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.  



The Wild Boar Wedding Fayre. Sunday 22nd February.

Six tablescapes and a whole heap of styling inspiration will be happening at The Wild Boar, Crook, this Sunday for their wedding open day.  I like this venue a lot.   It's a proper country inn with log fires, private woodland and tarn, a smokehouse (for smoking the wild boar, obviously), and a clay pigeon shooting range.  It's all kinds of cosy and it always smells really good, I mean REALLY good, and while smell is possibly not the first thing on your list of priorities when choosing a wedding venue, the combination of wood fires, forest floor, fresh coffee and cooking, coming from the open kitchen, is a fact if you can't find me on Sunday, I'l probably be dozing in one of the big leather armchairs...

I'm partnering with Kendal floral designer Katie Robinson from Made In Flowers.  Katie and I have worked together on quite a few events now and so I thought I'd revisit a few of those here.  Katie is great, firstly she listens, she's innovative and my word is she efficient?!  She's also been known to chop down her own garden to provide just the right kind of foliage!  We're excited and we're looking forward to meeting new couples and hearing your wedding plans - if you're looking for us we'll be the ones with flowers in our hair.

 Image: Rachel Hayton Photography //  Buttonholes: Made In Flowers 

 Image: Rachel Hayton Photography // Easel Hire: Typical Type // Garland: Made In Flowers

Image: Rachel Hayton //  Bouquet: Made In Flowers

Image: Steven Barber //  Flowers: Made In Flowers 

Image: Steven Barber //  Flowers: Made In Flowers //  Vintage Caravan: Florence 

If you are thinking about getting married in the Lake District, and you like steak, I'd say this is a good venue for you.  

Wild Boar Wedding Fayre, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria.  12noon - 4pm on Sunday 22nd, February, 2015.

Supplier List:

Katie Dale: Hair and Make up Artist  //  DJ Gary Mills  //  Julia Tasker Bridal Couture  //  Made In Flowers  // Tebbey & Co.  with One Lump or Two?  //  Ashton Photography  //  Michael Coates Clay Pigeon Shooting  //  Amoretto Wedding  //  The Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse  //  

Peonies & Pheasant Feathers: A Bohemian Summer Table (with a little Midas touch)

Peonies -  big and blousy and completely beautiful, they have more drama and romance than you can shake a stick at.  Growing up, our garden was full of them and I've loved them ever since.  They're so worth the effort of having to prop them up as they grow, just so they can cope with the weight of their own blooms - but oh, those blooms...  In June we put together a summer wedding tablescape for Country Fest in Cumbria that gave these firm summer favourites the limelight alongside an eclectic collection of brown glass, eucalyptus, deep dark reds and pheasant feathers.  The result is unstructured, bohemian but still feminine and gives each peony head room to showboat.  

With a UK flowering season from mid spring to early summer, peonies are perfect for late May, June and July brides.  

Images: Rachel Hayton Photograhy // Event Styling: Tebbey & Co.



Valentine Giveaway

Okay Lovers, Valentine’s Day is nearly here and that’s a very good reason to have a give away!

Over the last few years these little chairs have seated guests at village halls, country fetes and beautiful barns around Cumbria, Lancashire & Yorkshire and now you can win them for your wedding day. 

Image: Rachel Hayton 

For a chance to win, hop over to the Contact page, fill in the form and tell us what your favourite first dance song contenders are?  That's it!

Competition closes on Sunday 15th February at 10am and the winner will be randomly selected from the entries and notified by email the same day.


-          Delivery is included within 10 miles of Kendal.  Between a radius of 10 -20 miles of Kendal delivery and collection are charged at £0.50 per                 mile.

-       This competition is open to couples marrying within 20 miles of Kendal.

-          This competition is open to couples getting married in 2015 only.

-          All event rentals are delivered the day before your event and collected the day after.

-          The competition is for white folding wooden chairs only and cannot be exchanged for alternative rentals.

-          Maximum quantity: 100 chairs.

-          Entrants must provide contact details via the form on the Tebbey & Co. website.


Summer Meadow Wedding - A Styled Shoot with Aspire

Back in May as summer was starting to warm up, I spent a day pottering about in a Cumbrian field with the Aspire team and group of photography delegates.  

Courtesy of the inimitable Melissa Beattie, (who I met on this shoot actually - I thank my lucky stars for that introduction), here is some lake district wedding inspiration for brides who like tripping about in meadows and have a fondness for braids, lilacs and a peter pan collar.

Location & Photography Training : Aspire 

Photography: Melissa Beattie

Hair & Make-Up: Aimee Chorley 

Wedding Dress: Sweetpea by Charlotte Balbier at The White Closet

Styling: The Aspire Team  // Tebbey & Co.

Lettering: Calligraphy For Weddings