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Cliche it may be, but your wedding should be all about YOU! Style your day with the things you both love, and you’ll have happy memories forever. Claire and Christian did an incredible job of making their day really personal – taking things to the next level with their wedding favours (bristlebot, anyone?!) and chose a super Lake District wedding venue which they made their own for the day.

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I’m so excited to feature this wedding – the room Claire and her girls got ready in is where we stayed back in August! It’s more than lovely and I know they adored the place. Claire is gorgeous and looks amazing all day as she changes from her ivory heels into green wellies and purple Converse… I LOVE a bride with personality!!

The Wild Boar is a venue which needs very little extra wedding decor. Claire and Christian told me, “It’s lovely. Low wooden beams and a little bit higgledy-piggledy! We were keen as far as possible to let it speak for itself. We decorated the tables and the Wild Boar supplied some table vases.”

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Those of you who follow me on my personal instagram will know I’m lucky to live by the beautiful Lake District. My home is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I’d never dream of getting married anywhere else. Andy and Katie’s wedding is literally right up my street – and instantly shoots to the top of my list of weddings of the year. Their day is charming, full of personal touches and still wonderfully down to earth. Oh and Katie is the prettiest bride with such a wonderful smile… you’ll LOVE today’s real wedding.

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The colours for the day were kept in line with the Lakeland setting: blues and greens kept the styling consistent, although little decoration was needed. Katie is a keen and talented crafter, and she made 150 metres of bunting to string across the beams of the chapel and reception venue.

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No two weddings are ever the same – every one is different because ultimately they come down to personality. And that’s why I love writing about weddings so much! Weddings are as unique as fingerprints: your stories will be as different as your choices of venue, photographer and details…

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and oh, do I have a stunning styled shoot for you this afternoon! Hot from the lens of photographer Arusha this one blasts red, white and blue – and takes inspiration from the more luxurious aspects of the venue where the shoot took place.

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Arusha told me, “I love the age old romance of red roses, and took inspiration from a poem, this time by Robert Burns:

“My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
My love is like a melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.”

I felt that with the red roses, and the red Jaguar I sourced, that other strong colours would naturally be blue and bridal white: so red, white and blue it was.

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Two of my best friends got married at Holbeck Ghyll – it’s one of the Lake District’s loveliest wedding venues and is set on a peaceful hillside away from the world outside. It’s a dream venue. And so when I heard about this gorgeous shoot from Arusha’s Images Photography I simply had to see more.

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Themes and venues go hand in hand – fact. If you’ve decided on your theme you’ll need to find a venue where you can make it work… and sometimes that can be tricky. Vintage won’t work in a modern hotel. Art deco won’t work in a barn. Let your venue inspire your theme then… as Arusha did with this beautifully curated shoot…

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We’re talking light and pretty photography with vast skies and pastel details. Our bride and groom are in nature: on Holbeck Ghyll’s terrace all you can see are mountains and the sparkling Lake Windermere – and by the lake there’s a jetty perfect for slipping toes into the gentle waves of England’s largest lake. Could anything be more perfect for an elegant bohemian wedding?

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I’m going to remember July… when I look back on the English Wedding Blog features for the year I’ll be like, “oh July… that was when I shared that amazing Lakes wedding with Wainwrights and walking boots!” and quietly noted it as one of my favourite weddings of the year so far. I’ve always said weddings should be personal to you, whoever you are and whatever your crazy loves and hobbies may be! And if that’s muddy boots and cairns (Instagram friends will know it is for me!) then you’ll adore today’s wedding blog.

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Lisa and Richie’s big day rocks. The details are fabulous – and for those of you who don’t know the Lakes like the back of your hands, just enjoy the cute little books and other fab details (and be grateful I didn’t show you every single Wainwright table name… because I wanted to!). There’s so much more to see, and the photos are superb!

A beautiful Lake District wedding on the English Wedding Blog photographed by Tiree Dawson (45)

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There are too many things I love best about today’s gorgeous couple Samantha and Lee: the fact they found out the day before the wedding that Samantha was pregnant (wow!); their budget advice to simply “blow it!” and the beautiful, enchanting images of their day by my friend Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography.

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The venue is wonderful (and not far from English Wedding Blog Towers!) with views over Lake Windermere; a little boy almost steals the show with his hobby horse (adorable!) and the entertainers clearly had everyone enthralled.

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With huge thanks to today’s very beautiful bride and groom, Samantha and Lee, and to Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for sharing his images with us all. You’ll love them.
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Our wedding report: Samantha & Lee

Your wedding photographer’s website:

www.vickerstaffphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Over the moon!

Wedding venue:

The Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere