Here’s an example of my wedding photography at The Samling – a Christmas celebration for Claire & Rich.


Back to December 2014, and I found myself back at one of my favourite venues – The Samling in the Lake District. Claire and Rich were married there, commissioning me for their The Samling Wedding Photography. Though I work without a ‘script’ when photographing weddings, sometimes clients have a few little request – like, could I photograph the bride and bridesmaid in a hot tub. Well, it would be rude not to….but it was winter, and very cold; it was alright for the girls neck-deep in hot water, but I was staring at a classic Lake District winter’s day….brrrr!


While the girls enjoyed the hot tub and broody Lakeland view, I went back inside the cottage where the lovely dresses and accessories were waiting to be photographed. Hair and makeup started on time and the general hustle and bustle (and laughter!) went up in level. We were up and running…


While the hairdryers were raging, the guests were arriving. Afternoon tea was laid out for the twenty or so guests arriving for the afternoon ceremony. The Samling only caters for around twenty two people on average. Its Michelin Star menu, intimate, private location and unique ‘homely’ atmosphere enable it to cater for the smaller, discerning weddings – a very different story to a large country house style venue.


With preparations finally finished, button holes in place, it was time for the intimate wedding ceremony. Played in beautifully by a harpist, Claire (nervously) made her way down from her cottage escorted by her proud dad…


…and into the main room. The weather was turning for the worse at this point – Claire just avoided the new downpour brewing outside the lounge windows!


With the rain falling, Claire & Rich decided they’d like  to ‘attempt’ some bride and groom portraits on the nearby jetty. Both are the outdoors type, loving nothing more than fell walking in the Lakes. Today was slightly different though…there wasn’t a hint of ‘North Face’ or ‘Berghaus’ to be seen….only a large umbrella protecting the beautiful wedding dress and expensive suit from the (now hideous) downpour. Undeterred, Jen kindly drove us down to the jetty, where…in four minutes…we managed to nail a few portraits before we waved the white flag at the Lake District weather and returned back ‘home’. Thank, Jen, for holding that flashgun while we got soaked…you were a star!


With a few minutes to photograph some (nice, warm, indoors) portraits, it was into drinks and canapes reception…


…before the wedding breakfast. A proper, Michelin-quality eight course taster menu lasting three and a half hours. Speeches first though, before I quietly left the guests to enjoy the menu and the incredible Samling experience.


Rich is a very good DJ too, so had set up some equipment in the library for the first dance and evening celebrations. With a little help from his assistant (his dad), the eq meters were bouncing into the night…


See Natalie & Rob’s Samling Wedding HERE

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