Claire and Rick’s pretty English wedding at the Bowes Museum, with Delicious Photography

Have you got a lovely Sunday afternoon planned? I have a treat for you today: the most beautiful Bowes Museum wedding – a venue I’ve driven past many times but never had a proper look at… and it’s magnificent!

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This is a perfect, romantic and classic English wedding. The images of the bouquet are gorgeous; beautiful bride Claire and her husband Rick look such a wonderful couple and I love their portraits – so grab a cuppa, nestle into your favourite Sunday armchair, and enjoy!

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Images are by Kathryn at Delicious Photography (based in Lancashire). Discover more from Delicious Photography here:

“Claire and Rick are just the loveliest people, we got on like a house on fire straight away and spent a lot of time together during our first meetings and engagement shoot which i think just made us so comfortable we were more like friends.

The day being at the AMAZING Bowes Museum was probably the highlight for me, as a photographer working there is just brilliant as it has so much character and beauty it made creating lovely images easy peasy!”

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We absolutely LOVED our wedding flowers! Our florist, Denise Marmont at Muscari Floristry, is local to Barnard Castle and had also done the flowers for my brother’s wedding the year before. We met and discussed what we liked before the wedding and Denise created beautiful bouquets, buttonholes, church flowers and table centre pieces to suit the style of our day.

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I love cake so this was a big deal for us… We have an incredibly talented friend, Hannah Whitelam, who made our cake for us. It was a four-tiered cake of fruit (made by my mam), carrot and lemon covered in ruffles and flowers to match the flowers we had in the bouquets. It also had a gold glitter/sequin layer which made it a little bit different! I let Hannah decide on what would match our style and she really blew us away with the final cake. It also tasted amazing!

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The marquee was left fairly simple. We added some pink lanterns but the flowers were the main decorations. One of Rick’s ushers kindly made us a giant C & R that we had at the back of the dancefloor.

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Kathryn [at Delicious Photography] was a delight to work with, being interested in us and our day from the start. Her style is relaxed yet professional and she was very accommodating to our photography requirements (as well as the rather unpredictable weather!)

Kathryn’s photography captured all of our wedding perfectly, telling the story and showing the emotions of the day with a balance of natural candid shots mixed with some traditional formal shots. We also included an album as part of our package which was of excellent quality.” ~ Claire & Rick

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Wedding photographer’s website:

with special thanks to Catherine Kerr from Eye Capture Photography for assisting on the day.

How did you choose your photographer?

We initially came across Delicious Photography in the directory on a wedding blog. The style of photography shown on the website was just what we were looking for. Kathryn responded immediately to my enquiry and we met up shortly after and got on like a house on fire!

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

Kathryn really was great. From start to finish she was a pleasure to work with. The fact we are still in touch now as friends says something! It was refreshing that she took the time to learn about us both and what our style was for our day and how her style of photography could be incorporated. Also, as it was a new venue she took the time to travel up to County Durham before the wedding to meet with us and look at the venues. This really helped get the plans sorted for the wedding day and it ran seamlessly! I hardly even noticed she was there.

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

Kathryn sent us a preview and I cried the first time I saw them! We were so excited!

Wedding venue:

St Mary’s Church, Barnard Castle followed by a marquee reception by Bakerwood Marquees at the Bowes Museum, also in Barnard Castle.

Wedding month:


Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

The best day of our lives!

Your wedding style or theme:

Classic, romantic

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

Blogs, magazines, recommendations, other weddings, Pintrest, one wedding fayre

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Negotiate where ever possible and use the talents of your friends and family. It’s a nice way to involve them in the wedding day too.

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

Our marquee and catering was our biggest expense but is one that we did a lot of research on. It’s where we spent most of our day. Bakerwood were exactly the type of company we were looking to work with – nothing was too much trouble for Sarah, Andrew and their team. The food was so amazing (our friends and us still talk about it!) and their staff were all very professional.

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

As part of my work as a marketer, one of the creative agencies I work closely with very kindly designed our wedding stationery for us as a wedding present which I then had printed at a local printers. We wanted something original and having this made it very unique!

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

My dress was ‘London’ by designer Augusta Jones. It was a lovely experience searching for it and I involved my Mam as well as bridesmaids in my big decision. I went to 3-4 different shops and ended up buying my dress from Emily Bridalwear, a small boutique in Sheffield. Emily really impressed me with taking on board the elements of different designs that I had tried and liked and finding the dress that combined them all. The lace around the bottom and on the bodice was really pretty but it was the back that did it for me! It’s still my favourite part when I look at the pictures.

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

This was kept really simple as I’m not really one for bling! My husband kindly got me some diamond earrings that I wore and I also wore a delicate pearl bracelet. My ‘something borrowed’ was my sister in law’s veil that I wore for most of the day and then a silver vintage hair slide that I borrowed from one of my bridesmaids. My shoes were gold sparkly peep-toes from Dune, pretty to look at as well as comfy enough to dance the night away in!

And what did the groom wear?

Rick and the users wore blue suits from Suits Direct. This was the one item that we picked up from a wedding fair, held up in the north-east at Durham County Cricket Ground. We got a really good offer and found them to be of good quality as well as good at accommodating ushers requirements from all over the UK!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I think we spent more time finding their dresses than I did looking for mine! As my bridesmaids were spread out all over the world (from Halifax to Tokyo!) it was tricky to find something for them all to try. So after many emailed pictures later we opted for floaty dusky pink knee length dresses from Debenhams. I also had one younger bridesmaid who wore an ivory dress from Marks & Spencers.

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

I worked with a local spa (Serene Spa in Barnard Castle) to organise a hairdresser and makeup artist to come to the house the morning of the wedding. They were amazing and managed to do so much in such a short space of time I’d had a trial before the day so we knew what needed to happen – hair up to show off the back of the dress and simple make-up.

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

As a keen baker, I made mini-cupcakes as our wedding favours. They were packaged up in laser-cut paper boxes that I sourced online. We had quite a production line set up the day before the wedding to get them all made up!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had the most amazing wedding band, Vibetown, play during the wedding breakfast and in the evening. We actually found them at our friend’s wedding the year before and we loved the atmosphere that they created. They sounded great and got everyone on the dancefloor! They also played our first dance which was a nice touch.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Remember that it is your big day and not everyone else’s. Whilst this might seem a little selfish, it made us not worry about any drama! Also, whilst the main things like the venue etc. are easy to sort, the little things that you don’t think will take long actually do (favours in our case!)

What’s the best thing about being married?

Apart from having our wedding with all our family and friends to look back on, knowing we’ll be a team forever!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

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 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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