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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.

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I got married nearly nine years ago and I absolutely loved planning my wedding day. We carefully wove our love story into the details and special touches.  We had recently moved from London to Bath and wanted all our city slicker friends to kick back and relax at our country house wedding. We were married in the church my family have always attended and headed to a country house to host our reception.

Simple and elegant wedding ideas from the Langdale Chase Hotel, Lake District. Helen Jane Smiddy Photography (5)

It’s all over so fast…

It was idyllic but as we drove away to our Italian honeymoon I had one regret. It wasn’t the menu, my dress or the flowers. It was that it didn’t last long enough.

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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)