Linthwaite House, Windermere Wedding
Caroline & Scott
Linthwaite, Windermere Wedding – I loved Linthwaite House the I photographed Lauren & James wedding there last summer so I was excited when Caroline & Scott booked me for their wedding – it was a lovely Autumn day … here are a few from the day – full blog to follow soon!
Bethany was our wedding photographer and she was just brilliant. We wanted natural photographs that weren’t too posed and would capture the feeling of the day from our guests. We wanted a photographer who would take the pictures but you wouldn’t really notice they were there. I had looked at some of Bethany’s work and her photos were just gorgeous. She had previously photographed a wedding at Linthwaite, which were exactly what we were looking for, so got in touch. Right from the very beginning Bethany was a pure joy, extremely easy to work with, really reliable and she gave us amazing photographs that we will treasure forever.
We got engaged on the 12 January in 2015. Scott proposed whilst we were sat at a picnic bench at the top of French Alps whilst away on a skiing trip to Meribel with friends. It was a beautiful sunny morning and just a perfect romantic moment that we had on our own. Once I said yes some of our friends came along on the next ski lift and took some pictures and then we all skied down the mountain for lunch and champagne. It was just a brilliant day! We had been together for almost ten years at that point, and many of our friends and family were starting to wonder if we ever would get engaged!
We got married on the 20 October 2016. We chose the date as we wanted an autumn wedding and as we were getting married in the Lake District we knew the autumnal colours would look wonderful. Additionally, we hoped that the weather would still be mild with a little bit of light in the evening before the clocks changed. However, we didn’t worry about having it all our own way weather wise, as if it did rain it would also create a cosy atmosphere for our guests at our venue.
We chose to get married at Linthwaite House Hotel at Bowness-on-Windermere. We always knew that we wanted to get married in the Lake District as it’s such a special place to us. We did only look at three other hotels before visiting Linthwaite but as soon as we arrived there I just knew that it would be perfect. It ticked all of our wishes, beautiful views, extremely friendly and lovely staff, warm homely interiors, beautiful rooms for our guests to stay and just amazing food. We really wanted a laid back and relaxed day that wasn’t stuffy, a place where our guests could truly relax once they arrived and as we had exclusive use of the entire hotel this is exactly what we got and a whole lot more. I really couldn’t recommend Linthwaite highly enough to any couple looking for a place to get married in the Lake District.
I wore a dress from Allure Bridals and accessorised it with a belt and bolero. I bought the dress from Adele Louise Bridal, which is a bridal boutique in Wolverhampton. This is quite far from where I live but my sister-in-law is a friend of the owner. I was pretty clueless as to what I was looking for so I went with her and my niece to try a few dresses on. I had an idea that I wanted something quite simple and this dress just seemed perfect, and the beautiful lace design on the dress fitted in somehow with the timeless Lake District surroundings.
Scott wore a blue suit from Next and a bow tie that he bought online from San Francisco.
I bought the bridesmaid dress online from a company called ‘JJ’s House’. I had left getting the bridesmaid dresses quite close to the wedding as one of my bridesmaid’s was pregnant and I was a bit wary of buying them online, but they were great. They tailored made the dresses and had such a big selection that I was able to get four different dresses for each of my different bridesmaids, but in the exact same colour and they arrived really quickly.
I stayed at Linthwaite with some family and friends the night before the wedding. Scott stayed at The Angel Inn in Bowness the night before with friends and they just drove in their own cars.
Brackens of Bowness provided the flowers. We aren’t too knowledgeable about flowers but we visited them and had a quick chat and immediately they gave us some brilliant ideas for the bouquets and also the table decorations and they knew what would work best. We provided them with a colour swatch of the bridesmaid dresses and the flowers were outstanding, many of our guests commented on how beautiful they were, Kevin and his team did an exquisite job.
We decided to have a cheese cake, with four tiers of different cheeses. This was provided by Churchmouse Cheeses.
We had a band called ‘Sold To The Sky’ to provide our evening entertainment A friend at work recommended them as they had played at his wedding and said how good they were. We went along to one of their gigs at the Lancaster Beer Festival and our mind was made up on the second song they played, they were great and the lead singer has a fantastic voice. They knew how to get a party started and which songs to play, and their set list was so varied that there was something for everyone of any age to enjoy. They also provided a little bit of a DJ set when they had a break, so there was no need to hire in another. We honestly got very lucky with these guys and they were just brilliant, could not have asked for any better!
We had our own guest ‘Wedding Ale’ free on the bar for our guests, which was provided by Hawkshead Brewery.
We had a relatively small wedding of 64 guests for both the day and night, but we filled the whole hotel and they let us feel like it was our home for the day. Every single member of staff was superb and helpful and they really went to great lengths to fulfil every one of our guests needs. We honestly could not have picked a better place to get married.
Top Tip- Make it about yourselves and what you like and don’t get too caught up in the details. Also enjoy every single second as it goes so fast!