An amazing homespun Lancashire Wedding with a 1930’s inspired gown

Today I am excited to share this amazing homespun Lancashire Wedding with a 1930’s inspired gown

Rachel & Dave chose an outdoors wedding in the grounds of his family’s B&B and its nothing short of absolutely beautiful.

Images were captured by Lifeline Photography.

Hannah of Lifeline Photography tells us a little bit about her work & her recollections of the couples Big Day…


“I’m Hannah, one of the two smiley faces behind the cameras at LifeLine Photography.”

“Jen and I love laid back weddings and couples who just want to have fun and celebrate by surrounding themselves with the things and the people that they love most.”

“We work all over the country (and indeed abroad) shooting weddings of all shapes and sizes – usually non-traditional and always full of love & laughter.”


“Rachel & Dave got in touch with me thanks to a recommendation from my dear friend Sassy at Assassynation.”

“I knew from the first e-mail that they were exactly my cup of tea. And not just because they mentioned real ale and gin!”

“We hit it off brilliantly during a Skype chat and the stayed in touch throughout the year leading up to the wedding.”

“By the time it came around I already felt like I knew Rachel really well and I couldn’t wait to get there and see all of her hard work come to life!”

“Rachel & Dave’s laid back vision for the day certainly shone through.”

“They were blessed with perfect weather so the entire day just felt like a super personal village fete.”

“Highlights for me were the rounders game and popping back to their cottage for some couple pics but also to put the chickens to bed! Fat chicken totally stole my heart.”

“Oh and seeing the hot air balloon on the horizon shortly before sunset was pretty blummin’ special too.”

To add the views from the B&B were breath taking quite frankly so it made the perfect backdrop to the day.”


I hand over to gorgeous Bride Rachel…


How did you meet?

“We met through a friend is the short answer!”

“We became friends and got to know each other over a number of years. I’d say it was a slow burner, Dave would say I wore him down.”

“Either way, one day in 2009 we decided we liked each other in that way and spent the first 3 years of our relationship long distance travelling between Newcastle and Lancaster.”

When did you get engaged?

“We got engaged in March 2015 whilst on holiday in Iceland.”

“We spent a week travelling around the north of the country, where we saw killer whales, the northern lights, epic waterfalls, climbed a crater and spent lots of time in geothermal pools – plenty of opportunities for a romantic proposal.”

“However, Dave chose to pop the question after we’d been for dinner with friends, at 2am in the freezing rain in Reykjavik’s central square (when we were both rather tipsy to say the least).”

“It was very unexpected and my first response was to ask if he was joking!”

“It turns out he wasn’t and we chose my quirky engagement ring whilst we were there.”

“We waited until we got home the following week to surprise our family and friends with the news.”

Tell us about your Wedding Planning journey…

Venue and décor

“Compromise! Dave was very keen to have an outdoors wedding in the grounds of his family’s B&B so a summer wedding it was.”

“Thankfully we got very lucky with the weather, after a week of thunderstorms it could have been a soggy one.”

“The field is a bit uneven so a traditional marquee wasn’t really appropriate (and not really our style).”

“My sister-in-law suggested tipis and the rest fell into place! Dave was keen to let the tipi do most of the work in terms of décor,”

“I’m quite crafty and really wanted to add some personal touches. We’ve got a very talented bunch of people around us who took my instructions very well (thanks mum!).”

“Making all the decorations, invites etc. ourselves helped keep the costs down. We had lots of cross stitch, crochet etc. and various bits fashioned from yarn.”

“Our centre-pieces were potted herbs, my brother is a gardener so he helped out with that. They’re now thriving in our back garden.”

“We were renovating a cottage at the same time as wedding planning so I utilised some of the leftover paint and pallets to make signs and a Splat the Rat game!”

“We asked our guests to bring cake and there were some very impressive examples – personal favourites were a carrot cake resembling our cottage and a five tier rice krispie cake!”

“It was these personal touches and the relaxed feel to the day that everyone commented on.”


“I went to a few wedding dress shops, both traditional and boutique and nothing I tried on was quite right.”

