Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful intimate Lake District elopement overlooking Windermere.
Jade & David eloped to the stunning Merewood County House Hotel for their “Just us wedding”, a wonderful day full of glorious sunshine and adventure.
Images were captured by Joshua Wyborn Photoraphy.
Joshua Wyborn is a Lake District & Cumbria based wedding photographer.
He covers the UK & destinations for weddings and elopements In a contemporary style.
His approach is more observational, creative, and documentary-style rather than the stiff formality of endless group shots.
His eyes are be peeled for those unexpected moments that can make a day creating shots that are unposed, candid, spontaneous.
They are moments captured rather than created and will tell the story of your big day in a naturalistic way.
Groom David chats to us to share the coupes story…
We met in Hereford at College in 2008. For the first couple of years of knowing each other we were just friends, and not really that close – more just an exchange of niceties whenever we saw each other.
We started talking a lot more after a football session we were both involved in, after I ended up with an injury and had to leave, I saw Jade as I was leaving looking fed up.
I invited her for a cuppa and a chat to see if I could cheer her up. We got on like a house on fire.
A month or so had passed and we hadn’t really spent any real time together, apart from a few nights out with friends.
At the time I was working in the college bar and was putting on a bit of a Christmas Party in the college bar with some obligatory Karaoke, and to my surprise, Jade came over toward the end of the night carrying the Mistletoe… This was to be the start of everything.
We both left Hereford for the Christmas break, going our separate ways for a couple of weeks. Me to Manchester, and Jade to Wales.
I don’t think there was a day that went by that we didn’t talk in one way or another. It was crazy how much we grew close over that couple of weeks.
We talked about anything and everything, it felt so natural. I couldn’t wait to get back and see her.
Once back in Hereford, we met up and everything just felt right. We were then inseparable, and did everything together.
It wasn’t long after we started seeing each other that we booked our first holiday – for 12 months down the line.
We went on a cruise to the Canary Islands and found we both had a great love for travelling.
Since then, we’ve travelled all over, thoroughly enjoying each other’s company and taking in different countries, cultures, and sharing experiences.
After being nagged pretty much since the day we got together to propose, I finally decided to go ahead with it and having been looking for a winter holiday in 2017 and settling on a Caribbean cruise on board P&O’s Britannia, the location was set in my head, that’s where I’d do it. It gave me a few months to prepare.
Jade had always told me that she wanted me to ask her Dad beforehand so he could give his blessing, and conveniently we were all going on holiday that summer to Ibiza, so again, another location set in my head.
November was rapidly coming, and everything was starting to come together.
I’d booked for us to go in Jade’s favourite place to eat where I was going to pop the question. But, Jade being Jade, and having good food in front of her, ate way too much and just wanted to leave. The plan went out of the window.
Time was running out, the holiday was nearly over, and I hadn’t asked her yet. A couple of days later we were going out to another speciality restaurant, but instead of waiting for dinner, I decided I had to just get on with it. We were about to leave the cabin when I turned to her, dropped down on one knee and asked. I’ll never forget that look on her face.
Once we got engaged, we started looking at what we wanted to do for a wedding.
We’d both agreed that we wanted an all or nothing wedding, and with family living all of the UK (and Jade’s Mum being out in Australia), we decided to just do it by ourselves.
After a lot of searching for the right place, we found the Merewood Country House Hotel.
Dating back to 1812, the hotel has retained much of its historical charm with many of the original features lovingly restored, including the panelled hall and reception, and this was the perfect setting
Their “Just us” wedding package was just what we wanted so we decided to just go for it.
We became a couple on January 8th 2010 and Jade is determined for me to never, ever, forget that date so we were married on January 8th 2019, 9 years to the day that our love story began.
Sometimes an elopement can be the perfect choice
You don’t spend your entire engagement thinking about how to make your wedding amazing for your guests, it’s about making the day amazing for you.
There is no fuss. There are no speeches, no first dances, just a celebration of who you are as a couple and that in its simplicity can be just amazing..
Photography: Joshua Wyborn Photographic
Venue: Merewood Country House Hotel
Make up & Hair: Hair & Makeup by Ely
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