JOYFUL WEDDING AT A HERITAGE HOME
Nestled within the captivating landscapes of Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, Yews Estate stands as a profound testament to centuries of history and the enduring legacy of landscape architecture. Dating back to the 17th century, Yews once formed an integral part of the prestigious Storrs Hall estate. However, its narrative took a transformative turn in 1896 when James Scott assumed ownership, steering the estate through significant reinvention.
Under Scott's stewardship, Yews embraced the prevailing Arts and Crafts style, a movement that reflected a departure from Victorian formality and a return to craftsmanship and natural design. This marked a pivotal moment, aligning with the principles championed by landscape architect Thomas Hayton Mawson, whose influence resonated across the architectural and horticultural realms during that era.
This architectural evolution resulted in a harmonious synthesis of preservation and adaptation. Yews Estate retained its historical essence, with the original 17th-century structure carefully preserved, while incorporating the distinctive aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement. With its meticulous gardens and architectural nuances, the estate serves as a living canvas that encapsulates the transition from a bygone era to the refined elegance of the early 20th century.
Fast forward to the present, and Yews Estate stands as a physical embodiment of its storied past and as a beloved home to the Scott family, the perfect setting to celebrate one of life's milestones and weave a new chapter into the estate's rich tapestry. Join me in the story of this 3 part wedding.
CHAPTER ONE: THE pre-wedding LAKESIDE PARTY
On the eve of the wedding, guests were treated to a shoreside paella feast as the sun set over Lake Windermere. I love it when couples opt for multiple wedding events —it offers a chance to be fully immersed in the celebrations and spend as much quality time as possible with cherished friends and family. This intentional approach gives a relaxed atmosphere throughout the wedding celebration, allowing for unhurried conversations with all your important people. The lakeside party concluded with marshmallows by the campfire as everyone chattered with excitement about the approaching wedding day!
CHAPTER Two: THE MORNING SWIM
When I rejoined Nonny in the morning, it was a quick coffee and an update of the wedding board (shave legs 100% this time! essential), before we headed out for a dip into the calming blue waters of Lake Windermere! Not me, I must add - I'm safe on the pier with my camera and a coffee! But for Nonny and her bridesmaids, this had been something she'd always dreamed of doing before her wedding. An early morning swim before a wedding provides a refreshing and grounding experience (or so I'm told!). The quiet surroundings of Bowness-on-Windermere and the tranquil lake offer a moment of reflection and a chance to share a quick glass of fizz with your best friends. I love capturing these moments of connection with nature right before the hustle and bustle of wedding celebrations commence.
CHAPTER THREE: THE WEDDING DAY!
The wedding day started with an air of excitement and anticipation as preparations commenced at Yews. Laughter and joy filled the air as the estate buzzed with the hustle and bustle of last-minute arrangements.
The ceremony occurred in the heart of Bowness-on-Winderemere at St. Martin's Church. With its aisles adorned with beautifully arranged flowers, the Church had never looked better!
Post-ceremony, the celebration took a unique turn with a boat ride back to Yews Estate. The boat, skillfully navigated by Oneone's father, added a personal touch to the journey and a chance to enjoy the picturesque landscapes and the important bonds at the heart of the occasion. The boat ride provided a tranquil interlude, allowing their vows to sink in and a glass of champagne to be toasted together before spending time with their guests.
Back at Yews Estate, the marquee reception unfolded against the backdrop of the estate's historic architecture and lush surroundings. A real Cumbrian feast awaited the guests, featuring lamb grown on the family's farmland! Served table side and carved by the guests, it added a fun interactive touch to the wedding breakfast. With little Beatrix Potter books adorning the tables, the marquee was clearly decorated with the lakes in mind and a nod to growing up surrounded by it's natural beauty.
As the day transitioned into evening, the golden hour cast a magical ambience over Yews Estate. The golden hour seamlessly flowed into an evening of dancing and celebration, with the estate's grounds echoing with laughter, music, and the joyous sounds of a new chapter beginning.