Today I am excited to share the incredible Lake District Wedding of Phillipa and Graham with a beautiful outdoor ceremony.
Add in a stunning Anoushka G Dress, POOH sticks, a tea party and fish and chip reception, a pavlova Wedding Cake, outdoor games, all set in the gorgeous setting of the lakes and you have one AMAZING Big Day.
Images of the celebration were captured by Jenna Carpenter Photography.
Jenna Carpenter is a Wedding & Portrait photographer based in the Lake District, Cumbria.
Since a very early age she has always had a camera in her hands and that passion developed into her own business.
She is a lifestyle photographer, specialising in portraits and weddings. She loves capturing that cheeky grin on a child’s face or the beauty of a bride on her wedding day!
She believes that doing a job that you love and want to get up every morning for is rare, and this passion is reflected in her work.
She says of the couple…
“From meeting up with Philippa and Graham I knew their wedding was going to be different and special!”
“After our initial meeting I visited them both at Philippa’s parents house and they showed me their wonderful wedding venue!”
“I was wowed! It really was incredible. The countdown began!”
“From that meeting back in March the time just flew and it was soon the morning of their wedding on June 1st.”
“I started by getting some photographs of some of the special details including Phillipa’s handmade bouquet which she had made herself.”
“Philippa looked stunning as Sarah Rainford from the Beauty Rooms Cockermouth was applying her make up.”
“With most of the preparations done, Philippa stepped into her dress, and then everyone went outside for a few photographs.”
“It was lovely to capture some photographs of Phil and her proud Dad, especially as the venue meant so much to both of them!”
“As we walked down from the family house towards the waters edge the venue and guests were soon in sight.”
“When I arrived, Graham was waiting patiently listening out for the arrival of Phil on her very special transport!”
“The Bridal Party arrived in style, and in true country fashion.”
“Throughout every moment of the day, whichever way you looked it was filled with happy faces!”
“Graham’s friend, Mike took the role of Minister for the ceremony.”
With Phil and & Graham exchanging their own wedding vows and readings from close friends it really was beautiful.”
“With the I Do’s over, it was congratulations all round.”
“When talking to Phil & Graham before their wedding they said they didn’t want too many formal photos and most importantly wanted to have fun!
“So what better way to use the surroundings than getting in the water!!”
“Then with the sunlight streaming through the trees, we captured a few more photographs before setting off for a walk through the woods to the reception!”
“With a stop off on the way for a game of poo sticks and skimming stones – the day was filled with fun things for everyone to do and enjoy!”
“After the walk through the woods, Philippa & Graham drove their very special wedding car to arrive at their reception in style!”
“Loweswater Village Hall was their reception. The couple had decorated it themselves with a lovely vintage twist!”
“Each of the wedding guests got a pint or half pint glass as their wedding favour! With Loweswater Gold Ale on tap it was the perfect idea!”
“There were so many fun things and games for everyone to do. It was lovely to see all the guests having fun and enjoying themselves.”
“With the afternoon tea served it was time to sit back and listen…and photograph the speeches!”
“Following this and hoping that the sun would sneak back out we went into one of the fields next to the village hall for some couple photos.”
“Back at the Hall it was then time to throw the bouquet and cut the cake.”
“With the live band starting the evening entertainment, Graham & Philippa took to the dance floor for their first dance.”
“I then took my leave with a bag of fish and chips from the hired van, after what had been a spectacular day!”
I hand over to stunning Bride Phillipa to tell you about their planning journey….
“On my 30th birthday; I had organised a afternoon tea and pimms party in the garden at my parents farm and had invited about 50 family and friends.”
“Graham had been really busy working all week so had convinced me he hadn’t been able to get me a present yet as he hadn’t had time, which my mum and dad went along with.”
“Then about 15 minutes before everyone was due to arrive he said could I just go down to the orchard in front of the house with him to chill out for 5 minutes.”
“Apparently Graham had wanted to do go earlier but in his words I’d been ‘faffing’ – in my words I was getting everything ready for the 50+ people coming round!”
“He had hidden the ring behind a tree in the Orchard and that is where he proposed to me – to which I said yes!”
“After I’d stopped crying, we went back up to the house where my parents were waiting to hear the answer.”
“Apparently Graham had asked for my dad’s permission the week before so they already knew”.
“So we told them I’d said yes, to which my mum replied ‘that’s a good job, it would of been a really pants party if I’d said no!”
“Then everyone started to arrive so it turned into a birthday/engagement party!”
“We were married on the 1st June 2013.”
