Steph and Paul married in February at The Wild Boar Inn, Windermere in The Lake District. The styling and details of this wedding are so incredibly stylish and timeless, Stephs Enzoani gown, complimented with fresh flowers in her hair is simply stunning. The maids wore Dusky Pink gowns with Navy blue shrugs and the Groomsmen wore Navy Blue tails with floral cravats.
This winter wedding has bright colours, natural woodland blooms and a whimsical feel with a vintage touch. Enjoy!
Steph The Bride: Paul proposed at the top of ‘Orrest Head’ overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District. I’ve never known Paul walk so fast up a mountain to get to the top! I now look back and realise why he was so impatient with me wanting to stop every few minutes (I’m not a natural up-hill walker!!) and why he wanted to get to the top so quickly! Paul got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful diamond ring (luckily for him – I loved it!!) and for once in my life I was literally speechless. The first thing I asked was ‘have you asked my dad?’ before of course saying ‘yes’! We then spent time enjoying the view of Windermere with a glass of champers and a gorgeous home–made picnic.
The Brides Outfit
I had two weeks to find my dress! From Pauls proposal to when we got married was a total of six months and dresses often take this long to arrive so I was on a mission! Mum and I travelled all over the Fylde to find it and I must have tried on numerous different styles. It was only when Emma, a good friend of mine had bought her dress and told me about the gorgeous shop she bought hers from that I headed straight to Lu Lu Browns of Whalley, Ribble Valley. I spotted a dress, tried it on and knew straight away that it was ‘the one’. I then had the breath holding moment to check I’d not picked the same one as Emma! After a nip, tuck and 3000 beads later by the wonderful Charlotte at Legend Bridal Designs of Blackburn I had the dress I’d dreamed of.
The Grooms Outfit
Paul had four groomsmen, Steve, Adam, Phil as ushers and Mark as Best Man, all of which are life -long friends. I am not 100% sure I can remember how much say Paul got when it came to the Grooms outfits! I remember there not being much room in the car on the way to look at the suits with the Groomsmen but I was determined to fit in and make sure I was there to help with all the decisions! I knew I wanted something quite traditional with a modern twist. The bright blue suits from Amelia’s Bridal Boutique in Clitheroe made all the groomsmen look very handsome (even if they weren’t all that happy about wearing a flowery cravat!). We chose jackets with tails for Paul, the dads and the best man whilst the ushers had normal length suit jackets to try and add a little twist. We bought all the men matching ‘Wild Boar’ cufflinks to link in with the venue and they finished the suits off nicely. My only real concern was Adam as he was flying in from Saudi the day before the wedding. The effort he made to be at our wedding was much appreciated, he made it in good time and the suit luckily fitted!
The Bridesmaid Outfits
From a very early stage I knew I wanted vintage pink and bright blue as our main colour theme for the wedding (we both picked a favourite colour!). With the boys in blue, the girls bridesmaid dresses had to be pink and I got them from the ‘Dessy collection’ at The Bridal Boutique in Bispham who were on hand to help every step of the way. I had Paul’s sister Laura with three other of my close friends Gemma, Rachel and Kirsty from school as bridesmaids and Scarlett, Paul’s cousin as the gorgeous flower girl. As we got married in February, I was worried about the girls being cold so mum and I hunted everywhere for the perfect accessory to match the dresses. Mum rang me one day whilst I was in work and said she had managed to pick up four bright blue shrugs made from marabou feathers from a little boutique shop and thought they would look lovely on the girls. When I first saw the shrugs, I noticed the sizes were not right and I really wasn’t sure the look was going to work! I was worried as they couldn’t be refunded. Mum said ‘trust me’ and as soon as we tried them on with the dresses they looked great – the bright blue contrasted with the pink beautifully and looked even better in the pictures! Mum did a little bit of stitching to make them all fit and they were perfect. Moral of the story – always trust your mums instincts!
As soon as we stepped into St Martin’s church in Bowness, we knew this was the place we wanted to get married as it is truly beautiful and getting married in a church was important to us both and our parents. Once we had decided we then had the anxious wait to see if the church would allow us to marry there as we did not live within the parish. Luckily for us, this was when we met Chris the curate, who agreed to marry us! Chris was all we could have asked for and was completely laid back when it came to us having ideas about the church décor and ceremony. Chris even said Paul could enter the church on a zip wire if we wanted! Although Paul was keen, I wasn’t too sure Grandma’s heart could have handled it! After visiting the church several times over the next six months before our wedding, the church became quite a special place for us and Chris was always on hand to reassure and keep us calm. On the day of the wedding, the aisle was filled with candles and flowers which looked beautiful and on entrance to the church we had a string trio playing Pachelbel’s canon in D. With my dad in hand, all the familiar faces and in particular finally seeing Paul at the top of the aisle allowed the nerves to pass and I think it was the first time that day that I actually relaxed. Kirsty one of my bridesmaids is a classically trained singer who we asked to sing which was incredible and she sang beautifully. I looked around at one point and every single guest was mesmerised by her – truly a special moment. At the end of the service we had everyone up singing ‘The Beatles – When I’m 64’ and we left the church to ‘The Beatles – All you need is love’.
Once we had decided that we wanted to get married in The Lake District, we literally spent one day driving from the top of Ambleside down into Windermere popping into every wedding venue we spotted. One of my most vivid memories of this time was walking into ‘The Wild Boar’, Paul and I just looked at each other and we knew we were both thinking the same – ‘this is it’. The main things we wanted from our wedding was for it to be fun, with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere but most of all with great food! And boy did we get it!
