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The wedding photography of Ceri & Ollie at The Samling in the Lake District

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Ceri & Ollie were married at The Samling recently. This is my third wedding there and I simply love the place. As a Lake District Wedding Photographer, I get to photograph weddings all over the Lake District and Cumbria – from Farm & Marquee weddings, to the more ‘traditional’ Country House events. These images are a few from Ceri & Ollie’s big day at this exclusive Windermere-based venue. With twenty or so guests, please have a look at some of my favourite ‘Samling Wedding Photography’ย  images from the day …

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The day started in a typical Lake District way – dull, wet and threatening various strengths of rain. But, undeterred I se out with the Nikons to capture Ceri & Ollie’s wedding in a relaxed, documentary style – telling the story of the day almost from an extra guest’s perspective. I quite like that….‘Images from Guest 23’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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When I met Ceri and the girls in ‘The Bothy’- a private cottage to the side of the main house, preparations were in full flight. As was Ceri’s emotions. It’s rare to say hello to a client then watch her burst into tears; I almost took it personally, but I was assured that it was all ‘par for the course’ with this bride-to-be. A quick glass of bubbly steadied the nerves though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ceri was also in good hands…literally….with Lucy on hair & makeup duties

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But just as the tears subsided, some friends arrived and the laughter began…

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As the guests arrived, AnnaKate Pearson was already in place in the lounge of the main house, playing the most beautiful music. Listening to ‘proper’ musicians, with ‘proper’ talent at a wedding always stops me in my tracks for a few moments. AnnaKate is no exception….truly talented…

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The Samling is famous for it’s Michelin-Star cuisine, and Ian, the Head Chef is a really great bloke, producing the most incredible menus. Even the canapes were just divine. Yep, I grabbed one or two as the waiting staff passed by. Well – it’d be rude not to!

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After the confetti, we were off into the grounds for a few light hearted Bride & Groom portraits….lots of fun, silly faces and one-liners….and all very natural and relaxed!

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Back at the house, the main seven-course taster menu was about to begin. Three and a half hours, intercut with speeches – and I got to meet Chef and his team this time!

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The final course of the evening, the dessert was incredible. Served by hand with dry ice poured from small milk jugs. Simply stunning…

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By now the evening was in full swing with a jukebox acting as a DJ, plus Ollie was getting ready for spinning some discs himself later into the night…

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And that was my day. Full on, but incredibly relaxed at the same time.

I cannot wait to go back to The Samling for my next wedding…

Posted in The Samling Wedding Photography by Lake District Wedding Photographer Mick Cookson