The colours in this gorgeous Lake District wedding are just beautiful – there’s just something really soft, muted and natural about the whole thing, which I think demonstrates that Bride Kim has done a wonderful job of capturing the wild landscape that surrounded the venue…
And what a venue! The Coppermine Cottages are located high in the Coppermines Valley, with stunning views of the mountain peaks and of Coniston Water – a simply incredible part of the world and a fabulous place to get married. Kim, Ant & their guests must have felt like the rest of the world had disappeared as they celebrated their love high up in a remote part of the mountain peaks.
Lovely photographer Kerry Diamond has captured some wonderful couple shots incorporating the location too and the whole set of images just radiate warmth, fun and love. Oh yes, and there are handsome men in uniform for you, adorable little ones to coo over AND a dog, so all in all, it’s a pretty perfect wedding!
Kim The Bride: I chose this dress as it was flattering, glamorous yet simple and I felt happy in it! It actually wasn’t what I wanted so when I found it I was a bit annoyed. I left it on the shelf and got back on the motorway. Half way home I spun the car around and went back to get it! My Mum loved it straight away so was pleased when I made the drastic u-turn!!
I wanted to save money and do all the flower arranging myself so I just ordered a bucket of wild flowers and arranged them with my friends and family. I chose soft coloured wild flowers as I wanted a natural feel. They were beautiful! I bought these from a florist called Katie in Kendal. We had a phone conversation about what I wanted as she was in Kendal and I was in the Cotswolds. When I went to collect them I was so pleased with her choices of seasonal wild flowers. They were just gorgeous.
I got my bridal bouquet and our Mum’s thank you flowers from a florist called Alex in Ambleside. These were incredible. The roses used were so unique! They were vintage style and completely beautiful. I didn’t want to part with it!! I also bought 50 bunches of gypsophila and these were used to make three gypsophila hanging balls which our friends spent 7 hours completing!! My friend Nat, made bridesmaids bouquets from these flowers which were gorgeous! Nat also made the button holes which looked so rustic and perfect.
It was up a mountain called the Old Man of Coniston, a mountain we have previously climbed together. The setting is very rural, rustic and the scenery is spectacular. Ant’s family home is in the Lake District, I used to holiday there every year with my parents and family and just love it!! There were also four hot tubs which pleased us very much and we were able to spend the week before at the venue with some of our friends and family which was awesome!!
I enjoy interior design and I was inspired by the surroundings of the venue. The rawness, the wild landscape and the rustic feeling of the venue – it reflected us as a couple. I wanted the decor to reflect all these things. The wild flowers, the ivy around the cake, the cake stand Ant made from logs he’d found. It all tied back to the landscape, creating something simple but beautiful. We utilised what items we could find around the mines. Ant used a huge piece of Cumbrian slate as a table top to put our favours on. We made gypsophila balls to hang from the ceiling, again incorporating fresh ivy.
I was very relaxed about the theme as I enjoy the eclectic style. We collected old books and candelabras from car boot sales and decided against a set colour scheme. I thought pastel colours would create the look I was after and it seems to work out well. I was over the moon with how it all turned out. Our friends and family did all the hard work in the run up to the big day, so we owe them heaps!
Debbie Cowan from Kendal made our delicious wedding cake. We went for a naked cake, so it wasn’t iced, in flavours of lemon and orange. I wanted it to look rustic and I wanted something that would be suitable to serve for dessert! We had it with home made ice cream made by our caterers and berries. We wanted it served for dessert not only to save money but I also didn’t want the cake to get wasted which often happens at weddings.
Stephen Manders from I Do Wedding Catering did our food. He has lots of experience in hog roasts and has now branched into wedding catering. He and his partner Kate were just incredible! The price was very reasonable, the service we received on the day was faultless and the food…just wow!
We had canapés after the ceremony. For the weddimg breakfast we had a mezze on the individual tables for guests to share, including homemade breads, lamb cutlets, humous, Moroccan filo parcels and lots more, then we had a variety of Moroccan tagines served with cous cous salad. It was all divine. So flavoursome, cooked to perfection and unique. All the guests complimented the food and absolutely loved the starter. I would definitely, 100% rate him and recommend him to all people who need a caterer for their event.
Kerry Diamond is just awesome! Her photos are so creative, natural and unique. Not only is Kerry a fantastic, arty photographer she was also brilliant and fun to have around. Kerry sat with our friends for dinner and just fitted in. I’m so glad she captured the silent disco too! I would recommend Kerry Diamond a million times over.
A friend of ours, Oliver Rayner kindly volunteered to do our videography for us. The end result is just fantastic, succinct, funny and a joy for everyone to watch. I am so pleased we have the memories of the day to watch over and over!
Whilst we were skiing in La Plagne in January we stumbled across a Band called Daisy B and Tom whilst indulging in après ski, we ended up getting on the jaeger train and dancing on the tables! Their music was awesome and had everyone up dancing. I contacted them when we were back to see if they’d play at our wedding and they were happy to. They went down a treat! Everyone loved them, they are just such good fun. We are hoping to go and see them again in la plagne next year. Because of the noise restrictions (finishing at midnight) we decided to hire some head phones and have a silent disco! We had two channels for our guests to listen to. One channel was a live DJ Jules Hoyle who is a friend of Ant’s. He DJ’s in Glasgow and he was amazing!! I stuck to his channel. The other channel was a mixture of cheese, pop, oldies etc played through the iPhone. The silent disco was so much fun. We partied until 5am with smoke and lasers lighting up the mountains and the open fire pits kept us warm!
We both wrote our own vows as a surprise for each other. I just wrote from the heart and they worked out well. Here’s an extract from mine…’I promise you the following; To laugh at your jokes, to try my hardest to keep my patience with you, to love you more every single day, to go surfing with you, to support you in times of need, to close your car boot softly, encourage you in times of unease, to be faithful to you at all times, standby you when we’re miles apart, to be kind and thoughtful towards you and I promise to enhance your life from this day forward – I love you.’
Get all the prep done you can as far in advance as you can and try to finish it all a month before so you don’t have as much to worry about in the final few weeks. If you’re doing all the decor, favours, tables, everything yourself, DELEGATE!! It takes so much stress off yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it really doesn’t matter on the day as it’ll be perfect no matter what!