INSPIRATION and ideas for the big day were on offer today (April 13) at the Westmorland Gazette's spring wedding fair.

The Royal Hotel in Kirkby Lonsdale played host to the show which was expected to attract more than 100 people.

Ten businesses catering for the perfect wedding day were exhibiting at the restored Georgian town-house hotel.

These covered everything from dresses and jewellery, to cakes, venues, photography and more.

Lancaster-based Butterfly Bridal were promoting their wedding and bridesmaids' dresses, and grooms outfits.

Susan Nicholls, of Butterfly Bridal, said: “These wedding fairs are essential for business.

“Here we have our clothes which are all from three handpicked designers, and they're all very popular.”


Julia Baker was there to showcase vintage, bespoke and handmade jewellery from her recently set-up Kendal business Silver Jules.

Ms Baker said: “This is only the second wedding show I've done.

“I make tiaras with silver ivy leaves picked from my garden, as they are the symbol of everlasting love.”

Award winning photographer Chris Wright was also there to advertise his Lancashire wedding photography company Silent Assassin.

Mr Wright said: “I concentrate on the emotional side.

“I basically watch people and try to capture them on the day, mostly in black and white.”

And, as well as the location for the fair, The Royal Hotel was also showcasing itself as a wedding venue so guests could get a feel of what it would be like to have their special day on site.

Vicky Broomes, of James's Places, said: “We've got the place set up for a wedding breakfast, which is included in the package for the hotel which was launched in January.

“The package includes everything including food, drink and 14 bedrooms as well.”

Jan's Cakes, Andersons Jewellers, Tasty Bites chocolate fountains, Greenwood menswear grooms' attire, Lakeland Leisure and Lilly Rose wedding events and floristry were also on hand to assist blushing brides and bride grooms to be.