Tipi tents, Bhangra beats, Jenga, Geordie’s and dancing (lots of dancing) is really all that needs to be said about Anita and Pete’s wedding spectacular at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel nestled in the Langdale Valley, Cumbria.
Planning a wedding is a lot of work and I know Anita and Pete had put an lot of thought and effort into their special day, so much so that Anita had picked the wedding venue even before Pete had proposed!!!
They managed the perfect fusion of East (of England) meets East! (India). A chilled out morning flowed into a beautiful humanist ceremony celebrating Anita and Pete’s life together so far and looking towards their future. Then we dived head first into India with amazing bhangra dohl beats in the courtyard, with the whole wedding party showing off their best moves. All of this was followed up by chocolate milk toasted speeches and yet more dancing, outside I might add, despite the torrential rain storm!
What an amazing day and wonderful couple, it was a pleasure to capture it.
Back to one of our favourite Lakes venues at Inn on the Lake Ullswater, Cumbria, where Jade and Mike were lucky enough to have an outside ceremony in the band stand overlooking Ullswater Lake.
We had amazing weather for the time of year and hats off to Stewart doing the video for launching his drone off the back of the steamer boat during the evening cruise, and thanks for asking me to catch it in front of the whole party when it came time to land it !!!
We were met with a cracking Irish folk band in the Ramblers bar that evening and treated to a groom and best man stand-off, followed by some amazing Irish dancing from Jade and Mike’s niece’s.
Great day and a pleasure to be able to capture it.
We first meet up with Laura and Paul back in June at the lovely Sella Park Country House Cumbria to have a good chat through all their plans for the day. Although Paul is originally from Whitehaven and Laura is from our old neck of the woods in Kent, they now live and work out of Shanghai. We all joked on the day that we’d best be ready for any weather, even though the big day was in August, little did we know at the time how true that was!
It wasn’t the worst day I have ever seen up here in August but it felt like it was October, however, Laura was completely unperturbed by the whole thing which was just amazing. It really set the tone for the whole day; relaxing, calm and above all fun. Family and friends spent days setting up the venue and the subtle mix of east meets west decorations brought Laura and Paul’s style and personalities out perfectly.
The marriage service was held at Paul’s local church, St Begh’s Priory in Whitehaven and it was a very personal and beautiful service as Farther Matthew Carney had known the family for so long. We then jumped back on the amazing vintage bus from Cumbria Classic Coaches to start the party and as they weren’t going to be put off by the weather; they even set-up the outdoor games, indoors!
It was a pleasure to capture your day.
P.S sorry for the huge amount of images I couldn’t help myself!
It was a pleasure to capture your day.
P.S sorry for the huge amount of images I couldn’t help myself!
We spent a lovely morning with Roma and Jim at the beautiful Rampsbeck Hotel Ullswater earlier this year. It was really special to see Roma and Jim’s children play such important parts in the day; Roma’s daughter being a bridesmaid and Jim’s two sons sharing the very important job of presenting the rings!!
Roma and Jim are massive fans of the Lake District, visiting as often as they can. Knowing the place so well they came prepared, in June, for it to rain! and of course it did. This was never going to spoil the day, in fact it positively added to the fun, we all donned wellies and romped off through the stunning Rampsbeck gardens, down one rather precarious and slippery bank to the shores of Ullswater for a few shots before the heavens opened again.
It was a pleasure to spend time with their close family and friends and capture all the fun.
So it isn’t every day that you shoot a wedding in former Yugoslavian President Tito’s summer residence!
Anneli and Sam planned the most amazing day in Split, Croatia back in May. From the very first meeting we just knew it was going to be epic and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The Villa Dalmacija is nestled on the cliffs just down the cost from the main town and harbour. Secluded and with it’s own private beach it makes an amazing venue for a wedding.
This was such a great weekend we had to split it into 2 blogs to do it justice, part 1 is the film trailer, part 2 will be the photographs as soon as we can decide which ones to shows!
enjoy part 1, skaal,
For all you planning a wedding, or if you just love fashion! check out Anneli’s fantastic blog whatibroughttoday.com. She has been blogging on all aspects of her preparations leading up to the big day, hair, make-up, her beauty regime, but the dress was a one off design by Anneli sorry. Even we now know what Jimmy Choo is all about!! A big thank you to all her followers for the kind words.
A must for anyone looking to plan a destination wedding in Croatia weddingsinsplit.com. Maja and her team were invaluable on the day, thanks so much.
We took a team out to Croatia as were filming and photographing the weekend, big thanks to Adam at lake-district-wedding-photography for seconding shooting and risking life and camera stuck out on a rock in the middle of the sea for the ceremony!
