Cote How is an historical, and exclusive venue situated in the heart of the Lake District.
Naturally secluded by river fell and woodland, the intimate 16th century establishment is set in four acres of grounds with an adjacent field leading down to the lake shore of Rydal Water, the bluebell woods and the River Rothay.
A picturesque wooden footbridge leads to Rydal Church, just 200 metres away.
This was the perfect setting for Jill and Matts celebration.
Images were captured by Kerry Woods Photography.
Kerry Woods is an award winning Ribble Valley based wedding photographer.
She primarily cover the North West of England however is available for destination weddings worldwide.
Her style is very relaxed and informal, and she prides myself on capturing emotion and providing a very true account of the wedding day.
She absolutely loves what she does…
Kerry recollects the couple and their day…
“I was first contacted by Jill via my Facebook business page as she had been recommended to me.”
“I first met Jill & Matt when we carried out our venue reci/pre wedding meeting at Cote How.”
“They immediately came across as a lovely, relaxed and fun couple. It was a beautiful late summers evening and the venue looked amazing!”
“The day went so fast for me as I only covered 3 hours which gave me enough time to capture some preparations, the ceremony, couples and group shots and the speeches before it was time for the guests to enjoy their lovely meal and for me to leave.”
“I did worry a little when I woke up that day to rain, however as that is what we expect from the Lake District, I decided what will be will be.”
“As I was travelling up the M6 it suddenly changed from grey and damp to glorious sunshine.”
“The ceremony was beautiful. The owl ring bearer added humour to what was otherwise a perfectly intimate time with only a small number of friends and family in attendance.”
“My favourite part of the day was the couple’s shots.”
“Jill donned the perfect pair of Hunters to navigate her way through the muddy puddles to make the most of the stunning scenery.”
“I left that day full of love and huge appreciation for what I get to do every day.”
“Since then I have kept in contact with Caroline from Cote How, I have more weddings coming up there in the future which I cannot wait to photograph.”
“The venue really is a hidden gem and I would recommend anyone looking for something a little more intimate to take a look!”
I hand over to beautiful Bride Jill…
How did you did you meet?
“We met on the local music scene in 2007. Matt was playing a gig and Jill was in the audience.”
When did you get engaged?
“On 6th September 2014 during a night away at Brimstone Hotel in Langdale to celebrate Matt’s 40th.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey.
“We started straight away. We decided on an intimate and private wedding, and as Matt was in a wedding function band we decided to get somewhere he’d never played!”
“We came across Cote How when searching for smaller venues and booked to attend their wedding fair.”
“After visiting the venue and meeting the owner, Caroline, we decided the venue was perfect and booked it without looking at anywhere else.”
“Cote How organised food and helped with the supply of flowers.”
“We used the internet to source a lot of the decorations, and hand made a majority of it ourselves.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on Thursday 6th August 2015.”
“In the morning the sky was grey, and it seemed that the rain would never stop.”
“We drove to the venue together as we decided we wanted to spend the whole adventure side by side.”
“When we arrived the sun came out and stayed out for the rest of the day.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“It’s so hard to pick a specific moment from the day, as it was perfect from start to finish.”
“The ceremony was amazing. It was held in the barn, and we said our vows in the open doorway.”
“We had ordered a ring bearer owl to deliver the rings to us, which was a talking point for most of the day.”
“We also chose two beautiful readings from our favourite books, which were read by two very special ladies.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“I think the best advice I can give is do what makes you happiest. We arrived at the venue together, and dressed the barn together.”
“It was such a special occasion, made so much better knowing that we were going through the journey together.”
“I know some people were surprised at our casual approach, but it was what we wanted, and feedback from everyone who attended said they’d never seen such a relaxed bride and groom.”
Thank you so much to Kerry for sharing this intimate Lake District Wedding Day.
I love the soft gorgeous tones of blush that flow throughout the day … so pretty, and the pretty rustic touches
And what can you say about that location. From just spending a week nearby, the Lakes are glorious.
The scenery is breathtaking and the perfect backdrop to starting a journey as man and wife.
Venue – Cote How
Photographer – Kerry Woods Photography
Food – Karen Healy from Greens of Grasmere
Shoes – Charlotte Mills Bridal
Rings – Anderson Jewellery in Kendal
Brooch bouquet – Love is Vintage
Hair slides and costume jewellery – Liberty in Love
Garter – The Wedding Garter co
Make up – Georgia Andrews at Definition Barrow in Furness
Suit and shoes – Slaters
Bridesmaid dress – Coast
Flowers – Made in Flowers of Kendal
Wedding cake – The Mixing Bowl Cakery in Barrow in Furness
Ring bearer owl – Eagle International Enterprises Ltd
Band – Kikbak
DJ – Craig Howarth
To Contact Kerry Woods Photography
Phone: 01254 814409