Hello folks! Did your weekend see a sprinkling of snow? With wintry weather sweeping across the nation, what better way to start the week than with an elegant, outdoor, November wedding? Yes, you read that right; today’s brave couple proved that with a bit of planning (and some cooperation from Mother Nature), it is possible to tie the knot in the great outdoors at any time of the year.
Jess and Rob (who own a hairdressing salon together) said ‘I do’ on the 12th of November, 2015, at Cragwood Country House Hotel, a grand Edwardian hall, in the heart of the Lake District, overlooking Lake Windermere.
“We wanted a slow paced day and only invited a very few close family members and friends. When it came to my look, I didn’t really follow a style as such. I just wanted to be me, but a little more glam.”
Photography by S6 Photography
Jess opted for the ‘Iris’ gown by Claire Pettibone, which she purchased from The White Room in Sheffield; “I went to try on dresses not long after I’d had a baby, so I felt a little self-conscious about my ‘baby hips’. However, once I put the dress on, I felt so comfortable and actually a little bit sexy for once. It was so important to me to feel like the dress moved with me, plus I knew Rob would love it.”
After the ceremony, Jess swapped her veil for an elegant floral crown created using seasonal flowers, berries and foliage by the couple’s talented florist, Anna of Swallows and Damsons; “I pretty much left Anna to create whatever she felt was right for me. I had a few meetings with her and, again, I knew she was perfect for us. Anna has an art for flowers that shows in all her work. I would describe her as a flower artist and my bouquet was just perfect.”
Flowers by the truly talented Swallows and Damsons
Cragwood Country House Hotel due to its naturally beautiful surroundings, plus the hotel are accepting of our dogs, who are a really important part of our lives.”
“I wore Chanel No 5 because it is a classic scent that my husband loves and always buys me.”
Our couple’s big day was carefully documented by Jon Dennis of S6 Photography…
“As soon as were engaged, I was on a mission to find a good wedding photographer. Photography is a hobby of mine and I love photos, so finding the right photographer was a big thing for me. As soon as I saw Jon’s blog, I knew I wanted to book him. Jon’s photos really capture the emotion of the day and all the guests always look so natural. On the day, Jon was a calming presence and nothing was too much trouble. I cannot thank him enough for capturing memories for me to keep forever.”
Last year, Jon’s blog crashed after he shared photos of a Yorkshire wedding hit by the remnants of hurricane Bertha. Jon’s wonderful photos of the couple splashing about outside their flooded Tepee, knee deep in water, in their wedding finery, quickly went viral. It’s easy to see why – if there was ever evidence that a wedding day downpour is no match for high spirits, this is it! Take a peek at Jon’s blog post about the wedding here.
Thankfully, Rob and Jess were blessed with better weather conditions for their own outdoor ceremony! Our couple tied the knot in the grounds of Cragwood, underneath a wooden gazebo, overlooking Lake Windermere, as their nearest and dearest (including their two dogs, each wearing a bow tie!) looked on. What a dreamy backdrop!
“My dad gave me away and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I walked up the aisle to ‘Strong’ by London Grammar.”
We are huge fans of Claire Pettibone’s romantic, vintage inspired designs and Jess’s gown is no exception. Claire is renowned for applying the same attention to detail to the back of her designs as the front, ensuring that her brides make a striking exit as well as entrance. I love the low illusion back on Jess’s gown and the corded lace design – stunning!
Meanwhile, Rob looked very stylish in black trousers, tie and waistcoat all from Reiss, paired with a grey tweed jacket.
“Rob and I met in a nightclub in 2008. He charmed me by blowing raspberries on my tummy and telling me I had nice hair!”
Words of Wedded Wisdom:
“My advice is to just be yourself. Do it your way, whatever that may be. It’s all over so fast, don’t rush it. Savour it as much as you can.”
Jess is a big fan of Love My Dress and was delighted to be picked to have her wedding featured on the blog:
“I really enjoyed reading Love My Dress, particularly the real weddings, so being chosen for a feature was really exciting for me. Thank you for including me.”
A HUGE thank you to you Jess, it was an honour to share your beautiful nuptials. A heartfelt thanks also goes out to Jon Dennis of S6 Photography for capturing our couple’s big day so very well.
Have you considered an outdoor winter wedding? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. If you’d like to see other wintry nuptials, please follow this link. For more weddings in the beautiful surrounds of the Lake District, click here.
Wishing you a great week!
Photographer – S6 Photography
Venue – Cragwood Country House Hotel
Wedding Dress – ‘Iris’ by Claire Pettibone, purchased from The White Room Bridal Boutique, Sheffield
Shoes – Karen Millen
Bride’s Scent/perfume – Chanel No 5
Groom – Reiss suit
Florist – Swallows and Damsons, Sheffield
Rings – UK Bullion, Sheffield
Hair Stylist – Ky’Cut Wilson
Makeup Artist – Janeane Hodgson