Buttermere Engagement

Buttermere Engagement

Buttermere Engagement

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Buttermere Engagement Portraits

Claire and Ollie chose a beautiful Buttermere engagement photoshoot as the perfect place for them.  Giving their dog, Ruby, plenty of room to run, spash in the water and let off steam.  Having images of themselves in the Lake District was really important to Claire and Ollie as their chosen wedding venue was too far away for wedding day images.

The walking route around Buttermere just happens to be one of the most popular low level walks in the Lake District.  You can walk the entire way round with spectacular views the entire time.  Why not check out the iconic and much photographed ‘Lone Tree’? And admire one of Wainwright’s favourite fells – Haystacks.

Crummock Water is also stunning and a great place for an engagement or wedding portrait session.  There are waterfalls and shingle shores to walk along.  Beautiful rocky outcrops provide the perfect vantage points and will show off your wedding dress to perfection.  The beautiful Rannerdale Bluebells are gorgeous and are just a short walk from the road.

Low Hall The Lakes Wedding Photos

Engagement Photographs near Buttermere and Crummock Water

Ensuring your lake district wedding photographer has plenty of local knowledge is key.  There is lots to be said for choosing a photographer based in the lake district when considering your options.  These include knowledge of the best spots for your images, where to park and how busy the area is.


How else would you know, for example, that in May nesting birds mean that the area you had your heart set on is out of bounds or that the floods a few years ago took out the access bridge and the only way across the water is to wade?

Wedding Venues near Buttermere

There are always interesting views to be had around Buttermere and Crummock and if you’re getting married in Cockermouth or Lorton and have time in your wedding day this area is definitely worth a visit.  You’ll come away with images from one of the most famous views in the Lake District!  If you don’t have time on your wedding day itself how about getting your gladrags back on the following day for gorgeous images.

Loweswater, Crummock water and Buttermere are in the North Western Lakes and are in easy reach of the following venues:  New House Farm, Low Hall The Lakes, Hundith Hill, Wordsworth House, The Trout Hotel, and Cockermouth Town Hall if you’re looking for those beautiful lakeside photographs.

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My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

My Top Lake District Wedding Photos


Epic Lake District Wedding Photos

To be able to view these epic Lake District wedding photos at their best be sure to turn your mobile phone on it’s side!

Congratulations! You’re engaged.  All your dreams are coming true and you’re planning the wedding of the century.  You’ve picked the date and the next part of the puzzle is choosing where to get married.  You’ve chatted with your intended, looked around your local venues and drawn a big, fat blank.  And, lets be honest, its the landscape that is not really grabbing you.  You know you’re not really the outdoorsy type, much happier snuggled up warm and close to all your creature comforts but your holiday in the Lake District is something you look back to fondly.  And you wonder…

What could a wedding in the Lake District look like?

So, to help you, i’ve compiled my favourite Lake District and Cumbira wedding photographs for you  to enjoy.  All you need to do is sit back, flip your phone to landscape, grab a cup of tea or something more decadent and imagine yourself in each and everyone of our images.

The only question that remains is which photo makes you swoon and dream of having hung on your wall?

Beautiful autumnal light, taken near Kendal.

Late summer on the shores of Rydal Water looking towards Grasmere.

Bouquet toss on Derwent Water looking back towards Keswick piers.

Not quite the Lake District but most definately Cumbria, Photograph taken on Grange coastline at sunset, overlooking the estury.  Taken in November.

From the pier on Derwent Water, Keswick.  Venues near here include the Lodore Falls, Skiddaw Hotel, Derwent Water Hotel, Bristow Hill, The Lingholm Estate, Latheshead Country House Hotel, Scafell Hotel, Glaramara House and the Langstrath Country Inn.

Nestled somewhere between Wrynose and Ling fells on a hot summers day.  The closest registered wedding venues are the New Dungeon Ghyll and the Langdale Hotel.

Alternative Blea Tarn elopement.  This location is a true favourite amougst Lake District photographers with the tarn, lush greenery and the majestic Langdales in the Distance.  You’d never know this was a mid-summer wedding looking at the moody clouds in the sky!

The small tarn on the land of the Wild Boar near Windermere. Taken in Winter.

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Your Wedding Timeline

Your Wedding Timeline

Your Wedding Timeline

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Planning your wedding timeline

One of the questions I hear most frequently is, How do I know how long to book my wedding photographer for?


Planning your wedding timeline is a great tool for helping you work out how long to book your photographer for.  Read on for tips on how to make your wedding timeline and how your wedding photography fits into your timeline.


Tips for Planning Your Timeline

1. Why do I need a timeline?

It’s worth constructing your wedding timeline as early as possible and adding to it as more details are settled.

