Yesterday I went up to Windermere to photograph a very special and super romantic Merewood Country House Hotel Elopement! Susannah and Tom had booked the ‘Just Us’ package at this beautiful venue and had travelled up from their home in Norwich to get married amongst the lakes and mountains. This venue is in a perfect setting, high on a hill with views over the woods to the lake and with such a countryside, relaxing vibe. They enjoyed a peaceful getaway with afternoon tea the day before followed by a morning getting ready separately in beautiful rooms.
They had decided to do a dress reveal beforehand as they would be entering the ceremony room together, so I met with Tom as he waited outside nervously to see Susannah. She looked amazing as she descended the gorgeous staircase and made her way outside to surprise him… and she took his breath away that’s for sure. He was speechless for quite a few minutes! It was so lovely for them to have a few minutes taking it all in before they went inside to get married.
The ceremony was wonderful.. The registrars were lovely and the library room was perfect for this super intimate celebration. The bride and groom chose music to be played for their entry, signing the register and also as they exited, which really created a relaxed atmosphere. I loved that they then spent a few minutes in the bar toasting each other with a bottle of Corona too!
After their quick beer and relax in the bar we then ventured out to get some gorgeous photographs both within the grounds of the hotel and then also down the road to the edge of the lake. The weather was pretty rainy and, as usual in the lakes, this created an eerie haze across the lake. We all commented on how beautiful it was… almost like a painting.
I then left them to return to the hotel to warm up after a rather wet and cold session, and enjoy an eight course, romantic, tasting meal for two. It sounded amazing!!
I love photographing in Windermere and using the lake as a backdrop… there literally is no better place for epic scenery.
Congratulations again to Susannah and Tom.. I feel so honoured to be one of a very small handful of people to witness a truly romantic and special day! I hope you enjoy sharing some images with all your family and friends of your super unique wedding! Thank you!!
If you are thinking of eloping or having a small wedding in the Lake District and are looking for inspiration you might like to see Millie and Phil’s wedding too 🙂