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WPC Real Wedding: Sarah and Danny's Lake District Dream

Prepare to be wowed by this stunning wedding of WPC couple Sarah and Danny, set in the heart of the Lake District. A beautiful traditional pole marquee was positioned with the most perfect backdrop of Coniston Water and a whole host of personal touches made this a total show-stopper. Grab a cuppa and settle in for a real treat as bride Sarah talks us through their special day.

Location

We both adore the Lake District, and it is a place which is very special to both of us, as we both spent a lot of time there growing up and now go whenever we can get a long weekend off work. As soon as we got engaged, we knew that we had to get married there!

Our marriage ceremony was in St. Michael and All Angels Church, Hawkshead, which is a beautiful church on top of a hill, with views of the surrounding hills, mentioned in one of Wordsworth’s poems!

Then we had our reception at Bank Ground Farm, on the banks of Coniston Water, just a 10 minute drive away. It is one of the most beautiful views in the world and provided a very wonderful back-drop to the rest of our day. We had our drinks reception outside, at the top of the hill, before walking down to the lake where the marquee was pitched right next to the water’s edge. The team at Bank Ground Farm were absolute heroes, looking after guests, making breakfasts, ferrying boxes of wine up and down the hill on the backs of quadbikes, helping to advise us on practicalities, serving canapés and more. We quite honestly could not have done it without them.

Transport

My mother had booked us a beautiful, old-fashioned Rover wedding car as a surprise on the day (I thought we were driving to the church and back in our Golf!) which is owned and driven by a friend of a friend. It felt very special to be driving through the amazing Lake District countryside in such a wonderful car.

Marquee

Our marquee was organised by Original Marquees. It was the most incredible, simple but beautiful pole marquee, which is their speciality. They hung festoon lights between the peaks which looked amazing after dark. They also arranged generator, heaters, furniture, dancefloors, extra tables at the last minute… Nothing was too much trouble and we were very impressed by everything.

Decor details included:

  • Foliage, flowers, an assortment of mis-matched brass candlesticks with tall blush and burgundy candles.
  • Wedding favours were small glass bottles of homemade sloe gin, made over several months by Danny’s parents, labelled with the place names which I wrote out in metallic calligraphy.
  • The table names were all famous bears such as Winnie the Pooh, Paddington, Balloo etc. We love bears so this seemed appropriate and a bit different! I painted watercolours of the bears to go on the table plans and then made a copy of each to act as the table names on each table, inside Nkuku brass hinged frames.

Flowers

The flowers were burgundy and blush, to fit with the late Summer / early Autumn date, with plenty of rich green foliage and ivy everywhere.

Bracken’s of Bowness created the magical archway over the entrance to the church, and the foliage garlands which hung from the ceiling of the marquee and decorated the poles. Kevin listened to all of my ideas for flowers and foliage which would match with the surroundings and be locally-sourced, and then made the most fabulous suggestions. He has such a brilliant and creative mind and we loved working together with him.

The bridal and bridesmaid's bouquets, the groom and usher's buttonholes, the bridal and bridesmaids’ hair slides and the church displays and pew-ends, were all created by my incredibly talented bridesmaid, Lisa, with flowers which she sourced from New Covent Garden flower market in London and drove up 2 days before with a car full-to-bursting with flowers! She then sat at the top of the hill, crafting the most magical creations; I was completely overwhelmed and delighted by them.

Bridal Fashion

My dress was the Foster dress by Laure de Sagazan, from The Mews of Notting Hill. I knew it was the right dress for me, the moment that I put it on, because I just felt like myself in it. Natasha who works at The Mews and is incredibly helpful, said that my shoulders had just totally relaxed! The simple, elegant and relaxed design fitted perfectly with our outdoor, rustic theme and I think that the detail, especially around the back and waistband, is exquisite.

My shoes were from the LK Bennett X Jenny Packham range. I had gone into the shop specifically to buy a very sparkly pair with stars on, but came out with a really simple, elegant strappy sandal, which I actually much preferred on. They were also super-comfy and I danced the night away in them.

I wore my Elsa Peretti necklace and Dinny Hall gold bangle, both previous gifts from Danny, and he gave me a pair of beautiful diamond stud earrings as a wedding gift, which I also wore on the day.

Hair & Make Up

Katie Dale did hair and make-up for my mother and I, and the bridesmaids’ hair. As somebody who gets very nervous about letting other people do my make-up, I really appreciated Katie’s friendly and patient approach, and her incredible talent to do just what you have asked. She was also a lovely person to have around on the morning of the wedding when nerves were high.

