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Merry Christmas

I suppose posting photos of Bowness piers underwater didn’t help, but it seems that most people still think Cumbria is flooded and all our road bridges have been destroyed. It’s certainly been bad in some corners, mostly in the north of the county, but Bowness and Windermere were only affected for a day, and then only down by the lake. People with property on the lakeshore have had a bad time, but the towns themselves are open for business as usual. But it’s been pretty quiet.

I don’t particularly rely too much on one type of customer – I have a good mix of locals and visitors – but I know that lots of people have said how quiet it’s been. Let’s hope the New Year is better.

For now, I’ll say Merry Christmas with a lazy photograph – this chap is stood outside right now (yes, it snowed, but only for ten minutes) so I only had to stand in my doorway to take  a picture.

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Helen & Andy, Langdale Chase

I once overheard a wedding guest say, “You can feel your blood pressure drop when you come up here.” At the time we were on a boat on Coniston Water, but whichever lake you choose, it’s got to be a good way to spend the afternoon or evening.

So, after a ceremony and meal at the Langdale Chase on Windermere, Helen & Andy took their guests out on ‘Silverholme’ for an hour or so.

Anna-Kate tunes up before the ceremony

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Don’t drop the camera, Don’t drop the camera, Don’t drop the camera…

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Bride & Groom in the gardens at Langdale Chase

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It’s like waiting for a bus…only nicer. And how many buses have bars on board?

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It’s no use, she asked for Guinness

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Off to the bar…probably

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Liz & Paul, The Hydro, Windermere

On the day when the Great North Swim came to Windermere, it was lucky to be able to walk to work, about a quarter mile down the road at the Hydro hotel. Even luckier was the weather – a proper scorcher, in September.

Liz & Paul chose some instantly recogniseable music for the ceremony which raised a chuckle or two.

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Confetti…gets everywhere

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Not a bad backdrop, just a short walk (or drive) up the hill behind the hotel.

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A walk in the woods on the way back.

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Karen & Simon, Beech Hill, Windermere

Normally when someone asks if I’m available in August, they mean next August. Not Karen & Simon. They meant ‘in three weeks time’. And why not?

It was a Monday and thankfully I was free because it was  a lot of fun.

Cute kids, a good start…

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Forget ‘Bownessie’, this is photographic proof that August wasn’t a washout.

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…which made the trip on the lake even better.

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Although you do get chased by random strangers 🙂

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Annie & David, Lakeside, Windermere

The southern half of Windermere is significantly quieter than the top end, with Bowness and Ambleside sitting on its shores. The only signs of civilisation are a road snaking down the eastern shore, some beautiful private  houses on either side, and one or two hotels.

The Lakeside, right at the southern end of the lake, is where Annie & David chose to get married in August. The skies were moody at times, but stayed dry and even allowed us a trip on a lake cruise.

Last-minute speech practise

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The new bride & groom.

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It’s ginger beer, honest…

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Drinks on the hotel lawn

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Caroline & Sandy, Old England, Bowness

There are a few more smaller weddings happening these days, and they’re usually very relaxed affairs. Caroline & Sandy decided to do it all by themselves and marry at the Old England Hotel in Bowness.

Sometimes the best way to photograph a nervous groom is through the mirror…

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Some all-important details…

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The lush green grounds outside the hotel…

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Nicole & Jeremy, Langdale Chase, Windermere

After meeting most of their family on the Sunday evening, I photographed Nicole & Jeremy’s wedding the next day at the Langdale Chase.

Jeremy’s first sight of Nicole as she walked into the Great Hall for the marriage ceremony.

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Nicole looked fantastic in a stunning dress…

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..to make people smile, just get them to face into a stiff breeze coming off a large lake…

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A wander through Langdale Chase’s fabulous grounds…

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And a game of boules on the lawn for good measure…

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