You and your suppliers will find it useful and it will help suppliers plan their services so they can deliver them at the right time.

It’s easy to start off thinking that you only need three hours of photography but when you factor in travel between your venues, additional aspects of the day you would like photographed and even time for delays, time adds up quite quickly.

The easiest way to plan your timeline is to start from the ceremony, which is usually the first thing you have booked, then work out in either direction.

2. Before your ceremony

Working backwards from the ceremony you need to consider the time you’ll be meeting with the registrar before the ceremony (usually 10 minutes for each of you if done individually).

Add in travel time between venues, if needed, and space for photos once you finish getting ready. You now know when you must be ready by and is the point your hair and makeup team will be aiming for.

Your hair and makeup team will let you know when they will be arriving and will be able to give you an indication of when they will be doing your makeup, hair will hopefully be after this. Ideally, your photographer will aim to start taking pictures of you when your makeup is in the final stages. 

You might not feel like it but make sure you leave time to have a good breakfast because you don’t want to be a hangry bride! Especially when you’ve had a couple of glasses of prosecco.

3. Your ceremony and after

Civil ceremonies last approximately half an hour, church services may be up to an hour.  Timings after your ceremony can depend upon a number of things.  You may also need to consider time to travel to your reception venue and it may be that your venue has requested a specific time for your wedding breakfast.  Both of these will limit how much time you have for your drinks reception.

Ideally, you need a minimum of an hour and a half for your drinks reception.  This allows you half an hour after your ceremony to meet and great your friends and loved ones and begin your celebrations.  Half an hour would be set aside for your group shots and half an hour for your portraits.

 It’s a good idea for any formal group shots you would like to be taken at this point before your guests get too drunk, their outfits get too crumpled and they are still looking their best. This means that your guests can then relax now their part of the day is complete.

It is normally during your drinks reception that you would have your wedding portraits taken, however time here may be short if there have been any delays. E.g. a late start to your ceremony. This adds a lot of pressure to get your photographs taken particularly if you have booked a short package.

Don’t worry if not all of your portraits are taken during this period as there will be plenty of opportunities later on in the day if you have booked a longer or full day package.

The benefits of booking more time with your photographer are that your portraits can be taken later in the day, you can have more varied portrait locations and hopefully beautiful golden light in the evening.

 I have been known to grab the bride and groom between courses to get outside for those amazing sunset images. And the break between your wedding breakfast and the arrival of any evening guests is a great time for relaxed group shots and more portraits of yourselves.

4. Lake District Scenery

If you are coming to the Lake District because you love the epic scenery you might like to plan more time for your photographs. This means you can travel further to get those wide landscape images.

When considering travelling time remember you need to double it to account for the journey back to the reception!  E.g. if you have half an hour for your portraits your schedule might look like this:

Travel to lake: 10 minutes
Portraits: 10 minutes
Travel back to venue: 10 minutes

As you can see, it doesn’t leave much time for your portraits to be taken!

The biggest downside to this plan is that you spend a large amount of time away from your guests.  This can be especially difficult if your guests have travelled a long way to be with you on your day.

Top Tip

If you’d love to spend all day with your guests and still want those epic backdrops book your photographer for the following day.  Get into your glad rags once again and heading up into the hills.  This gives you much more time to visit several locations without the time pressures and removes the guilt of feeling you need to return to your guests and join the party.

5. Intimate weddings

For an intimate wedding or to keep costs down you might be considering a three hour package and this can be a great solution. 

If you choose to have all of your photos taken at the venue, and you are not planning a full day of celebrations a three hour package should be able to capture arrivals for the ceremony, the ceremony itself, a small number of formal group shots and the your portraits.

However, if you’re travelling between your venues a big chunk of your photography time will be lost as photographers charge their time from the point at which they start.  Therefore, if you select the three hour package and one hour of this is travel time you would lose a third of time your photographer can take pictures. 

In these instances please ask your photographer for a custom quote to ensure all your wedding day plans are captured.

6. Other things to consider

During Summer when there is a lot of light so taking photographs in the evening is not a problem.  However, during winter evenings can be very dark.  This means that any outdoor Lake District photos you’d like are restricted to daylight hours.  Depending on your timeline there may not be room for all of the photos you’d like.  Options here are booking your photographer the next day as previously mentioned or consider a First Look session earlier in the day for your portraits.

The number of photographers you choose can also impact on the time needed, especially when getting ready.  Time needs to be allowed for your photographer to move between both partners if they are working alone.  Your photographer will be able to advise you of any extra time needed.

