Leanne & Callum’s creative & DIY Lake District wedding, with Tom Hodgson Photography
Today’s gorgeous pair were wed in the heart of the Lakes, and got some incredible and dramatic photos to remember their day by, despite the usual Lakeland weather! Leanne looks amazing in her dress from Beautiful Brides in Liverpool, and Callum’s as smart as can be in a classic Marc Darcy suit. But this day is all about the atmosphere: the glowing, beaming JOY of this wedding is second to none – and I hope you love it as much as we do!
Over to Leanne & Callum to tell you about their wedding day, with images by lovely wedding photographer Tom Hodgson, based in the Peak District.
Wedding photographer’s website
Tom Hodgson https://www.tomhodgson.co.uk
Wedding photographer review
Tom was just amazing! We were truly blown away with how he managed to capture every little detail of our day. The shots were so natural and they are the perfect memories of all of the love and laughter of the day. From the very first time we met Tom at our pre-wedding shoot, he made us feel so at ease. He took away all our worries about having our photos taken and it was lovely that we had been able to meet and get to know him as it meant he was a friendly and familiar face on the day! Lots of our family and friends commented on how warm and friendly Tom was.
We were also really grateful that, even though the typical Lake District weather made an appearance, Tom was still up for coming down to the lake with us to get some beautiful scenic photos! We absolutely loved the photos and had such a laugh in the process! We received so many more photos than we expected, I’m still looking through them and finding new favourites! Tom’s documentary style of photography was perfect and captured the little moments throughout the day that we would have missed!
Your best moment or memory
This is so hard as we both genuinely loved every single second of the day! I think the fact that we got to share such a special day surrounded by everyone we love in our favourite place was just magical and a feeling that we will hold with us forever! It was so lovely to see everyone having so much fun all day. We were smiling from ear to ear all day and had the time of our lives!
Tell us anything you did differently – we love hearing about NEW traditions (or none at all!)
Callum’s cousin plays the bagpipes and we were so excited to have him play at the wedding. After the ceremony, all of our guests gathered outside ready for the confetti throw and Bobby led us through the ceremony room and out to our guests playing ‘Flower of Scotland’ on the bagpipes.
We are both F1 fans and wanted to pick something unique to walk into our wedding breakfast. We walked in to the F1 theme tune with all of our friends and family cheering us on!
During the wedding breakfast, just before our dessert, we did a photo challenge with all of our guests! We played ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop! What a Picture’ from Half A Sixpence. We raced round the room with our photographer, trying to get a picture with every table before the song finished! This meant that we got some great photos with each table, with all of the tables competing to create the best picture! In between the ceremony and wedding breakfast, we had lawn games for all of our guests to play. These went down really well, for big and small kids alike! There were some very competitive games and bets were placed!
Videographer name + review
We are so glad we went with Patrick from Taylormade videography. The videos we received from him were so special and covered so much more of the day than we imagined! We received shorter highlight film and a fully edited feature length film including the whole ceremony, speeches, father daughter dance and first dance along with all of the other footage they had taken on the day! We were expecting it to be about 40 minutes long, but it is almost 2 hours! We re-lived the whole day watching it back and love that we have so many brilliant moments from the day to keep forever! The films are very cinematic and really tell the story of the day.
Venue name + review
New House Farm, Lorton
New House Farm is the most amazing venue! From the very first time we visited , we knew it was the perfect place for us to get married. We had our ceremony in the newly built ‘Cow Shed’, a beautiful room with a stunning backdrop of the mountains and fields. The lawn and grounds were perfect for drinks, canapés and lawn games after the ceremony.
We had our wedding breakfast and evening reception in the Hayloft, which just looked magical all decorated with fairy lights.
One of the best things about the venue is the people. Every single member of staff at New House Farm was so friendly and helped to make our day perfect! We especially have to thank Hazel, who truly is a Wonder Woman! As soon as we met Hazel, we immediately felt at ease and welcomed. She was so enthusiastic and never stopped! She was there to help us every step of the way. Everything about the venue was perfect and we had the most amazing day! So many guests commented on how fabulous the venue was. We loved that we were able to completely personalise every part of our wedding, making it unique to us. Everyone at New House Farm helped our day to run smoothly and we can’t thank them enough! We would 100% recommend New House Farm if you’re looking for a beautiful venue with stunning views and the most friendly and fun atmosphere.
Tell us a little about your outfits – both of you!
Beautiful Brides Liverpool
I am so so glad I found Marissa and Beautiful Brides Liverpool. It’s safe to say I was feeling very nervous about trying on wedding dresses, but after doing a bit of research and reading lots of positive reviews, I decided to book in an appointment with Marissa.