The Wild Boar has its own very distinctive décor and did not need much help to create a rustic, vintage vibe which was the theme of our wedding. The Wild Boar is full of character with low ceiling beams and roaring log fires, so we managed to achieve the relaxed, intimate atmosphere that we wanted quite easily. Our home is always covered with candles and fresh flowers so I knew these were important to me to have on the day. Jane from Flower Design is exceptionally talented at what she does, I knew on the day I could just leave it all in her hands and it would be perfect. Everyone commented on the smell of the flowers as they entered the wedding breakfast, it was just divine!
To add to the flowers and candles was our stationery by Harriet at Amoretto Wedding. Harriet knew exactly the type of style we wanted for our wedding and designed vintage rose patterned personalised stationery for us. We made sure the same theme ran through our entire wedding from the guest invitations, to the table plan and to even each guests’ menu choice.
I had some help with the décor as our mums put their own stamp on the décor by buying personalised signs, candles and pictures for us in the run up to the wedding and each was a heart-warming touch when I saw them on the day. Pauls’ dad also made outdoor wooden signs from pieces of wood found on the beach which I loved and we now have one of them up in our back garden!
The Wild Boar is famous for its homely, hearty food and it is just scrumptious! If you are ever in Windermere in the Lake District it is worth popping in for a bite to eat! If you do not live too far away and want something a little unique for your wedding day, we could not recommend The Wild Boar enough. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we have Emma from the Wild Boar to thank for that. The guests got a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts and all the food was made to perfection! How chef did this with so many options for so many guests, I’ll never know! Guests even now still tell us it was the best fillet steak they’d ever had! The Wild Boar has its very own micro-brewery on site where Paul and I were able to make our very own beer for the wedding day. We named it Parky’s Pint (as we are now The Parkinsons!) and guests who chose fish and chips as their main course had it beer battered with our very own beer! The canapés on arrival included good old pork scratchings and the wild boar hog roast sandwiches for the evening were just as tasty as well!
Our cake was made by Janet from 2nice2slice who can literally take a picture or idea and create the most beautiful cakes. I showed Janet a picture of a cake in a magazine I had spotted, I didn’t see the cake again until the wedding day but it was just perfect and tasted just as good as it looked
When organising our wedding, one of the main things we wanted was constant entertainment which was probably where a lot of our budget went. We wanted to ensure our guests were entertained and enjoyed themselves from start to finish.
We started with a string trio in the church ceremony who played a mixture of classical and rock music including Wonderwall by Oasis (clearly not my choice but Paul is a huge fan!). At the drinks reception we had an acoustic band called The Delta Tones who also played as a live band for us in the evening. We took a gamble on the Liverpudlian lads as we had never listened to them before but we were glad we did, the dance floor was never empty. Singing through the wedding breakfast was Matt Johnson who has an exceptional talent, the atmosphere he created with his voice and the songs he chose to sing are moments we will always remember.
Finally in the late evening we had a live saxophonist play to funky house music which kept the party going until the early hours! I think this was a nice little unexpected surprise for everyone!
I got the idea from somewhere that I wanted a campervan to take the bridesmaids and my mum to the church – something a little quirky! What I hadn’t expected was actually how hard it is to find somebody in The Lakes who would let us rent one just for the day, they wanted us to have it for a whole week! Luckily a good friend knew Sam with the camper van, who was willing to travel from Preston to the Lake District just for the day. It went down a storm with the girls and even though mum was a little concerned about riding to church in a van, she soon got into the swing of things and was singing away to the tunes waving at all tourists as they went by! Dad and I drove in something a little more traditional, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. I was a little concerned as when I tried to get into the car I couldn’t lift my leg high enough as my dress was sooooo tight – luckily I finally managed it without doing any damage! As soon as I got into the car, I told dad not to say anything too nice to me as I was on the brink of being incredibly emotional. The makeup was on and I didn’t want it ruining! It was a lovely drive to the church even if the bridesmaids did get lost, which meant I arrived at the church first but it did mean I got a little extra time in the car with my dad before he walked me down the aisle.
From the moment we met Hayley at our pre-wedding shoot, I knew we had made the right choice. Hayley has an ability to capture precious moments and was able to tell our special day through her beautiful pictures. Hayley on the wedding day was not just a great photographer but was a much needed calming influence helping with my hair, dress and basically was everything a girl needed on her big day! A comment said by many of our guests ‘what beautiful pictures and we didn’t even know they were being taken’ – a sign of a talented photographer!
To Sum Up
The best day of our lives, gutted it is over and would do it all over again tomorrow (if we had the cash!!) A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially our mums and dads – love you all x
Photography by Hayley Baxter Photography
- Bridal Gown Blue by Enzoani Fada dress
- Boutique Lu Lu Browns Whalley
- Bridal Alterations Charlotte at Legend Bridal Designs
- Shoes Vintage Carmen Satin shoe by Rachel Simpson
- Florist Flower Design, Blackpool
- Venue The Wild Boar Inn Crook, Windermere.
- Cake Janet Clark 2nice2slice
- Stationery Harriet at Amoretto Wedding
- Band The Delta Tones
- Wedding Singer Matt Johnson
- Bridesmaid Dresses ‘Dessy’ collection at Bridal Boutique Bispham, Blackpool.
- Groomsmen Amelia’s Brial Boutique in Clitheroe.
- Cars Lakeland Chauffeurs