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.

Enjoy,

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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!

enjoy,

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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.

enjoy,

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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.

 

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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.

Enjoy,

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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.

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We were actually second shooting stills for our good friend Adam (Lake District Wedding Photography) at Morland house Cumbria and had discussed shooting some film as the venue, and the couple, were too good an opportunity to miss. Helen and Steve kindly agreed, so this is the first trailer shot by Simon alone; without his wingman,tutor and all round film guru Warren!

Helen and Steve (Ste, Steven, Stevo, Keogh, half pint or the milky bar kid as he is known!) were a wonderful couple and we could see how much thought and effort they had put into their day from the outset. Friends and family spent the previous days helping them too, decking out the marque with all manner of personal touches from photos to an amazing fudge favour and Helen’s dad ensured no health and safety violations had occurred.

Morland house holds a very special place in their hearts, they actually met at the Morland Chorister camp at the tender ages of 11 and 12. Steve, being the elder, went about gaining Helen’s affections (as you would expect at that age) by writing to her brother Matthew and asking him to say hello to his sister for him!

Romance did finally blossom between the two and Morland house and Church was the only venue for them to celebrate their wedding with family and friends.

It was a beautiful day and an absolute delight to be there, and I hope this little surprise goes some way to thanking them for allowing us to be part of it.

come back soon for the stills of the day.

enjoy,

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.

Venue:

http://www.thepriory.net/

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Gemma and Tom were married in my home town of Canterbury in Kent, having a church service at St Thomas followed by a reception at the lovely Grove Ferry. It was a lovely service as the vicar from Gemma’s local parish, who is a long time family friend performed the marriage ceremony giving a really personal and moving sermon. Even the weather just about held out for us as well!

Enjoy.

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The Grove Ferry:- A beautiful wedding venue in the Kent countryside

Having had such a lovely time at my cousin Maria’s wedding to George (as a guest no less!!) I had to do a small post of the day. We had perfect weather and a beautfiful small church in Blean, Kent. The wedding reception was held at my uncles house in Whitstable so we were able to party until late in the evening.