While I have not officially wished a happy new year to my followers, I can already admit this 2017 started pretty well for some of us. By us, I mean the ones who were lucky to take part in Vicki and James’ destination wedding in the Lake District, last weekend. All weddings have one thing in common: Two individuals willing to make a lifetime commitment to one another before their friends and family. This one is no different, and Family is undeniably at its core. A gathering of generations coming from multiple parts of the world: New Zealand, USA, South Africa, England, Wales, Scotland and I think I even heard France unless I was so caught in the emotion I too felt like part of this big family.
Vicki and James chose the wedding venues remarkably. The ceremony took place at St Bees’ Priory Church while the reception was at the magnificent Bristowe Hill House in Keswick (pronounce Kezick).
As often with destination weddings, I only get to discover the venues the day before the wedding. The exercise is quite intense as far as I am concerned. I have very little time to scout the locations, assess their potential and challenges and come up with something creative I have never done for another wedding. One important factor worth mentioning is the weather. When Vicki first approached me about her winter wedding in Cumbria, I imagined snow. Instead, we got heavy rain on Friday followed by constant drizzles throughout Saturday. There is a French saying “Mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux” which means a wedding under the rain makes a happy marriage. So this weather was not going to put me down.
I have a great admiration for the dedication shown by this bridal party to get everything ready in less than 24 hours. From the parents cooking in the kitchen, to the bridesmaids decorating every inch of the house.
If you are a future groom and feel that your wedding is pretty much something the bride and her maids own, think twice. It ought to be your wedding too, and you should take a lesson from James. He is without any doubt the groom the most involved I have ever seen in my career as a wedding photographer. I found that highly romantic.
Finally, I could not write an article about this wedding without mentioning the food. Firstly, the caterer, Nick Foster Catering, prepared a meal which is among my top 5 wedding breakfasts I have had. Then the cake, crafted by Rosewood Cake from Glasgow, was a masterpiece (see the photo further down). Lastly, the cheeses. James and I have a lot in common, and cheese is one. He had arranged about 4kg of different cheeses (all English though) which were succulent, especially with the Sauterne and ice wine that came along.
In conclusion, a wedding which I am not going to forget, as much for its lovely bride and groom, their two dogs and their charming family and close friends.
Here are a few of the photographs I had the honour to capture during this fun and emotional wedding. I let you decide whether these are both creative and storytelling.
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