Janet Ridley wedding photographer in Kendal

Kendal wedding photographer

Beautiful Wedding Photography in Kendal Cumbria and The Lake District

HELLO! I’M Janet.
I am a Kendal wedding photographer and visual storyteller.

I believe in the power of photography — that images tell the stories that words alone can’t.

Above all I believe everyone looks best in the pictures where they are having a good time.
I believe you have a story to tell !

Are you looking for a good photographer or a good wedding photographer ?

At first glance this may sound a rather strange question. Yet a good wedding photographer requires skills which are not needed in any other form of photography.


In the first place a good wedding photographer must be calm and patient. Listening to peoples needs, opinions and concerns. And above all capable of adapting to different personalities and changing circumstances.

Furthermore, if a wedding photographer hopes to capture the feel of the day. And the reactions of the Bride, Groom and guests to unfolding events it is necessary to be a good people watcher.
Noticing how guests interact reveals the quiet and the outgoing personalities. In particular the jokers and storytellers are always worth watching for the reactions they provoke in others.

Observe a little

Closer and you will notice the proud smile of a parent. Or perhaps the toughest looking guest in the room self consciously wiping a tear from their eye.
Catching these moments is in some ways a matter of luck, but as a famous golfer once said. ” The more I practice the luckier I get ” 
I try to work in a relaxed and unobtrusive manner. I believe this is why many of my bookings are from people who have attended weddings I have previously photographed. If you have any questions or would like to chat about your special day please get in touch.

Some wedding venues around Kendal I have worked with

Wedding Venue Carus Green

Carus Green Golf Club

Burneside Road,



WebsiteCarus Green Golf Club

Telephone: 01539 71097

Weddings at Carus Green

Nestling on the fringes of the Lake District and the together with the historic and pretty town of Kendal, our wedding venue provides you with the perfect setting for your special day. Consequently, whilst big enough to feel grand, we strive to provide an environment that feels intimate and relaxed.

Civil Ceremonies

When you choose Carus for your marriage ceremony, you can enjoy complete peace of mind knowing that everything will run smoothly. We hold a civil ceremony licence for the new Kentdale and Carus Suites and, our experienced team can co-ordinate your entire day from morning through till night. Spectacular views offer stunning backdrops for your wedding photos!

Castle Green Hotel wedding

Castle Green Hotel

Castle Green Lane,



WebsiteCastle Green Hotel

Telephone: 01539 734000

We feel honoured every time a couple chooses us to host their ceremony, and we make sure we consider every detail so that you can just relax and enjoy.

An outdoor gazebo ceremony is romantic and memorable, while ceremony rooms within the Hotel offer elegance and intimacy. Whether your ceremony is just the two of you, a close gathering for immediate family or a much larger event with hundreds of guests, there are numerous options available at Castle Green and endless ways to arrange and dress the venue.

Kendal Town Hall wedding

Kendal Town Hall





WebsiteKendal Town Hall

Telephone: 01539 733 333

Kendal Town Hall room hire

Kendal Town Hall is a Victorian building with rooms available for anyone to rent at very reasonable rates.

It can be used for:

  • large functions
  • wedding receptions 
  • licensed for wedding ceremonies (for further information please contact us)
  • dances
  • conferences
  • fairs
  • workshops
  • shows
  • operatic and dramatic productions
  • coffee mornings

Stonecross Manor Hotel wedding

Stonecross Manor Hotel

Milnthorpe Road




WebsiteStonecross Manor

Telephone: 01539 733559

Welcome to Stonecross Manor

Stonecross Manor is situated on the outskirts of the Lake District in the market town of Kendal. The M6 and West Coast main line provide easy access to the Hotel. Kendal is approximately 10 minutes drive from the M6 and the train journey from London to Kendal is usually less than three hours. The town is fast becoming the festival town of the north with nationally renowned festivals, including: MintFest, Mountain Film Festival and Comic Art Festival. For outdoor enthusiasts, this Lake District Hotel is an ideal base from which to visit England’s best known National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

Churches In Kendal

weddings kendal parish church

Kendal Parish Church

Kendal Parish Church’s magnificent interior and scenic surroundings  provide the perfect venue for your wedding. But your church wedding doesn’t provide just a beautiful setting. You make your promises to each other before God as well as family and friends. You ask for God’s help in your life together.

We are delighted you want to get married in church and want to help you as much as possible in making your lifelong commitment to each other. We will work with you to make the ceremony special and personal.

St George’s Church

St George’s Church

At St George’s Church we aim to reach out to God in worship and to each other in fellowship. We hope you will find us a friendly and inclusive church, and we would be delighted to meet you at any of our services or activities We are also part of an exciting new mission across Cumbria, in partnership with other denominations, called God for All. The aim of God for All is that by 2020 all the people of Cumbria, of all ages and backgrounds, will have had an opportunity to discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives. You can read more about God for All and stories about local Christian people’s lives and faith by clicking here.

Holy Trinity and St George Catholic Church

Holy Trinity and St George Catholic Church

33 Blackhall Road




Tel:   01539 720063

Email:   kendalcatholicchurch@gmail.com 

Stricklandgate Methodist Church

Stricklandgate Methodist Church

Above all we aim to encourage a personal faith

Next to share a life of fellowship and mutual support

To reach out to the community in Christian service

To co-operate with other Christian churches

All being given in Christ and inspired by the Holy Spirit

Janet Ridley – Wedding Photographer Kendal

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