THREE HILLS BARN | WEDDING story of Jodie & Tom

How did you both meet?


We grew up in the same town and knew of each other most of our lives. It wasn’t until we were adults and started going to the local pub that we got to know each other.


Tell us about the proposal?


 I returned home from work on a Friday evening and Tom had left the keys in the flat door. I opened the door and called to say he had left his keys, but as I went into the living room I could hear our song playing and seen Tom on one knee with a Harry Potter book open on the table. Inside the book there was a love heart cut out on ‘The Unbreakable Vow’ chapter and the engagement ring was tied with a ribbon in the book.


Why a lake district wedding? and what made you choose your venue?


 We grew up in Cumbria and but have been living in London for the last few years. As soon as we began planning the wedding we knew we wanted to get married back up north. We chose the Three Hills Barn after attending weddings there and realising it was one of the most beautiful venues we had seen and it was exactly what we were looking for. Tom also done building work there on the barn before they held their first wedding.


What was your colour scheme or wedding theme?


The venue itself is so beautiful that we went with a less is more approach. We wanted to stick to the rustic theme and used pale pink and cream flowers and homemade wooden decorations to help add to the beauty of the barn.


Tell us about your dress?


 I first tried on dresses 18 months before the wedding with a group of my bridesmaids at David’s Bridal in London, but after trying on the dresses I found out I was expecting my first baby. This put off dress shopping for a while. I returned to the same shop with one of my bridesmaids 6 months before the wedding and tried on some of the same dresses I had tried earlier in the year. The dress I picked was my one I had tried on at each visit. I loved the simplicity of it and decided it was exactly what I was looking for.


Did you have ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?


 My something borrowed and blue was my sister’s garter she wore for her wedding as I realised 2 days before the wedding that I didn’t have one. My something old was a sixpence I placed in my shoe. The something new was my dress.


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


All of them! We are so pleased with how they have turned out. My favourites have to be the natural shots of everyone. They show just how happy we both were and how much fun the guests had. Tom’s favourite photo is one of the pictures on Caldbeck Common with the beautiful scenery as the backdrop.


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


 Either Pinterest, Etsy or Google!


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


It is hard to pick just one but it has to be Derwent Photography – Steve was so professional and helped us to capture the day we always imagined. We wanted lots of natural shots of ourselves and our guests having a good time. He has captured the pure happiness, we both felt that day, perfectly. The natural photos speak a thousand words and each time we look at them we are taken back to that moment and that feeling.

The caterer Liz’s Country Kitchen also provided us with amazing food and the guests are still talking about the pie to this day.

The flowers were beautiful these were done by – Margaret a local florist from Aspatria.

And finally the staff at the Three Hills Barn cannot do enough for their guests. They go above and beyond and they made sure we didn’t have to think about anything on the day as they had already done it!


Do you have any advice for future brides?


Relax, I tried not to stress throughout the planning and preparation of the wedding which meant I enjoyed it so much more. We also planned a day that we both wanted and tried not to let other people’s ideas and opinions affect any decisions we made. The little things you worry about leading up to the wedding you won’t even think about on the day.


What was the best part of your wedding day?


Everything, but if we had to pick one it would be the ceremony. Having your closest friends and family witness you marry the person you love is something we will never forget.

Was Steve of Derwent Photography the right photographer for you?


Definitely! He captured the day better than either of us imagined. We loved that he was so discrete when taking the photos and this shows. He truly has provided us with photos that will help us relive the day and the emotions from it in years to come! We cannot thank him enough!



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