A Lake District Wedding in a Cave

I often get asked “Which has been your favourite Wedding to photograph?” and I reply honestly that I do not have a favourite, no two weddings are the same, each is different in its own right. However, Rob and Emma’s Lake District Wedding has to be the most extraordinary wedding I have photographed to date.  Let’s face it, it’s not every day you get to work in a cave!

From my initial meeting with Rob and Emma I was gripped by their wedding plans.  Having their wedding in a cave, a lake cruise on the beautiful tranquil Lake Windermere and celebrations in the quaint country hotel that is Broadoaks, I was hooked from the offset.

The first opportunity we got Sam and I trotted off up to the Lake District to find Cathedral Cavern, owned and protected by The National Trust in Langdale, and what a sight to behold it was. A huge imposing cave greeted us as we passed through the low, dark and damp tunnel that acted as it’s entrance, it was vast! Carved out centuries ago by Slate Miner’s this was Lake District beauty at it’s finest.

On the day

Rob and Emma’s day started bright and early, and as dawn was breaking I was setting off, it already had the signs of being a beautiful day. I was meeting Rob and Emma at Broadoaks Country House where they had stayed the night previous.

The day began with Bridal prep and as I arrived everyone was bustling around Emma and Breakfast had just been delivered.

Bride waves from a window during Bridal Prep at Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

Double Bride Reflection during Bridal Prep Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

Emma’s lacy topped vintage dress was sensational.

Dress hanging on a four poster bed at at Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

Not forgetting her much loved Irregular Choice shoes.

Brides Irregular Choice shoes on a windowledge at Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

With Bridal Prep under my belt I wandered over to capture some image’s of the Groom Prep.

Groom sticks head through window during Groom Prep at Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

Reflection in a mirror of Groom shaving at Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

With everyone ready it was time to leave for the wedding. Rob is a keen rally driver, so it seemed only fitting that the Bride would arrive in his rally car.

Brides Wedding Car is a Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi Rally Car in Lake District

Cathedral Cavern looked stunning, naturally lit by the sun beaming through the gaping hole.  The artfully crafted aisle was lit by candlelight courtesy of Individually Yours.  The setting could not have been any more perfect.

Award Winning image of a Wedding ceremony in Cathedral Cavern in the Lake District

This image is also included in MY COLLECTION and also won me a International Wedisson Award in 2016.

Next stop was a Lake Cruise on Windermere. It was a slightly windy cruise, but that did not dampen anyones high spirit’s.

Bride and Groom laughing together on a Lake District cruise around Lake Windermere

The final destination of the day was Broadoaks Country House.

Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

With the dining room decorated by Individually Yours and their fine, luxurious hand-made decorations, the room looked spectacular.

Bride and Groom inspect the decorated dining room at Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

The Night Begins

There was much laughter, many tears followed by more laughter.  As nighttime fell the room came alive when Boombox Party Band began to play.

Lead singer of Boombox Party Band holding microphone to his mouth at Broadoaks Country Hotel Lake District

This really was an extraordinary wedding and a pleasure to be a part of.



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