Chris & Joni's wedding at Old Fire Station in Carlisle | Previews | Mattyy Simpson Lake District Wedding Photographer

Chris & Joni have been engaged for 10 years and they decided to start planning their wedding day and wanted a relaxed documentary style of photography as they wanted to make the most of the day spending it in the company of their closest family and friends.

The ceremony was held at Lady Gilford's House and Joni was walked down the aisle by her eldest son which was very emotional for both the couple and guests. Afterwards they had bagpipes playing whilst guests were served with a toasting drink to celebrate the marriage before they all headed down to the reception venue.

The Old Fire Station as the name suggests is the old city fire station and still has the old engine bay doors which have been decorated out with photos of old fire station related photos, it made a perfect background for a few photos later on with Chris & Joni. The building itself is situated quite close to the river and subsequently it has been flooded twice, once in 2005 when it was still in use as a fire station and then again in 2015 when storm Desmond hit.

It didn't stop the venue from reopening, the old engine room gets used as the main hall for music events and now has had a wedding. The wedding breakfast was held upstairs and what was great about this was the light from all the windows paired with the white walls allowed the light to fill the entirety of the room, a great combination for photos! Speeches came from Chris' brother and then 3 of Joni's friends, Chris decided to save his speech for after the meal and have it downstairs when the next set of guests arrived.

After the meal as promised Chris announced the start of his speech in the bar and everyone gathered round. After a few puns about being in a fire station he got to the main part and it was a very emotional speech, you could tell it was genuine and he had everyone in tears by the end of it which is always a sign of a good speech.

After everyone had dried their eyes it was time to tune up the guitar, hand out some song sheets and have a little music session. Music is a huge part to Chris and Joni's life (Chris wrote a 3 page handwritten letter to Joni for the morning of the wedding with a playlist that reminded him of their relationship together) so they wanted to incorporate music into their wedding and what better way than to play some songs and sing along with your friends and family.

We wrapped up the day with a few photographs of Joni and all her friends outside the venue and then a few shots of the new Mr & Mrs Armstrong in front of those big fire station doors. This wedding was very intimate, very emotional & so laid back and it was beautiful to be a part of it and capture such an important part of their life, I hope you enjoy these sneak preview photographs :)