The best thing about being married? “Knowing that whatever life throws at you, you have someone who loves you by your side throughout it all.” ~ Laura
Images are by Lake District wedding photographer Kathryn White, who told me “You couldn’t imagine a more perfect spring day in the Lake District – sunshine, birds singing, & plenty of daffodils. Every detail of this day had been thoughtfully considered and planned out to perfection.
“The fact that it was Easter weekend gave a subtle theme with chocolate rabbits as favours and napkins folded into bunnies (by the clever wedding coordinator Michelle at the Rampsbeck) but without overdoing it. The whole day was very relaxed and chilled out, the sort of wedding where I felt more like a guest among Laura & Jonathan’s lovely friends & family than a vendor.
The real highlight of the day had to be the images we took down by the shore of Ullswater. Working as a photographer in the Lake District there is always a pull to get close to the water whenever possible and this couldn’t have been a better day for it. The lake was beautifully still and the clouds were casting shadows on the mountains across the water, the colours changing constantly. It’s always important I think for couples to have a few minutes of (almost) alone time in the middle of the hustle & bustle of their wedding day to give them time to stand still and take stock of everything, and what better memories to look back on than those quiet few moments spent together on the edge of the lake – just magical!” ~ Kathryn White Photography
The English Wedding Blog interview: Laura and Jonathan
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How did you choose your photographer?
We first witnessed Kathryn at work at one of our friends weddings and admired her unobtrusive nature whilst managing to achieve the most breathtaking shots. When it came to picking our own wedding photographer we had no hesitations and booked Kathryn even before our venue.
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Kathryn is a delight to work with, she took time to get to know us as a couple and is happy to chat through ideas which resulted in capturing every aspect of our day perfectly.
Our beautiful images and albums allow us to relive the moment and share the story of our day with friends and family for years to come.
We can highly recommend Kathryn.
St Michaels church, Barton and then onto Rampsbeck country house hotel, Ullswater.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The perfect day filled with love, laughter and happiness.
Your wedding style or theme:
Easter / Spring
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Google and wedding fayres
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Hand delivering the majority of our invites not only saved pennies but added the personal touch and a sense of excitement making guests feel part of our special day from the outset.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We are really pleased we had a videographer on the day, we got to see aspects of our day which we would have missed and elderly family who unfortunately weren’t able to attend have seen our full day unfold. We used James Thornton from Video my wedding.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I’m a huge fan of Five Dollar Shake and choose their bespoke wedding stationery range.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It’s the first time I’ve tried something on and truly felt beautiful. Being picked as one of Jenny Packham’s real brides of the week on Instagram was the icing on the cake.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Jenny Packham gown from Mia Bridal, Carlisle
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Beautiful Cinderella shoes by Emmy, London – a wedding gift from Jonathan.
And what did the groom wear?
Peter Posh Westbury three piece suit from I Do, Cockermouth.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Mint green classic ball gown dresses by twobirds bridal.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Bridal party all had hair and make up done by professionals.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our wedding flowers were pastel/Spring themed – created by Morag Braidwood of Flowers by Design, Scotby.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Rampsbeck is beautiful, with a welcoming and homely feel – needing little in the way of decoration. We sprinkled a few decorations throughout the venue such as personalised cushions, wooden hearts, romantic sayings and just married coasters in the bar area to carry our theme throughout the venue and put our stamp on it for our special day.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I created our very own chocolate bar wrappers for a quirky save the date idea for our Easter themed wedding. I also made up hangover cure kits for our wedding guests.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Birdcage 4 tier style cake from Marks and Spencer
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Highly Strung, Carlisle. Andy Whittaker lead singer of the band sang a swing style solo set throughout the day and the full band entertained our guests for the evening
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Relax, and enjoy the build up to the day and the day itself. It’s so easy to get caught up in minor details but the day goes so quickly and the most important thing is that you a sharing a special moment with your loved ones the little things become insignificant.
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