses to match their figures. The dresses were the same colour and had matching backs with a v-shape and buttons going down. The price was also reasonable; I would very much recommend Monsoon for bridal wear.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We had a hairdresser to do four of us including mother of the bride and two of the bridesmaids got their hair done at a salon to ensure we had enough time and it wasn’t too hectic! This worked perfectly! We also had a makeup artist to do me and my mum then if anyone else wanted anything. We had the most perfect morning, and it ran so smoothly. The day before me and my bridesmaids got our nails done and eye lash extensions in a local Salon named Eden in Ulverston.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My mum arranged the flowers in the church and made dried flower posies for the end of each of the pews. She had been drying flowers for over a year and they were all hanging around the house! Our florist was called Floral and Hardy in Ulverston. The flowers were beautiful, they included Memory Lane roses, veronicas, and peach hypericum. We had lace and hessian wrapped around the buttonholes. My Grandmother-in-law had made a tatting lace handkerchief which I wrapped around my bouquet and is a family tradition. It takes her 6 months to make!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
My mother-in-law was a machine at making the bunting and over 70 metres of it! We had china tea sets on the table which added beautiful colour and a personal touch. The centrepieces were made from a fallen down tree from our field. They were a tree wedge/stump with a branch displaying our table names. The table names were all flowers that grew in the field and we dried them. We had a large branch that stood as a tree to display the table plan and people enjoyed trying to find their table and name on place card! My mum had made the favours: for the men it was sloe gin which we got the sloes from the hedgerows in the field. The ladies had lavender bags in a lovely handmade bag.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Me and my mum enjoyed our evenings hand crafting the invitations which were also designed with dried flowers and gluing tiny hearts and bows! We also designed the order of service, luckily my mum is very artistic and she ensured everything was done to perfection! We also bought from second hand shops/ vintage shops where we bought candle sticks, milk urns and jugs to display wild flowers.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a chocolate base, coffee centre and a vanilla top. We had edible lace and real flowers on each tier and a beautiful piece for the top. The flowers last well and looked beautiful.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had The Jeps from Blackpool were absolutely fantastic! They played our first song dance which was Ho hey by the Lumineers and it was amazing! Everyone was up dancing all night! They were professional and really nice lads and played a variety of music.
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy every minute! It’s well worth all the stress and money I promise!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Just being together, it’s such a lovely comfortable, blissful feeling.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
www.mearsghyll.co.uk (bridal shop)