Early on in 2017 Hannah rang me to discuss her wedding photography, the wedding was to take place at the Lingholm Estate which looks over Keswick, Derwent Water and the surrounding fells, an excellent setting for a Lake District Wedding!
We arranged a date to meet up at the Cafe on the estate to go through the details of the day and to have a walk around the grounds to get a feel for photo opportunities especially as it was my first wedding at this particular venue. They both explained how they got engaged at Friars Crag which is just across the lake and when we were down at the jetty discussing how we could incorporate that into their day the idea of trying to get a boat across on the day was put into the planning. Other areas of the estate tied in perfectly with Dave & Hannah, there was even a pond in the garden in the shape of a “B” as Hannah’s name was going from Barnes to Black.
There were many other features which make this perfect for wedding photos, in the house you have a large wide staircase, big open stone fireplaces, high ceilings with crystal chandeliers not to mention the expansive terraced garden area!
Fast forward to the middle of 2018 and the wedding was getting nearer, I received a message from Dave & Hannah about photos and that they were wanting to feel more relaxed whilst in front of the camera so we organised to meet up and go through posing techniques that I may use on the day but more importantly getting them both feeling comfortable with having photos taken.
We met at Dancing Beck which is close to Keswick, the garden was full of colour and made a great addition to the photos. The pre wedding session really helped Dave & Hannah feel more confident in front of the camera and you could see it in the photos, the laughs and natural smiles were coming out and you could tell that these two were madly in love with each other!
15th September came around quickly and the weather forecast was for rain but as friends and family of Dave & Hannah know, when they visit the Lake District it doesn’t rain even if it’s forecast to!
I met up with Hannah and her bridesmaids as they started to get their hair and make up done, Hannah was so calm and even if she was nervous you couldn’t tell. After capturing the bridal prep and some detail shots of the dress I met up with Dave and his groomsmen down in the grounds for some photos before he was called in for his interview with the registrar. I went back upstairs in time to grab a shot of Paul (Hannahs Dad) seeing her in the dress for the first time, very emotional, but one very proud Dad!
After the ceremony and formal photographs the guests sat down to eat followed with speeches from Paul, Dave and Richard (Dave’s Best Man). Hannah had slipped in to her walking boots before the speeches so after Richard had finished his last sentence she was ready for the boat adventure across Derwent Water. Dave, Hannah, Laura (bridesmaid), Me and the band got into the boat as everyone waved them off from the jetty whilst the band played “Sailing” by Rod Stewart. Their dream was becoming a reality with huge smiles on their faces as we raced away across the choppy water to the opposite shore.
It certainly was turning heads when we disembarked and made our way to Friars Crag, many people stopping to take photos, it’s not every day a groom and his bride in her walking boots is seen taking a stroll along Derwent Water shore! When we got to Friars Crag the skies were dark and moody, almost as if it was going to rain. After a few photos facing towards Borrowdale there was a break in the clouds with a burst of sunlight coming from over Lingholm Estate so I quickly relocated Dave & Hannah for a photo and looking down at the back of the camera I was in awe, the photo was just magical…
The golden light disappeared as fast as it arrived and so we packed up and decided to head back to the boat and get back to Lingholm for their first dance and the evening reception.
On the boat trip back the band were discussing with Dave & Hannah about having the first dance outside on the terrace and as we got back to the venue the light was fading but there was just enough light to be able to get focus on the couple. They danced to “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede and Dave definitely had been practising his dance moves for this one compared to his shapes he was cutting later on on the dance floor! The images again were just amazing with the orange outside lights from the venue mixed with the blue night sky (clouds) contrasting very well.
This kicked the evening reception off and after moving back inside there was some incredible music played by the band and some very good dancing by all guests young and old! All the preview photos are below along with links to the other suppliers who helped make Dave & Hannah’s perfect wedding day <3
Hair Stylist - The Hair Shop
Makeup Artist - StarBeauty Keswick
Dress - Celebrations Bridal House
Flowers - Evergreens Florist
Venue - The Lingholm Estate
Caterers - FELL AND DALES CATERING
Band - Rock My Reception
Transport - Keswick Launch Company