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6 in 11

Six weddings in eleven days.
In July.
In the Lake District.
And not a drop of rain.
Sack the weather forecasters.

As soon as the school holidays began, so did the doom and gloom about the weather, just to cover their backs in case anyone gets wet.
The glorious weather we’ve had since April quickly forgotten.

I have photographic evidence that it ain’t that bad – see the next six posts!


Not The Weather Forecast

The BBC predicted four solid days of heavy rain in the Lake District over this weekend. So nobody came.

What we actually got was forty minutes of drizzle and four days of empty streets. Thank You London.

My advice would be to never, ever, base your weekends away on a TV weather forecast. The best for the Lake District is this. It’s aimed at walkers but will give you a more accurate idea than anything else.

Weather or Not? Don’t believe the BBC.

Lots of people think that it does nothing but rain in the Lake District, and lots of people might be right…or wrong.

I can’t argue that it seems to rain often here, but as a nation of weather-pessimists, we do tend to exaggerate a little and make it sound worse than it is.

I’ll give you an example: between April and October 2007 I photographed 18 weddings. How many do you think were spent mostly indoors because of bad weather? Five? Ten?


Yep, no joke. Just the one. And even on that day I got the umbrellas out and got the bride and groom outside for some shots in the garden.

You see, the reality is that yes, it does rain, but rarely for long, and pretty soon there’ll be a sunny spell to follow it up and make everything OK again. On 17 out of 18 occassions last summer, I was able to spend as long as we liked outside with a wedding party taking photos on their big day.

I’d love to say I’m a lucky photographer but I won’t because then it’ll rain for six months.

Another thing I’ve learned since moving here five or so years ago is that the BBC weather forecast doesn’t apply to Cumbria. It’s like we have our own microclimate provided by the mountains – weather can stay longer or go sooner than the BBC say it will. This week, the BBC – even Look Northwest – have been telling us all to expect heavier and heavier downpours all week. Not here. In fact it’s been improving every day, and I’m not just saying that so you’ll pay us a visit. Honest

Wedding Photography Season

There isn’t one. Not any more. OK, most happens in the summer months, say from April to October, but winter is popular too now. This is probably due to being able to get married in more and more venues, which then become popular on ‘peak’ Saturdays , so people choose to get married mid-week, or out of season. And why not?

In January, Ian and Ann organised, booked and married in the space of a couple of weeks – that’s the way to do it! The venue was the Swan in Newby Bridge, which I knew had some lovely rooms – a bonus for a photographer anytime, but particularly if it’s too wet or cold to get outside. This is something every bride should think about, in England at least. I’ve been very lucky with weather recently – only one wet wedding all summer ’07 – despite most peoples’ memories of that period! But if the interior of your chosen venue has plenty of space for you and your guests to mill around with alcohol in their nervous hands, then the day will go a lot smoother – whatever the weather.

Knowing how nice this window can look, I loitered at the other end of the room waiting for the bride to be almost alone in front of it, but without staging anything.


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