Ritchie Wedding – 10/5/2014

On Saturday, 10th May 2014, Nicole and David were wed in a beautiful flower-filled church, surrounded by the breath-taking lake side mountains of Bassenthwaite. Their reception was held at New House Farm, the barn transformed with stunning, hand-crafted decorations and floral displays.

This wedding is incredible in the fact that the bride made almost everything herself! Below, Nicole explains exactly how she made her day so special…


St. Begas Church, Bassenthwaite – 1pm

Once we had booked New House Farm for our reception venue, we spoke to Hazel about local churches and went to find St. Bega’s Church in Bassenthwaite.

On the way to the church

The first time we went to St Bega’s we knew instantly then that this was ‘our’ church. It is the most beautiful place in the world (even on a rainy day, like our wedding day). Being a small church that only holds 100 people, it was perfect for us as we had around 75 guests.

In order to get married here we had to do a residency as we do not live in the parish. We contacted the Rev. Peter Streatfeild and he advised us on the process that we needed to do to ensure we could be married there.


The vicar who married us was Rev. Clare Spedding, she was so lovely and carried out the most beautiful service.


Walking down aisle

Wedding Party

Just married

Theme and Colour Scheme

I chose a vintage violet colour for my bridesmaids’ dresses.

I knew the price of bridesmaid dresses were expensive, so I asked my mum how she would feel about making them instead. She used to do a bit of dress making when I was younger, and was a little apprehensive at first but decided to give it a go.

We found the material in the exact colour I wanted (which you can’t always get when you buy off the shelf). In total the 2 dresses cost less than £100 and they looked amazing!

Bridesmaid dresses

I also had one flower girl (2 years old). I got her dress from Monsoon at the very end of the sale. There was one dress left and I got it for £13 reduced from £50. It is definitely worth sale shopping for the little ones.

All the shoes including mine were from Dune. I wanted the girls to have a nice statement heel with their dress being knee length.Flower girl dress

The same violet was matched for everything; invitations, menus, order of service etc. which were all hand made by me.

The other part of my theme was lace and hessian. This stemmed from my dress being all lace.

The lace and hessian theme ran throughout the wedding, from the stationary, table runners, favours, flower arrangements, candles and table plan.


Table Setting

Hamper & guestbook


I wanted spring pastel colours for my flowers. After pricing up with a florist who was very expensive, my mum (a keen gardener) and I decided we would do all the flowers ourselves.

My Mum would grow what she could and the rest we would order from an online wholesaler. We chose www.dutchflowerauctiondirect.com. They deliver to anywhere in the UK for £20.We had the flowers delivered to New House Farm on the Thursday before the wedding.

Altogether, we made 1 bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, 1  flower girl posy, 3 church arrangements, 1 top table arrangement, 8 table arrangements, 3 arrangements for the barn (large pots on the dance floor, and one for bicycle downstairs) and around 15 jars of flowers for the tables in the tea room and around the rest of the barn.

We had never done flower arranging before, but we just looked at some videos on YouTube and had a go.

Flowers in jar

Table placeWedding bouquet


We had handmade lace and hessian table runners, bunting, and napkins rings which were made by my mum.



We also made some pretty candle holders by decorating jars with lace and string, which we dotted around the barn.

Table Runners

We made two floral wreaths which were hung on the lamp posts outside of the barn.

Heart Wreath

We also had a sweetie table which we did ourselves. The jars were bought from Ikea and the table was dressed with flowers, runners and bunting.

Sweet Table

Sweet Table Decoration


Our wedding favours were homemade redcurrant vodka and blackcurrant gin. The berries were grown by my Mum and then the bottles were decorated with the same lace that was used for the stationary.


Table Plan

Our theme was Beatrix Potter, so each table had a character from the books. I also placed my childhood books on the table for people to look at throughout the day.

Beatrix Book

Tom Kitten

I made the table plan by covering a large board with hessian and trimming it with lace before sticking the card table plan down.

