Recently I put a call out to photographers who have been lucky enough to shoot at Truly Quirky Wedding Venues in 2018. Hidden Rivers Cabins has always caught my eye, a gem of an outdoor wedding venue in Cumbria.
When I heard from Eftal of ladybirdsphotography.com and received some of these epic photos I knew I would be sharing this wedding with you. What better time of year to get some real wedding inspiration?
Make yourself a drink, grab a mince pie and soak it all in. It’s a beauty.
Why Truly Quirky – Hidden River Cabins?
Gemma and Dave recently held their stunner of a wedding at the awe inspiring Hidden River Cabins in the Lake District. The couple met playing badminton and got engaged on holiday in North Vancouver in April 2017. Clearly this creative couple love the fresh air and the space it allows, so this outdoor wedding venue in Cumbria was the one for them.
Dave and Gemma enquired to Hidden River Cabins just over a year before the wedding. They knew it was the one for them straight away, they booked after one visit, falling for the private setting and the natural ceremony space.
Gemma and Dave instantly adored the setting and how unique this outdoor wedding venue in Cumbria is. Ideal for the autumnal theme they were after. They also wanted to have a ceremony that felt special and grand but not being religious thought they might struggle to find this, Hidden River Cabins delivered.
So, what was the food like Gemma? “Beautiful! The chef was amazing. We were invited for a taster of the menu and then chose our favourites”
A highlight for the couple was that they stayed for 2 night with their 24 guests. All together for a weekend celebrating them in the most beautiful setting.
Any advise for couples choosing a venue Gemma? “Stick to your gut instinct. If a venue doesn’t feel perfect and you aren’t excited to go back it isn’t for you. Also don’t compromise on your day. If a venue isn’t willing to make you a priority then don’t make them yours.” Nicely said.
Over to the photographer…
This was the first wedding Eftal had shot at Hidden River Cabins and hopefully it wont be the last as he fell in love with the place. “I don’t usually get time to visit the venues before but I try to arrive there earlier than usual and have a little walk around to see where I can photograph the couple.”
Eftal was head over heels with this place. What was his favourite thing about it? “Everything, I am not joking, literally everything. The dress, the hair, make up, the flowers, the venue, the grounds of the venue, how secluded and untouched it was, the relaxed atmosphere, and obviously the couple made it very special”
” I seriously felt like I was in Canada ” clearly one of the reasons Gemma and Dave felt the same as this is where they got engaged. ” It looked so wild and beautiful. It has everything a photographer could want, from long grass to a river, huge gorgeous trees to beautiful log cabins, wherever I looked I thought ‘Oh I can use this place, Oh I can use that place too’ ”
Did Gemma and David want anything out of the ordinary in terms of photos Eftal? “They wanted a sparkler photoshoot and I kind of specialise in this area anyway. They wanted mostly candid shots of the guests and intimate photos of themselves.”
Any challenges at the venue in terms of shooting the photos at Hidden River Cabins? “Well it was a rainy, windy day, it would be difficult to get any photos outside, unless the couple is willing to go out in that sort of weather, some are, some aren’t.”
Thank you Gemma, Dave and Eftal for sharing these photos. For more information on how to hold your wedding at Hidden River Cabins please do pop over to their venue page and enquire.
Hiring out Hidden River Cabins and their outdoor space makes for a Truly Quirky Wedding Day, the woodland and river together with the amazing accommodation on offer means you will be in outdoors wedding heaven. Hidden River Cabins prides itself on being a really unusual wedding venue and you can see why.
Secluded site | Hot tubs in every cabin with wood burners | Access to 150 acres of ancient woodland and river | Outdoor ceremonies | A stones thrown from the Lake District and Gretna Green
Credit where it’s due…
Photographer – Ladybirds Photography
Dress – Marrime
Seamstress – Fellside Brides
Grooms suit – Mister Mr Barrow In Furness
Bridesmaid dresses – ASOS
Florist – Lisa Ellwood
Hair and MUA – Bridget Forster