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lakeside love story: sassi holford for a picturesque wedding in cumbria – laura & ryan

May 15th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

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“When Laura and Ryan come your way, throw in the air and shout hooray!” the confetti bags sweetly proclaimed at Laura and Ryan’s Cumbrian wedding that we are sharing with you on the blog today.

Their special celebrations were choc-full of personal touches; from personalised dress hangers sporting each bridesmaid’s name and the wedding date, to the thoughtful gift from the groom to his bride in the form of a book entitled ‘Our Love Story (So Far)’. In return, Laura gifted Ryan a Daniel Wellington watch to remind him to arrive on time to the ceremony! Guests also had a part to play, filling in ‘My Advice for the Bride and Groom’ cards, stored safely in a jar for the couple to open up and read on their first anniversary.

Against a backdrop of rolling Cumbrian hills, Laura and Ryan’s big day was a real lakeside love story.

With images by Joe Mather Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at The Daffodil Hotel (c) Joe Mather Photography (61)

laura says: We got engaged on 24th March 2016. We had just been handed the keys to our first house together (which was very exciting). We were eagerly looking around, taking photos for friends and family and, when I turned around, Ryan was on one knee with a ring. It was a complete surprise. Ryan had to prompt me to give him an answer, I was so shocked! It was very emotional. The surprises kept on coming, as that evening Ryan booked a table at a restaurant and surprised me by inviting my best friends along to celebrate with us.

An Elegant Wedding at The Daffodil Hotel (c) Joe Mather Photography (45)

We got married on 19th May 2017. I always wanted a May wedding; it’s one of my favourite months, probably due to the fact we both have our birthdays in May. Over the last few years it has been lovely weather in May, so we were hoping this would be true for 2017. We were very lucky and the weather stayed fine throughout the day.

An Elegant Wedding at The Daffodil Hotel (c) Joe Mather Photography (33)

We had our ceremony at St Mark’s Church, a beautiful little church in the village of Natland, Cumbria. Ryan was christened there and it has close connections with the family. Our reception was held at The Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere. It had recently undergone a revamp and we love the contemporary style it has. Being from the Lake District, we wanted to make sure we made the most of this beautiful place; the stunning landscape and views The Daffodil Hotel definitely made choosing a venue easier. We would absolutely recommend the venue to future brides and grooms. Katie, our wedding coordinator, was lovely and very helpful in assisting us to make our day exactly how we wanted. Not to mention the amazing location of the hotel right on the lake; the scenery is just amazing.

We wanted a classy and elegant look to our wedding, so we opted for a ‘black tie’ style theme. I wanted to keep the colours subtle and classic, mainly black, white and ivory with elements of grey and silver.

An Elegant Wedding at The Daffodil Hotel (c) Joe Mather Photography (48)

For my dress, although I had a set style in mind, I went to several bridal shops and tried on gowns of all shapes and styles but nothing stood out. As my mum and sister had anticipated, it was becoming a bit of a nightmare. We then went to Julia Tasker Bridal Couture in Bowness, where I tried on my dress; although I was still reluctant to commit, I knew this was the dress that was most ‘me’ and that I envisaged myself getting married in. It was an ivory strapless fishtail gown by British designer Sassi Holford, with a bespoke belt created by Julia Tasker. I loved the simple but elegant look it gave with the sweetheart neckline and buttoned detail down the back. I wanted something timeless, so in years to come it still had that classy feel without looking dated.

My hair was done by a close friend, Beth Nelson, who created a gorgeous up do, exactly how I imagined. My makeup was by the fabulous Aimee Chorley, with a little help from Tash Julian-Warwick, who helped with the bridesmaids’ makeup.

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Eye Of The Tiger! A Real Wedding In The Lake District – Laura & Richard

August 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Never fear! Brides Up North is here to soften the back to work gloom, with a full schedule of Real Wedding gorgeousness this Tuesday.  Starting off the pretty, a stunning Grasmere celebration packed full of beautiful details and beautiful people, sent to me by real bride Laura and Tom Bramwell Photography

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Let’s hear from Laura:  Richard asked me to marry him on a weekend break in Dublin in July 2011 and we were married on 24 May 2012 at Dale Lodge, Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria.

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We wanted somewhere cosy and friendly and we knew as soon as we walked in that this venue was perfect for us. Not too large but big enough to accommodate all of our family and friends. It had a homely feel which made us and our guests feel welcome. The setting in Grasmere was idyllic and the staff were just amazing.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, we just picked all of the things that we liked and waited to see how it all came together.  The bridesmaids wore Sailor Blue, but the groomsmen all chose their own colours. The flowers were all whites, ivories and greens as I love simple white flowers.

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I wore a fitted, lace vintage style gown with a slight fishtail and train and high neckline, I matched it with a floor length veil. The wedding dress and veil were both from Justin Alexander bought at Marrime in Kendal.

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My bridesmaids wore floor length, chiffon gowns from Dessy, also bought at Marrime in Kendal. The groom and groomsmen all chose to wear their own suits. This allowed them to express their own personality, but also I wanted them all to feel comfortable. The groom and some others had suits tailor made by Moss Bespoke in Manchester.

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I had a hand tied bouquet made from gypsophelia, phlox, stocks and freesias with lots of foliage. My bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet.  All our flowers were by Claire at Flowers by Popplemire

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My favourite special touch was surprising my husband by arranging for the Eye Of The Tiger to be played as we walked back down the aisle. His favourite film is Rocky and he loves that song, he knew nothing about it and his face was priceless.

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I would really struggle to name a perfect moment as the whole day was everything we wanted and more. One of the moments that I will never forget is as we walked out of the venue after the ceremony into the grounds.  Two fighter jets flew at low altitude right over our heads!  My father passed away in 2005 and he was a huge aircraft enthusiast. It was almost like a little gift from him and it was absolutely perfect!

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As we had exclusive use of the venue I bought some of my own decorations which we scattered around the hotel. Most notably we took photos from past family weddings on both sides and placed them around the hotel. I also placed sweet jars in various rooms which I made myself, and I converted an old picnic basket into a card basket for the entrance hall.

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For our entertainment we used Pete Lashley, a fantastic local musician who played the first few hours of the night and then we had DJ Travis, a local DJ who came in to play for the rest of the evening.

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Our cake was a three tier fruit cake with ivory icing, with lace and pearl effect and a bow. It was made my one of my best and oldest friends who offered to make it as a present. Despite only having a few quick conversations giving her a very rough idea of what I wanted, Jess made the most beautiful cake which matched everything else (especially my dress which she had never seen!) absolutely perfectly.

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We haven’t had our honeymoon yet due to other commitments, so we’re saving and we are hoping to go on a holiday of a lifetime next year. Something to look forward to!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get too bogged down in planning every tiny little detail. If you make sure that your guests are looked after and have a good time then you will have the most wonderful day, because despite anything else, nothing for me beats being with all the people you love and having an amazing time!

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Congratulations Laura & Richard!

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If you would like your Real Wedding to feature on Brides Up North, all you need to do is get in touch.

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  – Images © 2012 Tom Bramwell Photography

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