The Vision for the Day…
“The look and feel we wanted was Rustic/vintage party within the beauty of the lakes with lots and lots of fun!”
“We wanted to share somewhere we loved and being outdoors, and wanted everyone to be relaxed and just have a fun day.”
“It was a 1 year DIY process, with lots of help from family and friends.”
“We knew we wanted to get married on my parents farm, and after a lot of logistical planning, making and creating stuff (plus a mood board created mainly by Graham!) we just had to hope that the sun would come out on the day.”
“In a field on my parents farm on the shore of Loweswater Lake in the Lake District, followed by a reception in Loweswater Village Hall.”
“Our Wedding Photographer was the very lovely Jenna Carpenter.”
The Dress + Accessories…
“My Dress was by Anoushka G (Katrina) modified to have it’s sleeves removed (lace from sleeves then used in the bouquet, wrist corsage and hair piece).”
“My Shoes by Irregular Choice (Park Lane in blue). Pearl earrings and necklace (borrowed from mother of the bride).”
“Handmade brooch, button and silk flower bouquet made by the myself.”
“Accessorised with flowery wellies for walking and paddling in the lake!”
“Laid back rustic – with charcoal waistcoats from Tom English with all the men in different flowery, stripy or checked shirts. Open collar with unmatching grey trousers!”
“The Bridesmaids wore Blue Valentina dresses from Monsoon and had matching pink wellies.”
The Readings + Music…
“No music as in a field.”
“We had a Reading by my friend Caroline – “Us Two” by A.A. Milne, a poem from Winnie the Pooh book Now We Are Six (which the I had when I was little and wouldn’t go to bed until it had been read to me – my parents needed tissues after that!)”
“My Bouquet was made by the me using brooches, buttons and silk flowers.”
“I had real flowers in my hair, and myself and the bridesmaids had real flower wrist corsages to match their dresses.”
“The Men had thistles and herbs – all made by family friend Judith Jarman.”
“A few bought in statement flowers were mixed with hand picked flowers and arranged by friends in jam jars and jugs.”
“For our Wedding Cake we had a 7 tier pavlova (Graham’s favorite dessert) made by his mum.”
“Our Cake topper from Extra Mile Icing near Malton shows groom in mountain biking gear and bride in rugby gear with a veil and carrying a bouquet and rugby ball!”
The Details + Decor…
“Lots and lots of bunting and tea lights. Paper pompoms and a willow arch at the field.”
“We had a Sit down afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast and a Fish and chip van in the evening (both from Katy Edgar Catering)”
“This was followed by homemade cheesecake by the my mother, a cheese board, a doughnut tower and a sweetie buffet – plus the pavlova wedding cake!”
“We also had Local beer ‘Loweswater Gold’ from Cumbrian Legendary ales.”
“For favours we had pint glasses with ‘Philippa & Graham Chadwick’, the date and an etching of the view of the lake on them.”
“Add in bouncy castle for the kids, plus giant garden games such as jenga, connect 4, bowls etc.
“A home made photo booth with fancy dress……basically we just wanted everyone to have fun!”
“Walking through the woods with all the guests – the bluebells were still out as they were late after the cold spring so the whole area was a carpet of blue and smelt wonderful.”
“Then everyone had fun playing Pooh Sticks and skimming stones, and there are some great photos.”
Advice to other couples…
“Don’t get stressed by all the little details, you won’t even notice on the day and you will still have an amazing time.”
Thank you so much to Jenna for sharing this truly stunning Lake district Wedding.
What better way to use the beauty of nature than to incorporate it in your most special of days.
I love how the Bride and Groom have been able to use the talents of their closest friends and family to completely personalise their day.
What an absolute belter of a location too.
Wishing Graham and Philippa a very Happy 1st Anniversary for yesterday!
Ceremony Venue: Bride’s parents farm
Reception Venue: Loweswater Village Hall.
Photography: Jenna Carpenter Photography
Catering: Katy Edgar Catering (Sit down afternoon Tea and Fish and Chip Van)
Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal
Dress Designer: Anoushka G
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Make Up: Sarah Rainford from the Beauty Rooms Cockermouth
Mens Waistcoats: Tom English
Bridal Bouquet: DIY by Bride
Floristry: family friends
Mens Buttonholes: Family friend Judith Jarman.
Bridesmaids: Blue Valentina dresses from Monsoon
Cake (7 tier pavlova) : Grooms Mum
Cake Topper: Extra Mile Icing
Beer: Loweswater Gold’ from Cumbrian Legendary Ales.