Richard and Rebekkah.. A wedding at Victory Hall Dalston. Venue styling by the Moomins.

By day one sets out on a trip, but by night one sets out on a journey.

With this wedding being only five days after new year, setting out from home in the dark was much less of an option than I would have liked. Dalston is about 15 miles from home though, which came in handy when I had forgotten one of my bags at the back of the hall and had to trudge back in the car at 11pm.

As weddings go and also as venues go, there is nothing nicer than a wedding at an unusual venue. Its great to have to deal with the challenges that presents, which usually ends up in embracing what is around to create images that show the people at their very best, funniest and most emotional. This was a winter wedding not to be missed, on one hand because winter weddings present their own set of challenges with light but also because the bride and groom were so in love, so gracious and so kind that I knew creating some amazing imagery would come Naturally.

The ceremony was held at St Michaels in Dalston on an unusually warm 5th of Jan with a reception at Victory Hall, also in the village and all was decked out in a Finland, UK, tea party with the moomins theme. Care had been taken over the venue styling and it looked great. I also shot quite a large quantity of film on the day. Main films used were Kodak 3200 and Sensia 1600 (for geeks) which produced some really nice results on the Nikon F4 and F100. All of the digital images were styled up to mimic the film emulsions to make the whole portfolio of images flow nicely. The venue styling and the effort that had been put into the wedding day really shone through. Any of the wedding photographers in the Lake District would have killed to photograph this one!

Dalston on the morning of a wedding
Morning everyone!
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Cute Bridesmaids.


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On the way to the Church.
A great first kiss. There were stacks from inside the church, but if I had to pick one it would be this one.
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Love this. Shot on Kodak Tmax 3200.
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Love this of Rebekkah and shot at one of the more unlikely spots for bridal portraits in Cumbria.


I love unprompted images. This was taken as we were setting up another shot.
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This is the other shot. I just had them chatting away to each other.


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Great Venue styling. It really had a lot of care and attention paid to it.
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In the evening the ceilidh band were great. I think it may have been Striding Edge, but not sure.


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First Dance…


Amazing wedding images in Dalston Hall and Carlisle.
I used my bag mishap to catch just one last image. There is a lot of street lighting round Dalston, so if any photographers want the low down on how it was done, feel free to ask and I will do my best to remember.

Thanks to you both for a great days photography and the “OMG the photographs are a-ma-zing” that I got in a text from Rebekkah really made my day. I hope to see you both again soon. P.S. Rose destroyed the gingerbread!

The Wedding of David & Rachel at the Tithe Barn and Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle

Being from Carlisle myself and currently only living fifteen miles away, it is not that often that I will photograph a wedding there. David and Rachel were married in a civil ceremony at the Crown & Mitre followed by a reception at the Tithe Barn. The theme was a sumptuous vintage 30’s theme which was set off really well by the stylish prefect badges everyone wore which read bride, groom, usher etc… A great find. I don’t really seek themes at weddings but an underlying theme is always nice, made buoyant by the vintage china, table settings and paraphernalia used to decorate the Tithe Barn.

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Dropping in before Rachel left allowed me to take some pictures of her in her lovely vintage bedroom. I was like a kid in a candy shop.
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A mind bending amount of detail was captured before heading off to the Crown and Mitre. I loved the mustache necklace and bearing in mind that this wedding was in August, this was long before any of the mustache stuff was trendy. Note the Bride prefect badge.
The final images from a great carlisle wedding.
Loved this. My wedding jobs had tidy up on the list too.
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The boys look nervous and a nice surprise was Will of the band My Little Brother who was one of the two best men on the day. Will and I went to University together so it was amazing to catch up.
Lakeland photographers for civil ceremony.
Don’t worry David they aren’t talking about you…. Well maybe a little.
vintage prefect wedding badge photograph.
Want one that says photographer!
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I loved this look. I think all Davids nerves just evaporated.
Wedding group shot in the Crown and Mitre Carlisle
I thought the group shots on the stairs went well.
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The VW camper was a really nice touch. Love the color scheme on this one too.

It really didn’t take too much convincing to get Rachel and David over to the old carousel in the middle of Carlisle. It is in the town center a lot and just happened to coincide with this wedding. We even hit the right time of day just as the people were packing up and the center was quiet. This turned out to be some of my favorite imagery from the day. We just did the usual. Went for a walk…. Mucked about.

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Having the carousel to ourselves for five mins was a godsend. It really brought the theme of the wedding out before we had even got to the Tithe Barn. These horses have been on this carousel since the 40’s

Forgot to mention, Rachels’ dress was a Mia Original made from scratch by Sarah at Mia Bridal in Carlisle. Sarah stacks some amazing dresses but the ones that she makes bespoke for Mia Originals are mind blowing.

