Posts Tagged 'hotel'

Sonja & James, Merewood Hotel, Windermere

Many of my wedding clients are visitors to the area, but Sonja & James are local. Which meant that lots of other local people were there. I’ll confess to being more nervous than usual about the weather – as there were 100+ people squeezed into the Merewood Country House Hotel, between Windermere and Ambleside. If it had rained all day, it would have been a little more ‘intimate’ inside. But we were so lucky…

Can’t leave any of your mates out? Put them all in a suit.


Final adjustments.


The old “Why’s there a man with a camera in mummy’s bedroom” look.


What everyone was there for.


Spoilt for beautiful backdrops.


Top class punchline from the best man.


(Almost) the end of the day.



Sophie & Andy, The Swan, Newby Bridge

October weddings are a bit of a gamble – you hope they’ll be ‘autumnal’, but are aware the weather could be rubbish. And in the morning it was. Wind, rain, cold, the lot.

But as I spent an hour or so with Sophie and her hairdresser and make-up team, it got brighter and drier outside. By the time the ceremony was over, we even managed a walk alongside the river. OK, it was a tad nippy and the wind was whipping around, but that’s ‘autumnal’.

A last look in the mirror.


Not your average wedding car.


See? It was a beautiful day.


And not a bad setting if you have to be inside at the Swan either.



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


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


Bride & Groom in the gardens at Langdale Chase


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


It’s no use, she asked for Guinness


Off to the bar…probably


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.


Confetti…gets everywhere


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


A walk in the woods on the way back.


Anshul & Chris, Broad Oaks, Troutbeck, Windermere

The Beautiful gardens at the Broad Oaks hotel in Troutbeck near Windermere gave us a great backdrop, but first things first…

This could almost be a checklist: Make-up – check, Hairdresser – check,  Shoes – check, Jewellery – check.


Please don’t drop her, Please don’t drop her, Please don’t drop her….


The post-confetti clean-up begins


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


The new bride & groom.


It’s ginger beer, honest…


Drinks on the hotel lawn


Lynsey & Tony, Merewood Hotel, Windermere

Lynsey & Tony were married at the Merewood Hotel near Windermere this weekend. The weather did its worst and kept us all indoors, except for one ten-minute spell just before everyone sat down to eat. It stopped raining for just long enough to get the bride & groom outside.


Meanwhile, inside, photographing the details is just as important…


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