Jennifer & Matthew- Muncaster castle

Sometimes, venues are like buses. You don’t see one for a while and then have two weddings within a couple of weeks of each other. Muncaster Castle was one of these venues as I photographed two lovely weddings here in June.

Jennifer and Matthew came up with their two gorgeous children and had a very quiet ceremony which was full of emotion.

I was with Jennifer on the morning and did her wedding makeup as well as the photography. We had a lovely, relaxed morning and Jennifer walked down with her children to the castle.

Afterwards, we spent time in the beautiful gardens.

I left the family to enjoy their afternoon tea in the castle.

Hollie and Daniel- Muncaster Castle

Wow! What a long day it was photographing Hollie and Daniel’s wedding at Muncaster Castle this summer. I say Muncaster Castle, but that was only part of this wonderful day and I enjoyed every minute.

I started at Hollie’s house in Egremont and all was very busy with makeup artists and hairdressers, working their magic on the Bride and bridesmaids.

We then took the half hour journey to Muncaster at which time it was raining but brollies up and everyone managed to dash in and keep dry.

After the ceremony, photographs were taken inside which is always a challenge at Muncaster as it is rather low light, but a beautiful building for a wedding.

Fortunately, the couple had booked me for all day and after their wedding breakfast, the sun shone and it was like a completely different day.

We took a trip over to the breath taking Waste Water ( I was corrected by locals to pronounce it Wost Water), by Tony from Cars of Distinction, based in Langwathby. I have known Tony for years and it was lovely to have a ride out down the country lanes in his beautiful 1949 Rolls Royce Wraith.

The scenery provided a spectacular backdrop for some lovely images and it was great to photograph in a location I had never used before.

We returned to Muncaster and the couple danced the night away in The Old Laundry, back at Muncaster.

I was ready for a sit down by the time I had driven an hour and a half back home!!

   

 

Jessica and Andrew- The Merewood

 

 

 

Jessica and Andrew were married at The Merewood Country House Hotel, in Windermere in June earlier this year.

I arrived early to capture the girls getting ready.  They all looked radiant and there was a lovely, calm atmosphere in the room.

As so often is, we had a morning with torrential rain and the day looked as though it was going to be a very much indoor wedding.

These often work out to be an advantage as the couple not only had indoor shots after the ceremony but the rain cleared away and we were able to go out into the beautiful grounds also.

 

 

Kellie & Paul-Storrs Hall

 

Well, it’s been 4 months since this lovely couple tied the knot in May this year at Storrs Hall in Windermere. I have been so busy with my wedding photography and beauty treatments that I haven’t been able to catch up on my blogs until now.

I photographed Paul’s sister’s wedding and was also her makeup artist 14 years ago!!! (how time flies). so it was great to see lots of familiar faces again.

The couple were lucky enough to marry outside in the pavilion as it had been a bit touch and go with showers.

Everyone had a super day and all looked gorgeous.

Flowers- Brackens of Bowness 

Hair- Ben from Daniel Gray, Kendal

 

 

Lorraine & Ian- Grasmere

Lorraine and Ian eloped to Gretna Green in May with their two friends. They were married at the Blacksmith’s shop and then travelled back to Ambleside to stay at The Waterhead Hotel which is stylish and modern inside.

I met them en route at Rydal and we had a lovely walk to the south shores of Grasmere. Wellies on, this fabulous couple waded into the lake for some fun shots. Lorraine never stopped laughing all afternoon and you could see how much this coupe truly love each other.

We finished off the shoot back in Ambleside and I left them drinking champagne as I headed off back to Grasmere for a commercial shoot.

Venue: The Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside

The Old Blacksmith’s shop, Gretna

 

 

Jessica & Andrew- Merewood Country House

I set off on a wet day to photograph the wedding of Jessica and Andrew at The Merewood Country House near Ambleside a couple of weeks ago. I love the grandeur of this building as you ascend the long driveway to the car park at the top of the hill.

I had photographed the wedding of the Groom’s Mother  five years previously so it was lovely to see everyone again and also meet some new faces.

All the bridesmaids were in good spirits and enjoyed getting ready with the beautiful bride- Jessica.

The ceremony was held at the venue and we did get a break I the rain and were able to venture outside for 15 minutes to photograph the lovely gardens and views.

 

 

 

      I set off on a wet day to photograph the wedding of Jessica and Andrew at The Merewood Country House near Ambleside a couple of weeks ago. I love the grandeur of this building as you ascend the long driveway to the car park at the top of the hill.

I had photographed the wedding of the Groom’s Mother  five years previously so it was lovely to see everyone again and also meet some new faces.

All the bridesmaids were in good spirits and enjoyed getting ready with the beautiful bride- Jessica.

The ceremony was held at the venue and we did get a break I the rain and were able to venture outside for 15 minutes to photograph the lovely gardens and views.

 

Catherine & Martyn Blaithwaite House

 

In 25 years of being a wedding photographer, I have never had the honour of photographing at Blaithwaite House in Wigton before. A hidden gem with absolutely beautiful gardens and a grand, welcoming house which is a perfect venue for a wedding. Catherine and her bridesmaids looked amazing as they walked across the lawn to the ceremony which was held outside. The setting was very unique, surrounded by a wildlife pond and trees.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn and food was supplied by Lizs country Kitchen. the reception took place in a wonderful barn, which was also used for the night entertainment provided by Fraudio, which were a very entertaining cover band who had travelled up from Warwickshire. They kept the house rocking all night. I finally arrived back home at 9.45pm ready to kick off my shoes and enjoy a Chinese. A lovely day!

 

 

 

 

Chloe & Anthony- The Netherwood Hotel, Grange-Over -Sands

I enjoyed a fantastic day at The Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands  a couple of weeks ago,  photographing the wedding of the lovely Chloe and Anthony. They were married at St Paul’s Church, Grange- over -Sands and had a beautiful sunny day. The bride’s Grandmother made all the bouquets which was a special touch for Chloe. Chloe arrived at Church in a vintage car provided by Cumbria Classic Coaches and guests were transported in one of their vintage coaches.
During the reception, music was provided by my friend and very talented musician AnnaKate Pearson Harpist. She really is a wonderful addition to any wedding and plays a wide variety of musical genres to suit each couple.

This was my second wedding photography shoot at The Netherwood Hotel, since it was taken over by new management and is still run as professionally as before and always a pleasure to work here.
The guests carried the joy of the day through into the evening reception and danced the night away in the ballroom.

 

 

 

 

Ruth & Matthew- Broadoaks Country House

Congratulations to the lovely Ruth & Matthew who were married at Broadoaks Country House Hotel a couple of weeks ago.
The couple had an Alice in Wonderland theme so I had to take a ‘through the looking glass’ image of Ruth as she was preparing in her room.
The weather was as to be expected for February in the Lakes but we still managed to brave the winds and take a few pictures at the fountain outside (upwind of the water).
The couples dogs also joined in the day and had a great time.

Rachel Winter Photography ltd, Wedding Hair shoot

It was lovely to do a commercial shoot yesterday with fellow wedding suppliers. Shelley Jayne Gibson is enjoying a very exciting move to new premises and we put together some looks for her new window display. Shelley has been my hairdresser for many years and creates some beautiful wedding hair styles for brides and Bridesmaids. The stunning models were Aimée Chorley Make-Up Artist, who wore her own wedding dress for the shoot and looked absolutely amazing, Shelley’s adorable Lacey and Molly who is turnIng into an absolutely stunning young lady. You can view all of my photography work at www.rachelwinterphotography.com

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