Country Fest 2015

Country Shows are one of my favourite things.  They are just mad enough to charm the pants of you, plus they're a food haven and a crafty treasure trove.  I have been attanding and exhibiting at these shows since I was a nipper, it started with making gardens on plates and it's ended up with full scale tablescapes and a vintage tearoom.  This year, for the third year, I exhibited at Country Fest and it may seem like an unusual place for a wedding planner to peddle her wares but here's why I do it:

 

RURAL COMMUNITY

My work is by no means tied to the Lake District and Cumbria but it is my home and I like to stay conected to my roots.  These country shows have a personality all of their own that just makes me smile.  I met a farmer on Sunday who was leading the terrier racing and dog show, hardly Crufts with categories like 'Dog the judge would most like to take home', but typical of Country Fest.  He told me that they didn't have a winner of the terrier race because 

'three Bedlington's have caught a sniff and done a runner and they're not sheepdogs Lass, they don't come back when yer call 'em'.  

...and other similar stories...

 

It's so happy

There is nothing else to this, it's just a very happy place to be, plus there are giant kites.

 

tradition & heritage

Loosed terriers to one side, the shows are all about the real countryside; the people and the land, traditional skills, rural crafts and food provenance.  Maypole dancing to meat pies, classic tractors to basket weaving and somewhere amongst all of this, there is me, styling anything in sight.  

 

Here's what it all looked like... 

 

THE TABLE

 

THE TEAROOM

Big thank you's to the talented ladies behind the lenses, to Vintage Revival for hosting both Tebbey & Co & One Lump or Two? and of course to Country Fest for a great weekend.  Here's to 2016!

 

 

Adam & Sophie - A Whimsical, Rustic Wedding in Grasmere

Sophie and Adam married in Grasmere.  Poets and painters have been championing this little spot since the 18th century and today it is a literary shrine for Wordsworth pilgrims the world over.  Grasmere is charming; historic, nestled against the fells and the lake, a river through it and gingerbread lovers make pitstops here.  Sophie and Adam fell in love with the place and came from Coventry to marry at St Oswald's Church and party at The Wordsworth Hotel.

Their concept was rustic and whimsical, in keeping with the country surroundings.  The palette was based around the softest pale blush and we worked in partnership with The Floristry and the couple's own crafted details to style the reception venue.

Rachel's images will always speak for themselves with no help from me but I can't help myself...if there is a story to be told Rachel finds it.  I think she has a romantic soul and an open attitude but whatever it is, she finds a way to convey the heart of each event and individual that she photographs and I think it's beautiful.  Well, Sophie and Adam are beautiful anyway aren't they?

Photography: Rachel Hayton //  Flowers: The Floristry //  Ceremony: St. Oswald's Church, Grasmere //  The Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere //  Event Styling: Tebbey & Co.