This is a special blog for us, as not only was this one of our favourite weddings from last year, but we also have a super fan who needs a shout out for all the support and kind words she has given us over the years. A massively talented super fan, in the form of our friend Anna, who has spent the last few years penning an amazing romantic comedy book series “Don’t Tell”. We were so chuffed when she went as far as to mention us in the 3rd installment, “Don’t tell the Brides To Be” and also coining the a new term “Wedding Porn”!! Thanks Anna, this one is for you Xx
We can’t urge our new brides and brides to be enough to take a look at this series, you won’t be disappointed, details below:
Keep up to date with what Anna is doing here: Anna Bell Writes
Buy the “Don’t Tell” series and other books by Anna here: Anna Bell Books
Jodie and Will’s wedding was our first foray into Jewish ceremonies and we absolutely loved it. Having Kew Gardens Kew Gardens as the backdrop was just stunning. The ceremony was held in the Nash Conservatory, followed by a reception in the 18th century Orangery. We had lots of meetings with the couple to discuss the day and they always mentioned the dancing that kicks off the reception, but when it kicked off, it REALLY kicked off!! we had to try hard to stop ourselves getting carried away and just joining in. What stood out for us was the truly genuine words spoken by their Rabbi about the couple, it really showed the special relationship he has with the family and made a beautiful narrative for the film. The whole day was a lovely celebration but, above all, a cracking party as you will see.
As we are sitting in the editing suite snowed in, we thought it would be nice to remember one of our lovely couples from last summer. Jo & Barry were married at the beautiful St Michaels Church, Lamplugh, before heading back to the amazing New House Farm, nestled in the Lorton Vale.
Now Barry is a laid back guy, there didn’t seem to be too much that would phase him, even when Jo was, well, a tad late (almost an hour!!). We had stunning weather and the barn looked amazing, with Barry having the help of friends and family to make it just perfect.
Jo was pretty nervous during the morning, but when she walked down the aisle and was met by Barry standing at the end, you could literately see the mornings worries fade away. The day was a great celebration with all of their closest friends and family, and it was a pleasure as always to be able to capture it.
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.