Chloe & Sam

Chloe has kindly shared the story of how they came from meeting to their wedding day. Their big day was held at Greystoke Castle with a dazzling marquee, and the wedding went on to feature in Carlisle Living magazine.

The beginning

We went to secondary school together QEGS Penrith and started dating at the end of this in 6th form and have been together ever since.  He proposed on a Friday night after work at home. We had been together for 8 years and I always said I would know when he is going to propose as he isn’t very good at hiding things from me or I am just very observant so I had to do it when I was least expecting it. I was on my way home from work and came in to find all the house doors shut so I opened the kitchen door no Sam and then opened the living room door and he was in a shirt and tie down on 1 knee – I was so shocked I shut the door on him before saying YES. So it was a true surprise I couldn’t speak for the next hour which was very unusual for me.

The dress!

It was the first dress I tried that I liked at Julia Tasker in Bowness. I did a bit more shopping around but kept comparing back to it and went to try it on again and loved it so that was it. It was a pretty easy decision. It was a strapless dress and the lace top half was custom made by Julia Tasker as I knew I wanted sleeves and a slight off the shoulder look. It was the lace of the dress I was drawn to as it is a very delicate fine lace which I have struggled to find elsewhere. I would never have tried on the dress if it wasn’t for Julia’s expertise as it was a completely different style to what I was looking for in terms of neckline but with her encouragement and confidence that she could create the jacket for the dress to create the end look I wanted with this dress – and she did.

Greystoke Castle

I always wanted to get married at Greystoke Church as I have a lot of sentimental connections there my parents and Aunties were all married there, my siblings, cousins and myself have all been christened there. And I have my grandad and other relatives buried in the graveyard there. So Greystoke Church helped narrow down various locations for the reception. Greystoke Castle we went to see Neville (owner) for a look around and as Sam and I drove up the drive we knew it was the right place as just the drive up is so wow we couldn’t imagine having the marquee elsewhere. We were always going to have Bakerwood Marquees as Sarah and Andrew are family friends and we know they are the best in the business.

Memorable moments

Owain the singer was amazing. Myself and my maid of honour stumbled across him after a few drinks one Saturday evening in Clapham when I lived in London and since then have become his groupies going to see him round London every Saturday. He performed at her wedding so when it came to choosing music for our wedding the only person right for the job was Owain and we were thrilled when he agreed to come up from London to perform. He was a big success with everyone I don’t think anyone was off the dancefloor for the whole evening.

Best bits

Favourite bits were my pictures, table plan and my dress probably. Obviously the marquee and decoration inside were amazing!!


Julia Tasker – Dress
Magpie linens – table cloths
Bouncing Ball films – video
Pamela’s Penrith – Bridal party hair
Bliss Beauty Penrith – Bridal party make up
Brenda from Gardenalia – Flowers
Owain Pennington – singer
Maggie’s Bakery Penrith – Cake
Slaters – Mens Suits
SVL hire  – Lights in the marquee
Hendersons Langwathby – Cars
H&H Reeds printers Penrith – Mirrored table plan
Tennant Design Limited – Graphic design table plan, decoration, invites
Greystoke Castle
Ragtime Rascals – Jazz band at reception
Moon & Tide  – Calligrapher
Adorn wedding stationary – Invitations
Classic Chambers – toilets
Northern Love Letters – Letters in the marquee
Krispy Kreme doughnuts – Wedding favours
Alan Strong – Macaroons wedding favours