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dare to do it yourself. a family-focused diy wedding on ullswater, penrith – louise & david

November 28th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding is a testimony to the power of DIY. Louise and David did what so many of us dream of doing (if only we were brave enough!): they hired a village hall on Ullswater in Penrith, created a bright, white blank canvas and went to town with personal touches and pops of pastel colour.

Family is everything to this gorgeous couple and there’s plenty of inspiration here for family-focused wedding planning; from kids’ goody bags to their relaxed honeymoon in Pooley Bridge.

In need of some pretty on this Monday morning? Sit back and enjoy.

With images by Jenna Carpenter Photography.

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louise says: We got engaged while on holiday in Tenerife with our little girl Alice and our friends. I had been making several (fairly obvious!) hints to David but he seemed oblivious. One evening we went to a restaurant and everyone was just chatting away when David started talking to me, at first I didn’t realise what he was saying or what he was taking out of his pocket! It didn’t register until our table fell silent and I saw that everyone had massive smiles on their faces. It was so lovely and just the kind of proposal I’d dreamed of. He said some lovely things and I said yes, of course! I later found out that he’d gone to my parents and asked for their blessing and then asked my friend Sarah to take care of the ring for him as we went through the airport!

Our wedding date was Saturday 20th August 2016. We chose it as we thought a summer wedding would be lovely and the date just jumped out at us.

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We got married in Ullswater, Penrith at Watermillock Village Hall. We absolutely love the Lake District as a family and have lots of ties with the place so we knew it was meant to be.

The venue we chose was actually where my sister’s wedding reception had been held. We checked that she was ok with it first and thankfully she was. It’s a great little place: completely versatile, large rooms and a nice big field for a marquee for our ceremony.

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We used a celebrant on the day as the hall wasn’t licensed for weddings. We had such a personal ceremony conducted by Louise Burns from The Ceremony Company. There were several different ceremonies we could choose from and then personalise and Louise spent lots of time asking questions and finding out about us. We went for a traditional service with the vows included and it all came together in the most amazing service, full of tears and laughter. My sister read from A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton, which was lovely! Louise did an amazing job and we are so thankful for the care and attention she put into our ceremony.

The style of our wedding was laidback and relaxed. We just wanted everyone to have a good time, enjoy the day and let their hair down. I think the theme could perhaps be described as ‘love and fun’ in the end!

Our colour scheme was white with bright pastel colours. I knew straight away that I wanted a bright, white backdrop. Then the pastels could be integrated in different ways, from flowers to table decorations.

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Violets Are Blue! A Real Wedding In Lancaster – Natalie & Andrew

July 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are in the North West as we join Natalie and Andrew for their classic and classy big day.  Natalie paired her traditional styling with lots of beautiful purple blooms for an elegant wedding to her very own sailor!

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Natalie says:  I was leaving the nursery I worked at after being there for almost four years and he got the children I had looked after for all those years to make a sign that said "Will you marry me?" When I came back to the nursery (I had been to do the banking!) the children held up the sign and Andrew held out a gorgeous engagement ring he had brought all they way back from Dubai with him and asked me to be his wife!

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We got married on 5th May 2013 at Christ Church in Lancaster and we had our reception at Ashton Hall, Lancaster Golf Club.  We chose the church as it is our parish church, Andrew was confirmed there and he went to the primary school linked to the church. We chose the golf club as it was such a beautiful venue. The grounds had so many different pretty places! Andrew had also learnt to play golf there as a child.

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As it was Spring when we got married I wanted to take advantage of this and have lots of lovely Spring flowers. I picked a colour scheme of all different shades of purple from lilac through to deep aubergine.

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My favourite part of the day was when we had signed the register and walked back down the aisle as husband and wife! I loved seeing all our guest so happy for us!

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I had a fitted lace dress with a short train and added a belt to the dress.   The dress was by Phil Collins and I bought it from The Bridal Collection in Lancaster.  Andrew wore a charcoal grey prince Edward suit which we hired from Greenwoods.

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Our bridesmaids wore dresses by Mori Lee in aubergine, also from The Bridal Collection. 

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I had a very mixed bouquet of spring flowers which included, stocks, hydrangeas, lisianthus, gypsophila, amongst other flowers all in different tones of purple. The bridesmaids had the same types of flowers but in cream and a slightly smaller bouquet size. The flower girls had flower wands which had an assortment of flowers in purple tones attached to it.  Our flowers were by Lune Valley Home and Garden. 

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My friend who is a fantastic artist painted us a finger print tree and gave it to us as a wedding present, we got all our guests to put their finger print on it and had it framed and now have it in our house as a lasting memento of our special day.

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Andrew is in the Royal Navy so we used names of boats that Andrew has sailed on for table names instead of numbers. 

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We also made party bags for the children that attended the wedding which contained, amongst other things a camera so that the children can capture ‘a child’s eye view’ of the wedding, I have got a copy of these photos as have the children.

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We had a three tier cake by Blackberry Cottage Bakery.  Each layer was a different flavour, Victoria sponge, carrot cake and lemon drizzle. Is was decorated with a lace pattern and sugar flowers which were featured within my bouquet. Our personalised bride and groom cake toppers relaxed on the top!

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We had a DJ for the evening entertainment from Audio Genetics.  He was fantastic and played fantastic music which kept everyone dancing in to the early hours of the morning!

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After the wedding, we went on a mini moon to Sherwood Forest where we hired a luxury log cabin with log burner and hot tub. We are going to go away properly next year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that once the day is there and the ceremony and meal is done relax and enjoy yourself with your friends and family, the little things at that point no longer matter.

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Congratulations Natalie & Andrew!

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