The wedding ceremony took place at St. Oswald’s church in Grasmere and Claire’s father walked her down the aisle at 1:30pm to the most traditional wedding song of all ‘Here comes the Bride’. Claire’s 3 best friends read a poem called ‘The Key to Love’ and another friend read a religious reading. The couple had a very musical ceremony which entailed a vocal performance by Abby Eaton who sang ‘Fields of Gold’ and ‘The Prayer’ during the service, and then 3 Hymns were also sung by the guests which included ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Make Me a Channel of your Peace’. The service was amazing and romantic.
Claire and Mark viewed about 10 wedding venues before choosing Merewood Country House Hotel. They fell in love with the venue and the stunning views over Lake Windermere. The venue staff were very helpful and professional, and Claire & Mark had privately hired out the whole hotel and its 20 bedrooms from the Friday at 2pm until Sunday at noon.