The Lee Brown Photography guide to Wedding Photography in Lancashire. With landscapes contrasting from the sea coast to undulating fells to towns and cities built on the diverse history of manufacture; Lancashire is a beautiful county in which to be tying the knot. As a wedding photographer in Lancashire I am lucky enough to be able to visit many of the wedding venues within the course of my work; whether it is taking stunning pictures for the lucky Mr & Mrs on their special day or scoping out locations that will make breathtaking backdrops for future album pictures. No matter what style of venue you are looking for, I am sure the following suggestions will give you food for thought to help you choose THE perfect wedding venue for you to provide amazing wedding photographs in Lancashire that will capture timeless memories of your special day.
Stylish Venues In The Ribble Valley
If it’s something unequivocally stylish you’re searching for, then here are just a selection of some of the venues that should be on your ‘to see’ list.
The romantic grandeur of this Georgian mansion set in 13 acres of gardens and grounds is booked for your EXCLUSIVE use with staff at your disposal to cater for every wedding whim and fancy. Its stunning facade provides the ultimate in country house glamour for your wedding photography no matter the season. Whether shots are being taken outside on a sunny day or on a winter’s evening as you swirl around the decadent, chandelier-lit ballroom; this venue has to be one of the most exclusive in Lancashire.
Address – Moor Ln, West Bradford, Clitheroe. BB7 3JG. Tel – 0120 042 5271. Website – www.eaveshall.co.uk
This country house hotel in the heart of the Ribble Valley is the ultimate in historical charm and ideal for couples who are looking for a venue that has the architecture of a stately home combined with contemporary, elegant furnishings and a real “country retreat” vibe. The Party Room which can seat up to 180 guests is flooded with light to ensure that every treasured moment is radiantly captured on every photograph of your special day.
Address – Mitton Rd, Clitheroe. BB7 9PQ. Tel – 01254 826 544. Website – www.mittonhallhotel.co.uk
Samlesbury Hall is the ultimate wedding venue for history lovers as this fabulous half-timbered black and white house dates to 1325 and has an intriguing history that includes tales of witches and spooks – why not hold an evening ghost tour during your wedding reception? The building and grounds also house a museum, gallery, gift shop, award-winning restaurant, animals and a fountain where you can throw in a penny to make a wedding-day wish come true! All the different and unique facilities offered by this ancient manor house provide endless opportunities for similarly styled wedding photography in Lancashire where the past meets the present.
Address – Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston. PR5 0UP. Tel – 01254 812 010. Website – www.samlesburyhall.co.uk
Stanley House Hotel & Spa is a stylish venue set in 54 acres of Lancashire countryside and this 17th Century manor house mixes historical charm with modern, opulent facilities to make your wedding day a thing of luxury.
Wedding photography in Lancashire comes into its own when you can capture the happy couple and their guests milling on the manicured lawns and then taking a stroll along the woodland walk (wellies may be needed depending on the season!).
Address – Further Ln, Mellor. BB2 7NP. Tel – 01254 769 200. Website – www.stanleyhouse.co.uk
If you are looking for a fairytale wedding, then this magnificent venue could be the beginning of your happy ever after! Haigh Hall Hotel is Greater Manchester’s most elegant country house hotel set within 250 acres of parkland, and you will genuinely feel as though you are in an enchanted realm! With not one but two grand ballrooms with ornate chandeliers, the wedding team also offer bespoke ornate touches such as glass bubbles hung with flickering candles, enchanting flora and fauna and spun glass chairs! This venue is also photographers dream come true too – offering endless opportunities to take truly magical pictures.
Address – School Ln, Wigan. WN2 1PE. Tel – 01942 832 895. Website – www.haighhallhotel.co.uk
Rustic Venues In The Lancashire Countryside
Looking for something comfortably rustic? Then Lancashire wedding venues won’t disappoint. Why not take a peek at some of these great venues?
Built in 1507, Browsholme Hall is the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire and weddings take place in the rustic Tithe Barn with its own private courtyard and bar. This natural environment of wood and stone provides a warm, cosy backdrop for a more relaxed and informal style of wedding photography in Lancashire – especially if you use the wood-fired pizza oven to provide home-made food for the evening wedding reception!
Address – Clitheroe Rd, Clitheroe. BB7 3DE. Tel – 01254 827 160. Website – www.browsholme.com
Award-winning Beeston Manor is ideal for those who have wedding guests attending from all over the country for although it is set in 140 acres of land near Preston; this rustic 16th Century barn is close to the M6, M1 and M65 motorways and even has its own helicopter pad! With sandstone walls and oak beams; this beautifully converted building has a fascinating history, and the two function rooms have their own unique backdrop of stunning panoramic views – fantastic photographs whatever the weather.
Address – Quaker Brook Ln, Preston. PR5 0RA. Tel – 01254 851 996. Website – www.beestonmanor.com
The Shireburn Arms Hotel
If you are looking for a characterful wedding venue to hold more of a traditional “knees up” that will be reflected in your wedding photographs in Lancashire, then the Shireburn Arms could be the venue for you! This 17th Century hostelry is located in the picturesque village of Hurst Green where and has a south-facing terrace and gardens to provide quintessential summer-wedding pictures on a sunny (and even rainy!) day with far-reaching views over the countryside beyond. Contemporary fittings and fabrics and rooms flooded with natural light mean that this venue has a modern, immaculate yet homely feel so even if it is raining outside – your wedding photographs will still capture all the charm and style of your special day.