Groom

Danny wore his classic Hackett morning suit with a beautiful new gold-coloured waistcoat, also from Hackett. His tie was Hermes, my gift on the day.

Bridesmaids, Flower Girls & Page Boys

I had 6 gorgeous bridesmaids, all friends of mine from university, who were dressed in floor-length, dusky pink dresses from Oasis’ Bridesmaids range. They all had their hair down and waved, with beautiful little hair slides of fresh flowers, made by my bridesmaid, Lisa.

Our nieces Eliza and Lola were our beautiful flower girls, dressed in wonderful dresses from Next – I just loved the huge satin bows on the back! Our nephew Noah wore a fantastic little suit and bow tie sourced from eBay and mini converse trainers, he looked so smart.

Food & Drink

Our caterer was Good Food Story, who are a fantastic company based in Yorkshire. They worked with us to create a relaxed, fun menu of mezze sharing boards for starter, bangers and mash for main (with delicious, proper Cumberland sausages from a local Ambleside butcher – F.W.Garside Butchers, Ambleside), followed by sharing platters of wedding cake made by my mother and grandmother, dressed with berries and cream. They also worked non-stop to ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day and we were so impressed by their staff.

We had a champagne reception at the top of the hill on arrival to the reception, then a French Viognier (Clefs du Pontif, from Avery’s of Bristol) and an Argentinian Malbec (Los Haroldos Chacabuco, from Vinotopia in Tetbury) with dinner. After dinner we set up a bar, staffed by Good Food Story staff, and served champagne, wine, local beer (kegs of ‘Coniston Bluebird’ from local Coniston Brewery), gin and tonics and dark and stormys.

Photography

Our photographer, Andrew Brannan, is just fantastic. He worked so hard, dashing around to get all of the best shots and is also a lovely person to have around on the day! We could not be more delighted with our beautiful, natural photographs, which really capture the setting and the laughter.

Music

Danny booked a string quartet, Endymion, as a surprise for me on the day, to play in the drinks reception. They played so beautifully and made that part of the day so incredibly special; I would highly recommend them for any special occasion.

For after-dinner dancing, a friend recommended The Bourbon Street Band to us and, after seeing their demos online, I knew this was the band that we had to have – and they did not disappoint. They play an amazing selection of songs, with their own brilliant twist, and the I have never seen a dance floor so full, for the entire night. When I woke up the next day, one of my first thoughts was which event in the future we could book them for again!

Standout Moments

  1. When my father went on stage to sing with the band – he is a talented singer and had secretly prepared 2 songs and arranged with them to perform on the night. He was absolutely fantastic and everyone absolutely loved it! What an amazing and special thing to do.
  2. Walking out of the church to ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis – everyone was singing along and laughing, it was perfect.

Highlight of The Wedding Present Co.

We absolutely loved our day at the London showroom, picking out our gifts with a glass of champagne in hand! It was great fun and really relaxed.

Our Favourite Presents

Dinner Plate, Gio, 28cm
Wedgwood
£19.00
Salad Servers, Sirkali, Brushed Gold
nkuku
£39.95
Mirror, Multi Window Effect, 122 x 92cm
CH Collection
£237.50
Large Burgundy Glass, Diva, Set of 6
Schott
£65.40
Mango Wood Bowl, Indus, Large, 33cm
Nkuku
£59.95
Wine Goblet, Diva, Set of 6
Schott
£57.00
Picnic Hamper with Cool Box, Wicker, 26 x 50 x 30cm
CH Collection
£92.50
Red Wine Decanter, Diva, 1L
Schott
£80.50
Leather Handled Wine Cooler, Champagne Hammering
Culinary Concepts
£99.95
Large Dial Wall Clock, Black, 50cm
Newgate Clocks
£115.00

Suppliers

Catering – Good Food Story

 

Marquee - Original Marquees

 

Hair and Make-up - Katie Dale

 

Wedding Dress - The Mews of Notting Hill

 

Wedding Shoes – LK Bennett

 

Evening Band - The Bourbon Street Band

 

Day Band - Endymion String Quartet

 

Wine - Vinotopia, Tetbury & Avery’s of Bristol

 

Photographer – Andrew Brannan

 

Florist - Bracken’s of Bowness

 

Bridesmaids Fashion – Oasis

 

Groom’s Outfit – Hackett

 

Stationery - Emily Mayor