Table Plan


I made the cake myself. This was my first ever wedding cake. I’d made a few cakes in the past, but I’m self-taught and have only been baking and decorating cakes for around 18 months.

The cake was traditional fruit cake, with one layer of lemon sponge. The top tier was polystyrene…We didn’t need 4 tiers of cake so this is a good way to save money!

Cake 2


I designed the cake to match my flowers in my bouquet and table arrangements. All of the sugar flowers were handmade by me, including the posy for the top.

Cake Flowers

The Dress

My dress was a Justin Alexander 8596. I bought it from local bridal shop Mia Sposa (http://www.weddingdressesnewcastle.co.uk ) in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Joy and the team were fantastic and we also hired our mens suits from here.


From the moment I put the dress on I knew it was the one! It was one of the first dresses I had tried on; even though I knew it was the one I think I visited every bridal shop in the North East, and probably tried on about 70 dresses!

Once I found the style of dress I liked, I seemed to find something else in every shop that I wanted. But nothing as much as my dress. So my advice would be, when you find the one…Stop looking!

Also, I researched the designer I liked online and in bridal magazines, then looked to see where stocked that designer locally. This saves lots of time!

Dress Black & White


Hair and Make up

My hairdresser from home came over to do our hair.


I did my make-up myself. I went to various different brands, Clinque, Lancome, Bobby Brown, Chanel and had a bridal lesson with each of them. This is usually free and a great way to learn how to apply make-up.

I would always recommend asking for samples to take away and try yourself at home before you buy, as applying it yourself can be very different to a professional doing it.

I ended up using a few different products from each of the different brands I tried to ensure I had the look I wanted and was comfortable with applying the products myself.Make up


Photographer: Melissa Katy Photography. (www.melissakayphotography.com).

Based in the North East but will travel. She is an amazing, very talented lady. She makes you feel at ease the whole day and just blended in the guests. She was very relaxed so our day didn’t feel like it was being run by the photographer schedule.

Caterer: Karen Rhodes Catering. (www.karenrhodes.co.uk)

The service and food was exceptional. From my first contact with Charlotte right through to the end of the day everything was perfect, professional and exactly as we wanted.

We had canapés with our drinks reception.

For our wedding dinner we had a starter of Carrot and Coriander soup, followed by a traditional Cumbrian buffet which included Decorated Lunesdale Salmon glazed with Cucumber, Honey Roast Cumbrian Ham, Goats Cheese & Caramelised Onion Tart in Filo Pastry. Followed by Hot Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce & Ice Cream or Summer Berry Meringue Roulade.

Glass hire:

We used Hazel’s new glass hire service which was fabulous. It saved us a huge hassle of hiring glasses and transporting them over. The glasses are different and complemented our table design well.

Singer: Glen Roughead (www.glenrswing.co.uk)

We hired swing singer Glen Roughead to play for us. He performed an acoustic set during the drinks reception in the Tea Room and the throughout the wedding dinner. Then did a swing set to kick off the evening. He is an amazingly talented guy and had the dance floor packed.

DJ: Mike from Motiv-8 (www.motiv-8.co.uk)

After the singer we had a DJ to continue the party. Mike was excellent! He is local to New House Farm and offers an online playlist option so you can upload your songs before the day.

On The Day!

Hazel was amazing on the day of wedding. Nothing was too much trouble. We had such a lovely morning getting ready with a beautiful breakfast and the champagne was flowing.

Bridal PartyBride and Lenny

Our dog Lenny was also part of the wedding. He had a bow tie that was made to match the bridesmaid dresses.

DogEveryone had told me it will be the best day of your life… And it was. The feeling of pure happiness and joy you have on your special day is indescribable. Especially when you put so much hard work and effort into creating the perfect day.

I had a vision of how I wanted the barn to look and it was better than I ever imagined. New House Farm allowed us to create our perfect day exactly how we wanted it, something that no one else will have. And the happiness and memories will always be with us, our family and friends.

Bride & Groom

bride and groom3Bride & GroomBride & Groom

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