Our dream wedding at Wordsworth House

Natalie and Ian O’Neill on their wedding day at the National Trust's Wordsworth House and Garden in Cumbria

My fiancé Ian and I were thrilled when we heard Wordsworth House was going to offer weddings.

We’re not religious so we didn’t want to get married in a church, but we didn’t want to end up in a concrete registry office either.

We’ve always loved the Lake District and Cockermouth, in particular, as my dad and step mum live there, so we were determined to be the house’s first bride and groom.

Some of our family and friends travelled from Cheshire and others came from Essex. Quite a few of them hadn’t been to the Lakes before, so they were delighted to have an excuse to come up.

Because Wordsworth House is a National Trust property, we didn’t have to dress it – it was perfect just the way it was – and the staff were all really friendly and helpful.

Intimate and elegant

It’s slightly smaller than a lot of historic houses and it closes to the public for weddings, so it felt very intimate being there with just our close family and friends.

Even though it was August, it wasn’t a particularly sunny day but the light in the dining room, where we had our ceremony, was beautiful.

It’s a really elegant room, but because it isn’t huge, walking in with my dad and step dad wasn’t daunting, like it would have been going into a massive church or hall.

Afterwards, we drank fizz in the Georgian kitchen and everyone explored the house while we had our pictures taken. We loved the grandeur of the ones that were done on the front steps.

We stayed the night before in the Trout Hotel next door and we all went back there for a lovely wedding breakfast in the main dining room.

All in all, it was exactly the day Ian and I had dreamed of.