David Rucker Photography

The 2017 Lake District Wedding Photographer of The Year. Photography from the heart, I've learnt my craft from The Worlds best, so you get stunning images.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at


Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Flexible Hours on the Day
Stay Through Speeches
Images on DVD
Stay Through Dancing
Large Group Shots
Second Shooter Available
Photo Booth Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Images on USB
Full Description
I could tell you that I’m beyond passionate, totally driven and everything I do, is about becoming better next week than last week. This is the very least that every couple deserves. I’ve trained with some of the top wedding photographers in the world and have featured on the cover of many prestigious wedding magazines, and have actually won awards... but then again every photographer seems to claim this anyway !! The truth is my job is to make you shine, after all this is what your wedding is all about !! As no two weddings are the same and I believe your images should reflect that and stand out from the crowd. That’s why I take a personal approach by discovering who you are, and whats important to you as a couple, as its often the little details that matter. When I arrive on your wedding day you can relax safe in the knowledge that I'll deliver exactly what you want, which is when the real magic happens where you anticipate and enjoy being in each moment. With me by your side, I'll document your wedding as it unfolds naturally, without any fuss or awkward poses, but with plenty of those cinematic landscape inspired photographs with the WOW factor !!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: David Rucker
If photography really matters, and you love my relaxed, unobtrusive style then lets talk !!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Alison & Scott
Happy couple Married on March
March 2019
WOW photos, David made us feel so relaxed !!
Couldn't of asked for a better photographer for our wedding. Neither of us like having our photos taken but from the first phone call with David he totally put us at our ease. Having a mix of posed and documentary style photos gives a more natural look and feel to the photos and made it a far more relaxed feeling for us. Absolutely the best approach to photography, totally professional with a friendly warm personality that made the day so special. The fact we can't now choose what photos to have and we are going to arrange a follow up anniversary shoot of something a bit special says it all really about the quality of David's work. Thanks David
Lucy & Rick
Happy couple Married on March
March 2019
Wedding Review
We are absolutely delighted with our photographs and would highly recommend David. He put us at ease and was fab with our young children. David's passion about his work is clear to see and we got our photos through really quickly after our big day. Thank you David, beautiful photos that we will treasure forever xx
Ian & Claire
Happy couple Married on February
February 2019
Amazing Photographs !!
What a genuinely lovely bloke David is, you can tell right away as soon as you meet him how passionate about his work he is. When we decided to get married last minute, we were advised not to cut corners when it came to the photographer. The day itself is over so quickly and all you have afterwards are the pictures - best wedding advice we recieved! Davids pictures are beautiful! Genuinely some of the best pictures ever taken of us and our young children. The great thing about David is not only will he take amazing pictures but he'll offer help and advice throughout the day (he even offered to run the shop for me when my beard trimmer died whilst getting ready in the morning!) he even stayed a bit longer than we'd agreed to make sure he captured those special moments - David really does go the extra 10 miles for you! Top bloke! Cheers David!
Graeme Murray
Wedding: January
January 2019
Extremely Professional
It is always a pleasure to work with David, which I have done at a number of wedding services. He is a true professional in every way, with an extensive knowledge of all aspects of photography and a wealth of experience. His pictures are of the highest quality. This is complimented by his very friendly, amiable and engaging personality, which puts those he is photographing at complete ease.
Vikki & Murray Fulton
Happy couple Married on January
January 2019
I adore our Photos !!
I was delighted with the professionalism David showed us during our wedding ceremony. A genuinely lovely guy who is very talented and has beautifully captured one of the best days of our lives. I adore our photos and I can't recommend him enough!
Bekki & Matt
Happy couple Married on December
December 2018
David, goes the extra mile, and then some !!
If you're looking for an enthusiastic, professional photographer who really cares about what you want as a couple, then look no further than David Rucker. We initially met David at The Armathwaite Hall wedding fayre back in November 2016, amongst 10 other photographers. We spoke to everyone but David stuck out for us straight away and we immediately knew our wedding photos were going to be in safe hands. He listened, he wanted to make sure he understood us; as opposed to just telling us what we wanted. We left our details with David, already knowing we had found our man. We were slightly hesitant as we're not particularly comfortable in front of a camera, preferring to be adventuring somewhere in the Lake District mountains. David met this news with real enthusiasm "� why didn't we do our photoshoot up Latrigg Fell near Keswick? We met for the photoshoot on a rainy April day in 2017 and could not have felt more at ease. David took some outstanding photos and we were even more confident as we slowly approached our big day. David was not pushy; he wasn't constantly checking in or hassling us, but was at the other end of an email if we needed to ask him anything. When we got to roughly a month before the wedding, he was in touch suggesting we meet for coffee, just to go over the details and make sure he had everything from us he needed to make sure he captured the day as we wanted it. We spent a lovely hour with him going over everything "� which shots we wanted, double checking the style and answering all of our questions. He could not have been more committed to the day and we really felt as though we were his only clients! Little did we expect a phone call from the mother of the bride a week before the wedding, explaining that our photographer had visited her house (the place where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready the morning of the wedding) to get a feel for locations and plan major shots. She then went on to explain that he'd also been to the church and spoken to the vicar. Talk about commitment! Everything was in place thanks to David's hard work and the fact he could listen to what we wanted. The big day finally rolled around and David was true to his word "� arriving on time and bringing so much positivity and enthusiasm. He suggested pictures but wasn't overly pushy; he took pictures to capture moments as they happened "� which is exactly what we'd asked for. For most of the day, we hardly knew he was there; something we had wanted but didn't think would actually be possible. David left us at roughly 9pm, after taking over 600 photos and making sure he stayed to capture the important stuff in the evening. He even made sure he asked us if there was anything else we needed before he left. Little did we expect that the photos would be up on the website (with a very unique password only we would understand!) in less than a week, along with instructions from David on what to do next so we could get the ball rolling with the wedding album (plus a real interest in how our honeymoon "� cycling in the French Alps "� had been and which mountains we'd conquered!). Over the next few months, we worked with David over email and our wedding album started to take shape. We received the wedding album and USB stick containing all images a few weeks ago now and we absolutely love them. The wedding album is professional and impressive, and the added bonus of having all 600+ images on a USB stick is a lovely touch; it means we didn't have to choose photos to "�get rid of', only those we wanted in the album, and we still have all of the others too. Overall, we leave David after this crazy wedding process feeling like old friends, not photographer and clients. If you're looking for commitment, crazy enthusiasm, stories and pictures to suit your style "� David's your man.
Location & Contact Details


