Wedding Photography for Natalie and Peter, Inn on the lake, Lake Ullswater. 16/09/2017

Great to be back

The wedding of Natalie & Peter was always going to have a special meaning for me as it was held at my very own wedding venue when I got married in 2009 – The Inn on the lake in Ullswater.
It’s a special hotel and wedding venue; it has the most breath taking views over looking the beautiful Lake Ullswater in the charming village of Glennridding, in the Lake District.
The hotel has been upgraded since my wedding and now offers the chance for couples to get married outside in the gardens next to the lake, which is spectacular.

I arrived for the wedding the day before and stayed at the Brackenrigg Inn, it was a 15 minutes drive away from the Inn on the lake. I made a brief trip to the hotel the night before to remind myself of all the great places that would be photogenic. It was great to be back at this wonderful location.

The Big Day Arrives

I woke up at my B&B around 8am, had a hearty breakfast, got ready and set off for the Inn on the lake, I arrived around 11am, it was a lovely sunny, fresh morning. I parked up and had another quick walk around the gardens before making my way to Natalie’s room for some getting ready shots. On my way there I met the videographer and we chatted about the day ahead.

Natalie’s room was very spacious and had an amazing view overlooking the gardens and lake, Natalie seemed a bit nervous which is normal so I tried to chat to her to put her at ease, which seemed to work. I started taking photos of the bridesmaids getting ready and putting make up on and I took some natural shots capturing the atmosphere and then some shots of the flowers, shoes and jewellery and the bride herself and her stunning wedding dress which I hung at the end of the four poster bed.

At 12.30pm I went down stairs to meet Peter, the best man and his three ushers outside the reception and we then walked down to the large picturesque gardens for some photographs. The lads seemed happy and relaxed and I got some great shots of them joking about down by the lake and on the jetty. They were wearing grey suits and brown brogue shoes and they all looked very stylish and smart.

It was getting time for all the guests to make there way down to the band stand in the garden for the ceremony, so I quickly went back the brides bedroom for some last minute shots of her with her dress on and to grab a photo of her dad arriving to see her which was an emotional time for them both. I then made my way to the bandstand and awaited the bride’s arrival. I positioned myself right next to the registrar’s desk on the same side as the Groom so I would be facing the Bride on arrival and am able to see her face and capture her expressions throughout the service.

The Service

When Natalie arrived walking down the pathway of the large gardens she was smiling from ear to ear. Her Dad was on her arm and looked really proud whilst peter waited patiently. The great thing about the ceremony being outside was that I was able to move almost 360 degrees to get every possible angle; this is rarely possible in churches where you can be fixed to one small area.

Reception

After the ceremony, the guests then had a drinks reception and listened to the jazz player play on his guitar, which gave a really nice atmosphere, it was now time for some family group shots and couple shots. I had discussed with the couple where these would take place and we started to gather the guests in the garden. I also did some couple shots in the garden and by the lake on the jetty with the spectacular views. The weather holding off the rain just in time for me to get what I needed.

The Speeches and Evening Reception…

The speeches were very well delivered and comical and went down really well, the best mans speech was particularly funny and everyone was enjoying the moment. After the meal and speeches the couple and guests moved to the Ramblers bar for the evening reception, I got some candid natural shots of the guests and took one more photo of the bride and groom in the garden, I had planned a particular creative night outdoor photo which the bride and groom had agreed to do earlier in the day, it did need a bit of preparation from my side as I had to set up my camera flash gun on a stand in the garden in the pitch black night, the result was well worth it and the results were to great effect.

When the evening guests arrived it didn’t take long for the party to start with everyone piling onto the dance floor before the first dance had even started! The band played some great songs and included the grooms dad playing on the saxophone. Once the first dance was done it filled up with even more people and the party was truly underway!

A very memorable wedding, one I had been really looking forward to for personal reasons and will always remember. I want to go back again soon! I thoroughly enjoyed the day and got some great photographs.