Lakeside Hotel Wedding Clare and Ben

Clare and Ben got married at the Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge last Saturday 12th May 2012. As with all weddings I was excited but I was also particularly thrilled to be working at the Lakeside Hotel as it was the first time I had worked with the hotel for a wedding.

We have been looking to collaborate on a little project but you will hear all about that in the months to come 🙂

OK, I don’t normally do any name dropping but I just have to say that Clare and Ben’s wedding was brought to us by, in no particular order………………..

Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Jimmy Choo, Louis Roederer Cristal, Montecristo, Jeffery West and many more, it also involved many people keeping massive secrets and virtual strangers offering their services free of charge in order to make Ben’s day even more special, his face when he saw his dream car parked outside the wedding reception was one of genuine WTF :), his excitement and astonishment was truly infectious and even I had a little tear in my eye!

Quite a different running order for me and really quite different to many weddings, I arrived just before 12 pm to cover some details and a bit of Clare getting beautified, then it was on to a 2.30 wedding, followed by champagne on the lawn overlooking Lake Windermere. We used this opportunity and the gorgeous weather and backdrop to get a selection of the formal images for the family albums, many photographers now don’t offer such images any more but I think it is vital to help us preserve our social history, also  the fact that many of Clare and Ben’s family and friends had literally flown halfway around the world to be with them for their wedding at The Lakeside Hotel, from Australia and the USA.

Following the drinks reception we moved into the Windermere Suite for afternoon tea, like I say the running order was slightly different but it worked very well, lots more champagne, cucumber sandwiches, without crusts 🙂 lots of tea and coffee, more champagne and a few cupcakes for good measure.

Ben’s surprise came in the shape of a supercar, well three supercars actually, Ben being a bit of a performance car buff had no idea that Clare had approached the owner of a Ferrari at a petrol station and asked if would perhaps like to come to a wedding and make a groom very happy – a little cheeky she thought but the kind owner said he would be delighted to and also enlisted a couple of mates to drop in as well – it was a cacophonic symphony of beautiful tuned exhaust notes by the lake. Our groom was simply delighted and a little overwhelmed while the owners of the cars were also smiling a lot knowing that their act of kindness had made so much difference.

I noticed the sun, yes sun, we had lots of nice warm lovely sun, dipping behind the hill I grabbed Clare and Ben and we had a wander back to the Lakeside for more Bride and Groom photographs, I also collared Clare’s brother to be my VAL (voice activated lightstand) as the couple were at the end of one jetty and I was on another. I have to say we did have quite a laugh although I was concerned that Gary may actually fall in the lake!

Wedding photographs in the Lake District are so much fun!

It was soon time for the evening guests to arrive and the Lakeside Hotel taster buffet to be served, it just kept coming an amazing spread and everyone was smiling, laughing chatting and eating. Clare and Ben cut the cake which had been perfectly prepared by Clare’s mum and then went straight into their first dance. I slipped away around 11pm and guests were dancing the night away.

I smiled, it had been a fantastic day with a fantastic couple, great guests and a wonderful venue, huge thanks from me to Rhianne, Lakeside’s wedding and event coordinator, very professional, totally chilled and a great help to me as the photographer.

There are a few images below that will hopefully help you get a feel for the day and my work, if you were a guest at the wedding you can log into the gallery, using the password provided by the Bride and Groom, or by using the password hint, you can find the gallery in the ‘client’ area of the Ian Wood Photography website.

If you are getting married in the Lake District please do not hesitate to get in touch, you could ‘like’ Ian Wood Photography on Facebook, telephone 01539 738846 | 07968 791584 or email I would be delighted to hear all about your wedding plans.

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A black and white image of the Lakeside Hotel at Newby Bridge taken from Gummers How. A back and white photograph showing the Jimmy Choo branding on the shoebox containing a bride A black andwhite image of a wedding dress in beautiful light, taken at The Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge. Champgne, freshly poured and awaiting wedding guests at The Lakeside Hotel.








  • Lynn Gregory - May 20, 2012 - 9:28 am

    simply beautiful and a big thankyou for making our special day so great the photos are lovely and we weren’t aware of you taking most of them and that was truly wonderful,what a wonderful day, you’re the best:)

  • admin - May 20, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Now you know why I love my job so much!

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