Love conquers all... Lydia and Adams Lodore Falls Wedding
LYDIA + ADAM
20th March 2020
Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, Lake District
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog post on the beautiful wedding of my dear friends Lyd and Smad!
I have been friends with Lydia for about 7 years and met through a mutual friend. We've enjoyed a few boozy nights out and a few cosy nights in too. Nowadays we are mostly being mothers to our kids and texting rather than hanging out. Life just seems to get in the way.
I was absolutely honoured when the two of them asked me to photograph their wedding as this was a totally new subject for me. Having never photographed a wedding before (other than my parents) I was certainly feeling the pressure to get things right.
So, in this blog we will talk all things 'Sutton' - how they met and the wedding its self.
Lydia and Adam started talking in April 2010 via facebook messenger and started dating in the June of that year. They've been inseparable ever since then and have created a beautiful life for themselves plus created the most gorgeous little man Henry. It was a long time coming but Adam did eventually pluck up the courage to propse to Lydia with a beautiful oval emerald and diamond engagement ring. IT IS STUNNING! It all went down like this...
September 2016, Adam comes home after a long ass day at work and announces to Lydia, who is sat on the sofa, that he had a present for her. Out pops a bottle of Moet champagne! The pair we due to go on holiday in the forth coming days so it seemed like a good excuse to celebrate a little. Lydia recalls popping the bottle on the table and when she'd turned back around to face Adam, he was down on one knee with a ring box in his hand. Of course she said yes!
Planning of the wedding - often the most stressful part of the whole thing! Well I guess this would be applicable to this pair too. One venue cancellation and a global Covid-19 pandemic. However, they did make it down the aisle just in time and this is what happened.
Its the middle of March and the covid situation is starting to really impact on daily life... talk of weddings and other such celebrations being postponed until further notice...
We get to 19th March and a message from Lydia to say that the wedding might not be going ahead as planned the following day due to a number of people not able to make the wedding and so we waited it out and after discussing it at home they decided they would be so upset coming away from the Lodore Falls not married - It was all about the love and they so desperately wanted to be man and wife! After all they'd waited nearly 4 years for this day to come around.
It's the morning of the wedding and I met a very quiet bride in her room, along with her Mum, Karen and bridesmaid Jo. It was very laid back! The bride herself is a trained makeup artist and so she did her own make up. We were also joined with Claire from Peaches and Cream Wedding Hair on the morning too. We chatted, had a few bubbles and prepared for the day.
It's now 12pm and the bride is getting into her beautiful satin WED2B gown. Mum is tieing up the back and Jo is helping with shoes. Paul, Lydia's Dad is on his way to do the first look - one of my favourite parts of the day! Paul is led in by Jo and told to keep his eyes shut until told otherwise. "1...2...3... ok now open!"
Lydia stood in front of her Dad, with the biggest smile on her face and Dad just had the best reaction we could have asked for. Hand over mouth and tears! There was not a dry eye in the room - even me! I was bubbering too.
I left them in the room and headed down to meet the guests arriving. It was a very small event with only 30 or so close frieds and family.
The time had come! With Adam waiting patiently, Lydia walks down the aisle accompanied by her Dad to Rose of my heart by Jonny Cash. The relief of being there a long with all the emotions you could possible think of resulted in a few tears from them both. The cermemony lasted approximately 30 minutes.It was short and sweet and very much suited their style and characters.
After the ceremony, we headed out to the stunning band stand were the confetti throwing was to take place followed by a drinks reception back in the hotel.
The wedding breakfast room was laiden with eucalyptus leaves, candles, copper pieces and not forgetting the awesome neon 'The Suttons' sign the pair had created as a wedding gift to themselves. The food was absolutely spectacular and couldnt be faulted. Favours consisted of boxed donuts by FAT COW DONUTS. UNREAL!
Speeches went down a storm with Lydias dad announcing to the room thats shes a terrible driver! She definitely isn't just for the record! Followed by the Adams speech and then finally best man Shaun. Flower girl Alexa stole the show however with her hilarious heckling of Shaun.
We break for coffees and donuts and its announced by the government that all pubs and cinemas were to shut immediately so lock down had begun.
7pm arrived, the party was about to begin! Cutting of the Colin Catapliar cakes followed by the pairs first dance to Better Together by Jack Johnson - an all time favourite! By this time the dancefloor was a flurry of activity with the flowers girls dancing to frozen then song requests from guests including Bruno Mars and Earth Wind and Fire.
The DJ, Dancing in the Dark, was included in the wedding package by the hotel. The dancefloor was always popping so would recommend.
The time had come for me to leave and so I left them dancing the night away and enjoying their last night of freedom for a while.
It has to be said the staff at the hotel were amazing and along it was a very strange situation to be in they made sure that everything was perfect for the couple.
Congratulations to the new MR + MRS SUTTON!