Cragon Wedding – 9/8/2014

On Saturday, 9th August 2014, Georgina and Dave were married in cosy ceremony at New House Farm. All photography in this article comes courtesy of John Colson Photography.


When we first went to look at New House Farm we had no idea if we wanted to get married in a venue or in a church…The minute we walked in to the Hayloft we fell in love with the place and we knew this was the right place for us to say our vows and I Dos.Lake District WeddingWedding Lakes

Lakes WeddingWe only wanted a small wedding, so the barn was the perfect place for us. It was cosy and personal for us, as we had around 68 people for the day and 110 people for the reception.

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We live locally, so we used Whitehaven Registrars who were extremely good on the day, she made us feel comfortable and had us laughing our nerves away.

We walked out to Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles; we were going to go for Mr Blue. But thought that might be pushing it for the weather in the Lake District! We think someone must have been listening because as we walked down the aisle the sun had broken through the clouds and we came out to the sun.

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Theme and Colour Scheme

I chose a blue/grey colour for my bridesmaids. I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in what they were wearing, so I chose the colour and left the style up to them.

My bridesmaids went to a dress shop which supplied Dessy dresses and chose out of the wide range of dresses, the perfect dress for them. We could then order the dresses to be made in the same colour, and both bridesmaids looked amazing!

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The same blue/grey was used in the bunting we hung from the lights outside the barn and the invites/menu text.

Our theme for our wedding was Canada (where we both did gap years and means a lot to us both) bringing the outdoors inside (we both love the outdoors) and Twilight (I love the flowers from the wedding scene so wanted to incorporate them in to my own).

We used a lot of slate throughout the wedding as this complimented the men’s suits and the colour scheme perfectly. We used spare roofing tiles from a friend’s house (she was building an extension) for the welcome message and all of the table plans. 47 29 34 8

I loved these as they were so effective and very easy to do using a chalk pen. We carried on this theme for the seat names and table names using slate pieces we picked up from an abandoned slate mine.

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Instead of conventional guest book, we asked our guests to sign a snowboard to incorporate our love for the sport. Lake Distict Wedding


For my flowers I wanted them to be based on the wedding bouquet from the film Twilight. The flowers were so beautiful and brought a classical mix together with wild flowers, perfect for representing our outdoor theme. I took a picture of the flowers to our local florist (Floral Boutique) and they did an amazing job, they were beyond perfect!

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I wanted flowers in my hair, so they arranged for a number of small flowers to be attached to hairgrips, which made them extremely secure and added a beautiful touch to my hairstyle.

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We had handmade oak log centerpieces chain-sawed and sanded by my new husband. The menu holders and candle holders were hand cut from wind blown branches.

Lakes WeddingMy new husband was also very busy making a pine chest for all the gifts and cards, which we have now made in to a wedding memory box.

Lake District WeddingHe also made a stunning signpost pointing to all the important places in our relationship.

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For the ceremony, we used our table flowers and log centre pieces and candles in glass jam jars to line the aisle.


Our wedding favours were shipped in from Mount Fansfield, Canada.  They were glass maple leaf bottles filled with Vermont maple syrup. We accompanied them with a miniature Reece’s peanut butter cup (linking back to our love for Canada).

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The Cake

Myself, my mum and the groom’s mum each took a cake tier and made it ourselves. I did the top tier of lemon and poppy seeds, the groom’s mum did the second chocolate tier and the my mum did the bottom fruitcake tier.

It was then passed to a family friend who made the icing and the cake topper. As she has so many pictures of us snowboarding, she got our outfits perfect!

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The Dress

My dress was a Kate Sherford Dress called Kira. I was so lucky when I found my dress as it was the only one in the shop! Apparently it had had a lot of interest but no one could fit in to it. But when I tried it on it was like it was meant to be, it was the right length and waist size.

The only problem we had was that it was meant to be a halter neck which I really didn’t like, so we adjusted it to have straps. Sad to say that on the day the dressmaker had made the straps too long, so they kept falling down. So my new mother in law came to the rescue with double-sided sticky tape! This worked brilliantly!

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Hair and Make Up

Le Roux Mobile Beauty (Natasha & Natalie) Both Natasha & Natalie were brilliant keeping everyone calm and happy on the morning, and then made great bouncers when guests were trying to get in the house to see me before the wedding!

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Photographer: John Colson (www.johncolson.com)

John was fantastic! He made us feel very at ease and captured photos you never knew were being taken! We are thrilled with the pictures; he really captured the spirit of the day.

Caterers: Winder Hall

Winder Hall were brilliant, we had fantastic food for the day and evening. To start off  we had canapés with our drinks reception.

For our wedding dinner we had a starter of Fish Goujon & Chips, Pate & Melba toast or Goats cheese salad. We followed this by our highly, highly recommended lamb cutlets, or chicken wrapped in bacon with stuffed mozzarella or spiced salmon.

We finished with my favorite sticky toffee pudding, or strawberry pavlova or brandy snaps. All were absolutely delicious!

On The Day

Hazel was amazing on the day of the wedding. Nothing was too much trouble; she sorted out the registrars, from the ushers to making sure no was being ripped off for taxis.

If we have one piece of advice to give to future brides and grooms, we would tell you to make sure you take 10 minutes out of the day to just be together, to reflect on what’s happening…as you will find time just flies by and you need to enjoy every moment of the day together!

I had a vision of how I wanted the barn to look and it was better than I could have ever imagined. New House farm allowed us to create the perfect venue for us, we weren’t restricted to anything (which we loved) like you would be in a hotel!  New House farm will always hold happy memories for us, family and friends.

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Looking for a perfect venue? Come and take a look at what we offer at New House Farm. Our beautiful lakeside location in Lorton Valley makes for the perfect fairy tale wedding!

For more information about us and what we do, or to arrange a booking, call Hazel on 07841159818.For more inspiration, tips and advice on planning your dream wedding, follow our blog.

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