Humanist Lawn Wedding in the Lake District


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. 

Humanist Lawn Wedding Ceremony Set up

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!

Legal Wedding Ceremony and signing the register outside the barn at Cote How
Legal wedding and signing the register

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.

Wedding Couple kissing in front of Cote How
Cheeky kiss outside Cote How
Bride and Groom hand in hand on the lake shores of Rydal Water after having their legal wedding ceremony at Cote How in Rydal
Holding hands at Rydal Water
A bride and groom walking back from the lake to the wedding reception at Cote How in Rydal
Louise and Darren returning to Cote How from the lake

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.

Looking through the tudor porch at Cote How -The welcome drinks reception on the terrace at Cote How as new guests arrive for the humanist wedding on the lawn
Welcome drinks are flowing as guest arrive for the lawn wedding
Drinks reception in full flow with guests arriving on the terrace at Cote How Lake District Weddings
Drinks reception in full flow
Humanist Lawn Wedding Ceremony Set Up
Humanist Lawn Wedding Ceremony Set Up

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.

Here comes the bride entering the lawn wedding ceremony at Cote How
Here comes the bride - What an entrance!
Humanist Wedding ceremony taking place outside on the lawn
Humanist ceremony outside on the lawn

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.

Bride and Groom sipping Prosecco in the back of a vintage Austin 7
Bride and Groom sipping Prosecco!
Gorgeous views - Nab Scar mountain in the background
Just Married garland hangs on the back of a vintage Austin 7 as it waits to take the Bride and Groom on their way at Cote How in the Lake District
Just Married - Vintage Austin 7

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.

Confetti throwing symbolising Good Luck for the newly married couple
Confetti throwing symbolising Good Luck
Evening Wedding Reception as guests sit around for the speeches Al Fresco in the evening sunshine outside the barn
Speeches "Al Fresco" in the evening sunshine
Bride and Groom cutting the wedding cake outside the rustic barn at Cote How
Cutting the wedding cake
Tables dressed in white linen with blue lace for the Wedding Breakfast Set up in the ancient barn at Cote How
Wedding Breakfast Set up in the ancient barn

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

Bride and Groom dancing together at their wedding reception in the old barn at Cote How in the Lake District
Time to get this party started!

If you would like to design your own perfect wedding but are unsure of the options and where to start, then please head over to our Wedding Planning page

Thanks to:
Flowers by Brackens of Bowness
Hair and hugs by Gareth of Aqua Hair Bowness
Entertainment by Paddy Rogan
Wedding Favours by Grasmere Gingerbread
Official Photographer by Derwent Photography
(Though only some of these ones – Some are from Caroline’s SamsungNote8)

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