two grooms celebrating with champagne after their lgbtq+ wedding in the lake district

The Broadoaks Country House LGBTQ+ Wedding of Rob and Steve

Rob and Steve contacted me over the summer about LGBTQ+ wedding photography for their lake district autumn wedding at Broadoaks Country House Hotel. We arranged to meet in person on a hot sunny day in July to discuss their plans in more detail. As well as chatting about how I could help them as their wedding photographer, Rob and Steve were also interested in looking at samples of the photo storybook wedding albums that I offer. In addition to going through the timings and schedule for your wedding day a pre-wedding meeting is also a great opportunity to look at sample albums.

On the day before I went to find Rob and Steve as they were getting ready I took the time to get some photos of the details and decor that they had taken time to create inside the main building at Broadoaks Country House Hotel. I then went to find the two grooms in The Retreat, one of my favourite rooms at Broadoaks Country House Hotel, to get some photographs of them as they were finishing getting ready. Then it was back to the Orangery in the hotel were the wedding ceremony was taking place.

I always love an LGBTQ+ wedding and it is a privilege to be asked to be the wedding photographer for a same sex wedding. Equal marriage was a hard fought right in the UK following decades of campaigning for equal rights legislation for same sex couples. One of the reasons I enjoy photographing weddings at Broadoaks Country House Hotel is how welcoming they have always been to same sex couples. It is a joy to offer LGBTQ+ wedding photography in the Lake District, after all love is love and that is the most important thing. As Rob and Steve’s wedding ceremony began the love between them, their family and friends was clear to see, and gave me so much joy to photograph.

After the wedding ceremony the happy couple and their guests enjoyed the drinks reception outside on the terrace. The drinks reception is usually were I take lots of candid photographs of you and your guests, and also gives us the perfect time for any group photographs. One of the most popular group photographs that I get asked for at a Lake District wedding is photo of all of your wedding guests. The weather conditions were perfect for using my drone at Rob and Steve’s wedding, and I was able to use this for some aerial photographs of the whole wedding party in front of Broadoaks Country House Hotel. We followed this with some more traditional wedding group photos.

Rob and Steve wanted some lakeside wedding photographs on their wedding day so after the group photos we went down to Miller Ground at Windermere. When taking portraits of my newly wed couples I like to keep things relaxed with minimal direction. I might ask you to stand in a certain place or place your hands in a certain position but it’s how you interact with each other that I am interested in. This makes for a better, more relaxed and more natural wedding photographs. Miller Ground offers a great mix of areas for your wedding photographs including the lakeside and jetties, woodland and footpaths.

Back at the hotel it was time for Rob and Steve’s wedding breakfast followed by speeches. With more details to photograph I got to work photographing the room before the guests took their seats and Rob and Steve were announced into the room. The wedding breakfast was followed by speeches and the cutting of the wedding cake, and then it was time for the evening reception.

Sparkler photographs are good fun to take at a wedding and create some great memories of your wedding day. Rob and Steve had arranged this for later in the evening so I suggested that for their photos we did this after the wedding breakfast and asked the children at the wedding to get involved. After the sparkler photographs it was time for me to photograph Rob and Steve’s first dance followed by photographs of their wedding guests enjoying themselves on the dance floor.

A great way to finish a fantastic wedding day is for some evening portraits of your happy couple, and with the nights getting earlier in October we can get some night wedding photographs at your wedding venue. Rob and Steve’s colour theme for their Lake District wedding was blue and orange which I incorporated into the lighting for the after dark photographs that I took for them. Using off camera flash I was able to capture some portraits of them in front of Broadoaks Country House Hotel, including some fun photos of them celebrating their wedding day with some champagne spray wedding photographs.

It was a complete joy to be asked by Rob and Steve to be their Lake District Wedding Photographer for their LGBTQ+ wedding at Broadoaks Country House Hotel. I would like to offer them my best wishes for their future married life together and I can not wait to get to work on their photo storybook wedding album too. With such a great selection of photographs to choose from I think that it is going to be epic!