Lake District Elopement | Kate & Richard

We have a real treat to share with you today – our first wedding of 2021! Now that they have shared the news with their loved ones we can show you a few of our favourite moments from Kate & Richard’s elopement in the Lake District. We have been bursting with excitement ever since we shot these!

Kate, Richard and their gorgeous son Eddie stayed in an off-grid cottage, high in the fell above Coniston Water. We had a very steep hike up to find them, but it was absolutely worth it – what a place! After zig-zagging up through the forest the trees started to drop away, giving way to an open, rocky and wild landscape. Around one last corner and the stone cottage was revealed, nestled in between hills and dry stone walls. With only basic amenities and surrounded by sheep it was so idyllic and quiet – we felt like we were the only people around for miles, and all we could hear was birds and tiny lambs bleating!

They were joined by Kristina as a bridesmaid and hair & makeup artist as well as Lauradana from Wedding Creations UK who styled the wedding beautifully! After getting ready (there was no electricity, so Kate had to have her hair pinned up in curls the day before!) and a first look by the cottage, we headed out towards a viewpoint overlooking Coniston Water. Kate & Richard said their vows and exchanged their wedding rings in front of a beautiful floral installation. It was a truly unforgettable experience, not only because the setting was absolutely breathtaking, but also because these guys are such a sweet family and it was a privilege to be part of something so intimate and special.

The area is famous for its inclement weather – in preparation Lauradana anchored the floral tipi backdrop deep into the ground, but on the day we were treated to a warm, calm evening which was very unusual for the time of year! We even had a brief burst of golden light around sunset – the perfect end to their day, before we had to hike back down to our car in the dark!

Kate & Richard have certainly set the bar high for 2021! After a long, quiet winter we cannot describe how wonderful it was to be back doing what we love. Here’s to many more weddings this year!

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"Catherine and Andy did a fantastic job of putting us at ease in front of the camera and capturing the love, laughter and special moments on our big day which we will cherish forever."

"The photos are absolutely stunning, they're exactly what we wanted and you've managed to capture everything that was important to us!"

"You guys were amazing on the day and were definitely a big part in it running smoothly!"

"It really felt like they were guests at our wedding, not just photographers."

"Their undeniable skill, informal approach and general warmth captured intimate moments throughout our day. We’re so thankful that Catherine and Andy were our wedding photographers, we can’t recommend them highly enough."

"Catherine and Andy feel like people that you have known for years, they both put us completely at ease throughout the whole day and we couldn’t recommend them enough!"

"It was like having friends and expert wedding planners in the room all at once. We are incredibly lucky to be able to look back through our images and experience all of the love and emotion that Catherine and Andy captured so perfectly again and again!"

"Our family and friends all commented on how friendly you were and how you just floated around without feeling intrusive."

"You were both a joy to have there too and put us at ease, directed/prompted us when needed and just had the eye for the perfect photo opportunities and backdrops!"

"You brought us joy, tears, excitement, and so much laughter! The photos are stunning & everything we could have asked for!"

"Words will never be able to describe how amazing Catherine and Andy are – thoughtful, guiding and helpful on the day as well as being as a pleasure to be around and generally making each photo feel really special."

"We felt relaxed and had so much fun while you were taking the pictures, thank you a million, you guys are great!"

"Thank you so so much we absolutely adore the photos! You both work miracles and we couldn't be happier with them. We can't wait to show our friends and family!"