Val Marshall of Lake District based Lakesceremonies added her Celebrant skills to this styled shoot @ CastletownWoodlandWedding and Events venue located on a private estate at Rockcliffe near Carlisle, near the Lake District, which provided the perfect backdrop to capture this boho late summer bridalshoot arranged by Barrow based Rebeccaelizabethsmith photography.

The day was blessed with an absolutely perfect bright, warm, late-summer Monday.  Surrounded by nature, from the dressed macramé  Dovecote to the magical woodland area set amongst the inquisitive sheep, from  the brightness of the midday sunshine to the last rays of the sun streaming through the Cumbrian trees it was a truly magical day.

Feathers, macrame or wood and vintage props were all used to create a vintage, glamorous style adding in elements such as silk flowers, grasses and foliage.

Val Marshall, Lake District Celebrant of Lakesceremonies conducted the wedding ceremonywhich included:-

Reading the Vows– Celebrant-led wedding ceremonies are all about bespoke ceremony and creating a ceremony for the two individuals and Val had contacted the bride and groom for this wedding shoot to individually discuss with her ideas for her to draft individual and funny vows for them and give their promises to each other which proved also to be amusing to those present and which set a light-hearted tone to the proceedings.

Tying the Infinity Knot – Val introduced the couple during the wedding ceremony to this popular ritual used in many Celebrant-Led wedding ceremonies.  The hand ties were created in the colour theme of the styled shoot – burgundy and cream.

Handfasting  –  During the wedding ceremony a Handfasting was carried out.  This includes wrapping cords, ribbons, or cloth around the couples clasped hands.    Handfasting is an ancient wedding tradition that has come to be interpreted literally, as the symbolic act of ‘tying the knot.’  Handfasting is an ancient Celtic ritual in which the hands are tied together to symbolise the building of two lives.

Wedding Traditions and where they come from- Val also explained many wedding traditions and where they come from to the team including why the bride always stands on the grooms left at the alter which comes from older times and the days of capture when the groom had to have his fighting hand free for his sword in case someone were to try and snatch his bride at the alter. Lakesceremonies also explained why brides carry bouquets … and it’s not what you would think!

A Sand Ceremony was also included in the ceremony.  The unity sand ceremony is a tradition in which a couple pours sand from separate vessels into a unified, central one.  Often, while the tradition is usually performed during the wedding ceremony, many couples go on to display their vessels of blended sand in their new homes as a reminder of their day.  The colours of the sand chosen have significance –  the sand colours the couple chose were white to signify devotion and pink for love, passion, romance and happiness.

Signing the ceremony certificate – Val also provided a Mock ‘Wedding Ceremony Certificate’  (NB not a legal certificate) for the couple to sign.

Photography – Rebeccaelizabethsmithphotography took the photos assisted by Lenka Sumegova photography.  Rebecca is a freelance photographer from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria whose style is very relaxed and candid.    A huge thank you to the Cumbrian and Lancashire suppliers who contributed to this awesome day and are listed below and Emma Jane and Ian who agreed to model for us.   Suppliers:-

@lakesceremonies – Wedding Celebrant

@rebeccaellizsmithphoto – Photographer

@Castletownwoodlandweddings – Venue

@freerangefloristry – Flowers

@myfairfaxaddiction – Model Couple

@macramebycaroline – Macrame arch and brides hairband

@bluschmakeupartistry – MUA

@cake_n_craft – Wedding Cake

@wildeandromantic – Venue Props

@lenkasumegova – 2nd photographer

Are you planning a wedding in 2021 or 2022 and looking to plan your unique, bespoke, personal, memorable The Lake District and Cumbria Wedding Ceremony.  If so, contact me and we can create your dream ceremony:-

Val Marshall, Independent Celebrant


IG @Lakesceremonies