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I LOVE a local wedding! Living on the edge of the Lake District is a dream. We’re there every weekend exploring the mountains (and valleys, right now!) and the landscape never fails to take my breath away. Needless to say, it’s my favourite place for weddings and so sharing Jen & Alex’s day with you today is soooo exciting! Most of all I love their day for its relaxed and elegant vibe. Beautiful bride Jen’s dress is non-traditional…. stunningly slinky with a daring thigh split and incredible back detail, it’s by Atelier Pronovias. Alex looks fantastic in chinos and a classic white shirt (because suits are NOT a rule…. or if they are, they’re the first rule to break! I love this look!) The gorgeous couple chose a few of my favourite suppliers for their day: lovely Helen Jane Smiddy was their photographer; Kevin from Brackens of Bowness (“the unofficial god of flowers”) provided their amazing florals, and talented Charlotte of Sugar Ruffles designed their gorgeous wedding cake.

With love,

Jen & Alex's stunningly beautiful Lake District wedding, with Helen Jane Smiddy Photography (11)

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So this one’s really close to home for me: a Lake District wedding at one of our finest venues, nestling amongst the highest English mountains in the charming village of Grasmere. The venue is the Michelin-starred The Forest Side – a gem I’ve dined at, organised a photoshoot at, and where my mum & dad used to stay on their Lakes holidays before I was born!

Katie and Hemal's breathtaking floral-filled Lake District wedding, with Tiree Dawson Photography (24)

Gorgeous couple Hemal and Katie had the most wonderful Lake District wedding, surrounded by their closest family and friends and with the venue dressed from head to toe in the most incredible florals, courtesy of outstanding florist Kevin from Brackens of Bowness. Their amazing photographer is lovely Tiree Dawson, and their day is already going down as one of my favourites on the blog for 2020 (and yup, I know it’s only January but WOWEEE!!!)

Katie and Hemal's breathtaking floral-filled Lake District wedding, with Tiree Dawson Photography (28)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.tireedawson.co.uk/

How did you choose your photographer?

Word of mouth – Tiree was recommended to us by a friend who had a relative who had used her before. After an initial consultation we really liked her and therefore proceeded.

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If you read the blog on Monday you’ll know I was still feeling blissfully relaxed and spoilt after a wonderful weekend courtesy of The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa in Grasmere. Regular readers will know the Lake District is my home, and every other (sunny!) weekend I’m to be found with my guy wandering up and down the mountains here. So to be offered a relaxing break on a rainy Saturday in February was a dream come true – and while we couldn’t tick off any summits this weekend, we had the most amazing time exploring Grasmere and The Wordsworth so we could tell you all about the place here on English Wedding.

All wedding images on this blog post are by Steve Holcroft Photography http://steveholcroft.com

For those of you who haven’t been to the Lakes, Grasmere is one of our most picturesque villages, nestled in between high mountains and two of the prettiest little lakes. Most buildings here date from the 19th or early 20th century, and the village is famous for being home to William Wordsworth. It’s basically a destination for a ‘home from home’ wedding on UK shores – ideal for couples who’d like to travel a little but without the hassle of flying – and perfect for a weekend wedding.

Calligraphy wedding service for place names and more - written by By Moon and Tide Calligraphy - image credit Camilla Lucinda (1)
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Do you celebrate Halloween? Here at English Wedding HQ I love the old belief in fairies and spirits – it’s said they can reach us more easily tonight than at any other time in the year… so I see it as a time to pray for loved ones lost; to celebrate their lives and look back on precious times and memories shared. It’s also a lovely opportunity to cook pumpkin stuff – I actually spent a few happy moments writing on a little pumpkin in my calligraphy class the other week! Anyway – before I begin today’s blog post I have a request for wedding stylists and photographers – I would love to feature this year’s Halloween weddings on the blog this time next year. If you’re styling or shooting a wedding today, please consider submitting it for publication on English Wedding next year. We don’t need ghosts and goths (although, that would be pretty awesome!) – I’m looking for weddings with orange, autumnal or pumpkin styling ideas to inspire our readers. Thank you!

Askham Hall wedding venue on the English Wedding Blog, with Camilla Lucinda Photography (42)
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Hey lovely! Happy FRIDAY!!! I’m totally feeling Friday vibes today – last night we were partying until the early hours in Manchester; this morning we’ve had a little shop in the big city, ready for my sister in law’s WEDDING at the end of the month. SOOOO exciting!!! So every wedding I see on my screen right now is totally capturing my heart. Tomorrow afternoon I’m teaching a modern calligraphy class in the Lakes – tickets are still available here if you can join us! – but first, I have an absolute gem of a wedding for you – you’re going to adore this.

Askham Hall wedding venue on the English Wedding Blog, with Camilla Lucinda Photography (6)

Beautiful bride Katie & James got married on the 7th July in an outdoor ceremony in the stunning grounds of Askham Hall. These two met through a mutual friend, however not long after Katie moved to Australia, and in James’ words, it was the ULTIMATE hard to get move he’s ever seen! After being in touch for the year she was over there, she moved back to the UK, and the rest is history! Katie & James’ wedding was definitely a family affair, with Katie’s mum doing the flowers, and Katie’s sister, (who lives in TEXAS and came over for the wedding!), organised the decorations and style of the day – she definitely wins an ‘amazing sister’ award!

Have you seen…

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Purple wedding style inspiration with calligraphy By Moon and Tide, photo credit Camilla Lucinda Photography (2)
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Earlier in the year I joined forces with the team at Lakes & Cumbria Wedding Magazine to launch their very first issue – and we had an absolute blast, creating a stunning cover shoot with ultraviolet stationery and florals. This year has passed by in a whirlwind, but I wanted to tell all of you beautiful people about the magazine before issue 2 comes out in the autumn!

