Bethan & Stewart tell us about the background to their Lingholm Estate wedding in their own words.

How did you both meet? 

We knew each other from secondary school, we were in the same class from age 11.

Tell us about the wedding proposal? 

Stew proposed in the same hotel where we had stayed on our first trip away together in Newcastle – Bethan was completely shocked, but eventually said yes!

Why a lake district wedding? and what made you choose your Linghom Estate for your wedding? 

We both grew up in the Lake District area and couldn’t think of a more suitable place – given the wonderful scenery.  We have a rule in our relationship that if we both like something – we go for it, so when we both saw Lingholm Estate and met Jenny and her team we knew that was the place for us – the lake views were a bonus!

What was your colour scheme or wedding theme? 

The colour scheme was Ivory, Navy and Silver.  We went for the classic look.

Tell us about your wedding dress? 

Bethan’s dress was by Pronovias.  She loved the classic style and the big train (although it made dancing problematic later in the evening!)

Did you have ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue at your wedding?’ 

Yes – Bethan tied her granny’s engagement ring into her bouquet which was her something old.  Her dress was the something new.  She wore her mum’s pearl bracelet as the something borrowed and the something blue was her wedding ring – which has sapphires inset into it. 

What was your favourite wedding photograph  and why did you like it?

One of us in the meadow, it’s taken just as we were having a chat and laughing about something.  It’s so natural.

What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information? 

The internet generally, but we had also been to a number of friends weddings so we had an idea of what we did and didn’t want/like from those experiences.

Tell us about a wedding supplier who provided a first-class service. 

All our suppliers were incredible, but our caterers – Fell & Dales Catering – were amazing. The food was excellent, and Hilary and her team were so helpful and accommodating throughout the whole process. Their previous relationship with Lingholm Estate also helped as we knew there would be no teething issues between them on the day.

Do you have any advice for future brides? 

Don’t be afraid to delegate.  We knew that planning a wedding was not something we ever wanted to do and we were not going to enjoy the process.  We delegated a lot of things to family and they all did an amazing job.  We can honestly say there is nothing we would change or do differently about our wedding day.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

We had an incredible day – all of it, but the best part for us was once we’d completed the bride & groom duties for the day and could just enjoy the evening chatting and dancing with our friends and family.

Was Steve at Derwent Photography the right photographer for you?

100% YES! Steve was exactly what we had wanted/hoped for as a photographer. We do not like staged photographs and prefer a more observational style. Steve was fantastic.  He captured all those moments that we did not see and his pictures tell the story of our wedding day so that we can relive it again and again.

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