Love the split rear doors on this camper. Champagne!!!
More champagne in the camper van before heading into the venue.
I know I have said it is cool a few times but it is cool…. Shot on Polaroid Impossible film (silver shade)
details at a cumbrian wedding in the capital city. Taken on Yashica
Did a few of details on digital and then film but went with the film ones in the end. Some great ideas in this wedding for anyone wanting a vintage look.
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Kept all of these images in a black and white warmtone as it just felt right.
wedding speeches at the Tithe Barn, Cumbria.
Props booth at a vintage wedding.
After the meal things started to get a little crazy. I even had a shandy…
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Just nipped out to the door at the back of St Cuthberts for a couple more photos…. Easy now…
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The doorway to the Tithe Barn has great light in the evening time.
crazy images of wedding dancing.
Just about everyone got up after the first dance. It was awesome to see so many peoiple on the dance floor at a wedding.

I generally try to resist the common photographers label of ‘wedding storyteller’ but this really was a wedding that read like a book from start to finish, filled with good people and heaps and heaps of laughs. I shoot weddings in a different way every time because there is a different feel to the way they all flow. All this blog aims to do is give you a real time look at the events of the day and how I have seen them. Hopefully you can sense the tension, see the personality of each bride and groom shining through to the point where you feel like you know them. I think my job would be done after that?

Laura and Stewarts’ wedding photography from the Heather Glen, Cumbria…. He’s her Lobster.

Such a great wedding day. Really, such a great day. Laura and Stewart had planned their wedding at the Heather Glen with a rather meticulous eye. I can appreciate that as we all know that with weddings (and wedding photography) the devil is in the detail. So, once again I shot too many images, then had the job of trawling through them for a day and a half, just to get the selection done. I did also get to work with one of my firm favorites again in Silver Lady Wedding Cars , which was great and the cars just looked awesome. They always do… One of those suppliers that you don’t mind saying to a bride who needs transport for her big day, “Call them, their cars are the best kept”. It’s my new mantra, It isn’t about being best buds with a supplier but just recommend the best ones.

So I started in a house filled to the rafters with girls, champagne and goodies from Hotel Chocolat. Not a stress in sight… Mainly due to the hairdressers and makeup starting early. I started early too and got there with a good head of steam to shoot one of my first weddings with the Fuji X cameras. I also managed to nip down to the pub to catch Stewart and the boys prepping with buttons, Stella and Stout. Not cute names for groomsmen but more what was on supply behind the bar.

Everything went without a hitch, erm, except for getting hitched which also went without a hitch… Okay…. We had a bit of time to adventure in the garden, did a pile of group images bathed in gorgeous evening light and also a little creative stuff with a kindly borrowed straw edged hat and some beautiful Cumbrian shadows, which I will leave to you fine people to spot for yourselves. Some of the children from Laura’s’ school were surprise too when they popped up just after the signing of the register to sing for everyone. Not many dry eyes in the house after that i can assure you. They all sang amazingly well and had been practicing secretly for weeks at school!

Right then, oh the Lobster. Can’t miss out the lobster. It is probably familiar to some but not others. Maybe He’s her Lobster will explain. Enjoy the images, a great great couple who will have an amazing life together. Before that they had awesome dancing, awesome cake at an awesome venue. Bon Voyage…

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Suzanna and Simon…. It all started with a conversation about condiments…. Lake District Wedding Photography.

It is a strange vocation being a wedding photographer, you get to see the eccentric, lovely and often most emotional moments from your clients. One of the most important moments of their lives…” It’s such a responsibility” a wise head once said to me and I agree more so now than ever before I think. Weddings like Suzanna and Simons’ make me smile every time I see the images. Running Lake District Wedding Photography has made me the photographer and probably individual that I am and I am grateful for every inquiry and opportunity to photograph weddings in the majestic beauty of Cumbria.

It was a great day, with a little driving involved over to St Andrews in Penrith and back to the Tithe Barn in Carlisle for their meal and evening function.  Shooting around the alleyways in Penrith is a lot of fun too. There are some beautiful old houses and frontages that are often overlooked around that area and I love, love shooting there, as well as St Andrews which has one of the best (and most respected) Vicars to work with.

So the theme on the tables in the Tithe Barn was Sci-fi with hand painted stained glass table center pieces made by hand by the bride. They looked awesome and a brilliant sweetie cart too which proved popular. For images we snuck round through St Cuthberts and into Carlisle Cathedrals grounds (ninja style) to grab a couple of images with the most beautiful building in Carlisle (Apart from the Civic) in the background. Then retreated…. Quickly as you aren’t really supposed to photograph there. Carlisle is my home town, so I know it as well as the Lakes, but I am not one of the local photographers there, so when a booking comes in for somewhere like the Halston or Dalston Hall I do get rather excited.

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