Eden Wedding Barn, Lake District Wedding Photographer
Laura & Lora
Having lived in Australia for nine years, Laura and Lora were keen to head back to the UK for their wedding day. Eden wedding Barn, located in the heart of the Upper Eden Valley, caught their attention immediately, with its rustic mood and idyllic setting offering a serene setting for their September nuptials.
We got married on September 1st 2019, which was a Sunday. We chose the date as we wanted to have an end-of-summer wedding.
Eden wedding Barn is a fantastic venue with a fantastic staff to help you before, during and after the wedding. The beautiful surroundings, teamed with the warmth of Carolyn and Cliff (the owners), meant it was a pretty easy decision for us. The only hesitation we had was that it was not right by a lake – however, we soon got over that.
We both wrote our own vows. We wanted to make the ceremony 100% authentic, from the heart and personal for the both of us. Our vows hung from the copper frame we stood before throughout the ceremony in the forms of origami birds. There was a slight gasp in the audience once they realized why they were hanging up there. Our celebrant, Charlotte Pennefather, was so supportive of our vows and really helped make our whole ceremony so unique and heartfelt. She was such a wonderful addition to our special day.
I wore a half mermaid, half-A line Allure wedding dress, which I bought at Brides Of Sydney. It was made of satin mikado and was in an almond colour. I chose this dress as it was classic and elegant and as soon as I put it on, I felt like a princess. To finish off the outfit, I wore some fierce (and blingy!) heels that I got from a boutique shop in Sydney.
Lora’s wedding gown was actually made by a talented friend of hers, Nicole Renee who is in the dress-making business in Sydney. It was a two-piece, comprising a lace top and ivory mikado skirt with a split up the front left side. Lora chose this style as she saw a similar picture on Pinterest and it inspired her; she tried on many different styles during the process but always came back to this.
To accompany her amazing outfit, Lora wore a pair of embroidered flat mules – being a foot taller than her better half, she wanted to stay as low as possible…!
We each had two bridesmaids and a bridesman.
The boys wore white shirts, sandy chinos and brown shoes, with a personal touch to their pocket squares. The two bridesmen, the MC and usher each had a Harry Potter pocket square. There was one from each house, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. We’re both fans of the series and couldn’t resist another fun little touch!
On the subject of the bridal party: they each gave a short https://www.lucypearson.co.uk speech talking through our lives from infancy through to adulthood. Both of us gave speeches also which were light hearted, funny (if we do say so ourselves) and thankful to each other and our guests.
Our friend, Simone Cozens, a hair and make-up stylist back in Sydney, flew over to attend our wedding and do our hair and make-up. The ultimate wedding gift we’d say! We didn’t really go for specific ‘looks’; we each had a trial prior to the wedding and so got to play around with some hair and make-up styles. Simone knows us very well and so knew exactly what we needed to look good but also feel comfortable.
Lucy Pearson performed the magic for our bridesmaids and a truly wonderful job she did. She is one patient woman!
We booked a beautiful vintage bus for the guests and two wonderful Land Rovers for our arrivals from Land Rover wedding hire . We fancied something that fitted with the area, and for us, a country wedding equalled country vehicles. Didn’t quite have the guts to go for tractors!
For our guests, we booked a vintage double-decker from Cumbria Classic Coaches.
PHOTOGRAPHY Bethany Clarke from Lloyd-Clarke was our photographer. She is amazing at capturing beautiful moments and people, and we have such a wonderful selection of photos from the day. We would highly recommend Bethany to anyone who is looking for a great photographer for any occasion.
Bennett Media were our videographers – and what an amazing job they did!
All the floral arrangements were created by Sally at Roseberry Floral Design. She did an amazing job of ensuring they looked natural, rustic and vibrant.
The majority of our wedding was the result of personal design and creation. Lora’s family helped out tremendously, making everything from the cupcake ladder and Australian signpost to the invitations and seating plan. We certainly couldn’t have done it without them.
We chose to have two larger cakes, both decorated in a marble effect with flowers on top, as well as a bunch of cupcakes in the same colours as the flowers.
All the cakes were vegan and featured a range of flavours, including red velvet, lemon, coconut and vanilla. They were all made by Gemma at Little Gem Cakes in Bristol.
We had a fully vegan wedding and it was amazing. As it was our (and most of our guests) first experience of a vegan wedding. We were slightly nervous and hoped we wouldn’t turn people off plant-based food for life!
We couldn’t have been happier. So many guests telling us how surprised and amazed they were, as well as how inspired they felt to cook new dishes on their ‘meat-free Mondays’ and so on! Southcott Catering were absolute pros.
Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting
We had Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting for everyone to try out during the receptions. It was so much fun! We both got a chance to have a go – all we can say is that a bride won!
We organised for an acoustic duo Soul2Soul to sing as our guests arrived at the venue, as well as outside during the reception for everyone to listen to whilst they drank, shot and chatted. They also played us down the aisle; our chosen songs were Stand By Me, My Girl and Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Paul from WittWoo Photo supplied a wonderful vintage horsebox photobooth; the photos are a great way to remember the day!
We booked a DJ for the evening, Simon from All Star Disco. The plan was to do a journey through time from modern day back to the ‘70s and ‘80s, making sure there was something for everyone.
Being surrounded by all of the people we love most in the world was the most wonderful thing about the wedding.
Though for both of us, the best time was had dancing the night away. No more stress of things not working out right as the dancing was the last part of the day, we could just relax and enjoy the music. Our choreographed first dance performed to a mashup of songs from Britney to Michael Jackson was a real crowd-pleaser and also a lot of fun, too!
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