I love the idea of a UK destination wedding: taking only your nearest and dearest to a special place for an intimate ceremony. Of course, living in the Lake District I have one of the loveliest UK destinations on my doorstep, so I’m lucky! But I’d love to see more couples coming here for the day of their dreams, and if I can encourage just one or two of you by sharing this beautiful wedding on the blog, I’ll be so very happy!
Today I’m really excited to be sharing the beautiful wedding of Amy and Stefan at the Langdale Chase Hotel in the Lake District. This gorgeous couple had an intimate day with their nearest and dearest, and their wedding was simply styled to reflect them as a couple, with some wonderful touches from creative family and friends.
“We kept as much to the traditions as we wanted, but everything was just on a smaller scale. I stayed with my Mum the night before the wedding and didn’t see Stefan until he was waiting for me down the aisle, my Dad gave me away and our son was Stefan’s best man and our daughter was our flower girl. To us this was just perfect! We had a beautiful meal and all sat together round one large table and it was both of our families becoming one.
The wedding cake was made by my Nanna. Her Victoria sponges have made many appearances on her dining table over the years and enjoyed by all the family and was a favourite of my husband’s, so it seemed the obvious choice to ask my Nan to make our wedding cake and she was thankfully absolutely delighted. It was a naked wedding cake made up of 3 tiers of Victoria sponge, decorated with flowers, dusted with icing sugar and topped off with a Mr and Mrs cake topper. She certainly did us proud and it went down a treat!
My flowers were a wedding gift from my Aunty Sue, she is my Mum’s best friend and is very close to our family and has been there all my life. With us having the number of wedding guests so small my Aunty wanted to somehow be a part of our day and suggested that herself and my Uncle bought our wedding flowers as a gift. It was such a wonderful idea with great sentiment and just another example of how everyone was so understanding and supportive of the day we chose. My flowers were made by the very talented Victoria Scaldwell from Lancashire Floristry and were a beautiful bouquet of a vintage style colour palette of dusky pinks.
The beautiful images are by lovely Cheshire wedding photographer Helen Jane Smiddy, who you can get in touch with here:
“Helen was recommended by a friend and after I looked at her website, the gallery and read Helen’s bio I just knew she was the photographer for us, everything I wanted and didn’t want was written right there in front of me and I didn’t even know it until I read it…if that makes any sense.
We were absolutely over the moon with our wedding photographer in every way from Helen as a person to receiving our amazing photographs and everything in between. I first met Helen properly on the morning of our wedding when she knocked on our hotel room door and I very quickly felt at ease. We had a very small intimate wedding of only 17 guests and with even such a small number, Helen was very discreet and managed to successfully capture the natural shots we were after with everyone feeling so comfortable in her prescence. We chose our wedding venue purely from our love of the Lake District and its beautiful picturesque location and the grounds and views from the Langdale Chase opitimised this.
Helen is very down to earth and had a very calming, yet confident way about her that allowed both my husband and I to feel really at ease and more than happy to go with the flow and follow Helen’s direction and thank goodness we did, we enjoyed every minute of having our photos taken and they’re amazing. Everything we wanted and more!
We were so excited to see our wedding photos and relive the day all over again and when they arrived they certainly didn’t disappoint. They came beautifully packaged in a lovely keepsake box tied up with ribbon, when we opened the box there was a few photos printed, our wedding album on a USB and the cutest little array of sweets to share…Such a lovely touch! We plugged the USB in to our television and watched the slideshow like we were watching a movie and they certainly told the story well. Helen had captured everything about the day and beautiful shots of the venue and all the reasons as to why we chose it. Every single one is fantastic, they were exactly what I had imagined I wanted them to be when we first saw the venue and more and we can’t thank Helen enough for achieving this and so well too!
Wedding photographer’s website:
Langdale Chase Hotel, which is located in the Lake District on the edge of Lake Windermere.
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t really have a theme as such, it was all very low key, but we wanted it to be very personal to us and not really take away from what the day was all about.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We didn’t really have any suppliers as such, we had a clear vision of what we wanted and sourced everything through family and friends.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do as much as you can yourself, as soon as you say the word “wedding” everything seems to double in price. I was extremely lucky to have so many amazing friends and family that wanted to contribute towards making our day so special and with their help, we managed to keep the cost down and we had a clear budget in mind and stuck to it, that definitely helps, as it’s so easy to go over and you’ll be surprised how quickly the little things add up.