Penrith, Cumbria, England

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Nearest Airport

Carlisle, Manchester

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (3)

Your North West Wedding Magazine
National Wedding Magazines
Vows & Venues

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Chapman - Brand Ambassador

Industry Awards (2)

Lux - The 2017 & 2018 Lake District Wedding Photographer of The Year
Prestige Awards - The 2020 North of England Wedding Photographer of The Year

What is your most memorable wedding?

When I turned up one minute late and got a hug from the Bride who was in tears as the Hair and Make-up artist had rung an hour earlier to say she was ill and couldn't make it !! Becki was so relived, and together with her bridesmaids did it themselves and we got some wonderful photos of them all mucking in !!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Natural, creative, passionate, unobtrusive and unique !!

What about your business are you most proud of?

Every email, card or gift I've ever received from a couple gives me a buzz as does seeing your work being regularly featured in weddings magazines, especially when my children see my work on the front cover !!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Trust your gut instinct and do as much as you can to make it unique, its your wedding. Closely followed by choose a professional photographer (don't leave it to cousin Jonny with his DSLR) and make sure you have looked at a complete wedding to see it changes how the photographer captures the light as it changes throughout the day. Its one thing shooting on a cloudy day (easy) as opposed to strong overhead sun, or when its dark and dank on a cold winters day with the wind blowing a gale.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

When couples write their own vows, so they say what they mean using their own words.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Every situation is unique as I've photographed weddings without ever meeting couples, through to several meetings with detailed timelines and lists of photos over one or two glasses of wine. Getting to meet beforehand creates understanding a developing a rapport and often couples often comment that they feel relaxed as when you think about it when was the last time anyone took a thousand plus photos of you on a single day !!

What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

The time set aside just for them where they leave their wedding guests, catch their breath, and realise they've just done it. The relaxed nature of these moments means that they become themselves, relax and without question thats when the magic happens.

What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?

A chainsaw shot which was real with cake flying everywhere - see gallery !!

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Smiles, umberela's and embrace the weather !!

Describe how you got into photography.

Loved documenting my hill walks then when I became a Dad, perfecting my portraits quickly before the moments gone. Now I combine the two and capture beautiful environmental portraiture !!

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook DiscountA beautiful Hand Made Luxury Folio Wedding Album when booking a wedding for 2021 , worth £600