Chloe and James met at a work event – a quick hello and a casual chat led to James knowing he wanted to get to know Chloe better. A few weeks later and they had met up a few times and after time knew they should be together. They are both laid back in their approach to life and don’t enjoy drama and are not too keen to be the centre of attention, but they just wanted their wedding to be fun and to give their friends a family a great time to remember.
They chose the beautiful Kirklinton Hall for their wedding day as it has great surroundings, lovely gardens and is something a bit special. Quite unlike any venue in Cumbria it is set in the ruins of a 17th century mansion house, which through it’s history has had many different roles to play. For more information have a look at a blog post from earlier in the year where I go into more detail about the history.
The wedding day was certainly a day of two halves, with a dry morning and early afternoon, allowing the couple and guests to arrive dry, through to the ceremony where the sun came out and shone through the bright ceiling. The sun also meant we could go outside and get family and friends photos on the terrace. As the speeches began the sun was covered by clouds and the rain which had been expected took a hold for the day. The rain didn’t spoil the fun though I’ve never been to a wedding where one person on the table had to put on their chef’s hat and carve the meat, or a wedding where guests drew pictures of other guests – all carried out with fun and humour.
One of the biggest surprises of the wedding came during the first dance. It started with a slow dance and seemed like any other dance until a few bars into the song and the music changed to a heavy metal classic from Meatloaf. At this everyone was up on the dance floor and enjoying themselves.
Wedding Planner – Annabel from Weddings by Annabel
Decorations – Roses and Hearts
Marquees and furniture – Cumbria Marquees
Catering – Iain Mckey from Bespoke Catering Cumbria
Magician – Ryan Roberts
DJ – Stephen Mcknight
Bus Travel – M&I Travel