Hi I'm Josh
Being a Lake District wedding photographer based in Cumbria I get to travel and see the incredible landscape this county has to offer at least once a week. I think the Lake District is the perfect location for a wedding or elopement as it offers a beautiful contrast of pure luxury and ruggedness all in the same location, the perfect setting for breathtaking wedding photos. It’s just one of the many reasons us wedding photographers in the lake district utterly adore photographing weddings and elopements.
Put simply, I want to create beautifully authentic photography, in a creative and modern way that’s bespoke to you, for future generations to enjoy.
I’m a documentary and fine art-styled wedding photographer based in Carlisle, Cumbria. I’m not limited to the Lake District and Cumbria though and I regularly travel up and down the country taking creative wedding photos. My photography has even taken me to the USA and also Italy. So if you’re planning a destination wedding or an elopement, please get in touch, as I would love to be your wedding photographer.
Wedding Photographer Lake District
I adore creating stunning portraits in the lake district fells or with lots of off-camera flash and camera knowledge, as you can see here. However, the photojournalism of a Cumbria wedding or elopement is where the heart of my work lies.
I feel that the story behind every couple getting married and every photograph is essential. So, you will notice that my website is full of blogs rather than simple “best of galleries”.
I want to show you the whole story of the weddings and elopements I photograph, as they are. I’m not a fan of short cut galleries for you to see my best work. I personally, as a Lake District Wedding Photographer, want you to, not only feel what the wedding day was like but to understand what to expect from your wedding photography.
The Lake District is a great location to get married, with a huge choice and variety of wedding venues in side the national park. I enjoy creating wedding photos that use elements of your Lake District wedding venue or scenic location to reflect in your wedding photographs
Through my Lake District wedding photography, I aim to create unique memories for every couple, and I often use creative lighting to achieve visual art that you will be proud to have on a wall in your home to provide happy memories of your wedding day for years to come. As you can see in the photo, I embrace any rainy weather. Puddles are great for reflection photos, and rain can be lit up to frame you both with sparkles.
Elopement is a term used for a mini wedding where it's just the two of you. (And maybe a few family and friends). During these mini weddings, we'll have more time to spend using the dramatic vistas the Lake District is famed for.
Adventure with me to spots with great views, whilst we create natural, authentic moments whilst you're framed with the hills and water of locations like Thirlmere, Lake Windermere, or the stunning Eskdale Valley. If it's a Cumbria wedding, we have a choice of a number of beautiful waterfalls. If you've chosen one of Cumbria's mini weddings venues like Cragwood or Storrs Hall, I can share some insider tips on great locations for wedding portraits.
I personally love exploring in the lake district the area and I have provided a wedding photography service at many of the regions wedding venues, so if you'd like to chat ideas about Lake District locations for mini 'two-of-us' wedding photography, get in touch and let's get planning!
Lake District and Cumbria based wedding photographer
Funnily enough, it was not my intention to be a Lake District wedding photographer at all. Originally from the flat lands of Norfolk, I moved up to Carlisle for university, where I studied photography and successfully completed my degree. All of my photography at the time was either a basis for my fine art paintings, or landscape photographs.
Moving to Cumbria gave me the chance to discover the county and nearby Lake District, plus Wales was only a short distance away, Scotland was even closer and Ireland wasn’t too far away either. As you can probably tell, it was all about the landscape. However, through university, I started photographing events and I began my street photography which then led into a small job with the BBC as a photojournalist.
It was only when a classmate of mine asked me to photograph his wedding day, that I even considered being a wedding photographer. It combined the fun of an event with the beauty of photojournalism and it required the use of light found in my landscape work. It seemingly ticked all of my boxes and my life as a wedding photographer was born.
Now several years in, I’m used to travelling all over the UK and sometimes further afield, photographing weddings and telling love stories through creative wedding photography. I honestly love what I do and I hope you enjoy my work too.
Wedding Venues in The Lake District & Cumbria
With so many perfect Lake District Wedding Venues varying across all styles and locations across Cumbria it would be hard not to find your ideal wedding venue. From castles like Muncaster Castle. Stately homes such as Storrs Hall & Armathwaite hall. To Michelin Starred Venues like The Gilpin & Askham Hall – Bank Barn.
You can say your vows in the fells at The Coppermines above Coniston Water. Or in a beautiful barn on a working farm like Three Hills Barn. You can even Get married outside by a lake at Cumbria venues such as The Inn On The Lake on Ullswater or one of the many wedding venues around lake Windermere.
Cumbrian National Park Wedding Locations
As a lake district wedding photographer, I am very lucky to call The Lake District my “Extended Back Garden” as I live only a few minutes away from the Lake District national park, which is one of three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that Cumbria has to offer. The Lake District was designated World Heritage Status by Unesco in 2017 meaning that its stunning views will be here to stay and that they are protected for future generations.
This means that your wedding day will always have stunning views for you to remember your wedding ceremony and reception for. Even better, the backdrops are incredible for your wedding photography and wedding portraits regardless of a sunny Cumbrian day or a typically wet lake district vibe you will always have incredible sights to remember from the fell tops of Muncaster Fell or Skidaw to the shores of Lake Windermere or Derwentwater, for example.
Honeymoon In The Lakes
While a lot of people travel abroad for their honeymoon, many stay inside the UK with The Lake District being one of the top locations. Full of adventure, stunning romantic views and incredible food. It’s easy to see why it’s an amazing place to be to celebrate.
When you think about it getting married in Cumbria and then having some time away for your honeymoon in The Lake District, it makes sense. There way less faff about travelling and you get to enjoy world heritage views and activities from fell walking, boat trips out on the steamers or a rowing boat. To spa days and 5-star Michelin dining experiences.
It’s also a great excuse to come back every year and explore even more of what Cumbria has to offer.
Why not book a photo shoot in the lakes for your honeymoon as well? Even If I didn’t photograph your wedding day, its a great opportunity to have a Post Wedding Portrait Session!