Hannah and Aidan’s lovely Hilles House Wedding in Gloucestershire

Here is their story in Hannah’s words….

Aidan and I met through friends on a night out in London (I was dragged along to this night out to act as “wingman” by my housemate who fancied a friend of Aidan’s).  We didn’t really get to know each other until a few months later when six of us went on a walking weekend in the Lake District. On the long drive from London to Buttermere Lake Aidan and I ended up sitting next to each other in the car and we hit it off as friends. It was a really fun weekend of walking, eating and drinking.  A week later, back in London and Aidan asked me if I wanted to go to for dinner with him. He says it wasn’t a date, but I think we know the truth. 

We visited the Lake District again with friends the following year. This time as a well-established couple. The Lakes, therefore, became a special place for us. It was also an important place for Aidan’s family as it was where his late Grandfather had a house and had spent his last years (in Cartmel).

Proposed on a hill

In December 2016 we went back to the Lake District for a weekend away, just the two of us this time.  At the top of a hill with views across the Cartmel and Morecambe Bay Aidan got down on one knee and proposed (with the ring). Of course, I said yes straight away.   He then whisked a bottle of champagne out of his backpack and we spent the morning sitting on this hill drinking champagne shivering in the cold. Ringing all our family and friends to tell them the news. Eight months later we got married. 

The wedding day / Hilles House Wedding

The day itself is a bit of a blur but your photos have really helped me remember that it was fun and everyone had a good time. What stands out for us the most is the amount of help we had from all our family and friends, and I hope that that really came through in the day.  My mum spent 6 months making the beautiful bunting in the marquee (+230 feet of it). Aidan’s mum and sisters made a lot of the food. My dad made chutneys and cheese straws for the evening, and Aidan’s dad’s band played. We had family members do readings in the church and friends help to set up the day before.  Even the florist was a close family friend and attended the wedding.  It was an “all hands on deck” affair and I think it really paid off.   I loved that we had children there and loved seeing them run around and have fun.  Aidan loved the food, the drinking and the band the most… he loved the tequila shots a little too much and I had a very poorly husband the next day.

Bride getting ready for Hilles House wedding

Bridesmaids putting on make up at bridal preparations

Cute small boy looking at his family just before wedding ceremony

Bride getting out of wedding car in Painswick

Bride and bridesmaids giggling just before wedding ceremony

Groom and best man looking relaxed in church just prior to the wedding ceremony

Groom watches bride and father walking down church aisle

Groom putting ring on bride during wedding ceremony

Bride and groom leaving painswick church after wedding ceremony

Kids playing in church grounds at Gloucestershire wedding

Wedding guest hugging bride

Natural, relaxed portrait of bride and groom outside Painswick church

Classic wedding car heading for Hilles House wedding

Wedding detail photo of table decorations at Marquee wedding

Wedding musicians playing old folk music

Kids walking in the Hilles House gardens at wedding

Bride hugging wedding guest

Bride and bridesmaids walking and laughing in front of Hilles House in Gloucestershire

Groom and friends walking in Hilles House gardens

Mother and father of groom at wedding reception

Natural photo of bride and groom walking and laughing in garden

Romantic portrait of Bride and Groom at Hilles House wedding

Romantic portrait of bride and groom in Gloucestershire rural landscape

Bride and groom cheering brfore sitting down to wedding breakfast

Wedding guests getting food at food buffet

Cheeky little girl with mouth full at weddiing

View of wedding guests at marquee wedding at Hilles House

Father chasing his son at wedding

Little girl and big sister overlooking countryside at Gloucestershire wedding

Best man making speeches

Bride chatting to wedding guests

Kids dancing at Hilles House wedding recepetion

Mother and son playing at Marquee wedding

Cute little girl wrapped in blanket at summer wedding

Bride and groom cutting the wedding cake

Entertainers in red at marquee summer wedding

First dance with bride and groom at Painswick wedding

Wedding guests and groom taking selfie at wedding

singer in wedding band performing on stage

Wild dancing with bride and wedding guest


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Canon 5d mark 4 used in these images