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The best Lake District & Cumbria wedding venues

So, your partner popped the question and you said yes! Huge congratulations, planning your wedding is an exciting (and slightly stressful) time. I’d always recommend looking at booking your venue and getting in touch with your local registrar first – after all, without those being booked there won’t be a wedding!

After that, I’d definitely recommend doing your research and getting in touch with photographers, make-up artists, hairdressers etc – these can book up pretty quickly, especially if you’re getting married on a Saturday or during the busier wedding months.

Aaaanyways! This blog post is about my favourite Cumbrian and Lake District wedding venues, I’ll tell you a little bit about each and why I love them so much. I’ve even popped a few venues in there that I’ve not photographed at yet, so if you’re getting married at one of the venues listed please do get in touch as I’d love to offer a discount for any weddings there.

Three Hills Barn – Torpenhow

Rustic Three Hills Barn Wedding PhotographyI love love love Three Hills Barn! It’s the perfect venue for a rustic barn wedding, you can really dress it up, DIY it and make it your own. You get quite a lot included within their package price (tables and chairs included!) and it has the most beautiful fields surrounding it, perfect for your wedding portraits. The first wedding I ever photographed at Three Hills Barn was a few years ago before it was even a named wedding venue! View Matthew & Sarah’s Three Hills Barn rustic wedding.

Find out more on their website – Three Hills Barn

 

Hidden River Cabins – Longtown

Hidden River Cabins - Lauren McGuiness - Cumbria and Lake District Wedding PhotographerAnother one of my favourite venues, it’s perfect for smaller weddings and elopements. They’ve been building a barn at their venue over the last year, and I can’t wait to photograph weddings here in 2020! Gill the wedding coordinator does everything she can for you, and it’s a gorgeous venue that you can really make your own.

Find out more on their website – Hidden River Cabins

 

Blaithwaite House – Wigton

Blaithwaite House - Lauren McGuiness PhotographyLooking for a barn location that includes accommodation? Blaithwaite House is beautiful, and I love photographing weddings here. The grounds are stunning, perfect for canapes and cocktails. There are so many different locations here that are perfect for group and wedding portraits, and every wedding I’ve ever photographed here have always felt so unique.

Find out more on their website – Blaithwaite House

 

New House Farm – Lorton

New House Farm - Lauren McGuiness - Cumbria and Lake District Wedding PhotographerOne of the first weddings I ever photographed was at New House Farm, and to this day I still love this venue! There are so many different ways you can decorate the barn, and I always love photographing weddings here. The venue has beautifully picturesque surroundings, so it’s always a favourite of mine for wedding portraits.

Find out more on their website – New House Farm

Skitby – Smithfield

Skitby wedding venue - Lauren McGuiness - Cumbria and Lake District Wedding PhotographerKatherine and the team at Skitby go above and beyond for all of their couples who’re getting married there. Skitby can hold up to 130 guests, they can even accommodate up to 200 guests for your evening reception! If you’re looking for a venue near Carlisle with a real rustic and DIY feel, Skitby may just be the venue for you. I’ve photographed a lot of weddings over the years at Skitby, and each and every single one of them has looked so unique.

Find out more on their website – Skitby

The Wild Boar – Windermere

Although I’ve only ever photographed one wedding here… It was amazing! The venue is absolutely gorgeous and it has so many interesting features. Also, did I mention the food?! It was incredible! For your wedding portraits, you even get to go in their 4×4 to their private land which is stunning.

Find out more on their website – The Wild Boar

 

Low House – Armathwaite

Laughing Bridesmaids and Bride at Wedding at Low House, ArmathwaiteLooking for a traditional country house wedding venue? Low House is a lovely venue set on the most stunning grounds. If you’re looking for more space at this venue, why not hire a marquee? I photographed Charlotte & Will’s wedding here in 2018 and they hired a _ marquee, it was fantastic to be in the house for drinks and canapés and then the marquee for all of the evening fun! 

Find out more on their website – Low House

 

Storrs Hall – Bowness-on-Windermere

Storrs Hall is such a beautiful and classic wedding venue! It has the most stunning Lake District backdrop for your photographs, with a beautiful room for your reception and evening of fun. You can either get married outdoors in their Garden Pavillion, or in their elegant Georgian Drawing Room.

Find out more on their website – Storrs Hall

 

Tullie House – Carlisle

First Dance at Tullie House Museum Carlisle Wedding PhotographyLooking for a unique, central Carlisle wedding venue? Tullie House is fantastic, the food is delicious and you can really do a lot with this venue. Did I mention that you also get free admission to the museum on the day of your wedding? When I photographed Eleanor & Chris’ wedding here, we had so much fun taking the wedding portraits in the museum.

Find out more on their website – Tullie House Weddings

Venues I’d love to photograph

Are you getting married at any of these venues? If so, please do get in touch with me as I’d love to photograph here and I’d be happy to offer a discount :)

Edenhall Estate and High Barn – Penrith

Cotehow – Lake District

Eden Barn – Kirkby Stephen

Another Place, Ullswater