When you first start planning your wedding you perhaps think that the venue is just the building (or tent) that houses your party. But it is so much more than that, a venue can really dictate how the whole style, look and feel of your wedding day goes.
Venues are canvases but not necessarily blank ones. As a planner I might be asked to source a venue that fits a brief but just as often couples’ have already found their perfect spot before they come to me. If I am handed a location it is then my job to work with all the existing features and enhance the space in a way that reflects the couple, adds that ‘let’s celebrate!’ vibe that subtly guides the flow of the day (all the while remaining sympathetic to the original aesthetics and atmosphere that won over the couple in the first place).
I recently worked at Askham Hall in the Lake District, as characterful as it is ancient. My instagram feed is testament to how much I love this venue, in fact, brides take note, I could be persuaded to waive a fee just to enjoy the wedding breakfast here. Yes, REALLY, it’s that good. But what I truly appreciate about this place is the sum of its parts. This is Eden Valley, with Ullswater just over the ridge. You approach the Hall through Lowther Park, over a sandstone bridge; the village church is to the left and then a secret garden door appears just opposite to take newlyweds from their ceremony to their reception. It’s charming!
The meandering approach gives you a glimpse of the hall ramparts that are majestic whatever the weather and then you get inside and it’s like being welcomed by an old friend. The house is eclectic and warm, ready for you enjoy a drinks reception before tootling over to the barn for food and festivities. The estate is farmed and the kitchen garden yields produce for your plate. It’s all the things that I hold dear: real food, real fires, executed and delivered by great people. No pomp and circumstance but a genuine sense of occasion.
The palette was influenced by the recurring colours in the main house, the sandstone exterior and the gardens in summer. The venue focuses on local produce so I continued that ethos by featuring other local elements like Westmorland green slate for signs and place settings. Seasonal fruits and flowers are key and the overall mood is hopefully a happy and relaxed one.
- Styling and Coordination: Tebbey and Co.
- Photography: Rachel Hayton Photography
- Floral Design: Greenwheat // Tebbey & Co.
- Make up: Elena Wells at Bliss Beauty
- Hair Stylist: Peaches and Cream Wedding Hair
- Bridal Wear Design: Wren' by Claire Pettibone
- Bridal Wear Supplier: The White Closet
- Bridal Accessories: The White Closet
- Stationery: Claire Gould Calligraphy
- Venue: Askham Hall
- Silk Ribbon: Lancaster & Cornish