Our Secret Wedding in the Lake District

Getting Married in the Lake District, again


The photographer was super keen, but her prep let her down, her camera was running out of batteries when it came to the big moment. The groom reluctantly handed over his iPhone6, with a warning not to drop it. It was a sweet picture in the end, although I’m not sure a true professional would have let her finger get in front of the screen.

The florist had a temper, a real artiste. He slashed like a deranged ninja through nettles and cow parsley on the road side with a giant stick. He was furious he hadn’t been consulted about the big hill we had to climb. He refused to be rushed in his art, the bouquet would only be ready when he deemed it so. If that involved ransacking entire hedgerows for the right sprig of cow parsley, so be it.




The best man was pretty laidback, happy to be led really, padding along behind his master, he was still a little achey from the stag do, a scramble up Loughrigg Fell the previous day.  He didn’t speak, just sniffed a bit (and photobombed rather a lot).




The maid of honour was far too busy being the photographer, ordering the florist about, being the bridesmaid, leading the ceremony and pronouncing us man and wife repeatedly, before giggling at the bit about kissing the bride, to truly fulfil the role.

The groom was a little grumpy about being made to stop in the middle of a country lane, and concerned about the kids getting run over, not an issue at our first wedding. But he soon relaxed when we found a quiet lay-by to stand in and I think you will agree he looks very happy in the other photos.




10 years after she first said I do, the bride had no hesitation in saying yes again. It was made all the more special by saying ‘I do’ in front of the kids and the magnificent Lake District scenery, and not having to organise anything.

All that’s left is to give you the details of our wedding planners, they are a young team, new to weddings, but full of energy and surprises. They can work to a fairly tight budget, biscuits, sweets or chocolate go down well…


Sykes Cottage Fox Barn, Staveley, Lake District - 1


The location was Staveley in the Lake District and the bride and groom (and kids) honeymooned at Fox Barn, Staveley via Sykes Cottages.

Thanks for attending the virtual version of our secret wedding in the Lake District!





  1. 17/06/2015 / 7:41 am

    What a gorgeous idea Penny, I bet the kids loved being involved. Mich x

    • parentshaped
      17/06/2015 / 3:09 pm

      it was all there idea! Very spontaneous 😉

      • parentshaped
        17/06/2015 / 3:09 pm

        I mean their!

  2. 17/06/2015 / 7:52 am

    So beautiful to see you all looking so happy! Such a nice post! Congratulations to you all!

    • parentshaped
      17/06/2015 / 3:10 pm

      Why thank you Otilia!

  3. 17/06/2015 / 7:59 am

    This is so cute! We have always said we need a second wedding with the children present – what a wonderful way of doing it!

    • parentshaped
      17/06/2015 / 3:10 pm

      So much fun, I reckon you could have many second weddings with kids around 🙂

  4. 17/06/2015 / 9:42 am

    Love it Penny – only you! Our three boys were all pageboys at our wedding so I can totally relate. Congrats on ten years and look forward to seeing you on Friday xxxx

    • parentshaped
      17/06/2015 / 3:11 pm

      Blimey, that must be a story, tell me at Britmums!

    • parentshaped
      17/06/2015 / 3:11 pm

      He he!

    • parentshaped
      17/06/2015 / 3:11 pm

      Truly was!

  5. 17/06/2015 / 3:01 pm

    Congratulations on your very special day! Loving the simplicity and utter gorgeousness – I bet the kids loved every minute x

    • parentshaped
      17/06/2015 / 3:11 pm

      They loved being in charge 😉

  6. 17/06/2015 / 4:02 pm

    What a lovely idea, Penny…can we hire them to do mine and my other halves too?

  7. 17/06/2015 / 4:22 pm

    awww Penny this is such a lovely post , full of love and happy faces and beautiful scenery. congratulations its just perfect x

  8. 17/06/2015 / 5:07 pm

    What a lovely idea! I love the idea of getting married again and it’s something I often ask my husband if we can do for our tenth anniversary (which is still a couple of years away yet).

  9. 17/06/2015 / 6:56 pm

    Ah, that’s lovely. Congratulations xx

  10. Sarah
    17/06/2015 / 8:31 pm

    Was it actually your Wedding Anniversary? With our birthdays so close it would be spooky if we also shared anniversary dates. It was 15 yrs for us on 27th May. We’re always under pressure from family to celebrate ‘properly’ with an expensive hotel/meal, so I love the simplicity of your remarriage – how wonderful! A special place to remember a special day but this time sharing it with your family.

  11. Pinkoddy
    17/06/2015 / 9:10 pm

    Aww congratulations – when did this happen? I thought you both looked loved up at the weekend 🙂

  12. 17/06/2015 / 9:58 pm

    Oh, I love this, so sweet! If only all weddings could be done with so much thought and originality 🙂 x

  13. 18/06/2015 / 1:37 pm

    Congratulations! What a brilliant idea. Our twins LOVED being part of our wedding and every anniversary is their anniversary too 🙂
    This post really made me smile

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