Oct 18, 2018

DIY Knipe Hall Wedding | Karen + Sam

Karen & Sam wanted a laid back nuptial celebration with a focus on sharing the day with their family and friends. Their gorgeous DIY Knipe Hall wedding was just that and more. They picked LifeLine Photography after seeing images taken at other Knipe Hall weddings by Hannah and Jen….

Having enjoyed so many special times walking and holidaying together in Cumbria (where Karen grew up), Sam and Karen knew that they wanted a Lake District wedding. “Knipe Hall stood out as we really wanted a venue that would be relaxed and that we could put our own stamp on”.

Karen wore an Anna Kara dress. When the dress shop went into liquidation, Sandra Samuels in London saved the day by agreeing to do the necessary fittings and alterations. Her look was finished with make up by Keseme Carter & hair by Leah Nelson. The bridesmaids all wore pale blue wrap dresses from ASOS. Sam and the groomsmen (plus dads) wore blue suits from good old M&S, which caused some problems when the whole Gareth Southgate waistcoat frenzy hit during the World Cup. And the cutie page boys wore John Lewis trousers and waistcoats with flowery shirts from Next.

The incredible flowers were arranged by an old school friend of Karen’s mother – Linda Heaton. “She is amazing!! She created an amazing display coming out of the door frame that we got married in front of plus big flower wheels and beautiful garlands on the walls of the ceremony room. She even painted watercolour impressions as part of the planning. The buquets were amazing – I asked for colourful, wild looking flowers and they were exactly what I wanted”. Karen’s dad also grew loads of flowers for the day including delphiniums, sweetpeas and lavender. They were used in jam jars and bud vases (all collected by Sam’s mum), in the flower wheels and even outside in huge planters which he also made himself. “He totally lived up to his name Handyman Dave!”

Karen’s mum made the entire cake – a classic fruit cake with almond paste and royal icing. Karen then helped her mum to decorate it using rings of fresh flowers created by Linda (the florist). The cake sat on a log that Karen’s dad had taken a saw to. A real team effort!

Karen and Sam walked down the aisle to “You’re So Cool” by Hans Zimmer which was chosen by Sam from his favourite film. Family friend Leanne sang “A Wonderful World” as they signed the register. “We had our first dance to George Ezra’s “Paradise”.We had always liked his music, and it often seemed to be playing at significant moments such as when Karen went to Uganda and when Sam proposed. We wanted a fun first dance to that song just seemed ideal”.

Karen loves crafting and made bunting from London Tube Maps and Kew Gardens colouring books (where they shared their first date); Lino printed table names, place names and table plan; and blackboard signs.Karen’s dad made brilliant wooden signs for directions plus large wooden planters and log slices. He also helped with putting up hundreds of metres of lights and bunting. “Sam’s dad let us use his pride and joy – his Jag – for our wedding car. It was polished to within and inch of its life!”

Knipe Hall provided the catering for the day. Ploughmans platters were served on picnic benches in the garden for post-ceremony nibbles. The wedding breakfast consisted of pie and mash followed by fresh fruit pavlova and chocolate pots. “Johnny and his team were brilliant. We had quite a few comments saying the pies were the best people had tasted!” There was also pizza in the evening.

“Let people get involved because they will love it and it is the personal touches from family and friends that make the day so special. Finally, try not to move house, start a new job and get married all within three weeks like we did – definitely stay cooler than we did!”

For Karen it was seeing Sam as she walked down the aisle. “I hadn’t realised I had squealed “Sammmmmyyyyy” from halfway down the aisle until I saw it on a video, haha”. She also loved getting ready at home where her parents have lived since they themselves got married. “Having the neighbours wave us off, including my old teacher, was really lovely”. She also loved looking around and knowing every single person. “Feeling how genuinely happy everyone was for us was just so lovely. Wandering up to the top of the hill with Sam and looking back towards the house, seeing all of our lovely friends and family having fun was just the best feeling.”

For Sam it was seeing Karen i her dress for the first time as she walked down the aisle. He also loved the outdoor speeches “The light was lovely and it is such a wonderful memory for us both”. Finally he said that having more than a few beers and partying to live music from The Hope Street Busking Band with all of their friends made the day feel extra special.

home made wedding sign for DIY knipe hall wedding

bride getting ready in her anna kara wedding dress at parents house

nervous groom writing his speech at knipe hall

cartwheel floral display for DIY knipe hall wedding

bride putting in her earring ahead of knipe hall wedding

groom getting ready for his wedding at knipe hall

DIY wedding timeline blackboard and milk churn full of garden flowers

groom in bedroom at knipe hall reading his speech to himself

bride and her bridesmaids leaving home for diy knipe hall wedding in cumbria

groom reads through his speech the morning before his wedding takes place

beautiful linda heaton wedding flowers in cumbria

groom having his button hole flower pinned into position

bride and her mother at home before knipe hall wedding

father of the bride and his beautiful daughter at home before knipe hall wedding

knipe hall wedding ceremony details plus a family portrait

bride seeing groom for the first time during the ceremony at knipe hall

black and white image of knipe hall wedding ceremony

paige boys taking hold of the wedding rings during knipe hall wedding ceremony

paige boy handing ring to the bride at knipe hall

wedding reading in the dairy at knipe hall

bride and groom about to kiss during their wedding ceremony at knipe hall

bride and groom sign their wedding register at knipe hall in the dairy

wedding ceremony in the dairy at knipe hall in the lake district

dried petal confetti storm at knipe hall wedding in september

paige boys strike a pose during knipe hall wedding reception

guests enjoying outdoor drinks reception at knipe hall wedding in september

portraits of wedding guests at a knipe hall wedding

bridesmaid plus husband and two kids at knipe hall wedding

couple kiss their baby at knipe hall wedding

groomsman with his partner and baby at knipe hall wedding

portraits of the bride and groom serarately and together with grandma at their knipe hall wedding in the lake district

groomsmen bromance at knipe hall wedding

ladder full of blankets for cost outdoor wedding at knipe hall

groom giving his speech outdoors at knipe hall wedding

celebrating he wedding speeches at knipe hall

bride and groom kiss during outdoor speeches at knipe hall

guests enjoying the wedding speeches in the garden at a knipe hall wedding in cumbria

bridesmaids speaking at a knipe hall wedding

bride giving a speech outdoors during her knipe hall wedding

best man speech with photo props

bride laughing during speeches outdoors at knipe hall

bride looking into her groom's eyes during best man's speech at knipe hall

bride and her bridesmaids at knipehall

september wedding bouquet at knipe hall

groom and his groomsmen at knipe hall

knipe hall mossy wall with wedding and engagement rings

knipe hall wedding DIY table plan

wedding table details at knipe hall

baby gift for knipe hall wedding guests

knipe hall wedding details and beautiful white wedding cake with floral wreath

bride and groom strolling at sunset on the hill at knipe hall

newly wed couple laughing at their knipe hall wedding

bride and groom crossing cattle grid at knipe hall for sunset portraits

bride and groom at sunset on the day of their knipe hall wedding

bride and groom enjoying the sunset at their diy knipe hall wedding

knipe hall wedding portrait at sunset

knip ehall wedding couple portrait at sunset

black and white portrait of bride and groom kissing at knipe hall

knipe hall wedding couple walking along country lane

bride and groom taking their first dance at knipe hall

knipe hall wedding party in full swing



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