Sally & Matt’s Wedding | The Forest Side

How the Lake District rain never stopped the photography documenting the perfect winter wedding. Here’s how…!

A Wedding in The Lake District

Being a wedding photographer in the Lake District means you are prepared for any weather that faces the camera. But weather is never a make or brake factor for great wedding photography. For me, capturing a wedding in a natural, documentary style means the story of a wedding day is more about people and personalities. And so to Sally and Matt. What wonderful people they are and wedding guests brimming with personality!

A Winter Wedding at The Forest Side Hotel

Tucked away in the trees on the road through the heart of The Lake District is the The Forest Side Hotel – a magical retreat surrounded by the stunning countryside of Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere. It is a special place for Sally and Matt and so this Michelin star wedding venue has that family feel and that’s why they chose me to be their photographer. They wanted a simple, natural feel – with a quirky twist where possible – and wanted me to be part of the day rather than pose, pose, pose.

Winter Wedding Photography

With wet Lake District weather locked into the day that family feel permeated even more throughout. Everything became cosier, warmer and more festive. Matt had placed photos of them around the hotel amongst the hand made wedding decorations, so photographing the details added such wonderful textures. The ceremony room was set with mistletoe, ivy and a wonderful christmassy arch ready for the wedding vows. Sally was unpacking her Harriet Wilde’s with the bridesmaids in the grandest of rooms while Matt was getting the groomsmen in shape downstairs. John, the father of the bride, was making a few quid charging for some bow tie work!

Five Star Food and Fireworks

And so to the most wonderfully heartfelt ceremony. After some touching vows there was an explosion of emotional energy as Sally and Matt met the Christmas carols of the choir awaiting them outside of the room. The wild weather meant that the beautiful Forest Side porch was the place to head for; festively adorned for confetti and a few portraits together. They were so rich with a naturally emotive energy – that is all you need. From there to the rich seven course Michelin star wedding breakfast by renown chef Kevin Tickle and everyone was caught up in the sheer class and commotion of the occasion. A fantastic first dance and some jiving to the band and then out for fireworks in the wild skies of The Lake District made it so perfect.

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