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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Couple wins dream wedding in contest

EXCITING plans are being made by an Ireleth couple after they won a dream wedding at the historic former home of a literary legend.

Next summer, Kerry Simmonds, 49, and Richard Lewis, 61, will be getting married at Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth, after winning a wedding package worth more than £2,500 in a Cumbria Life competition.

The venue, which was the childhood home of William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, made history this summer when it became the first National Trust property in Cumbria to be licensed for wedding and civil ceremonies.

Included in the prize package is wedding photography from award-winning photographer Chris Freer, an executive room, dinner, bed and breakfast at The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth, for their first night as a married couple and Kerry can enjoy a pre-wedding consultation with professional make-up artist Sophia Atcha.

The bride-to-be said: “I screamed when I heard we had won; now I’m just smiling all the time.

“We moved up here from Buckinghamshire five years ago and hadn’t really explored the North Lakes but after visiting Wordsworth House we are totally converted and are looking forward to lots of days out in the area.

“The team at Wordsworth House have made planning our wedding so effortless and are full of lovely ideas – it feels like they are doing all the hard work!”

Zoe Gilbert, manager of Wordsworth House, said: “We can’t wait to give Kerry and Richard their dream day. We’re already making plans for a ceremony in the drawing room, followed by a home-made lunch and cream tea in the house’s historic kitchen.

“Hopefully we will get some summer sunshine too so the happy couple and their guests can enjoy their drinks out in the gardens.”

The first wedding at Wordsworth House took place in August when Natalie-Sacha Morgan and Ian O’Neill, now Mr and Mrs O’Neill, from the Wirral were married there.

The pair have strong connections to the property as Alex, Natalie’s step-mum, is interpretation and communications manager there, and her dad, Trevor, has used his skills as a graphic designer to produce several exhibition displays for the house, and also occasionally works in the cafe.

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