Tea Party Wedding at Armathwaite Hall


Wedding couple embreace over looking Bassenthwaite Lake Cumbria

Sophie and Chris’s Tea Party Wedding

Armathwaite Hall is a beautiful and popular wedding venue in the Lake District and I have had the pleasure of shooting a number of weddings there over the past couple of years.  Sophie and Chris’s tea party wedding was a first for me at Armathwaite, and it was the perfect location for it.

Before their wedding I caught up with Sophie and Chris and found out about their plans for their big day. Rather than a formal wedding breakfast they had planned an elaborate afternoon tea party straight out of the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland. Armathwaite Hall did a great job of  the food, with cake stands loaded with yummy cakes, sandwiches and scones and waiters pouring tea and coffee from silver pots.  There were lots of surprises for the guests  on the day, including the tea party wedding breakfast and the amazing centre piece wedding cake. Sophie and Chris had commissioned a unique wedding cake, made by Choccywoccydoodah which had been carefully driven all the way from Brighton up to Cumbria without getting damaged. The cake featured a tea pot, tea cup and afternoon tea – all in keeping with their tea party theme, and all made from solid chocolate.

Chris is originally from South Africa and some of his family flew over to share in the special day.  The wedding ceremony took place in Wigton at St Mary’s Church with the groom and gentlemen looking dashing in top hat and tails. Chris’s niece as flower girl did a great job and came a close second to the bride as being the star of the show.

After the wedding ceremony we took Sophie and Chris down to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake for some wedding portraits with the stunning backdrop of the Lake District Fells,  whilst their guests enjoyed a drinks reception. Sophie and Chris were then treated to a very enthusiastic indoor confetti storm as they entered the Broadwater Suite for their afternoon tea at Armathwaite Hall.

One of the things I love about photographing weddings is the privilege it is to be involved in such a special personal and family occasion. I am always looking for the little moments to capture; the intimate looks, the laughs and the connection between people; and it was a real pleasure to document some of those moments for Sophie and Chris as I captured the story of their wedding day.

Wedding at St Mary Guests arriving at the church for a wedding Usher helping Groom put on his buttonhole in church Groom in top hat and tails taken in Black and white Wedding Guest speaks to the Groom Congregation gather in St Mary Flower girl being lifted out of wedding car in Wigton Bride climbs out of the car at St Mary Bridesmaids and flower Girl wait for the Bride Father of the bride looks with pride at his daughter entering the church Bride and Groom stand at the altar in St Mary Mother of the Bride embraces the Groom during the signing of the register Bride and Groom signing the register shar a joke with the flower girl Mother of the Groom during the signing of the register Bride and Groom prepare to process out of church after getting married Onlookers wait outside St Mary Bride and Groom kiss outside church Guests and bridesmaids laughing at wedding Bride and Groom get into wedding car outside church Bride and Groom embrace standing under a tree Bride and Groom walk along the shore at Bassenthwaite Lake Relaxed couple shot of bride and groom sitting under a tree Ford Wedding Car drives up towards Armathwaite Hall Bride and Groom arrive at Armathwaite Hall in wedding car Bridal portrait standing by the window at Armathwaite Hall Bride and Groom on the roof of Armathwaite Hall looking at the view across Bassenthwaite Lake Pianist entertains the Wedding Guests in the Lake Suite at Armathwaite Hall Bride and Groom lead the guests through the grounds of Armathwaite Hall Wedding guests enjoying walking through the grounds at Armathwaite Hall Weding Cake with tea pot, tea cup made all out of chocolate Guest admiring the wedding cake made by Choccywoccydoodah Confetti shot with Bride and Groom indoors Broadwater Suite at Armathwaite Hall during Wedding reception with confetti on the dancefloor Young wedding guest takes a picture of the top table at wedding reception Tea party wedding reception with cake stand Guests enjoying tea party wedding reception Tea being poured during a wedding reception tea party Afternon tea at Armathwaite Hall Young guests shower confetti over flower girl Fater of the Bride Speech with daughter laughing and groom smiling Father of the Groom Wedding Speech Best man speech at Armathwaite Hall Best man speech power point presentation Top table enjoying best man speech Top table laughing during wedding speeches Bride and Groom cutting tea party wedding cake by choccywoccydoodah Guests help themselves to sweets from Candy Cart Young wedding guest enjoying a sweet from sweet cart Bride chatting to guests during wedding reception Special moment captured as mothers sit on a step with the flower girl Wedding guest takes a picture of bride and friends Flower girl standing in a doorway at Armathwaite Hall Bride and Groom enjoy their first dance Bride Mother of the Bride dances with the Groom Wedding guests enjoying dancing Wedding disco at Armathwaite Hall with guests dancing

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