January 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We’re getting your week off to a beautiful start here on this stunning real wedding in The Lake District.
Keen to make their big day both pretty and personal, Lucy and Chris, along with help from family and friends, styled the venue themselves and added little handmade touches along the way to make the occasion all the more memorable.
With images by Brides Up North ‘Supplier We Love’ James Tracey Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged in June 2014 at Surprise View in the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. Chris got down on one knee whilst we were walking with the dog during a holiday to visit some of Chris’s family who live in Cumbria. Unfortunately Chris had forgotten that Surprise View is a bit of a tourist hotspot and the engagement nearly happened in front of a coach full of sightseers!
Our chosen venue was New House Farm in Lorton, Cumbria. We had looked at a few venues but New House Farm was the only place that we could fully customise to our own taste and let our imaginations run wild! Chris also used to go there for afternoon tea with his grandparents and mum when he was a child, so the family link was a lovely touch. Hazel at New House Farm was just so easy to deal with and let us really put our own mark on the space.
We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted the day to be personal to us, and be different to any other wedding that our friends and family might go to. Our colour scheme was neutral romantic creams and golds. I wanted it to be subtle and timeless.
I chose a Maggie Sottero dress bought from Abigail’s Bridal in Leeds city centre. I loved how it had delicate details and a warm light gold colour underneath the white lace. Chris wore a dark blue suit hired from Debenhams. The best men, and fathers wore suits hired from Debenhams to match.
I stayed overnight at the venue before the wedding and so didn’t require transport. Chris meanwhile arrived at the venue in the best man’s parents’ campervan! They had bubbly on the way and even stopped for photos on route.
Our photographer was James Tracey – we would most definitely recommend him! He was friendly and told some great funny stories in the morning with the girls getting ready, it made us all feel at ease. The photos are fantastic, he did such a good job even though the weather wasn’t perfect it has made for perfect photos.
For my flowers I had a handtied bouquet created by Floral Boutique in Cockermouth. It included white o’hara roses, quicksand roses, ivory freesia, astilbe, ivory spray roses, gypsophila and eucalyptus.
As decoration we had little glass bottles with small arrangements of the same flowers that were used in my bouquet.
The venue was decorated fully by me and Chris, along with family and the bridesmaids and best men. It took us a couple of days to get everything looking perfect! I handmade the table name cards, and bought small gold figurine dogs (for our love of dogs) to hold them, the tables were named after important things in mine and Chris’s relationship.
Chris and one of the best men Pat, hand tied lots of hanging heart ornaments to the beams in the barn.
Chris and I also handmade a sign showing different important locations and how many miles they were away from the wedding venue (it included the stag and hen locations, where we both grew up, where we live now).
We also had a sweet table with all our favourite sweets on, and had photos of us as children up on one wall, and photos throughout our relationship on the other wall.
The lighting at the venue was put up by Dale Tallentire – I gave him a photo of what I wanted and he did it perfectly!
As favours I hand painted pebbles from near where we got engaged with each of the guests’ name on them. We put them out on the tables as place cards and then guests took them home to keep.
We had wedding cupcakes, instead of a cake, which were made by Cutie Pie Cakes in Dalston. On our first date we had teapot cocktails so we wanted cocktail flavoured cupcakes! We had four different flavours; strawberry daiquiri, mudslide, mojito and pina colada. We also had a Victoria sponge cake on top to cut, and we had figurines of us with our dog Boss on the top!
We wanted food which we would choose if we went out for dinner together – so we went for a shared nibbles starter of focaccia breads, olives, hummus, dips and oils. For the main course we worked with our caterer, I Do Wedding Catering, who made us a 6oz gourmet steak burger in brioche bun with sautéed paprika potatoes, spicy rice, green salad and mini corn on the cobs. We had a selection of burger toppings brought out to the tables so guests could customise their burgers! Dessert was a choice of New York cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding.
As our entertainment we had an acoustic band called Got it Covered. I first saw them play when went out for one of my bridesmaid’s birthdays to a bar in Leeds city centre about a year before the wedding. They were so good I had a chat with them and got their business card. When I got home I told Chris all about them he said it was too expensive and we couldn’t afford to book them. But then secretly Chris booked the band and told me on my birthday as a surprise gift! They were fabulous!
We also had a fantastic DJ to help us party into the night – we had an ‘Ibiza Hour’ for the last hour and chose all our favourite classic clubbing tracks – the dancefloor was packed!
We would definitely recommend our choice of venue to couples who have time and vision to make the venue their own personal style and taste. You can really make it individual to what you want. It’s also in a beautiful setting.
My favourite part of the day was as we walked down the confetti aisle just outside the barn. We had just got married and it hit me that all our most favourite people in the world were right there to celebrate with us. Another special part of the day was a reading that Chris’s mum did during our wedding ceremony. It was a verse written by Bob Marley which Chris had sent to me only a few months into our relationship.
We went on honeymoon to Mexico – it was an all-inclusive boutique hotel called The Beloved, and it was pure luxury!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to make it personal – it is your wedding – make it all about you!
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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