Broadoaks Lake District: Lisa & Nick's story
Broadoaks Lake District Wedding Story.
Acknowledgements – The job of being a wedding photographer is so special and unique as it allows myself and the viewer a peek inside the lives of others on arguably (after births) one of the biggest day’s in our lives. This wedding was an extra special gift to me as it was the wedding of my good friend Nick to Lisa who I’ve known for quite sometime. Mine and Nick’s friendship is unique and one that I value both personally and professionally.
“It’s been a long road getting from there to here”. It’s fair to say, Nick has played an important part in the evolution of my wedding photography business, he not only developed a website (which involved countless unsociable emails and calls) he’s witnessed my journey and contributed to the development of a brand that i’m confident with and one that is helping me become one of the most sought after photographers in the North West of England.
It was a true pleasure to document Lisa and Nick’s wedding at the beautiful Broadoaks wedding Venue in the Lake District. Through trust and freedom I was able to produce soulful storytelling images, capturing some wonderful rare moments of spontaneous joy, celebration and emotion.
Below, is Lisa and Nick’s story…
Please introduce yourself and where you are both from.
Lisa Graves – Bride originally from Clayton-le-Woods, Preston
and Nick Sumpter – Groom originally from Skelmersdale, we now live in Ormskirk, Lancashire.
How did you guy’s meet?
We initially met in a pub through a friend but properly a couple of months later, at Nick’s best friends’ wedding. I was his friends next door neighbour.
How did he propose?
Nick surprised me with a trip to Reykjavik for my 28th birthday. He had planned to take me to the lighthouse and propose however due to a snow storm we didn’t go; after a stroll around the city and a cheeky few drinks in a bar, we walked out into a square where the snow had settled and the trees were lit up with lights. We sat under a tree admiring how peaceful it was when Nick beautifully asked me to “travel the world with him as his wife”, the answer, with a cheshire cat grin was “yes!!”.
What was the highlight of your wedding day for you?
Lisa: There were two for me; spending the morning getting ready with my mum and best friends and exchanging our vows; I didn’t realise how powerful hearing and saying those words would be.
Nick: The ceremony and how excited and positive everyone was.
You got married at Broadoaks County House, Troutbeck, Windermere. Why did you choose this wedding venue?
Nick had already placed a deposit down on Broadoaks before even asking me to be his wife. We had come across the venue previously when exploring the lakes and we admired how beautiful and perfect it would be for an intimate wedding. We loved the thought of everyone relaxing in the lakes for the weekend and that it just happened to include a wedding. He made the perfect decision!
What type of wedding did you plan and how many guest did you invite?
With so many family and friends we decided to keep it relatively small and intimate with 45 guests – we had a separate party on the Saturday. We wanted a spring wedding so chose the colour pistachio green to add to the greenery that was springing to life at this time.
How did you tame your wedding day nerves?
Lisa: I thought I felt relatively relaxed on the day however my friends reminded me to breathe! I guess I calmed my nerves by reminding myself to breathe.
Nick: for some reason I had absolutely no nerves on the day.
Who did you wear? Describe your dress and where and why did you buy it?
My dress was from Brides of Chester, ‘Isobel’ the Serenity range.
What about your bridesmaid dresses and what did the guy’s wear?
The bridesmaids wore Ebony from Bridal Gallery in Heskin, Chorley.
The groom and grooms party wore a made to measure three piece suit from Suit Yourselves Suits.
What type of flowers did you choose and why?
I couldn’t name the flowers we had other than they were simply stunning!! I had a good google at ‘green and ivory flowers’ and saw the ones I liked. After a meeting with our florist Brackens of Bowness, I had every confidence in their ability to deliver, and they did.
“Spending the morning getting ready with my mum and best friends was a wedding highlight, i’m so glad I listened to Wes’s suggestion and got ready and in my dress in plenty of time, this meant I had quality time to ‘drink in the atmosphere’ and really enjoy the moments, looking back, this is so important as the day goes so fast”.
“I didn’t realise how powerful hearing and saying those words would be”
What one moment will last with you both forever?
Lisa: I love the fact that the registrar became emotional during the service. I couldn’t believe it, so lovely and funny especially when they do it so often!
Nick: Same, it was an amazing moment!
Describe some of your favourite wedding details and how you came up with them.
Gosh Wes, this is a hard question!! We made a conscious effort to make our wedding personal and not what is ‘typical’ at wedding fairs. I loved the favours (bath bombs for the women with wine charms and scratch cards for men) and the pictures on the tables of the places we had been; of course Reykjavik was the top table! The biggest thing was the atmosphere of the whole day and that was brought by our nearest and dearest celebrating with us (you cant buy that!).
What do you love most about your wedding photographs and would you recommend Wes Simpson Weddings to photograph your friends and families big day?
We would absolutely recommend Wes Simpson to photograph weddings and any other special event. We love the way he captured the emotion, laughter and enjoyment of the day! We love the group shots but more so the natural moments where everyone is mingling and having a good time. There are some funny moments that as a busy bride and groom you wouldn’t see, but Wes did.
What did you like most about working with Wes?
Wes clearly knows his stuff! He is polite, caring and clearly passionate about his work; this gave us confidence at times of worry thinking ‘will it all come together?’. Wes directed us and made us feel comfortable – these made the best photos.
What is your one favourite picture that Wes took and why?
Oh gosh, I don’t think we can answer that one as there are so many!! I actually can’t!
Do you have any advice for future brides or grooms reading this?
Lisa: My advice for brides would be, you’ve done a great job planning your wedding to the very last detail but be sure to take some proper time out (not just beauty treatments for the wedding – this is still wedding related) as I unfortunately felt poorly in the run up and on the big day. Relax and hydrate the body!!!
Nick: make sure that your groomsmen understand their duties, its not just a day on the beer. The more proactive they are in helping the guests the less issues you and the bride will need to resolve, so you can focus on enjoying the day… if you blink you’ll miss it.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
Lisa: all the places we have yet to explore.
Nick: More travel and adventures!
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