Kate and Laura chose to hold their special day at the Lodore Falls Hotel, a majestic hotel situated in Borrowdale, near Keswick.
The couple are both A&E nurses and met when Kate started work on the same ward as Laura…the rest, as they say, is history! An extremely nervous Laura proposed to Kate on their 18 month anniversary in Verona on Juliet’s Balcony. She was so nervous in fact that she had ‘Will you marry me?’ written on a card as she wasn’t sure she would be able to speak. Kate read that card and asked ‘are you sure?’ to which Laura nodded. So technically, Laura didn’t ask her, and Kate didn’t actually say yes!
The couple decided early on to marry in the Lake District as the both have family and friends up here. They found the Lodore Falls Hotel on the internet and decided it was perfect for them with its proximity to Keswick, the beauty of the location, the welcoming atmosphere and the friendly staff.
On the day of the wedding, Laura was first down the aisle with her father, played in by guitarist Ed Peczek. She looked amazing in her dress designed by Benjamin Roberts from Emma Hartley Bridalwear. Kate then entered with her dad looking beautiful in her dress, also by Benjamin Roberts (spooky!) from Your Dream Dress. The couple had agreed to keep their dresses a secret from each other until their big day and so they were both delighted. As Kate said “Laura very rarely wears dresses, I was overwhelmed when I saw her, she looked incredible!”
Both brides had their hair done by Alison and Michelle from Sota Salon, their usual hairdressers who were good enough to travel up to Keswick for the day for them! Laura’s makeup was done by her mother and sister whilst Kate’s was done by the Lodore Falls Salon. Kate and Laura were married in the hotel’s Beech Room, a stunning, naturally lit room, with windows looking out to the gardens. The room was decorated with yellow roses arranged by Debbie from Evergreens of Keswick. Kate insisted on yellow roses as they were the flowers that her grandmother had at her wedding! The brides’ mothers were their witnesses and it was until they got to the table that they realised they were wearing the same hat!
Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a lovely afternoon tea in the Garden Suite. The brides themselves made the place settings, their china was hired from Emma Tebbey at One Lump or Two. The tables were each named after a particular type of tea from The Kettle Shed and guests wedding favours were handmade bags of loose tea with hand written descriptions penned by Laura. It truly was a family effort as Kate’s mum made the bunting and Laura’s mum made the ring cushion! Laura even made the topper for their gorgeous cake made by Lea at Beaulea’s Cake Studio.
After the tea came the speeches from Laura, her father (who amused everyone with stories of Laura’s obsession from a young age with the Bolton Rovers!) and Kate’s mother and the cutting of the cake. The guests then celebrated the evening away!
Many congratulations to Kate and Laura on such a beautiful and thoughtful wedding day, and for creating lasting memories for their families and friends!