Myself and my husband got married 9 years later to the day of us going on our first date, we have two children and we wanted to cement our family and love and commitment to each other with our family by our side. We didn’t want to take away too much from what the day was all about.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
I was so happy with my dress! My Mum bought my dress and it’s fair to say it cost a small fortune, but I felt amazing and I will treasure it forever.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our wedding stationery was all made by one of our lovely friends, it was a very simple vintage style design and printed on to brown craft card, then backed on to a cream piece of pearlescent card. She made all our place cards and our menus too. We bought an image off etsy and our friend lovingly typed, printed, backed and guillotined them all for us and did this as a gift for our wedding.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My dress was just beautiful, it wasn’t too dissimilar than what I had imagined I would wear. I knew I wanted to have lace, but thought I would go for long sleeves, when I was looking at dresses on the rail in the bridal shop I was in my element, but almost overwhelmed with all the different designs. It was the owner of the boutique who suggested I try on this dress and I have to say I knew instantly it was the one. As soon as I put it on, in my head I went straight to the venue and I could see myself there and it was in this dress! It was so beautiful and it was really flattering for my shape and I felt a million dollars. It was almost like a 20s style vintage dress. It was full ivory lace over a mocha coloured slip, I loved the mocha coming through, as it really excentuated the lace. It had very delicate beading all around the neck line and down to the very bottom of the back. I loved the elegance of the lace, but the flash of flesh with it being backless. I went with my Mum and I knew as soon as she saw me in it she felt the same. We were both so emotional and couldn’t stop smiling. I’d dreamt of this moment for such a long time and it was such a special feeling and memory and to share that with my Mum is something I won’t ever forget.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My wedding dress was by Dutch designer Modeca, it was from there Le Papillon collection and called ‘Saffron’.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Accessories wise I didn’t want to take away to much from the dress, so I kept it very simple and also having in mind the venue and it being a very intimate wedding I decided I didn’t want to go with a vale, so I chose a Miranda Templeton hair vine which matched perfectly with the dress, I wore my hair down with an almost loose wave and it sat perfectly across my crown.
I deliberated over my shoes for quite a while, I was considering going all out and getting the Manolo Blahnik Hangisi 90 shoes in champagne, but in the end they were just way to expensive and I got a bargain pair from Dune in the selfridges sale. They were a pair of beautiful court shoes in a very similar style and a champagne/gold colour. They were called Betti lurex. The heel height was perfect and they really complimented my dress too and they weren’t to far away from the designer pair I had my eye on, but a fraction of the cost.
My earrings were a gift from my Dad and were a very simple, yet elegant diamond stud, which I knew I would get plenty of wear out of in the future.
And what did the groom wear?
Stefan’s outfit was a total surprise to me and he looked as handsome as ever. Both the groom and the best man had matching navy chinos, a crisp white shirt, teamed with a lighter blue matching pair of braces and bow tie, which unbeknown to each other complimented both our outfits really well.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My wedding make up was done by a very close family friend. I don’t really wear a lot of makeup every day and felt like I wanted to keep my look very natural. I went for a nude lipstick, which I already own (mac velvet teddy) and very simple browns on my eyes, a bit of blusher and mascara and that was it. I was quite conscious that I didn’t want to look completely different than what I do normally, but still wanted to have that touch of glamour and for me that was pretty much it and I was so happy we managed to achieve it.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We didn’t really decorate the venue at all, other than a few jam jars of gypsophila which we placed on the wedding breakfast table. The jam jars were loaned from a friend who had them for her wedding and were decorated with hessian, lace and a natural colour twine bow.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Our wedding stationary was hand made by one of our close friends, which was such a thoughtful gesture.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired a jukebox for the evening which was already preloaded with a large variety of songs from all different genres and decades, so we just chose whatever we wanted to play there and then on the touch screen display. This worked out much better than we had imagined,as it was a great way of having something for everyone from the smallest of children to my 80 year old Nan and everyone in between.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
I don’t really think I have any words of wisdom to be honest as your wedding is such a personal thing for you and your partner and every wedding we’ve been to has been different, but equally as beautiful in many ways, so what really works for one might be the total opposite of what could really work for another.
If I could give one piece of advice I would just say, do exactly what you want to do and what works for you and your partner, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to weddings, so just do whatever makes you both happy. Some might say we had a very unconventional wedding with us only having our immediate family on both sides there and I’ll be totally honest this didn’t come without its difficulties and it was very hard to tell people we love and are very close to we wouldn’t be able to have them share in our special day with us, but we felt like we couldn’t do one without the other and obviously cost played a major part in this decision and we just both wanted to get married.
We are extremely lucky to have a very supportive network of family and friends around us and everyone was happy that we were doing what we wanted to do and with the flowers from my Aunty and Uncle, to my dear friend who took lots of her time to make our wedding stationery and my wedding fragrance was also a gift from my best friend, those were the touches that meant so much. Try not to get to consumed in what everyone else wants for you, as you’re only going to do this once and you need to do what feels right for you and your partner and this is your big day and time for you both to shine as a couple.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Everyone always asks me as we’ve been together for a long time really before we got married, “does it feel any different?” And it does in a very positive way. I feel like getting married has just solidified everything about us and our family. I’m so proud to be Stefan’s wife and to call him my husband.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
I followed a few vintage wedding pages on Instagram and got inspiration from there.