Natalie and Mark tie the knot at the beautiful Lake Ullswater – and it was the picture perfect setting for this couple’s shabby chic wedding celebration.


The proposal

Mark first met Natalie when she was cutting his hair at the salon she worked at. “I kept it professional, but after a few haircuts I realised how much I liked him,” Natalie remembers. Mark proposed to Natalie while they were walking their dogs in the countryside. “He had hidden a bottle of champagne in the woods, and partway through our walk, he got down on one knee,” says Natalie. “It was extra nice to have our dogs with us, too.”

The bride’s outfit

Natalie wowed her groom in a taffeta dress from Essence of Australia, with a deep V-back and a hooped skirt. “I’m very petite and found that dresses with ruching, lace or lots of detail were too much for me,” explains Natalie. “But when I put this one on, it accentuated my figure and I felt amazing.” The bride accessorised with a cathedral-length veil, a crystal hair slide and embellished shoes from Pink Paradox London.

The groom’s outfit

Mark wore a traditional morning suit in navy, teamed with ivory accessories, hired from Slaters.

The bridesmaids

The four bridesmaids wore bespoke multiway dresses in a champagne tone. “I liked the idea of them all wearing the same colour, but looking slightly different,” says Natalie.

The ceremony

Natalie and Mark were married in the great outdoors at the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater. “It was a very simple ceremony, but as a surprise, I had a sign made saying,’Uncle Mark, here comes your bride’, which our little nephew carried down the aisle before high-fiving Mark,” Natalie laughs. “It was so overwhelming with everyone looking at me, but I only saw Mark.”

The reception

The decor for the couple’s shabby chic wedding reception was a labour of love for Natalie. “I used silk flowers for everything, which saved me a lot of money and meant I could have them as keepsakes afterwards,” explains Natalie. “Our table centres were birdcages filled with flowers, and we had two large candelbra on the top table.” The couple also chartered a steamboat to take their guests on a champagne cruise around the lake after the wedding breakfast. Natalie’s sister did the traditional father of the bride speech, while best man James summarised his 20-year friendship with the groom with a poem. Later, the couple surprised their guests with a secret first dance routine to The Time of My Life. “Not even my bridesmaids knew about it, but we wanted to create a party atmosphere and get everyone up and dancing,” Natalie says.

The honeymoon

Natalie and Mark enjoyed a relaxing honeymoon on the Thai island of Ko Samui.

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