Yvonne and Anthony were married at the beautiful Heather Glen Country House in Cumbria. The Heather Glen Country House. It was a beautiful February day, and we were lucky enough to have good weather despite being early in the year (In fact I think we may have peaked too soon…the sun has now disappeared!)
As you would expect, it was an emotional day for all involved, but Yvonne was as calm and serene as we have ever seen a bride. Right from bridal preparations through to the amazing party that evening she embraced her special day and so did Anthony. The dance floor was full from the first dance until late, not surprising as it was The Band Room 101 who were performing. Despite being an unashamed Britney Spears fan, Yvonne liked our musical choices, which is good as we just couldn’t bring ourselves to ‘Britney’ the final edit! Sorry Yvonne!
Now we all know that in the Lake District it rains, a lot, but on Sarah & John’s special day at The Inn On The Lake Ullswater it really rained, and was blowing a gale the whole day. In fact it was so bad we actually had a 4 hour power cut just as the ceremony ended, tress knocked most of the power out to the Glenridding area. I have to mention the amazing lengths that the team at the Inn On The Lake went to; within minutes the place was flooded with candles and they somehow still managed to keep the whole day on time, I think some guests thought it was just part of the wedding! Such an unfortunate mishap on your special day could send even the most lighthearted bride into panic however Sarah, was as cool and calm as you could be, even losing the ribbon to her dress earlier in the day couldn’t dampen her excitement. Sarah, John and their dog Porsche were brilliant throughout, even being persuaded to brave the storm in order to get at least one shot outside!!
It was a beautiful day, at a beautiful location, even if we couldn’t take full advantage of the areas amazing beauty.
We were very excited to be shooting Lisa and Steve’s special day at the newly refurbished The Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere, the Lake District, Cumbria. It’s a stunning venue right on the lake edge. We battled the weather all day and thought we wouldn’t get a chance to utilise the lovely outdoor space. As it turned out, it wasn’t until we were packed up and heading home that we saw a break in the weather and couldn’t let it go. We turned the car around, grabbed a camera and crashed the wedding breakfast to grab a few frames before the rain came back with a vengeance! Steve and Lisa were great, it was freezing outside but they were so kind to not only have their meal disturbed but brave the elements for us.
Their album will be ready soon so keep an eye out for the forthcoming post.
We also just want to say happy New Year to you all, we have a great set of weddings for 2014 and we are really looking forward to another amazing year.
Enjoy, Simon & Warren.
With the first sight of snow on the hills, we thought it would be the perfect time to preview an amazing wedding we filmed and photographed during the summer at South Farm.
We can often get an idea of the tone of a wedding film before the day even happens. With Joanna and Adrian, we knew the day was going to be cool and quirky, with some spectacular entertainment lined up; we knew it would also be an awesome party!
So we already had a “vibe” in mind for the film we wanted to make, the music ideas and how we wanted to shoot the day.
But then the day happened and that changed everything!
It was all we were expecting but a lot more that we weren’t. The venue was spectacular, made even more so by all the personal touches, but having met Jo and Adrian we knew it would be. The wedding featured two of the best and most original musical acts we’ve ever seen, but from checking out their stuff online before, we guessed we’d be blown away by them . What we weren’t expecting was it also being one of the most deeply personal and emotional weddings we’ve ever witnessed.
So the trailer below is nothing like the film we were expecting to make and driving home and knowing exactly how we wanted it to end, we think it’s the first trailer we’ve edited completely in reverse.
This is a wedding that had everything, but most of all a couple that are perfect together.
We first met up with Debbie and Will over at Winder Hall Country House on a sunny afternoon a few months ago. They have both worked in the beautiful Cumbrian outdoors and were really keen to show this in their wedding photography. Once we had a look around the lovely Winder Hall we took a drive down to Lanthwaite wood which leads right out onto the very top shoreline of Crummock Water; stunning in the late afternoon sun. We spent half an hour talking through all the amazing shots we could take of the mountains, the weir and woodlands…. and then, in what seemed like no time at all, the day of the wedding came!!
We all knew the night before that the next morning Cumbria was going to greet us with a grey, overcast and drizzly day. We thought our chances of getting anything now were likely gone… However, straight after the ceremony, we were lucky enough to get a burst of bright sunshine for the formal shots and so decided to jump in the 4×4 and get down to Crummock Water and see what we could do. By the time we did get there the weather had closed in again but, to Debbie and Will’s credit, they soldiered on in the wind and the cold for a good 30 minutes so we could capture the scene and we are so grateful to them for it.
Having since spoken with Debbie I am also glad to hear they are back from their, rather more active than usual, honeymoon after being stranded up a mountain overnight, unprepared at 4000 meters!!!!