Exquisite Lake District Wedding at Longlands in Cartmel
Hannah & Steven

Exquisite Lake District Wedding at Longlands in Cartmel

Hannah and Steven's wedding in the picturesque Lake District was an affair I had been eagerly anticipating. Having once conquered Mount Skiddaw myself, I knew the dramatic landscape would provide a stunning backdrop for any celebration. Their choice of Longlands in Cartmel, nestled in the southern Lake District, promised an event to remember. My journey began after an overnight stay in a quaint coastal town, setting the stage for the day ahead. Approaching Longlands, the sight of the main house, its facade elegantly adorned with climbing ivy, signalled that this was going to be a day full of character and charm.

Upon arrival, I was welcomed by the sight of Hannah, radiant and surrounded by her closest companions, including her mother, grandmother, and bridesmaids—one of whom I had the pleasure of photographing at her own wedding. The room was filled with joy, further amplified when the florist presented the stunning bouquet, adding to the morning's excitement.

In contrast, Steven and his friends were tucked away in what could only be described as the house's most compact room—a humorous nod to the bride's precedence on such occasions. Spirits are high, especially as I captured moments in the spacious courtyard, adding the final touches to their attire.

One of the day's most touching scenes unfolded upstairs, where Hannah read a heartfelt card from Steven. The natural light streaming through the large windows not only illuminated the room but also highlighted the excitement shared amongst friends. Slipping into her Andrea Hawkes dress, complete with a captivating veiled cape, Hannah was a vision. The gusts of wind outside promised to add a dramatic flair to her ensemble.

Hannah and Steven opted for a picturesque local church for their vows. The image of Hannah, her veil elegantly caught by the wind as she walked down the path with her father, both wearing bright smiles, is one of my favourites. After the heartfelt ceremony and a festive confetti shower on the same path.

After the ceremony, we all made our way back to Longlands, where the reception unfolded in the enchanting walled kitchen garden. This space, lovingly restored to its full glory, was alive with the riotous colours of blooming flowers and the sweet scents that filled the air, creating an atmosphere of celebration. Despite a quaint pond at its heart, which added a bit of a playful obstacle course for me, the garden provided a stunning backdrop for the newlyweds and their guests as they mingled and shared warm congratulations.

The day just kept getting better and better. I whisked Hannah and Steven away for portraits, capturing moments of the veil dancing in the breeze, and gathered everyone for group photos set against the vibrant backdrop of the estate's greenery. Following this, we all headed to the hay barn. Despite the absence of hay, the barn was brimming with rustic allure, setting the scene for the intimate wedding breakfast and heartfelt speeches. The barn's concrete walls, unexpectedly cosy, paired with the breathtaking views of the hills through the windows, created a uniquely welcoming space for the festivities.

Once everyone had enjoyed their meal and the cheerful buzz of the day's toasts settled, we moved to the front of the house for coffee and the cake cutting. It was a time sprinkled with sweet and amusing moments. Hannah’s grandmother presented her with a beautiful piece of handmade embroidery depicting the couple and their wedding day, followed by a tender hug.One of my favourite captures was a burst of laughter from a guest on the lawn, as a friendly herd of cows decided to join the celebration, a genuinely spontaneous moment.. As the festivities continued back towards the hay barn, I took a few last shots of Hannah and Steven, bathed in the soft glow of the setting sun, which lent a magical light to their faces, perfectly capping off the last of the couple's pictures for the day.

The evening kicked off with a ceilidh band, bringing its own blend of energy to the floor. Capturing the whirl and twirl of a ceilidh dance is both exhilarating and a bit of a dance itself; you've got to be nimble, get the shot before swiftly sidestepping out of the revellers' way. After an hour or everyone getting sweaty it’s time for the final band of the night, this time things are a bit more modern and less chaotic but definitely as much fun.  What a way to end the night, I’m exhausted and have a long drive back home but boy it was worth it. 

If you love Hannah & Steven’s Lake district wedding at Longlands you might enjoy Laura & Chris’ wedding in Hampshire or maybe Allistair & Ella’s marquee wedding in Dorset. 


Venue : Longlands at Cartmel

Caterer: Warburtons London Caterers

Florist: The Floralistas Plus sweet peas on the tables grown by Hannah's grandma, Carol!

Hair Stylist:  Emma Jewell

MUA :  Felicity Ashby

DJ / Band: The Daddy-O's / The Hedgehog's Skin (ceilidh band)

Bride's Wedding Attire : Andrea Hawkes dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Victoria Percival hair clips

Groom's Suit : Moss Bros

"He has a talent for capturing the most fleeting of special moments in a natural yet artful manner; you can see the thought behind the composition of each candid photo without it ever looking posed or clichéd"
Hannah & Ollie