Purple wedding style inspiration with calligraphy By Moon and Tide, photo credit Camilla Lucinda Photography (13)

It’s the first time I’ve worked hand in hand with magazine publishers, and the girls working on the magazine are such lovely, enthusiastic and happy people I enjoyed every second of the process!

Purple wedding style inspiration with calligraphy By Moon and Tide, photo credit Camilla Lucinda Photography (8)

The magazine cover shoot was also a fabulous chance for me to work with some of my favourites again – lovely Camilla Lucinda Photography was a star, beautifully capturing the gorgeous editorial I created with Katie from Made in Flowers, Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, Keseme at Le Petit Salon and Ashley from Greg Malloy Hairdressing – not forgetting our lovely hosts The Forest Side and our beautiful bride Jade Hodgson.

Gorgeous Cumbrian wedding with early morning swimming! Fairclough Photography (22)
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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

Gorgeous Cumbrian wedding with early morning swimming! Fairclough Photography (25)

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.

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Thistles and kilts for a Scottish themed wedding in Penrith, with Jessica Lang Photography (12)

Today’s wedding is wonderful. A glorious mix of Lakeland and Scottish styling touches, with home grown flowers (all of them – isn’t that amazing?!), DIY details and the most beautiful bride and gorgeous groom. The venue is lovely Askham Hall, which looks fabulous and has the most incredible gardens for outdoor shots. I think my fave thing about Cally and Colin’s wedding is all the help they had from friends and family to bring their day together, and all the personal touches – an heirloom kilt; hand painted table names; oh! and a genius idea of a song from the best men which Cally explains in her interview below. You’ll love this…

Thistles and kilts for a Scottish themed wedding in Penrith, with Jessica Lang Photography (7)

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://jessicalangphotography.co.uk

A friend and colleague recommended Jess, then we met and viewed her portfolio and loved the natural, candid shots and gorgeous scenery. Jess seemed able to capture the best of every aspect in her photographs, and her relaxed and bubbly demeanour put us instantly at ease. We knew straight away that she was the right photographer for us.

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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!

Simple and elegant wedding ideas from the Langdale Chase Hotel, Lake District. Helen Jane Smiddy Photography (18)

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.

Simple and elegant wedding ideas from the Langdale Chase Hotel, Lake District. Helen Jane Smiddy Photography (22)

 

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Timeless wedding style comes from your heart. There’s so much pressure to ‘have’ things for your wedding – and yet, all you really need are the simple things: the two of you, and the things you love. Today’s shoot is beautiful for its simplicity and showcases the loveliest bridal gowns from Julia Tasker‘s Lake District boutique.

Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (24)

Flowers are white; calligraphy graces the walls; the beautiful bride wears the loveliest sparkle and flowers in her hair. Luxury fabrics, elegant lines and gentle sunlight make today’s inspiration simply wonderful.

 

Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (20)

Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (4)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (5)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (6)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (7)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (8)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (9)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (10)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (11)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (12)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (13)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (14)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (15)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (16)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (17)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (18)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (19)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (21)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (22)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (23)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (25)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (26)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (27)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (28)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (29)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (30)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (31)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (32)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (33)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (34)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (35)

I love this shoot for the people who made it happen – wedding suppliers from my neck of the woods who I think are utterly wonderful. Discover them here:

Photography: Andrea Pickering
Dress: Sassi Holford from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture
Hair: Aqua bridal hair
Accessories: Debbie Carlisle
Make-up: Definitions Mobile Beauty
Flowers: Brackens of Bowness
Calligraphy: By Moon & Tide
Venue: Silverholme, Graythwaite Estate

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Two of my very best friends were married at this adorable little barn wedding venue in 2016. It was wonderful to see the place again when lovely Siobhan and Andrew’s wedding appeared in my inbox… the fairy lights took me right back to my friends’ wedding. Those of you who’ve been following the blog for a little while will know I live on the edge of the Lake District; the mountains are my second home and so today’s real wedding couldn’t be more perfect for the beginning of the year.

Love and fairy lights in Cumbria with John Colson Photography (16)

“I did the flowers myself. I went to New Covent Garden market one very early Saturday morning and bought enough silk flowers to make my bouquet and the two bridesmaids bouquets. I have never done anything like that before and I was fairly pleased with the outcome.”

Love and fairy lights in Cumbria with John Colson Photography (26)

Siobhan is so, so beautiful. Do watch out for her rocking that gorgeous dress on the dancefloor – where the twinkling fairy lights really do come into their own!

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Calligraphy in green and gold with Jenny Heyworth Photography (7)Calligraphy in green and gold with Jenny Heyworth Photography (13)

You might just recognise bride Steph from the cover of the English Wedding Book… you might recognise the calligraphy in this shoot as mine – I was so happy to be a part of this shoot earlier in the year. You’ll most certainly know the divine landscapes are my beloved Lake District… today’s emerald wedding inspiration shoot comes from the shores of Windermere, from one of the Lakes’ loveliest venues: Silverholme.

Calligraphy in green and gold with Jenny Heyworth Photography (35)Calligraphy in green and gold with Jenny Heyworth Photography (29)

The richness of the wedding cakes, calligraphy wedding invitations and striking bridal bouquets contrasts with the blissfully light and dreamy bridal looks. Lake District wedding photographer Jenny Heyworth captures them all beautifully – from the intricate details of the handwritten lettering and marbled wedding cakes to the breathtaking landscapes from the shores of Windermere. Steph and Ellie’s beauty shines: hair and make up are by lovely Lucy Pearson and they wear lovely gowns from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture.

Calligraphy in green and gold with Jenny Heyworth Photography (43)Calligraphy in green and gold with Jenny Heyworth Photography (5)