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Real Wedding Inspiration | Hidden River Cabins | Cumbria

Hidden River Cabins outdoor wedding venue in Cumbria



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 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.




Reception Set Up Hidden River Cabins Cumbria



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.




Speeches Hidden River Cabins Cumbria



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 Dave and guests Hidden River Cabins



View with flowers Hidden River Cabins



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”



Couple with rouge family member Hidden River Cabins



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.”


Gemma and Dave Wedding Photography Hidden River Cabins



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”



Couple Outdoors Wedding Venue Hidden River Cabins Cumbria



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’ ”



Outdoors Wedding Venue Hidden River Cabins Cumbria



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.”



Sparklers Hidden River Cabins



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

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5 Truly Quirky Autumn Wedding Ideas | Woodland Animals & Pasties

Autumn Weddings are a dream to me, fresh crisp air, blue skies, orange leaves drifting on by, yeah, if I did it again I’d do it autumn. I have heard many a photographer say it is the best time of year for wedding photos too, something to do with the light, the atmosphere, the colours I guess. So here are a few really great, easy, and of course, quirky Autumn Wedding ideas . .


Autumnal Floral Bag | Alternative Bouquet by Julie Cambridge 

Autumn Wedding Ideas Julie Cambridge Autumn

I don’t know about you but I LOVE succulents, they ooze life, they compliment all types of flower and foliage but this is just awesome. Julie Cambridge recently won a prize for this creation, just look at those orchids, house leeks and seasonal berries all snugged up in a wooden bridal bag. This is top of my list of truly delightful Autumn Wedding Ideas. Stunning I’d say.


Autumnal Glitter Leaf Decorations

Who knows a child? Yeah we all know a child don’t we. Who knows a child who wouldn’t like collecting some leaves? Not me! Who knows a child that doesn’t love glitter? Well actually we could substitute the word child for human here. Autumn wedding ideas don’t come more glitzy than this

Autumn Wedding Ideas Glitter Leaves


Autumn Colour Palette

Found on ITakeYou.Co.Uk this gorgeous autumn colour palette is just my idea of autumnal heaven. Teal and orange are so great together, I might even be tempted to befriend a redhead just to have her wear a teal dress on the day, well maybe I wouldn’t go that far but just imagine that.

I Take You Autumn Wedding Ideas


Woodland Animal Details

Sarah London Photography


Get some woodland animal inspired details going on! Sarah London Photographer was kind enough to share this fab cake (above) that she shot at a recent wedding, the colours and the foxy toppers scream AUTUMN. Those mini pumpkins and leaves on the cupcakes are just fab aren’t they?! I also adore the cake (below) which was sent to me by FitzGerald Photography, and ‘dear me’, that beast is to die for is’t she? Not to offend the bull, oops, sorry.


The Bell in Ticehurst | FitzGerald Photographic


Late night Autumnal Tummy Warmers

I don’t think there is anything more satisfying than warming your tum up on a cold autumn evening. If you are looking for foody autumn wedding ideas then maybe consider the humble pasty. I tell you what your guests will be SO darn grateful and won’t forget the moment they were feeling a bit chilly and the late night treats arrived. I bet they’re good at soaking up the booze too.


Midnight Treats

Bye for now,