One of the great things about being a wedding photographer in Cumbria is the amazing Lake District Wedding Venues I get to work at. Cumbria is a county of varied scenery, from the rugged coastline to beautiful Lakes, spectacular Fells and rolling valleys – we are spoilt for choice with locations for weddings and photography. In 2015 I have photographed weddings at some of my favourite venues and found some new favourites. With weddings varying from a marquee at the family farm to small country house hotels, cottages set high on the Coniston Fells and cosy traditional Cumbrian pubs, it has been a year of diversity. I have been on bus trips, boat cruises, walks in the rain and swimming in the Lake (well, not me actually, but photographing a very brave bride and her bridesmaids on a cold summers morning). We have had plenty of rain (which we are well used to), but many weddings with beautiful blue skies, sunshine and balmy evenings. I have photographed very small, intimate weddings with just a few immediate family present and I have captured the party atmosphere at some big celebrations of family and friends. Here is a snapshot of some of the new Lake District Wedding venues I worked at during Spring 2015.
Askham Hall, near Penrith, was a new venue for me in 2015. Amanda and Richard and Nicola and Richard both celebrated their Spring Weddings with beautiful sunshine and the spring flowers in full bloom. Askham Hall offers a lot of variety and opportunites to personalise your wedding day. Both couples chose to get married at nearby St Peter’s Church in Askham, but the Hall is also licenced for civil ceremonies. A quick walk from the church through the beautiful grounds, some secret gates and meandering pathways takes you back to the Hall and you can finish off your celebrations at Bank Barn, a traditional Oak Beamed Barn, great for the evening party.
The Low Wood Hotel
The Low Wood is a Lake District Wedding Venue which I know well but had never had the opportunity to photograph at before this year. Beth and Andy celebrated their wedding there on a glorious day over the Easter Weekend. After a rousing and poignant wedding service at St Martin’s Church in Bowness – on -Windermere, we made our way to the Low Wood Hotel for the afternoon reception. Beth and Andy were treated to an impromptu speed boat ride back to the hotel across the Lake after their couple shoot and then treated their guests to an evening cruise on Windermere on a the most beautiful evening. We made the most of the soft evening light to capture a few intimate portraits before heading back for the evening celebrations. Low Wood Hotel, with its enviable position on the side of the lake and its views across to the Langdale Fells, provided the perfect setting for this special wedding.
Low House, Armathwaite
Hayley and Neil’s Wedding Celebrations at Low House, Armathwaite was such fun. Such a relaxed couple, with some great friends and family who really threw themselves into the day with rousing singing during the ceremony, games during the wedding breakfast and of course the evening dancing. Low House is a country house wedding and events venue, beautifully situated in the Eden Valley. Hayley and Neil chose celebrate their marriage with a ceremony outside on the lawn followed by evening celebrations in the large marquee, but couples can also get married in a number of different rooms within the period house. Once again, the sun shone, the bluebells bloomed and the couple and their guests had a great time in perhaps one of the lesser known, but very personal Lake District Wedding venues.