Just the Two of Us Wedding in the Lakes

Just the two of us wedding



How to plan a wedding for two

Today is the story of Vanessa and David’s just the two of us wedding here at Cote How. They opted for a morning elopement just the two of them. You may be thinking, how do you plan a wedding for 2 people? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. All you need to do is book a date with us at Cote How; we primarily do just the two of us elopement wedding packages on Wednesdays, so that is worth keeping in mind when requesting your ideal date. Next, you’ll have to book your ceremony time with Kendal Registrars, and there is a cost separate to us involved here, so that will need factoring in for your budget. The next thing you’ll do is give notice to marry at your local registry office, local to where you live. You can find out more about booking your small wedding in this blog, “How to book your wedding”.

Cote How Entrance and sign

Vanessa and David are locals to the Lake District. They know the area well and know what they like so it is lovely that they chose Cote How for their just the two of us wedding. Vanessa loved the use of Rydal Caves in previous wedding photos she had seen and had chosen Clare Gelderd as their wedding photographer for their intimate elopement. She liked her style and that she would be up for a cave adventure!

Bride waiting in Cote How front room
Cote How gardens looking towards Rydal water
Clare Gelderd wedding photographer infront of Cote How barn

Just the two of us

I’m sure when you see the words “just the two of us” you will be singing along to the Bill Withers song in your head! An elopement wedding is all about the wedding couple, in this case, our Bride and Groom. Like many elopement weddings, Vanessa and David had kept theirs a secret for family and friends. Many people decide to keep it secret until it’s official to avoid any upset amongst people. Sometimes you have to be selfish and do what’s right for the two of you to have your perfect wedding!

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An intimate ceremony for just the two of you

The couple wanted to keep the element of surprise and not see each other before their intimate ceremony. 

Vanessa arrived slightly after David; David was already in the gazebo doing his registrar interview when she arrived. The registrars then interviewed Vanessa in the house. They locked eyes for the first time when Vanessa was walking down the aisle to the barn. A very romantic wedding ceremony. You could tell it was an extraordinary moment for the pair after being together for so long!

We did a thing!

Once the ceremony had come to a close with L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole to dance down the aisle, Vanessa and David were handed a celebratory glass of prosecco and sat in the gazebo to take in the moment. Vanessa had a lovely hand-painted cake made by the bakery in Kendal.


Elopement couple drinking prosecco in Cote How gazebo
Hand painted wedding cake

Time for some Lake District adventure

Then it was off up to the caves, with wedding photographer Clare to get some artistic pictures taken. Vanessa bought along some props to use for photo purposes. Mainly to get a picture for them to announce the good news to loved ones!

Just the two of us after elopement wedding
Wedding couple adventure elopement

Thank you!

Before departing from Cote How to enjoy the rest of their wedding day, Vanessa and David gave the Cote How team a lovely gift! The wine had a beautiful handmade label.

Thank you card and present

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You may also be interested in this post about this Magical Outdoor Elopement in the Autumnal Lakes


Photographer: Clare Gelderd 

Cake: The Bakery at No.4

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