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.