Belmount Hall, Lake District Wedding Photographer

Sharon & Chris Testimonial

Belmount Hall Lake District Wedding Photographer “Chris works with cameras and, as a journalist, I work with photographers, so getting the right person to record our day was really important to us. A photographer friend of mine recommended Bethany Clarke, saying she was “The best wedding photographer working in the UK today” and he wasn’t wrong. I was really apprehensive about getting the photos back as I am not very comfortable in front of the lens, but Bethany’s work is stunning. She was an absolute star on the day, lots of fun to work with and even put up with some rather persistent flirting on the part of one of our groomsmen!”Blog post here 

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The Venue

Belmount Hall is a Grade II Listed Georgian house in the Lake District with stunning countryside and lake views. Formerly owned by Beatrix Potter, the house has now been converted into an exclusive weddings and events venue.

Sharon Says

Once we had the venue, we knew it was going to be a ‘Pinterest wedding’; rustic and a bit bohemian. With lots of little touches that would make people say, “That is so Chris and Sharon”.

We’re both big film fans and cat lovers

(Chris is a film and TV lecturer and I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady). So our tables were named after feline film puns. The Big Meowski, The Great Catsby, Furris Bueller’s Day Off, etc. An extremely talented young artist called Amy Lewis took our silly ideas and transformed them into some adorable cartoons for each table and I designed the table plan myself.

I have a bit of a thing for classic American cars.

So I wanted something a bit different for our wedding transport. When I found out that Excalibur Wedding Cars & Limousines in Dumfries had two 1950s Cadillacs, I knew I had to have one. I picked Ruby, their white 1958 Cadillac sedan. I can’t praise Excalibur enough; their driver was amazing on the day, chatting to my dad all the way and having a laugh with us as he tried to squeeze Ruby down the narrow roads around Hawkshead. He took Chris and me for a drive after the ceremony down to Esthwaite water to take some photos. He even let my mum pose for pics in the car as well – I don’t think she wanted to get out and it was a real shame to wave that car goodbye.

I have several tips to share with other Brides

Firstly, wedding planning is only stressful when you are trying to juggle the needs and desires of everyone around you. You will never please everyone so you might as well please yourselves.

Second, if you’re on a budget, DIY it. We made our own invitations, favours, table plan and did our own decorations. We also had some very generous friends and family willing to pitch in and lend us their time and talents. Finally, free wedding websites are a godsend. I spent hours trawling wedding blogs like Brides Up North and boards on Pinterest for inspiration. All good ideas are borrowed!

The suppliers

Our confetti was supplied by AdamApple.

Canapes were provided by Lake District Catering.

Entertainment, Hudson played an acoustic set during our reception in the grounds of Belmount and provided the evening entertainment as well.

Chris’s parents kindly picked up our wedding games (giant Jenga, giant Connect4 and lawn skittles) from a company called HappyCakies, based in Grimsby.

Hair – Salon TK

Wedding Dress – Kula Tsurdiu

Transport – Excalibur Wedding Cars & Limousines in Dumfries

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