If theres one thing I love more than a weekend away, its a weekend away to celebrate a wedding of close friends. And thats just what my weekend was filled with! I was thrilled to be invited to see our friend of many years, Karen, get married to her sole mate Alex. Even better, the wedding was in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District.
The day started in a bit of a mad rush, as the hairdressers decided to curl my hair for over an hour! Once the hair was finally done, we were soon on our way.
I love a wedding, especially a church wedding and Karen & Alex had a beautiful service in Ambleside church.
Next, it was off to the reception venue; Broadoaks Country House hotel to celebrate.
Broadoaks Country House Hotel
Driving up the hotels sweeping drive, the hotel looks quaint, but in majestic grounds. Inside its like being transported back to a time of grandeur, but with modern twists: huge spa corner baths alongside traditional tile work in the bathrooms and ornate metallic wallpaper in the bedrooms alongside chairs upholstered in traditional country check and four poster beds. Our room was cosy, with a large bathroom that was probably half the size of the bedroom! At £120 for the night (wedding rate) it was definitely good value for money. Some of the larger rooms, such as the master suites and ‘the retreat’, have other luxuries too, including open fireplaces for warm winter nights.
After check-in, the wedding was in full swing. The small bar was a little overwhelmed, so we decided on a bottle of prosecco (purely to reduce return visits to the bar 😉 )
The bride & groom had put so much thought into the day. There were cute photographs of the pair dotted about the hotel, photos in the dining room of grandparents that couldn’t be with us, a cork board for guests to adorn with photos from a polaroid camera and a stunning seating plan made by the groom himself!
Soon we were called through to the wedding breakfast, where entertainment began with funny and touching speeches from the groom, father of the bride and best man.
Another great thing about weddings is meeting new people. We were blessed to be on a great table and have already been in touch with some new foodie friends since the wedding about a possible future meet up. While we got to know each other we enjoyed a fabulous three courses.
Karen told her family as a teenager what her wedding would be like, and she said back then her wedding breakfast meal would be pate, toad in the hole and creme brûlée. So thats exactly what we had!
After the meal (suitably stuffed!) we left the room while they reset it for the evening. We found ourselves in the music room where Lee entertained fellow guests with piano and guitar and even a sing-along.
On arrival back in the main room, it was time for the cake cutting. I loved the cake’s simple design with fresh flowers on top for decoration. It was baked by the sister of the groom – thats one talented person its worth having in the family!
Also, how gorgeous is the bride? I love the ornate detailing on the top of the dress and the classic shape of the skirt. The groom scrubbed up alright too 😉
Dancing the night away
Then it was time for dancing! We barely left the dance floor all night – taking our role as guests very seriously and adhering to the ‘Dance floor rules’ below.
Overall, it was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed being a part of it. Congratulations Karen & Alex – have an amazing honeymoon and see you on your return!