If you are looking for a sophisticated fun-filled wedding then look no further! Tash & Rob wanted a wedding with a big party – so what better place to host their reception then Cartmel Racecourse. Tash looked stunning in a simple and elegant Pronovias dress with her girls dressed in backless light green beauts from TFNC. Look out for the pair making the most of the fairground all captured by Joe Mather Photography whose work is a pleasure to share.
Rob proposed when we went away to London with our two boys in October 2015, despite making a joke saying I knew he had a ring and was going to do it, I didn’t actually expect it and when he did propose I thought it was a joke. I was downstairs cooking tea because we had friends coming over, Rob was upstairs bathing the kids (Archie was 2 and Toby was 6) when he called me up asking ‘for a hand’ when I walked in he was on one knee. We got together New Year’s Eve at midnight 2006/7. We then booked the wedding in November 2016.
We just wanted our wedding to be fun! I was keen to run away but Rob loves a party so wanted a big thing, if you are gonna do something you may as well do it properly. We looked at a few local venues and we did like them but none of them seemed different. My dad works in horse racing (Marten Julian) and my sister had her wedding 12 years ago at Cartmel Racecourse. Cartmel is such a beautiful village, the Cartmel Priory is an amazing church and the racecourse has a fairground, we think most people like a day at the races so when my sister and dad recommended we did the same thing it seemed like a no-brainer. So we opted for a beautiful marquee on Cartmel Racecourse. We sponsored the first race and named it ‘Tash & Wazz I’ll give it 6-months wedding novices hurdle’. That was a lot of fun because we got to choose the best turned out and present the trophy to the winner. Three words to describe it would be one-off, fun and a whirlwind!
My brother-in-law is a graphic designer so I went around one night and we designed the invite ourselves, we knew we didn’t want a wedding book so instead on the back of the RSVP we had a ‘Wedding Banter’ section for guests to fill out as our keepsake and then on the day each guest had a little thing to fill out and put on a ‘wishing tree’.
I got my dress from Marimme Bridalwear in Kendal, it was the Olympia dress from Pronovias. I had been to a couple of places before and was very close to purchasing a bridesmaid dress as I couldn’t find anything as simple as I wanted. But before I did I called Marimme asking if they had any plain dresses and they recommended Pronvias.
HAIR & MAKEUP
My friend and makeup artist Aimee Chorley did mine, my mum and my sisters makeup, I am actually a makeup artist too but was worried that nerves would get the better of me so opted from Aimee! She is someone I can trust and I knew she would just get it right. My bridesmaid Hannah is a makeup artist too so she did hers and my other bridesmaid, Adele. We got married at 11 am so had to leave the house at 10.15, with time being so tight I knew it was unrealistic to expect Aimee to do everyone and even I was prepared to stand in and help if needed.
Our hair was done by Beth, Ellie and Nicola from Daniel Gray – they did an amazing job, all the hair was perfect, stayed all day and they were a complete dream team.
In my hair, I had a cathedral length veil attached to Swarovski crystal hair slide. I wore two bracelets I had been given that morning and a pair of diamond stud earrings my mum and dad had given me. I started the day off in Kurt Geiger heels, changed into Carvella flip-flops, then into some leather converse and then for the fairground my wedding wellies had to come out!
I got the bridesmaid dresses from ASOS, by a make called TFNC. Originally I wanted pink but when we tried them on they didn’t seem right, I love the colour green so as soon as I saw the dresses I knew it would do the job. It had a low back so each bridesmaid had a back necklace to wear, it also had a train, my dress had a huge train so I knew it was a style that would compliment my dress.
Groom & His Men
Rob picked the suits, we had gone to a shop looking to get some or hire them but knew it would have to be grey as the bridesmaids were wearing green and we couldn’t find anything. We went to have a browse in Marks & Spencer and saw a poster of David Gandy wearing a suit and we knew that one would be perfect so there and then we ordered them all (after a lot of calling around and locating all required sizes). Luckily, Rob and I have similar tastes so it was very much a group effort.
We really struggled to find the right colour tie, I sent a photo of the bridesmaid dresses to Ties Planet, they sent me samples in return and we got the perfect match before I found Ties Planet I had spent a small fortune online trying to find the right colours.
My flowers were made by mum and her two friends. The bridesmaids and the buttonholes were by Clare from Flowers by Arrangement. I wanted the flowers to look fresh from the meadow, not too uniform. The page boys had a lego figure attached to their buttonholes.
Gosh!! well, My mum and her friends Anne and sugar-crafter extraordinaire Alan Dunn made my cake, a real group effort! My bouquet was made out of cold porcelain and then when I was done with it after church we lay it next to the cake.
We used Campbell and Rowley for the food, it was a posh buffet and to be honest a talking point for weeks after. The choice and quality of food were amazing! We pitched in with extra cakes for afternoon tea as I am a keen baker and in the evening we had a pizza oven.
During the day we had a cartoonist come round, called Evsie, he was brilliant, other than that during the day we didn’t need much, between the racing and the fairground people had plenty to be doing. In the evening Robs band played and we had a DJ.
Joe Mather was our photographer. I didn’t want a lot of posed photos so someone recommended him as he tends to step back and take the more natural shots.
We also had Davz Infinity Video to film the day. I LOVE his style as it isn’t boring and traditional, it’s different and really shows off the day – he really has a modern take on wedding videography.
The fairground, especially the bumper cars in a wedding dress, and a slingshot ride in a suit are something we will never forget!
Bride to Bride
Don’t wear SPANX! Sounds random but I did it against the advice of the woman who did my alterations and it rolled down and when I look at wedding photos it’s all I see.
If you can afford it go for the best photographer you can and use a videographer, both these caught so many moments I had forgotten about.
Ceremony: Cartmel Priory // Reception: Cartmel Racecourse
Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Marimme Bridalwear
Makeup: Aimee Chorley // Hair: Daniel Gray
Bridesmaid Dress: TFNC from ASOS
Grooms Attire: Marks & Spencer & Ties Planet
Flowers: Flowers by Arrangement
Cake: Twiddle & Stick Cakes & Alan Dunn Sugar Craft
Food: Campbell and Rowley
Hire Decor: Prop My Party
Videography: Infinity Video
Photography: Joe Mather Photography