The day was nice and moody, with sunshine and gathering clouds when I arrived at Glenridding House Hotel for the elopement wedding of Sarah and Matt. It felt so special to be a part of their surprise wedding and to photograph them on their momentous day.
I was made to feel very welcome by the owners of the hotel, and even got a lovely cup of tea out on the veranda with the dog before the wedding preparations began.
The rooms are beautiful and Sarah was getting ready in a bedroom which looked out over the lake with a four-poster bed and balcony. Such a picturesque place to get ready, she was very relaxed getting pampered by the extremely talented Anna Sorbie. She said she didn’t recognise herself in the mirror (in a good way!).
Matt was squirrelled away in another stunning room on the other side of the house. As it was just the two of them in the hotel they could relax and come and go as they pleased.
Once Sarah was ready we took a few photos in the room and out on the balcony to appreciate that panoramic view, then it was time to go down to meet her groom!
Matt was a little nervous, but the registrars put him at ease and once he got hold of Sarah’s hand he was fine. It couldn’t have been more perfect for them, it went exactly as they planned.
After the ceremony we made use of the extensive grounds and beautiful backdrop for the bridal portraits. We kept it very relaxed and easy, without awkward posing, just some lovely moments between the two of them. We were lucky that the hotel’s grounds go down to the water’s edge at Ullswater, so the two of them stood right on the bank for a perfect romantic game of thumb wars! Ha, we like to have some fun too!
Can’t wait to come back to this beautiful venue, and congratulations to Sarah and Matt x