This morning we’re in Windermere as we join Rebecca and Aidy for their Real Wedding celebration. When budgeting Rebecca was careful to spend money on the things that mattered most to her – which meant a beautiful setting, amazing food and one supremely gorgeous wedding gown…
With images by Mick Cookson Photography.
Rebecca says: Aidy proposed in April 2012 at the church we were to be married, Jesus Church in Troutbeck, whilst sitting on the churchyard bench. We were married on 13th July 2013 with the reception at Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere.
Although we’re not from the Cumbria area we wanted somewhere different so a friend recommended the Lake District, as her sister had got married there. After looking round a recommended hotel that didn’t end up suiting our needs, by chance we found its sister hotel – Merewood Country House. As soon as we walked in I knew this was the place! It felt cosy and intimate, beautifully furnished, and I especially loved the 1940’s feel of the bar! The hotel would be exclusive to us on the day and with the stunning views it was perfect!
If you ever see the church for real it’s obvious why we chose it: located in an idyllic setting, a beautiful valley, and very picturesque, the church was very bright and cosy inside and known as the ‘gem’ of the community!
I wore an Antique Gold Justin Alexander Signature 9690 with a full length cream veil (no tiers) from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I know all brides love their dress but I have to say this is an absolutely stunning piece! The amount of genuine wows I got from my guests: you know the difference between polite compliments and “wow!” This dress is a must see in the flesh!
I carried a bouquet a ivory calla lilies with ivy foliage by Brackens of Bowness in Windermere.
It’s really hard to say what the best bit was, as this is a one-off experience the whole day becomes one of, if not the favourite day of your life! My husband however, said his best part of the day was seeing me walk down the aisle, and for him to say that is unexpected so I must have made a good impression!
I tried to match the cake to my dress… three round tiers in mushroom/beige coloured icing decorated with white lace.
I didn’t want any ‘special touches’ like a lot of brides do, preferring to spend more on the quality of food, drink, outfits and so on…
Aidy’s friend was our wedding singer and then a DJ played afterwards.
After the wedding we jetted off on holiday to St Lucia.
My top tip for Brides Up North would be to have your wedding exactly how you want it despite any pressures from family and friends; they will love everything once they see it all come together!
Another tip would be to make a weekend of it if you can; we arrived on the Thursday and really got to appreciate the build up to the wedding, spending time with friends and family as they arrived over the three days. We were able to witness the hotel preparations, go out for a meal on the Thursday evening, and on the Friday eat on the hotel veranda with most of our guests.
Congratulations Rebecca & Aidy!
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