Happy New Year! Welcome to all those who got engaged over the Christmas period.. Also, which of you have their weddings this year – I have mine!
To kick off 2018 on Marry Me Ink, I get to bring you this gorgeous elopement from Tiree Dawson Photography – Sharon and Richard had their intimate day at Cragwood Country House Hotel and it was perfect!
I met Richard at 19 when I started my first full time job when I was 19 where he was already working at the same company. I was single at the time and Richard was with another girl. We hit it off straight away and became good work
friends pretty fast. We remained close through all this and fought like an old married couple.. 6 years later my relationship fell apart and so did Richards, and I am telling you now these events were separate and not connected at all but everyone put 2 and 2 together and came up with 5.
Richard was a rock for me – A total of 8 years later after having to leave my job and move away as everyone was sure we had had this massive scandalous affair, we have a home, a menagerie and a wonderful life together, Richard proposed on Christmas eve 2015, 12 October 2017 we got married.
I think it was how we got married that represented us both the most. It was almost an elopement – With just Richard and myself, the venue organised the whole thing and even provided the witnesses. That is us all over. People assume from our appearance, coloured hair, tattoos, bald head and big beard (obviously only in Richards case), that we are confident and love being the centre of attention and that could not be further from the truth. Richard was so concerned about being on display while getting married that he dreaded the thought of getting married, what is the point if one of you hates ever minute, it is about the two of you so that is what we made it.
Today I get to share with you Rachel and Neil’s beautiful Keswick, Lake District wedding from Jaye and Matt of Tux & Tales Photography. Taking place at the Derwentwater youth hostel which all of their friends and family managed to decorate beautifully just the night before!
We tried to avoid doing certain things just for the sake of it, and only included things that we actually really wanted. A lot of people commented on how laidback the day felt, and I think we did pretty well to create a day that reflected us as a couple – we’re not perfect, we are messy, a bit chaotic, we make ridiculous plans, we’re often late, but things always seem to turn out in the end. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it?
Our main aim was to make it a fun and chilled out day for our guests, with less of the usual formality. Not having the restrictions of the legal ceremony (we had a quickie registry office do with just witnesses the day before) meant that we could pretty much do whatever we wanted, so that’s exactly what we did! We started with a tea-party and cake contest so that we could spend some time with our guests before the ceremony, and we were dead set on getting married outside with one of our friends doing the honours – the waterfall in the grounds of the hostel was just a lucky find! We didn’t want any of our guests to feel forced into doing things they don’t enjoy, or to be bored, so we used all of the rooms available in the hostel to create little areas for people to chill out and chat, play games, as well as the usual drinking and dancing. And we threw in a bouncy castle for good measure. Because who doesn’t love a bouncy castle??
Rachel said that she loved making the DIY elements for the wedding to create a larger version of their own living room (Neil call it the “Rach-Fest”), as Rachel chose the majority of the décor for the day and got stuck in.. and got very close to covering everything in gem stones!