Low Wood Bay was honoured to host Simon and Claire’s winter Lake District wedding just a few weeks ago, bringing together the wonderful stuff of fairy-tales, with more than a few recognisable Disney touches.
In her own words, Claire tells us their story:
A Walt Disney Introduction
Simon and I met while we were working at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot. The manager at the time (who now calls himself Cupid) placed us on a training week together and it was during this time we got to know each other and realised we were right for one another.
I was introduced to Low Wood Bay by my Dad when I was 5 years old. It was where he delivered management conferences on behalf of the University of Salford. Since then we have been going every year to celebrate my birthday.
The Lake District hotel holds many cherished memories for the whole family. When I first introduced Simon to the hotel he soon appreciated the reason for our love of Low Wood Bay.
A Date and a Theme
After a Christmas engagement in Key West, Florida the previous year, and both of us loving the season of Christmas so much, it seemed perfect to have a Christmas wedding. For the wedding theme we decided upon Christmas colours of deep red and gold and added subtle Disney touches to represent the place we met. These Christmas and Disney features meant that we could add extra magic to our wedding.
A Wedding Dress Fit for a Princess
After I discovered the Disney Fairytale Collection of dresses by Alfred Angelo we arranged a visit to the Florida store. It was the first wedding dress store I have ever visited and, as it turned out, it was the only one I needed. The very first dress I tried on was the Belle dress and I knew then it was the one for me. I tried several others – Cinderella, Snow White and Ariel, but it was the Belle dress for me. It took six months to make, but after final alterations the dress was even more stunning that I remembered. The task then was to carefully travel home with this rather large dress in my small suitcase!
Instead of the traditional tails suit, Simon opted for the fathers and ushers to wear the Prince Edward style of jacket. Their cravats matched the colour of the Bridesmaids’ dresses and they had Mickey cufflinks and socks to go with our Disney theming.
Kevin from Brackens of Bowness did such a great job on our flower arrangements – they looked beautiful and so Christmassy having pine cones, spruce, apple, holly, berries and roses.
Tale as Old as Time
We had the talented harpist Oona Linnett playing during our ceremony. Our three nephews led the way down the aisle to the song from Disney’s film ‘Up’ and were followed by my bridesmaids. Then for my entrance down the aisle, Oona played ‘Tale as Old as Time’ from Beauty and the Beast which complimented my Belle dress. The harp added a wonderful romantic and elegant atmosphere to the ceremony.
As we walked into the Windermere restaurant it looked amazingly warm and Christmassy. We hired the hotel’s LOVE letters and they really added something special to the room and to the dance floor at the evening reception.
We enjoyed a magnificent dinner, the hotel’s famous Sticky Toffee Pudding going down a treat. The speeches were very funny at times and very emotional at other times leaving all our guests either laughing or crying.
The twelve tables were named after The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Sugar and Spice and All things Nice
As the Lake District means so much to us, our favours were from Grasmere Gingerbread, giving our guests an opportunity to try a local delicacies.
Our cake was provided by Charlotte from Sugar Ruffles who we met at a previous Low Wood Bay Wedding Fayre. The cake stood tall and was wonderfully designed with detailed piped scrolls in the shapes of our initials. Each layer of the cake varied in flavour and was delicious. Standing either side of the wedding cake we framed two pictures showing our parents’ wedding day cutting their cakes.
Our first dance was to the George Strait song “Give It All We Got Tonight”, a favourite song we both love. Simon in particular wanted this song as it reminds him of when we first met in Florida and as it is a short song this meant he had as little time as possible on the dance floor!
Memorable Wedding Moments
It is not possible to pick out any particular memorable moment of the day because the whole day was reminiscent of a magical fairytale. From early morning preparations of hair and make-up, stepping into my wedding dress, champagne in the bedroom with my bridesmaids, walking down the aisle with my father, meeting up with Simon at the altar, seeing all our friends and family supporting us, entering the dining room and seeing it so beautifully decorated, the emotional speeches, our slideshow of embarrassing old photographs of all our guests, to the evening reception buffet and dancing.
My memorable moment has to be when I first saw Claire at the top of the aisle, moments before my sister had asked if I was going to cry, I said No, then seconds later I saw Claire. She looked the most beautiful I had ever seen her and I had to fight back a few tears. She looked truly stunning.
A Whole Host of Help
Special thanks to our photographer, Janet Ridley who went above and beyond her duties as a photographer. It really felt like she cared about us all. Dave Weatherley captured our wedding day so perfectly on film and he was a pleasure to work with.
The Low Wood Bay Wedding Fayre last year proved to be invaluable in helping us meet a wide range of suppliers and see the hotel as it would be set up for a wedding – definitely a vital part of our planning process. From it we were able to book our photography, videography, wedding cake, DJ, the suits, flowers, table decorations, hair and make-up and the bridesmaids’ dresses.
We cannot thank the Low Wood Bay wedding team enough. Gemma, Filip and their wedding team made the day run seamlessly. Now that the wedding is over, we are already looking forward to returning to Low Wood Bay to celebrate our first year anniversary.
Low Wood Bay Wedding Fayre
If you are planning your wedding as Claire was last January, join the team at the Low Wood Bay Wedding Fayre on 24th January and together with a whole host of wedding experts, we will help you design your perfect day.