I was delighted when Louise and Alex asked me to photograph their Eden valley Wedding at the wonderful Eden Valley wedding venue - Marton House.
Louise and Alex had planned every fine detail of their Wedding, ceremony, champagne reception and afternoon tea at Marton House and then returning to their house and large garden for the evening reception.
When I arrived at the house the hair stylist from Cappelli, in Penrith was already hard at work dressing the Bridesmaids’s hair, Eleanor is Louise and Alex’s daughter and was loving being pampered and having her hair dressed with beautiful english countryside flowers. I travelled up to Knock in convoy with Helen Townson from Definitions beauty who would be Louise’s make up artist today. Its great working with Helen, dead relaxed and nothing is too much trouble for her, in fact beyond the call of duty she also applied some ‘Fairy Dust’ and glittery nail varnish to little Eleanor much to her delight and also helped Louise into her dress.
Much tea was drunk as Matt, Louise’s brother would be giving her away and he kept the tea coming – much appreciated!
I knew Matt and Louise’s Dad, Bob as he was a friend of my late father and knowing Bob was a huge fan of the classic British Icon the Mini, I was delighted to see parked on the drive a 1969 classic Mini Cooper S Mk2 from Lakes and Dales Classic Car Hire Matt would be driving Louise to Marton House in the car.
Luckily a minor disaster was averted when the car door was shut as we were looking round the car when the sudden realisation that the keys were in the ignition and the door was locked – John the best man had long arms and the window, was slightly ajar – phew!
Before we knew it the time had come for Louise to get into her wedding gown, a bespoke item by Marie Oleson of Carlisle, Marie had also handmade a Bridesmaid dress for Eleanor – beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail and it was lovely to see. It was great to see Louise’s choice of footwear – she wore a pair of the new breed of Doc Marten’s Floral and they worked perfectly with the dress. Excellent! – oh and Alex the groom wore his clogs
Bride in her frock and I set off on the 2 minute drive to Marton House, a slight mis-calculation in transport meant that I also had the Bestmans wife and two-year old son in for the ride with me but everyone got there in good time to await Louise.
There is just such a lovely feel about Marton House, especially a service in The Orangery and I think this was my forth visit, Martin the owner always has an out held hand and a smile on his face, he and Christine are such great hosts and it is always a pleasure to be in their company.
I had my usual briefing meeting with the Eden Registrar and took up position to await Louise’s arrival, she was played in by musician Dan Donnelly (iTunes) to gasps from the guests and a very approving smile from Alex. A lovely ceremony with readings by both Alex and Louise – just lovely and as always a little tear escaped my camera eye!
Lots of photographs in the grounds while the guests drank Champane and the children ran around in the safety of the Marton House and its lush soft lawns, adults made new friends and laughed with old ones.
At some point in the past, Alex had said that when they got married he would be dissapointed if someone didn’t come to the Wedding in a superhero costume – he wasn’t to be disappointed, one of Louise’s work colleagues had on, inside her coat a Bat Woman costume, brilliant !
Champagne, afternoon tea and cakes consumed it was time to head back to the house, drinks were poured and guests spilled into the marquee, tankards of Hawkshead Brewery beer and lots of nibbles to get the party started – Kate and her husband were furiously preparing the food along with a few other keen helpers and I have to say it was a wonderful spread followed by homemade Apple Pie and Cream.
Dan Donnelly returned to play his evening set and really got the party going, followed by ‘music from the shed’ in other words a disco by the groom’s friend that used the garden shed backed onto the marquee – a brilliant DJ Booth, perfect! As darkness fell we decided to take the cake outside for the cutting so that everybody got a good view and I could have a little play with some light to give them a very different cake cutting shot.
My work was done, I packed my bag, had a fruit juice and said my goodbyes – I am sure the party lasted well into the night and I wish Louise and Alex all the happiness in the world for their married life together, I understand they are currently on honeymoon in their camper somewhere in Northumberland – good times!
I now look forward to design Louise and Alex their Queensberry Wedding Album – always an exciting exercise!
Guests from the wedding can see the full set of Wedding images here, you will need to obtain the password from Lou or Alex.
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