I chuckled when I first saw today’s wedding – because all the boys went for a dip in the (freeeeezing) lake in the morning EXACTLY where I’d been stood in my wellies with four alpacas, my man and my mum & dad only a few days before. Fact. This is one of the best spots to get married in the whole of the Lake District, and gorgeous Rachel and Rob were thrilled with their choice of the Lingholm Estate for their summer wedding. I love it – the details are stunning, the atmosphere is as dramatic outside as it is heartwarming inside, and the images by Fairclough Photography are out of this world. Claire xxx
The venue was so amazing and the views so fab that we didn’t need a lot of decoration. We also wanted to keep it simple. We had large candles and lanterns with cream petals and jars with Gypsophila for the ceremony and then slices of tree trunks with jars for the table settings, and cream table cloths.
We did a lot ourselves with the help of family and friends – we even held a party with friends to decorate jars with lace and twine & hessian! We laid out each of the settings the night before and a picture of how we wanted them to be loosely laid out then Jenny and her fab team at Lingholm Estate sorted it all on the day. We made all of the table numbers, menus and centre pieces and we had small polaroid pictures for each guest instead of names. Then for a table plan we pegged a larger copy of each person’s picture into a frame.
I am so glad we did a lot ourselves here as it felt so personal, all together each bit looked fab.
Wedding photographer’s website:
My Husbands friend from work was recently married and their pictures were so beautiful and natural. On the hunt for as many tips and links as possible Rob asked her who she had used and she linked us in with James and Katie. We got in touch by email and they were so lovely and friendly from the get go. We met for a coffee and to see more of their work and that was that! We really wanted a natural style that captured the day without being staged and took in all of the beautiful surroundings in one of our favourite places in the world. Their style was just perfect.
We were really pleased with Fairclough Photography, they picked up so many lovely moments throughout the day and they were easy and comfortable to be around. First thing in the morning Katie was with me and James with Rob but you would hardly tell they were there aside from a few shared giggles (Katie) and words of reassurance. It wasn’t long after the ceremony before we were out by the lake, in amongst the trees finding beautiful little spots to take pictures…exactly what we wanted, who cares about a little rain?! We had fun and Katie and James were creative and excited.
We were thrilled, and teary when we saw our our wedding photos for the first time! I was so overwhelmed, our amazing day and so many of our favourite people had been caught so perfectly: in tears, or laughing, hugging and talking….they just captured the whole feeling of our day and everything we love about the Lakes so perfectly. I couldn’t stop looking at them!
The Lingholm Estate – Portinscale, Keswick CA12 5TZ
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Cheesy I know but….Perfect!
Your wedding style or theme:
Relaxed country style. All our centrepieces were handmade, wooden boards with jars filled with flowers and candles, and lots of hessian! We had pastels as a loose colour scheme but mostly wanted it to be relaxed and natural. Country chic 😉
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We were helped lots by our friend Jenny Seymour who owns the Linghom Estate, she put us in touch with local caterers and florists. Out caterers were amazing, two of the loveliest women you could meet. They welcomed us to their farm to look at menus and try food and we loved that they used all local produce as we wanted to have a wedding that really made the most of the Lakes. I would recommend them to anyone: www.fellanddalescatering.co.uk
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Take time to make bits you can like centrepieces, table plan etc. – we loved how personal it made our day and how everyone got involved plus it saves money! Also little touches like flip flops for tired feet can be bought really cheaply. A top tip to save is to look at the difference between using on site offers such as Champagne for toast compared to using your own and paying corkage, for us it saved us money on our welcome drink and fizz for toasts but you have to have a willing venue.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The wedding dress 😉 our music, we nearly decided no harpist but it made such a huge difference as the music was so beautiful. Also food and our amazing venue. We decided to pay for the use of the whole estate for the weekend which meant we could invite a lot of our guests to stay on site, I am so glad we did. I must say though we were really lucky in finding amazing people who didn’t charge the whole world!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We went simple with our invites and used Vista Print, with personalised stickers for the envelopes. We sent a pencil as our save the date which we ordered from Etsy & loved.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely, I didn’t want to take it off! It made me feel like so amazing, like an old fashioned princess.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was Morilee by Madeline Gardner and was quite traditional, strapless with lots of lovely lace and a wide skirt. We bought it from Amelia’s Boutique in Clitheroe – ameliasbrides.com
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had a mid length veil and wore a simple jewelled belt with the dress for the evening. My shoes were sparkly silver with a low heel, I loved them because they reminded me of old fashioned dancing shoes.
And what did the groom wear?
A navy blue Ted baker 3 piece suit and Italian brown leather shoes.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We went with a dress from the high street – Debenhams, which could be worn in lots of different ways. They were floor length and pale pink, each of the girls wore sparkly silver heels.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My bridesmaid helped me find my makeup artist (Kat Horrocks Makeup) who was a star, she made sure she knew what suited me and was so lovely to have around on the morning. She made me and my girls feel beautiful 🙂
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We had bunches of Gypsophila for the bridesmaids and on the tables we had bunches of Gypsophila and a single pink rose in a small jar. My bouquet included roses, pink peony’s, baby’s breath and gypsophila. We used Evergreens of Keswick: www.lakedistrictflowers.co.uk
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a cheese cake….4 different wheels of chees with figs and grapes and love heart shaped brie! It was perfect for us, we love a bit of cheese and port and it went down a treat 🙂
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had each of our guests suggest a song when they RSVP’d and our DJ did his best to use these in the song list. Pick a song that is you for the first dance and don’t be swayed by what you think you should have. We have Jammin by Bob Marley and we loved dancing to it.
It sounds cheesy but we had a harpist play during the ceremony and she was amazing, she played classical bits at first (as well as the UP theme tune!) and then modern tunes and indie classics as people milled around, she was amazing and I’m so glad we went with her.
Both were from: www.weddingjam.co.uk
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Let go and enjoy your day, it is the best feeling to be surrounded by all your favourite people and to share the day together. It passes so quickly so find time to sneak away for a cheeky toast and kiss with your other half and remember to take moments throughout the day to just look around and take it all in.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being a little team together, I love everything about it.