What a treat we have for you today. Dave and Jo share their beautiful rustic wedding that has the most amazing of settings, a fabulous steamer! With such breathtaking views and beautiful rustic details, you're sure to be inspired by this wonderful, water-set wedding.
We are very fortunate to live near the beautiful lake Ullswater, we have spent a lot of time there together so it was the obvious location for our wedding. We had a humanist ceremony on a Victorian steamer boat on the lake. We were so privileged to say our vows in such a breathtaking setting and the pier made the perfect aisle! After the ceremony we enjoyed a lake cruise, with the Glenridding fells forming a dramatic backdrop for the photos.
The men wore chinos and waistcoats from Edinburgh tweed shop Walker Slater, finished with Lavender, Sea Holly and Rosemary buttonholes. I completed my wedding dress with a beautiful sequined bolero that I bought from a burlesque dancer on Etsy!
Our wedding cake was decorated by friends and four generations of our family. We had sugar craft sessions and made hundreds of beautiful sugar paste flowers and leaves. It meant a lot to have everyone come together and contribute to our wedding cake.
After the cruise we returned to Pooley Bridge, pausing for photos on the iconic 18th century bridge, which sadly collapsed in the recent Cumbrian floods. We had our reception at The Pooley Bridge Inn – a Swiss chalet style pub with a beautiful courtyard. We wanted an informal wedding breakfast and opted for a ploughman’s banquet with local and homemade produce, followed by plant pot cheesecakes for dessert.
Our wedding décor and styling were inspired by our love of nature and gardening. We grew our favourite flowers for the table decorations and buttonholes, including Lavender, Love-in-a-mist, Sweet Peas and Sea Holly. We foraged in our village hedgerows and made wild raspberry vodka favours and elderberry cordial. Our favourite element was the edible potting shed, filled with cakes, sweets and props inspired by gardening, including seedling cakes and jelly worms in edible soil! After dark we turned a wheelbarrow into a fire-pit for toasting marshmallows.
In the evening guests were entertained by an acoustic set from Annemarie Quinn and we had board games and table football for the (big!) kids. A late night cigar, pipe and whisky bar kept the men happy, complete with monocles and pocket watches. We ended the night with a sparkler send-off – the perfect end to a perfect day!
Our advice to other couples would be to get creative and make and grow as much as you can – it’s much more personal and can save you a lot of money. The flowers were our biggest saving, seeds cost pennies – although picking flowers and making flower arrangements the day before the wedding was a little stressful! Know when to hand things over and get some help, the very talented wedding stylist Emma Tebbey brought everything together on the big day, meaning I had chance to unwind before the ceremony.
With thanks to:
Photographer / Jane Beadnell Photography
Bouquets / Green Wheat Flowers
Hair / Greg Malloy Hairdressing
Ceremony / Inspirational Ceremonies
Boat hire / Ullswater Steamers
Styling / Tebbey & Co
Menswear / Walker Slater
Singer / Annemarie Quinn