From the minute I stepped foot in the door, Marissa made me feel completely at ease and I knew I had chosen the right place!
There were still some covid restrictions in place when I first went and so Marissa asked me a few questions about what I was looking for in a wedding dress and (after a good chat) picked out 5 dresses that I just loved. Putting on the first dress, my anxiety about trying on dresses disappeared and I had the best time trying them on. As soon as I put on one of the dresses, Marissa said straight away that it was the one I would pick, and she was right! I just felt amazing in it, it really was the dream dress! The fact that I could chose and customise the sleeves and details on the dress was the cherry on top!
Callum and the groomsmen all wore suits from Marc Darcy. Callum wanted the suits to reflect the rustic Lake District venue so picked a tweed style material in a navy blue.
Florist name + review
Cumberland Flower Farm
We had a rustic wedding theme and wanted the flowers to reflect this. We wanted wildflower/ meadow style flowers with lots of greenery. We looked at quite a few florists but as soon as we saw Cumberland Flower Farm’s website and read about their unique approach to wedding floristry, we thought it was just what we were after!
Harriet was brilliant from start to finish, helping to make our vision for meadow style flowers a reality. They were more than we could ever have hoped for! Cumberland Flower Farm grow their own flowers, not far from our wedding venue and all of the flowers they use are grown in the UK!
We discussed the style and colour scheme we were after and requested that we had thistles within the bouquets and button holes (Scottish family links and we got engaged in Scotland), and sweet peas in the arrangements. We were blown away on the day with how beautiful the flowers were!
The flower arch that they created was the centre piece of our ceremony and was a beautiful wildflower meadow! Cumberland Flower Farm also do DIY flower buckets. We chose some of these to be delivered the day before the wedding so we could create our own wildflower centre pieces for the tables. We had so much fun with our family and friends arranging these the night before!
Cake maker name + review
Sweet Times cake Design
Emma at Sweet Times Cake Design made our beautiful wedding cake. It was a stunning two tier buttercream cake decorated with mountain and tree designs to complement the setting in the Lake District. This was finished off with flowers from our florist. The flavours were amazing and all of our guests loved it! One tier was white chocolate, mango and passion fruit and the other was white chocolate and hazelnut.
Stationery maker’s name + review
Paper Swan Stationery
We loved our stationery from Lucy at Paper Swan stationery! Lucy was brilliant and came to our house for an initial consultation to discuss our ideas. We knew we wanted a floral theme to our stationery and were able to personalise one of Lucy’s beautiful designs to suit the theme and colour scheme of our wedding. We also really liked the idea of having an illustration of the venue incorporated into our stationery and Lucy was able to commission an original sketch of the venue which she also framed and gifted to us which was a lovely surprise! We carried the theme from our invitations through to our ‘on the day’ stationery (menus, name cards, welcome signs etc.).
Any crafty projects or homemade styling touches?
We really enjoyed creating some personal touches for the wedding in the lead up to the wedding, with the help of our families! We had decided that we wanted to name each table after a location we had visited together. For the centre pieces, we collected different shapes and sizes of jars and decorated these with hessian and lace and filled them with wild flowers. We placed these on large log slices and added tea lights and fairy lights. We chose our favourite photos from each location and added these to create our centre pieces. The photos also made great conversation starters on the tables! Other home made touches were a personalised post box, rustic lawn games, confetti cones and lots more!
First dance song? Playlist recommendations?
For our first dance song, we wanted something up beat and fun! The day Callum proposed, this song came on in a shop we were in and we both immediately said it would be a great first dance song. We chose ’This Will Be an Everlasting Love’ by Natalie Cole. It was a great choice as it really set the mood for the night and was followed by ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ by Hall and Oates.
Before we had our first dance as Bride and Groom, I had a Father and Daughter dance with my Dad. This was such a special moment and my Dad chose ‘I Loved Her First’ by Heartland.
For our evening music we had the amazing Funtime Frankies band! They had the dance floor packed all night! We really enjoyed picking music for our ceremony as we really wanted the music to reflect us as a couple. We both love The Beatles, and had an instrumental version of ‘Here comes the Sun’ for the bridesmaids and flower girls to walk down the aisle to.
I’m a massive Disney fan and so we had an instrumental version of ‘At Last I See the Light’ from Tangled as I walked down the aisle. We picked three songs to play as we signed the register, one each from our favourite bands. An acoustic version of First date by Blink 182 and All About You by McFly (which all of our friends and family sang along to!). The third song was one that had started to play as we were driving to see our Venue for the first time, ‘Better Place’ by Rachel Platten, and we knew straight away we wanted it as part of our wedding. As we were leaving the ceremony, we had ‘Good Day for marrying You’ by Dave Barnes which set the tone for the rest of the day!