For us today’s wedding sums up romance and elegance perfectly.
Choosing one of the dreamiest destinations for their big day, the Lake District, Tracy and Carl already had the wow factor in their hotel setting and so simply added beautiful touches in blush pink and ivory to bring their wedding day vision together.
Just looking at the gorgeous images makes us feel relaxed and loved up – stunning!
With images by Tiree Dawson.
tracy says: We visited New York last December and Carl proposed at the top of the Empire State Building. It was so romantic!
We got married on Friday 11th September 2015. The date was one of only a handful still available for our venue when we booked in January of this year, and as we didn’t want to wait too long we booked there and then.
We got married at the beautiful Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Ullswater. We live in the Lake District and there are so many studding wedding venues available. We knew we wanted to get married outside and the Inn on the Lake was the first venue we visited. As soon as we saw it we fell in love and knew that it was where we wanted to have our special day. The lakeside gazebo is licensed for civil ceremonies and the views over the lake are just breath-taking.
We didn’t have a theme but from the outset we envisaged a very romantic, simple but elegant wedding.
Our colour scheme was shades of blush pink and ivory. We wanted to keep our wedding colours simple and romantic.
I wore a Justin Alexander gown from Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster. It was a fitted lace mermaid gown with beautiful detail on the sheer back. It was the first dress that I tried on and the one I went back to and bought! From the moment I tried it on it made me feel so elegant and beautiful.
Helen Townson from Definitions Mobile Beauty took care of my makeup on the wedding day and Katie from Katie Simpson Hair styled my hair. They are very talented ladies and I knew from the outset I wanted to book them for my hair and makeup. They created the look I wanted perfectly and made me and my bridesmaids look and feel so special.
My two adult bridesmaids wore strapless gowns from Coast. They were a nude/blush colour with beautiful detail to the bodice. The skirts of the gowns were very soft and floaty, to tie in with the simple and romantic feel we wanted. My flower girls wore ivory dresses from Monsoon. Again they were very floaty and romantic and had a lovely sparkle to them.
The groomsmen wore the same blue Ted Baker suits as Carl although we hired rather than bought these. Again from Moss Bros. The pageboys wore blue Ted Baker trousers and waistcoats that we bought from Debenhams.
Our photographer was the very talented Tiree Dawson. We knew from the outset that we wanted Tiree to photograph our special day as we have seen so much of her amazing work. We definitely weren’t disappointed! Tiree worked in such an unobtrusive way and captured the emotion of our day perfectly. The images that we are left with are beautiful, natural shots that we just can’t stop looking at!
We made a last minute decision to have someone video our day too and we are just so glad that we did! Brian Robertson of Safe Harbour Productions, has created us the most amazing memories of our day. It would definitely be our advice to any brides/grooms not considering it to reconsider.
Our flowers were by Katie at Made in Flowers, Kendal, and included roses and ranunculus. They were absolutely beautiful and the colours were perfect for our blush/ivory theme. The bridesmaids carried a smaller version of my bouquet and the flower girls had wands with flowers on.
Katie also provided the flowers at the hotel. With getting married outside and wanting our wedding to be soft and romantic, Katie created a garland around the gazebo and cream buckets of flowers on wooden crates placed down the ‘aisle’. On the tables we had a mixture of tall thin vases with large ball of flowers and fishbowl type vases with flowers all set on mirrors with tea lights.
Other décor included hiring some fabulous lighting from a local company called Typical Type. We had their six foot illuminated ‘love’ letters which were set up next to the gazebo for the ceremony. We had festoons, some of which were strung around the gazebo and others around the outside of the Ramblers bar where we held our evening reception. We also had their big heart outside the Ramblers too. These looked stunning, especially at night and made for some beautiful photos.
We sourced our wedding stationery from a company called Sarah Wants, which we would highly recommend.
For our favours we used a local company to make and box macarons for each guest. We chose flavours with colours that would tie in with our colour scheme.
We had a four tier wedding cake with different flavours of sponge for each tier. We used Corr’s Cakes from Barrow, and it tasted and looked incredible. We had pink champagne, Baileys chocolate orange, ‘My oh My’ (chocolate and fudge) and lemon and white chocolate flavour sponges.
For the wedding breakfast we chose chicken liver parfait to start, followed by champagne sorbet. Main was slow braised shank of local lamb and dessert was white chocolate torte with coffee and homemade fudge to finish. We had eaten at the hotel a few times before choosing our menu. It was difficult to make a decision as all of the food is of such high quality. We were really pleased with our menu though and we heard nothing but positive things from our guests.
Being in such a beautiful location, right by Ullswater Lake, we decided to charter a steamer for an extra treat for all our guests. This was an hour’s cruise in between the wedding breakfast/evening reception. Guests were greeted with a glass of pink champagne on arrival and then enjoyed an hour on a beautiful boat on an equally beautiful Ullswater Lake.
To provide some musical entertainment during the day we had a friend Simeon Musgreave, play the piano before/after the ceremony and also during the wedding breakfast. It felt more personal that we were able to choose music that meant something to us and have it played by a super talented friend.
In the evening meanwhile we had a band from Stoke called The Task. They had been advertising on the hotel’s wedding page and I was so impressed with their helpful attitude. They made communication so easy and were happy to accommodate any particular requests we had. As well as the live sets, they also did the music before/during/after which gave us one less thing to worry about. On the night they were brilliant. They created such a fantastic atmosphere and had everyone dancing and enjoying themselves.
Instead of a guestbook at the evening reception, we had a wooden drop top frame made by a company called The Old Potting Shed. Guests were able to write their names/messages on wooden hearts and post them into the frame so that we can have a reminder on display of all our guests and their lovely messages. The same company also made a lovely wooden sign which was carried by my little boy as he walked down the ‘aisle’ and read ‘here comes mummy’. It certainly got a lot of ‘arhs’ from the guests.
Without a doubt we would recommend our wedding venue to other brides and grooms! The service received from the hotel was faultless. Nothing was too much for them. We had a fantastic wedding co-ordinator, George, who ensured all we had to worry about was turning up and repeating our vows. Everything else was taken care of. All the staff in the hotel are professional and polite and even the day after our wedding when they were busy with another bride and groom they still made us feel special.
Looking back at our day there were so many highlights! Standing in the gazebo, making our vows in front of family and friends and the sun shining has to be our favourite part though.
After the wedding, we stayed for an extra night at the Inn on the Lake, just to have some time to ourselves reflecting on our day. It was lovely. We are heading back to New York in December for our honeymoon.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to take some time for each other on the day to take it all in. We stole fifteen minutes here and there just to catch up.