Sophie - Wedding Planner


here comes the sun...

As Winter is coming to an end, the days are growing longer, and the sun is starting to shine. I’m going to take you back to a glorious outdoor wedding in September last year at Cote How between Faye and Joe, a small family orientated occasion of just 10 people. Due to obvious unfortunate restrictions, some guests were not able to attend. Despite this, in a world where we are more connected than ever, those extra guests were still able to witness the romantic occasion via a Zoom call!

Bride and Groom outside Cote How for an autumnal wedding

Arrival drinks - alfresco style!

On the morning of the special day, the sun was glowing as the birds were singing around Cote How, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Nojitos were the arrival drink of choice- a take on the classic mojito, which looked marvellous and were a particularly refreshing choice for such a lovely day. Everyone enjoyed their Nojitos as they tucked into some canapes.

Wedding couple ready for their al fresco wedding

A splash of autumnal colour

The ceremony took place outside the barn, idyllic setting for an al fresco wedding. Faye wore a beautiful, pink-patterned silk shawl, whilst Joe wore a maroon suit with an orange tie. Their outfits were a gorgeous, welcomed change from the usual. The colours complimented each other perfectly and were topped off with some beautiful flowers with vibrant orange and pinks.

Grooms Burgundy suit and buttonhole

Bringing everyone together

The father of the bride made his way down, with Faye alongside, ready to make the all-important walk. A tripod was set up to have front row seats for those that could not attend.

Wedding couple video calling guests

Idyllic al fresco setting

There’s always something so elegant about an outdoor wedding with an outdoor barn ceremony. Surrounded by greenery, Nab Scar was tucked away nicely in the distance, watching over Rydal water. This makes for the most picture-perfect backdrop when it comes to your wedding photos.

Wedding couple in the autumnal sun

and relax...

A two-course meal followed in the barn with the tables arranged in a square shape so that all guests could see each other’s faces. This means that no one is left at the end, making for an intimate setting. The cake was wonderfully crafted by The Little Kendal Cakery and paired perfectly with the barn’s aesthetics, alongside the flowers and the bouquet.

The Little Kendal Cakery wedding cake
Place name in barn at Cote How

the best man wasn't going to let covid spoil his speech

Due to the current restrictions, sadly the best man was one of the guests not able to attend. This was no problem, as he’d recorded his speech to be sent over and played at the wedding! This was a first for Cote How, but a rather touching moment as the guests huddled around the iPad to watch the speech. There were lots of smiles and laughter – it was a really lovely moment to top the day off.

Bride and Groom in the arches of the barn for an al fresco wedding

something to look forward to!

So there you have it, a wonderful autumnal outdoor wedding. Long warm days may feel like a long way off but they will be here before we know it.

Wedding ceremony outside the barn at Cote How

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