Becky and Duffy’s Lake District Pre Wedding Shoot

Engagement photo of couple looking towards Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike

For as long as i’ve been a wedding photographer, it’s been a bucket list goal of mine to shoot a Pre-Wedding/Engagement & a Wedding session in the Lake District. The Lakes is my home from home, my happy place, and where I go to get away from the world. When I had a wedding consultation with Becky & Duffy we got to talking about our mutual love for this beautiful corner of the country. And then I had a proper lightbulb moment, for an extra-special Lake District Pre-Wedding shoot! Being my favourite part of the UK, I’ve got many hidden gems that i’m very fond of. It was an absolute pleasure to share some of these places that are so important to me!

We started our session at Honister Slate Mine. Not the most glamorous sounding of locations, but it sits at the top of the stunning Honister Pass, just south of Keswick. Becky & Duffy (with George the Frenchie tagging along!) were an absolute dream to work with. The very epitome of young love! Treading the slate chips in Doc Martins (so cool!), we found a stunning spot overlooking Buttermere Valley. Like the lake below, this is one of the best views in the Lake District. The road snakes down the steep sided valley, with peaks in every direction.

Exploring Buttermere

Following this road down, we all hopped in the car for a short ride to Buttermere. As we walked down to the shore in the sunshine, laughing at George trying to make friends with the lambs, I was reminded of just why I love my job. I get to spend time around people who are well and truly in love. In this case, in my favourite part of the world.

Becky & Duffy are getting married in just a few days in and around Darlington, and I can’t wait! They have been sending me messages with locations where they want to do their couple’s wedding portraits, which couldn’t make me happier!

Planning your own Lake District Pre Wedding Shoot?!

Maybe you love the Lakes too, and fancy your own Lake District pre-wedding shoot! Or maybe you’re planning a Lake District Wedding?! Wherever you’re getting married or engaged, drop me a line and lets talk about your exciting wedding plans!

Lake District Pre Wedding photography, image of couple sat with dog with mountain view. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography
Lake District Pre Wedding photo session, couple stood in front of mountain view. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography
Lake District Pre Wedding photo, black and white portrait of couple smiling at each other. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography
Lake District Pre Wedding shoot, portrait with doc martins and French Bulldog. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography
Lake District Pre Wedding Photography, landscape image of Buttermere. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography
Lake District Pre Wedding photo shoot, portrait of couple and their dog on the shore of Buttermere. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography
Lake District engagement photo, image of couple sat on a large stone smiling at each other, with their french bulldog. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography
Lake District Engagement Photography, photo of couple standing side by side on the lake shore. Lake District Wedding Photography by Stewart Barker Photography

The Grand Hotel York – Wedding Photography Recommended Supplier

The Grand Hotel York Wedding Venue | Natural Wedding Photography York

Here at Stewart Barker Photography, I offer a bespoke Wedding Photography service for all of my couples. I pride myself on going the extra mile and thinking of all the little details. Therefore I am very proud to announce that i’m a recommended supplier at The Grand Hotel York! It is an absolute pleasure to be working with such a prestigious wedding venue.

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Fantastic Female Wedding Suppliers!

Wedding photo of boho rustic top table with copper and pastel shades | Natural Wedding Photography York

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I thought I would put together a list of some of my favourite female wedding suppliers! I am lucky and honoured to know some incredible women who work in the wedding industry. I have been inspired and supported by some amazing women in my business journey. So I want to shed the spotlight on some of these lovely suppliers and the awesome work they create!

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Sarah & Tom’s Tunnels Beaches Wedding – Happy 1st Anniversary!

Natural documentary wedding photo at Tunnels Beaches of bridal party with white umbrellas in the rain. Natural Wedding Photography York

I can’t believe Tom and Sarah have been married for a whole year! Happy Anniversary you absolutely lovely pair. It was a pleasure to be a part of their beautiful Tunnels Beaches Wedding in Devon! Their friends and family traveled from as far as Australia to celebrate. And this is still my furthest away wedding so far, taking about 7 hours to drive from York!

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Engagement & pre-wedding photo sessions now available!

Engaged couple portrait on Lake District mountainside

Engagement or pre-wedding photos are the perfect way to start celebrating – long before the big day! Not only is it an amazing gift to give yourselves, but it’s good practice for your wedding portraits! And of course you’ll need some modern, romantic and creative shots to use for wedding invites and to share on social media with all your friends and family. Plus it’s the best way to commemorate this exciting part of your lives!

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Industrial Chic Meets Tropical Vibes – Modern & Romantic Wedding Styled Shoot – Sheffield & Peak District, UK

Bride and groom wedding photo embracing in front of Peak District valley view

Time has flown since Dani & Ben braved the midday sun in the middle of a heatwave, to capture some wedding magic in the glorious Peak District. As well as shooting at an incredible industrial city-centre venue, I took this pair to one of my favourite spots in the Peak District – Stanage Edge. For wild at heart & adventurous couples, this scenic spot has picture perfect panoramic views. It is a perfect location for wedding portraits, an engagement photoshoot, or a stunning elopement.

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Rachael & Charles’ Rustic DIY Welsh Farm Wedding – 1 year anniversary!

wedding rings photo on heather branch, natural wedding photography by Stewart Barker Photography, natural wedding photography York

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since my good friends Rachael & Charles tied the knot! It was a long but incredibly fun day, shared between our brilliant group of friends from uni. For May the 6th, I want to wish you a very happy 1st anniversary! As this was the first wedding that I solo shot, it also happens to be my 1st anniversary as a wedding photographer! I wanted to celebrate the occasion by re-editing a few of my favourite photos from their day!

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Sweet Treats with Rebel Cakes

Flat lay with Macaron cakes strawberries and floral details, commercial and wedding photography by Stewart Barker Photography, York

As I already take a lot of detail photos at weddings – flowers, rings, cakes – it’s been a very natural progression for Stewart Barker Photography to branch out into commercial photography. I will primarily be  working closely with other York and Yorkshire based small and independent wedding suppliers. But I’ll also be providing product, property and event photography, plus headshots, to businesses of all sizes and industries. I recently worked with local Yorkshire wedding cake supplier Rebel Cakes, to give her some contemporary and colourful images to help reinforce her brand identity! Continue reading “Sweet Treats with Rebel Cakes”

Editing Playlist #1 – CHVRCHES – Stewart Barker Photography

A selection of vinyl album covers from band CHVRCHES. Image by Yorkshire wedding photographer Stewart Barker Photography

Music is a hugely important part of my life. The songs I love are a part of my everyday routine, they are the narrative to the best and worst of times. My taste in music is a big part of my identity, so it’s understandable that music goes hand in hand with my photography. Some days I can spend hours on my daily commute, working through admin and editing photos, so I can get through a lot of music sometimes!

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