A short drive away from the Lake District and just 20 minutes from Windermere you will find the beautiful Abbey House Hotel and Gardens, based on the border of Barrow In Furnace. A luxury hotel like this is the ideal place to celebrate your wedding day in style. It has 14 acres of private woodland and is within walking distance of Furness Abbey one of the country's greatest ruins.


Dawn and Michael had an amazing wedding located in Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, in the Southern Lake District. As a Manchester wedding photographer, it was an absolute delight to drive to this picturesque venue to capture their wedding in such a beautiful country location, and I am grateful that I was chosen to be their Abbey House wedding photographer. This was my second wedding at the venue so I was quite familiar with the setting. I shoot all weddings in a different way when returning to the same venue and like to show off the individual personalities of the couples I work with in their own unique way.

From the outset I was overwhelmed by the feelings of joy and love that surrounded the couple, their children and the wedding. The morning preparations were filled with an atmosphere of excitement with the young bridesmaids having their hair and make-up done in the lodge with Dawn. Michael, his son and best man were full of laughs, and I was lucky enough to capture a rare moment of Michael ironing his shirt in preparation for the big day.

The bride looked radiant entering the ceremony room with her mother. And the love between Dawn and Michael was clear to see throughout the ceremony; although the wedding kiss was so quick I had to be on high alert!

Following the ceremony, the children played in the gardens, and I took the wedding couple into the hotel gardens for photos. The trees and gardens created an atmosphere of tranquillity which was reflected in the bride and groom portraits, with Dawn looking magical in this setting. Throughout the day, the children’s excitement and happiness was palpable, adding to the great atmosphere of the wedding. Following the first dance, the children definitely ‘owned’ the dance floor, although Michael had some pretty good moves too. I must thank and applaud Dawn and Michael for their willingness to go ahead with some of my less conventional ideas; which....luckily.... resulted in some unique shots in the honeymoon suite.

A wonderful place for photographing the Bride and Groom and their many guests with so many interesting locations and creative possibilities, one day is never enough to fit them all in.

I would love a return visit to Abbey House Hotel to explore the many areas we did not have time to visit on this fast paced wedding celebration. There were tears and laughter and an abundance of love. Here is a selection of wedding photographs taken on the day. The style of this wedding was mainly documentary with emphasis on capturing family and friends enjoying the big day celebrations. There are so many great attractions to this stunning hotel, it really is a perfect wedding venue for any Bride & Groom.

Outdoor summer scene of stone ruins in rural England with blue sky and clouds
White flowers in the courtyard of Abbey House in Cumbria
Ornate stone bird fountain feature and water falling into fountain basin at Abbey House
Bauble light decoration feature hanging from the restaurant ceiling at Abbey House in Cumbria
Wedding breakfast room table details with chairs and decorative bowls
Abbey house exterior building in summer and interior scenes of young bridesmaids having their hair and makeup done
Cute little girl bridesmaid posing indoors for portrait during bridal prep
Bridal preparations at Abbey House with bridesmaids getting ready in the bedroom
4 portraits of bridesmaid and best man at a Abbey House wedding in Cumbria
Two young bridesmaid sitting on a bedroom floor and smile into the mirror at Abbey House
Young black girl has makeup applied to her face by makeup artist
makeup artist applies makeup to brides face in the bedroom at Abbey House
Little black girl smiles in the bedroom mirror
Teenage girls in pyjamas prepares herself in the bathroom
Jewel encrusted ornate gold wedding shoes
Champagne resting in a bucket of ice
Moet champagne being poured into a champagne glass
Mother of bride and bridesmaids get ready in the bedroom
Little black girl with big hair smiles on the staircase
Brides uses her mobile phone and get her makeup applied in the bedroom of Abbey House on her wedding day
Portrait of little black boys face whilst sitting on a bed
Groom with is son both sitting on a bed at Abbey House and smiling
Best man smiling in the bedroom at Abbey House
Black Father and son smiling at each other whilst sitting together on a bed in the bedroom
Black groom wearing a blue tracksuit top smiles and poses for the camera sat in a bedroom
Father and son smile, cuddle and laugh together sat on a bed
Best man and groom iron their shirts on the wedding morning at Abbey House
Groom and best man iron their shirts at Abbey House
Groom irons his shirt on the morning of his wedding at Abbey House in Cumbria
Mother and daughter smile together in the mirror at a wedding at Abbey House in Cumbria
Wedding day detail images of a bouquet, rings and guest message book
Bridesmaids hug and get ready for a wedding at Abbey House in Cumbria
Bridesmaids are busy getting ready for a wedding at Abbey House in Cumbria
Happy bridesmaids get ready for a wedding at Abbey House in Cumbria
Smiling bridesmaid poses for a photo on the stairs wearing a blue dress and groom adjusts his tie in a mirror
Groom ties his shoe laces and adjusts his shirt
Groom in his suit poses for wedding photographs at Abbey House in Cumbria
Bride in whire dress poses for wedding photographs at Abbey House in Cumbria
Bride in white dress descends the stairs at Abbey House in Cumbria
Bride in white dress walks down the stairs at Abbey House in Cumbria
Bride in white dress stands midway on the stairs at Abbey House in Cumbria
Mother in blue dress and daughter in white wedding dress stand in a doorway for a photograph
Groom and guests wait for the arrival of the bride in the ceremony room at Abbey House
Groom smiles and awaits his bride in the ceremony room at Abbey House in Cumbria