A Vintage Winter Wonder at the Merewood Country House Hotel
Goodness me WHAT a wedding! A day planned so carefully, to ensure the happy couple and wedding party (many of whom had travelled far) could enjoy the Lake District to its full. Preparations began at the home of the bride's parents...and from the moment I arrived I could tell the whole family had truly immersed itself in the happy occasion. The beautiful home was decorated with white flowers, fairy lights and paper-cut bunting, it looked just stunning. The Super Sisters Katie and Sarah Simpson of Beauty Simply were working their wonders on hair and make up, in their fantastic laid back manner. The ladies all looked stunning, and you can see from the photos below that the looks lasted the test of the day, tears and all! Woodlands Nurseries were in charge of the blooms.
As for the dress - a future family heirloom, hand created by the bride's mother to a vintage Vogue pattern. The birdcage veil (which incorporated her grandmother's brooch) was also made by the same hands. And I thought I was nifty with a needle and thread - puts me to shame!
The bridal party travelled to the beautiful Merewood Hotel in a vintage double decker bus, complete with the most perfectly cast conductor character you could imagine - a lovely jolly fellow from Cumbria Classic Coaches. The personalised bus tickets were a pretty cool touch too.
After a wonderful ceremony, the efficient ushers whisked the guests down to the two vintage buses ready for the transfer to Waterhead in Ambleside. A short walk along the pier took the guests aboard The Swan for a fantastic cruise of Lake Windermere courtesy of Windermere Lake Cruises. The weather was still and mild, and the mulled wine took any remaining winter chill out of the air nicely.
Back at Merewood, appetites were more than satisfied by the fantastic culinary creations of Leon and his team. I overheard so many guests chatting about how amazing the meal was. Speeches followed...with tears, laughter and a good dose of well-delivered and unexpected singing from the best man! Entertainment for the kids (and a few adults!) was left in the capable hands of magician Harvey Rush. I've seen him 3 times now and he's done new tricks every show..and even when I zoom in on my shots to try to work out how he's done it I can't see a thing! Besides..anyone who is that successful without a website must be pretty damn good!
I left the guests dancing the night away to a ceilidh, with the fantastic smell of mini fish and chips creeping out from the Merewood kitchens...what a fantastic day to remember.
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