“Having said that, the dress I ended up with is the polar opposite to what I thought I wanted so the key is to keep an open mind.”

“My favourites were Jenny Packham styles but all were a bit too white and a bit too pricey for our budget.”

“Thankfully, my aunt is an amazing seamstress and was opening her own bespoke bridal business around the same time we were wedding planning.”

“My dress was an ever evolving piece. I loved designing it from scratch, based on a few of the favourites I’d tried on. Comfort was my number one criteria and the soft silk meant I never wanted to take it off!”

“My aunt also made my bridesmaids dresses to complement my own 1930 style dress.”

“They pretty much had free rein to design the dresses they wanted but were all happy with the same option in bright coral and mint.”

“Being custom made, we were able to adapt the dress slightly to suit each of my maids, especially as one had only given birth 4 weeks before!”


“Dave was (semi) trusted to go shopping with his best man and the boys did good!”

“Going with the relaxed feel and Dave’s love of tweed and county green, I was very pleased with their chino/waistcoat combo.”

“The tweed shoes were the real highlight of the outfit though, talk about upstaging the bride!”

When did you get married?

“We got married on the 18th of June 2016.”

What was the best bit of your day?

“All of it! Seeing all our family and friends in one places having the best time was the absolute highlight.”

“We really wanted a relaxing day where everyone felt comfortable, nothing too stuffy and formal.”

“The ceremony was probably my favourite part of the day.”

“Dave’s aunt is an actress and had personalised the script perfectly including a very funny and often embarrassing poem about our relationship so far.”

“Dave’s Godparents brought over personalised shot glasses from the US and so integrating them into the ceremony with a toffee vodka shot really set the tone of the day too!”

“Throughout the day we made sure to take the time to take in what was going on, it made me so happy to see all the happy smiley faces around me (and the hung over ones in the morning).”

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

“Spread sheets and communication!”

“Divvy up the tasks and mainly just trust that your husband to be will eventually get his done (if he’s laid back and you’re a control freak like me!).”

“Organising a wedding at home from scratch was hard work at times, especially as all the details are down to you but totally worth it in the end.”

“For a DIY wedding, make use of your friends’ talents and don’t be afraid to delegate on the day. Our family and friends really pulled out all the stops to help us out!”

“On the day I made an effort not to worry about what we’d forgotten or what wasn’t going to plan.”

“No one will notice if you forget a few things as no one but you knows what was supposed to happen! Just roll with it.”

“The best parts of our day were the unexpected parts, an impromptu mid afternoon game of rounders being one.”

hank you so much to Lifeline for sharing this utterly fabulous homespun Lancashire Wedding.

What a wonderful DIY fest with incredible tipi decor and a delicious cake station stocked with the guests’ handiwork.

There is just so much to love with wonderful signs to show the flow of the day to pretty herb centrepieces to glittery table numbers and glorious colourful florals and that’s even before we get to the Brides bespoke wedding dress and the grooms country gent attire.

What a wonderful rustic celebration filled to the brim with fun, togetherness and really special moments.


Wedding Team

Photographer – Lifeline Photography

Venue – Home (Capernwray House B&B)

Wedding Dress – Incandescence Couture – Lancaster

Headpiece – Richard Designs from The Dressing Room – Garstang

Shoes – Rachel Simpson (bride) and Barker Shoes (groom)

Makeup Artist – Rebecca Alston – Lancaster

Groom – Charles Tyrwhitt and Hector Russell (waistcoat)

Bridesmaids – Incandescence Couture – Lancaster

Florist – Abi’s Arrangements – Morecambe and herb centre pieces by Dan Tyrrell (brother)

Cake table – Friend’s and Family – special note to Charley Shires and Michael Stenhouse

Cheese cake – Dewlays – Garstang

Catering – Alison Thompson Catering – Carnforth

Crockery – Little Cherry

Transport – Vauxhall Astra (belonging to groom), Classic Triumph (borrowed from friend)

Entertainment – Back From Beyond – Bentham

Rings – Carr’s – Garstang

Stationery – Bride

Favours – Personalised shot glasses (brought over from US by grooms Godparents) and mason jar glasses (Home Bargains)


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