One Final Note

For all weddings seem like long days, time passes very quickly and it’s easy for a series of small delays to add up to a big one.  The first area that tends gets squeezed is your photography time. That said, your professional photographer should have alternative ideas for points at which to capture your images later on in the day.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog post and it has helped you in planning out your wedding timeline.

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Grange Hotel Wedding

Grange Hotel Wedding

Grange Hotel Wedding

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The Grange Hotel


You’d never have imagined such stunning weather for this beautiful Grange Hotel Wedding.  The super cool and trendy, Nic and Dan tied the knot on a glorious November day in Grange-Over-Sands, South Cumbria.  Just a stones throw from the magnificent Lake District fells.  The day was amazing with beautiful golden sunshine.  The sunset looking out across Morcambe Bay was as dreamy as the couple themselves.

Enjoy their photos and be inspired by Nic’s bohemian dress and lots of jewellery.  The ceremony and reception were styled with gorgeous flower arches, a hoop table plan,  and yummy cake.  In the evening, the moon booth made sure there were great photos of all their guests.

The stunning Grange Hotel has a selection of truly beautiful suites which are great for those all important getting ready shots on the morning of your wedding and relaxing in for your first night as a married couple.  There are gorgeous views across the bay to be had from many of the rooms and lots of flexibility for your wedding day.


Wedding Photographs at the Grange Hotel

As any wedding photographer will tell you ensuring your wedding venue has plenty of places for photos is key to getting the images you dream of.  And with a myriad of little romantic corners the Grange Hotel is the perfect place.   It’s elevated south-facing position ensures there is lots of light and the mature woodland provides a beautiful backdrop.


Close by, are the quaint little railway station, stunning ornamental gardens and wild beauty of the estuary with Morcambe Bay beyond.  All of which are great places to have your wedding portraits taken.  Nic and Dan particularly wanted golden hour images and so left their wedding breakfast to nip down to the bay for 5 minutes of portraits and were rewarded with the most gorgeous sunset with the moon clear in the sky.   For a more bohemian, off the beaten track or wild look why not travel a little further afield.  A short drive in the car ensures that you get the splendor of the Southern Lake District fells as your backdrop.

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Lead Photographer

Photography | Radiance Photography

Venue | The grange hotel

Styling | Set The Scene – Wedding Hire

Flowers | Sam Williams Flowers

Cake | J’aime Cakes Kendal

 Photo Booth | Moon Booth

Videographer | Tom Harrington Films

Lead Photographer | Jo Greenfield

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Urban Wedding Photography

Urban Wedding Photography

Urban Wedding Photography


Urban Wedding Inspiration

 Urban wedding photography is not something a photographer who spends much of their time in the Lake District does very often. So, when the opportunity to join in an edgy styled shoot in and around Camden, London came up I jumped at the chance!

So what is a styled shoot? I hear you ask.

Suppliers from across the wedding industry come together to create magical inspiration for you and have it photographed.  They are also events where us photographers can meet and forge relationships with suppliers and other photographers.  Styled shoots also provide me with a great place and to learn and grow creatively too.  Something which is always a positive for you.

My first venture into urban wedding photography started on a Saturday morning, catching the early train from Penrith, on the edge of the northern Lake District, to London.  To a lake district wedding photographer who’s used to the bleating of lambs and views of the fells busy London feels different and exciting.

After a few minor delays (we all know what train travel is like) I arrived in the hustle and bustle of Camden on a Saturday to meet models Kennedy and Dathan, greet old friends and make new ones.

After the introductions were over we headed out for detail shots.  I love this time where I get to play with all the details such as the dress, gorgeous jewellery and hand-painted shoes.


Urban Wedding Details

A short walk around the area provided so many interesting backdrops, clean lines and bright colours perfectly suiting the grungy feel of the shoot.

The hand-finished dip dye effect on the two piece wedding gown created by Bex Brides is a great way to combine traditional while being true to your personality.  The grooms attire was provided by Dandy Threads and proves that colour and patterns can be very effective.

Heading back to the flat just in time to capture the final make-up touches by Natalie Danielle.

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Wedding Dress





Grooms Suit

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Radiance Photography

Kennedy Elise

All Bunched Up

Bertie and Fred

Bex Brides

Sam Ryde

Natalie Danielle

Inanna Bespoke Shoes

Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium

Dandy Threads

The Alternatives Styled Shoots

Photography | Radiance Photography

Models | Kennedy Elise

Flowers | All Bunched Up

Ribbons | Bertie and Fred

Wedding Dress | Bex Brides

Jewellery | Sam Ryde

HMUA | Natalie Danielle

Shoes | Inanna Bespoke Shoes

Jacket | Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium

Grooms Suit | Dandy Threads

Organised by | The Alternatives Styled Shoots

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