The Samling Wedding Photographer
The wedding photography of Ceri & Ollie at The Samling in the Lake District
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’ images from the day …
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’ 😉
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! 😉 Ceri was also in good hands…literally….with Lucy on hair & makeup duties
But just as the tears subsided, some friends arrived and the laughter began…
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…
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!
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!
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!
The final course of the evening, the dessert was incredible. Served by hand with dry ice poured from small milk jugs. Simply stunning…
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…
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…
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Posted in The Samling Wedding Photography by Lake District Wedding Photographer Mick Cookson