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!!!!
Carrie and Matt were married at the beautiful Roundthorn country house in Penrith, Cumbria. From our first meeting to talk about their plans we knew they were going to be an amazing couple to work with and we certainly weren’t wrong.
They were so up for anything and open to all our suggestions. Carrie was cool enough to let us run around the hotel with her dress to find the best place to show it off in all its glory, Matt and his grooms-men were not on the shy side, they had their naked room, where they were getting ready. Suffice to say most of that didn’t make the final edit(no offence boys!). They were even open to the idea of driving down the road from the venue to an old stone quarry forest we found the week before, which just happened to be home to about a million mosquitoes but that still didn’t put them off. It was a wonderful day for an amazing couple and we were just so pleased to be able to capture it for you.
A special mention for Matt’s dad who so far this year holds the title of best dancer at a wedding hands down.
I think you can clearly see from the trailer what this day really meant to them and more importantly how totally devoted to each other they truly are.
P.S Well done to Mike for winning the inaugural Matty Cannon golf day, a bandit off 18 if I ever saw one!! and Chris for never giving up, keep that wooden spoon for Matt next year.
Phil and Jen were married at Jesus Church in Troutbeck and had a stunning reception at the Merewood Hotel Winderemre. We were once again in attendance with our good friend Adam over at (lake district weddings). They are a cracking couple who were really up for making the most of the day, which we think really shows in the images we captured. They had a lovely group of friends and family, and Phil, don’t forget to remind your dad that he stills owes me that ride in his Maserati, I hope he hasn’t forgotten!!!
Just for a little change we decided the images really suited an all Black & White post.
We had a really enjoyable afternoon with Anna Dean at Skitby House in Cumbria. They were married on the beautiful island of Grenada and wanted to celebrate with all their family and friends on their return. Anna got the chance to wear her stunning dress again which is never a bad thing! It was a lovely celebration and we were so pleased to be able to capture it for them.
Rachel and Colin were married at the lovely Macdonald Old England Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. It was a beautiful, laid-back, intimate afternoon ceremony with family and few close friends in attendance. Accompanied by classical music from Classic Ensembles, they played a beautiful rendition of one of Colin”s favourite songs, Adagio for Strings during the drinks reception. Rachel wore a stunning Charlotte Balbiér dress from Carol Roberts Couture. We had a lovely afternoon with their family and friends and even got the luck of the weather again!
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Kelly Rob came up from Manchester to have their wedding at the famous and very exclusive Windermere Boat Racing Club back in March. Built by CFA Voysey in 1898 they only hold a select few weddings each year. We were once again working with our good friend Adam at (lake-district-wedding-photography) and although the day opened to grey skies and the threat of rain by the time the boat trip along lake Windermere set off we had a beautiful sunny afternoon so Kelly was happy, and so was Rob, as he managed to get a phone signal in the middle of the lake!!
With only 58 days!! until Jo and Adrian’s big day we wanted to post some pre-wedding shots Warren took the other week. We will be popping over to the beautiful South Farm in Cambridgeshire in August; and with the inside scoop on what they have planned for the day, we know it’s going to be so much fun, we are really pleased to be shooting film and stills of the day so check back later in the year and see how it went.
As Promised, here are a few of our favorite shots from Helen and Steven’s Morland House Cumbrian wedding, enjoy.
Keep an eye out on Adam’s Blog (www.lake-district-wedding-photography.com/blog) where you will be able to see more amazing shots of the day in the future.
Happy New Year everyone from Team Courting Whale. A Little post of one of our favourites from 2012, enjoy.
From the day we first met Bethany and Grant to go and see their lovely wedding venue, The Priory Barn, we knew it was going to be a great day and we would be working with a great couple.
Being a couple that work in the events industry they had it all planned to a T, Calm wasn’t the word, from Grant booking the honeymoon on the morning of the wedding, to Bethany not even batting a eyelid even when a stray pair of hair tongs tried to give her a Harry Potter style mark on her forehead!!
The weather was as perfect as the venue and the day flew by. To get 20 minutes of a couples time during such a special day for photographs is all you could want, we were lucky enough to have so much more. Bethany and Grant really were a perfect couple, allowing us to spend some great moments with them and their lively wedding party.
Thank you to them and their kind family and friends who we met throughout the day.