Humanist Lawn Wedding in the Lake District
By CAROLINE LANGHAM
It was a beautiful summer’s day at the end of August for Louise and Darren’s Lake District Lawn Wedding. It was perfect weather for an outdoor celebration and we set out the lawn ceremony on the croquet lawn at Cote How in the glorious sunshine.
” Cote How Lake District Weddings is the most gorgeous venue for a wedding, and Caroline & Steve will make you feel incredibly welcome and ensure your whole day runs like clockwork and just the way you imagined it.” – Steve Yates – Derwent Photography
Louise and Darren's white wedding... or TWO!
Louise and Darren, like many couples, love the Lake District and this place holds many beautiful memories for them. To make the most of this fabulous location with views of the hills and stunning scenery all around them they opted to have an outdoor ceremony on the lawn.
The Official Ceremony
We started the day with an official ceremony in the open threshold of the 16th Century Barn at Cote How. This is one of five licensed areas where you can hold your official wedding. As the lawn is not licensed, in order for your marriage to be official and to gain your marriage certificate then an official ceremony is performed beforehand. Louise and Darren opted for the Barn, benefiting from the open air with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains!
Here Cumbria Registration Service attended for the official wedding ceremony which was a short but emotional event attended by just five members of the close family and friends.A glass of bubbly followed then a quick 200m walk to Rydal Water Lake edge for Louise and Darren to get some romantic shots by Steve from Derwent Photography.
Welcome drinks on the terrace
the Bride then had a quick change and the happy couple started to welcome the remainder of the lovely guests who were entertained by Paddy Rogan on the house terrace ahead of the Humanist Celebration on the Croquet Lawn.
The Humanist Lawn Ceremony
Not everybody wants their wedding to be a classic wedding ceremony. Some opt to have a more bespoke wedding, usually including more personal words, written specifically by a Celebrant, giving a wider overview and more personal background of the lives of the happy couple. Some wedding couples also wish to include other types of rituals, sometimes Pagan, such as hand fasting, or a sand ceremony.
These are often referred to as a Humanist Ceremony.
This is exactly what Louise and Darren wanted. They included a hand tying services and the wedding ceremony was very happy and relaxed, and featured a very apt poem written and performed by their close friend Charlotte.
Louise and Darren literally and symbolically tied the knot with the help of celebrant Lesley from Cumbria Ceremonies, before the newlyweds enjoyed a little drive around the garden in the fabulous Austin 7 supplied by friends Charlotte and Kiz.
The Confetti, speeches and Evening Reception
Rustic Barn Wedding
Delicious canapes and drinks on the terrace of the old barn were followed by the confetti entourage down to the Barn Courtyard for speeches and thanks – This beautiful summers day saw the evening reception in the wonderful rustic barn – Al Fresco – before enjoying a delicious BBQ.
The evening reception was then full swing thanks to Paddy and his band with some live entertainment and a fabulous spread of cheeses and Cumberland meats thanks to Karen. Take a peek at our Wedding Menus