Clare and Jonny first contacted me with a bit of a dilemma after they had seen photographs I’d taken from another wedding at New House Farm in Lorton. They had already booked a photographer but wondered if the style of photographer they had chosen was right for them. We met up for a coffee and had a chat and I had my fingers crossed the entire time that they’d switch. They live in the north Lakes and chose to have their wedding at New House Farm in Lorton as their venue both for the wedding ceremony and reception. It’s remote with incredibly dramatic scenery around Buttermere Lake.
Clare and Jonny styled their wedding with bold greens and dramatic flowers in keeping with the countryside location. It was all expertly put together by Laura at Greenwheat Flowers. I loved the simple bunches of ferns attached to the chairs during the ceremony. They had a couple of ‘sub themes’ as Clare called them. Bikes for Jonny as he’s an avid cyclist and literature for Clare as a lover of the classics. The tables all had quotes from the classics written on chalk boards; My favourite one was “How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet “You don’t spell it… you feel it.” – Pooh
One of the most poignant and emotional parts of the day were the vows. Jonny and Clare wrote their own vows to each other and I particularly love the photograph of Clare hiding behind hers as she tries to say them to Jonny.
Jonny’s vows to Clare:
“Today I am marrying my best friend, my true companion, my one and I promise to make you as happy every single day we have together as I am now.
I promise to allow you to remain the wonderful independent and strong person that you are whilst giving you all the support and encouragement you need to succeed.
I promise to respect, listen and show compromise knowing that we have different strengths that when combined make us an unbeatable team.
I promise to give you a home full of life, joy and laughter; a place where our love can grow and we can nurture each other.
In all these ways I promise to show my love for you each and every day, cherish you as my equal and knowing that we do not complete, but perfectly complement each other”
Clare’s vows to Jonny:
“Thank you for teaching me that love is not about needing one another; but about choosing it.
I promise to give you the best of myself, to keep myself open to you, and to ask no more of you than you can give.
I promise to always respect the individual that you are; to support your dreams and ambitions, and to always regard them as highly as my own.
I promise never to be complacent of you, my best friend, and will work hard every day to ensure that home is a person and not a place.
I promise to choose you, over and over again, in spite of all the times we disappoint one another because I promise not only to grow old with you but to grow with you.
And I promise that even when these hands are old and wrinkled, they will still be reaching for yours”
There were lots of garden games for guests to enjoy so everyone’s fingers were crossed for the weather, it started out very gloomy and looked like it might pour down at any minute. Fortunately it didn’t so everything went as planned. The games were like school sports day games with sack races, egg and spoon races and my favourite, space hopper wars. Jonny’s really sporty and ultra-competitive and managed to win most of the games he participated in.
Clare’s wedding dress was from my favourite designer Clare Pettibone. My own wedding dress was one of hers so I am a bit biased. She wore jewelry that belonged to her mum and grandmother. ride
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This wedding was also featured on Love My Dress, you can see the post here http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2016/10/claire-pettibone-books-literature-bicycles-nature-inspired-lake-district-spring-wedding.html
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