Val Marshall, Celebrant of Lakesceremonies conducted the wedding ceremony at this styled shoot at Hause Hall Farm a venue for small, intimate weddings which is part of  @ the_rowley_estates who have a number of wedding venues in the Lake District, at this botanical themed spring bridalshoot which was arranged by photographer Emily Santoro.

A cool and slightly overcast Thursday didn’t detract from the fabulous surroundings here in this away from the crowds venue with the fells providing a dramatic backdrop behind the couple during the wedding ceremony.

Ring Exchange

Celebrant Val provided some romantic words for the couple to share during the exchange of rings.

Reading the Vows

Chris and Harriet said their original   vows to each other which was very emotional to hear. Vow cards were provided by Wedding Traditions and where they come from- Val also explained many wedding traditions and where they come from to the team including the origins of the words ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’ – bride coming from bride-ale which was the Old English for wedding feast and it was because of the large quantities of ale that were served.  Whilst ‘Groom’ has nothing to do with horses –  Bred – the Old English word for Bride with  ‘Guma’ meaning man Guma became obsolete and bred Guma became ‘bridegroom.’

Lakesceremonies also explained what the purpose was of the bride’s veil – the veil is the oldest part of the bridal ensemble as it dates back to ancient times.  There are various explanations but one Val spoke of was during the olden days of arranged marriages, there was a desire to hide the brides face from the groom and just in case the groom didn’t like what he saw and changed his mind whilst the bride was on her way up to the altar. The bride was veiled!

A Sand Ceremony was also included in the ceremony.  In this ceremony the couple each choose a sand colour and then each of the couple our their different coloured sand into a vessel, creating a pattern.

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 couple chose white sand to signify devotion and pink for love, passion, romance and happiness.

Unity Candle Ceremony –

the Unity Candle Ceremony is one of the most popular ceremonies at Celebrant-Led Wedding Ceremonies.  The bride and groom each take a lit candle and light a third ‘Unity Candle.’  They may blow out their individual lights, or leave them lit symbolising that they have not lost their individuality in their unity.


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

A huge thank you to all suppliers who contributed to this awesome day and are listed below:-

@lakesceremonies – Wedding Celebrant

@emilyphotographer – Photographer

@ the_rowley_estates – Venue

@clairealexandrahairandmakeup – MUA

@wildeandromantic – Venue Props and Flowers

@white_orchid_print_and_design – Vow Cards

@southernphotography – Model   Thanks to Chris and Harriet our model couple


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

Val Marshall, Independent Celebrant


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