Magda & Paul’s alternative wedding in Cumbria, with Jaye-Peg Photography

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A blue wedding dress and fabulous suit – both Vivienne Westwood and wonderfully alternative for our lovely couple today. We’re loving the glorious summer skies and a trip across the countryside in a vintage blue bus! This is a dream of a wedding in Cumbria, with fabulous images by our friend and English Wedding member Jaye-Peg Photography.

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How did you choose your photographer?

We searched online and chose the photographer because we liked her style.

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

We were very pleased with Jaye. She provided us with a professional service. She listened to what we wanted, she delivered it and added her own spin. She was very flexible and responsive. Jaye suggested and used a great route back from the registry office to get some fantastic shots.

Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?

We choose the Lady Gilfords House for its period features and picturesque setting. We hired a classic car and classic coach, there was space for these to park and have lovely photos too.

Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?

We loved wearing our outfits and we thought they work well together. We both enjoyed the Vivienne Westwood shopping experience, they gave us a personal experience when we were choosing our outfits.

Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness

We used Brackens of Bowness in Windermere to create the wedding bouquet and buttonhole. They exceeded our expectations with the flower arrangements.

As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?

Our cake was made by Silly Goose in Whitehaven. The owners, Ewa and Magda, designed and baked us a delicious, gorgeous looking two tier limoncello wedding cake.

Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves

We were keen to use sustainable gold for our wedding rings, a search for this brought Jaqueline and Edward jewellers to our attention. As well as designing and making our wedding rings Jaqueline and Edward offer a service to pan for your own gold in Scotland. The gold Magda and I found was incorporated into our wedding rings. It was a fantastic day out, hosted by Mark who gave us all the help we needed to learn gold panning and actually find some.

A personal touch for our guests was that we gave them a unique hand blended bottle of gin. We did this by visiting Whatahoot Distillery in Kings Lyn where they guided us through the process of selecting the ideal botanicals to produce the flavour we wanted. We then distilled, bottled and labelled it all at their distillery, we named our gin Magda and Pauls Wedding Gin. A bottle of this was given to each of the guests along with a mixer, all presented in a Liberty fabric lined pouch, hand made by Magda. Of course we kept a bottle or two for ourselves.

How did the pandemic affect your wedding plans? Do you have any advice to share with couples planning their weddings right now?

We had to changes dates 3 times, we would advise anyone going through this to communicate with all of the various people involved in the wedding.
Some changes were last minute.
Everyone we worked with were very understanding of the date changes and we did get there in the end.

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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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The Lady Gillford's House Wedding of Paul and Magda | Carlisle Wedding Photographer · February 5, 2024 at 7:47 pm

[…] I’m writing this blog post on Paul and Magda’s first wedding anniversary. That’s right, it’s taken me a whole year to get around to adding their wedding to my blog. Even so, we had a beautiful autumn day which started at in my home town of Cockermouth.Paul and Magda had booked their Cumbria wedding at Lady Gillfords House in Carlisle but I was to start their wedding photography at their home in Cockermouth as their wedding guests arrived. When they first contacted me about being their wedding photographer to tell me about their plans I couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of their day. The glorious weather made it a very realxed moring as we waiting for a vintage car for the bride and groom, and a vintage bus for their wedding party to arrive to take us all to Carlisle Registration Office for their wedding ceremony. This would be my first visit to Carlisle Registry Office (also know as Lady Gillfords House) to photograph a wedding.It is always a great privilege to go to explore new places and visit new venues as a wedding photographer and Lady Gillfords House didn’t disappoint. It offers a beautiful wood panelled room for wedding ceremonies and beautiful gardens for wedding photographs as well. It really suited Paul and Magda and I was very happy with the wedding photography that I was able to create for them. After Paul and Magda’s wedding ceremony we stayed at Carlisle Registration Office for confetti photos and some group photographs of the happy couple and their wedding guests. We made use of the gardens the historic facade of Lady Gillfords House for portraits of the happy couple too.After I had finished photographing at the wedding venue it was time for the wedding guests to board the bus and for the newly weds to take their beautiful car back to Cockermouth. We planned the return journey via Caldbeck Fell which has beautiful views back down towards Carlisle and across the Solway Firth towards South West Scotland. This gave is the perfect vantage point for photographs along the roadside with both vintage vehicles. The conditions were perfect for the wedding photographs that I wanted to capture for Paul and Magda on their wedding day.On the way back to Cockermouth I also suggested a stop at Bassenthwaite Lake for some lakeside photos. This afforded me the opportunity to create another award winning Lake District Wedding Photograph, by framing Paul and Magda on the shoreline against the late afternoon sun and just as we were approaching golden hour.Paul and Magda were incredibly relaxed throughout their wedding day which made my job as a wedding photographer so much easier. Helping me to capture some really special memories for them both throughout their wedding photography. It was a joy to be a part of their wedding day in Cockermouth, Carlisle and The Lake District. Paul and Magda’s wedding has also been featured on the English Wedding Blog […]

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