Address – Whalley Rd, Hurst Green, Clitheroe. BB7 9QJ. Tel – 01254 826 678. Website – www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
This unique venue offers exclusivity on your special day including well-stocked bar available until 12.30am – just make sure your coach doesn’t turn back into a pumpkin (although wouldn’t that be a good wedding photograph to have?!). Bashall Barn is said to have the most breathtaking views of the Ribble Valley, and this simple stone-built building oozes rustic chic for those who are looking for a wedding venue where the pictures do the talking; reflecting the simple countryside charm and panoramic landscape that will be appreciated by all attending your wedding day.
Address – Bashall Town, Clitheroe. BB7 3LQ. Tel – 01200 428 964. Website – www.bashallbarn.co.uk
This historic manor house in Southport is part of an imposing country estate that offers once in a lifetime photo opportunities. Weddings take place in the four-hundred-year-old tithe barn; carefully restored by traditional craftsmen to ensure it retains all its original features. The atmosphere of a candle-lit wedding ceremony will provide enchanting wedding photographs that will be cherished for years to come.
Address – Botanic Road, Southport. PR9 7LZ. Tel – 01704 228 326. Website – www.meolshall.co.uk
Unique Venues Close To The Forest Of Bowland
Want something just that little bit different on your wedding day? Then these Lancashire wedding venues are sure to impress.
Holmes Mill is based in the heart of Clitheroe and offers a fusion of northern food, drink and entertainment. This quirky venue is a former textiles Mill and offers an eclectic mix of hotel and bistro, bar & grill, beer hall, party room, ticket office and food hall, cafe, gym, pool and spa! All these facilities and experiences make for truly unique and memorable wedding photography too and with a mixture of modern and industrial architecture bathed in natural light – you really couldn’t choose a more unique wedding venue and unique backdrop for your pictures.
Address – Greenacre St, Clitheroe. BB7 1EB. Tel – 01200 407 120. Website – www.holmesmill.co.uk
Inn at Whitewell
The Inn at Whitewell is the ideal venue for those who don’t want “airs and graces” but a relaxed and friendly service while still offering a touch of pizzazz to your wedding day. The beauty of this venue is in its individually-styled interior; an eclectic mix of old furniture, great fabrics and arresting prints mean that a photographer can really play around with the style of your pictures – the only limit is your imagination! Some of the 23 bedrooms even offer open fires and restored Victorian cabinet baths to add true historical glamour to your beauty preparations that we can capture on film while preserving your modesty of course!
Address – Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, Clitheroe. BB7 3AT. Tel – 01200 448 222. Website – www.innatwhitewell.com
The Wellbeing Farm
A fun, quirky and magical venue; The Wellbeing Farm venue has grown from a neglected agricultural operation to one of the best wedding venues in the country and offers a completely “off the wall” fun-filled time like no other! Wedding guests also have exclusive access to the farm and its residents of donkeys, alpacas and llamas who can even wear bow-ties so there will be no shortage of distinguished guests for your wedding pictures!
Address – Wheatsheaf Hill Farm, Edgworth, Bolton. BL7 0BY. Tel – 01204 852 113. Website – www.thewellbeingfarm.co.uk
The Out Barn
Something Old, Something New … The Out Barn is a historic building that has been sympathetically converted to provide a unique wedding venue that showcases a marriage of modern and environmentally friendly building elements with old and traditional materials. This fusion of futuristic yet traditional architecture provides a stunning centrepiece for similarly themed wedding photography set amongst rural moorland with views to Pendle Hill. The floor-to-ceiling glass ensures maximum light and a true feeling of being at one with the surrounding landscape while the modern lighting system truly will provide almost a space-age wow factor to your wedding pictures when the sun goes down!
Address – Waddington, Clitheroe. BB7 3JH. Tel – 01254 826 285. Website – www.cloughbottom.co.uk
Hidden River Cabins
A beautiful new wedding barn is currently being built at this stunning riverside location near the Lake District and is already taking bookings for 2020. This venue will be able to seat up to 250 guests and with a mezzanine level overlooking ancient woodland and the meanderings of the River Lyne; you can appreciate even from artist’s plans and technical drawings just how spectacular your wedding photography in Lancashire could be.
Address – Carlisle. CA6 5TU. Tel – 01228 791 318. Website – www.hiddenrivercabins.co.uk
Hen Party & Stag Party Ideas Around Lancashire
Hen and Stag Party ideas are as varied in Lancashire as its landscape! There really is something to suit everyone whether you are celebrating with the bride or the groom or in a group of Hens and Stags combined! So whether you would like to hold a vintage themed afternoon tea party, a boozy night out in one of the cities clubs or perhaps even a fun-filled day braving the rollercoaster rides at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach – there is no shortage of venues. The area provides opportunities for unique and memorable pre-wedding photography in Lancashire without the nerves of the big day!
Ideas for Wedding Guest Accommodation
There is no shortage of wedding guest accommodation in Lancashire from luxury hotels & spas, quirky b&b’s & even “glamping” (that’s posh camping if you didn’t already know!). It really depends on the needs and personalities of your guests and how convenient the accommodation is for your chosen wedding venue – just type a few suggestions into your browser and see what comes up!
Top 5 Unique Lancashire Churches to get Married in
St Mary’s Church, Gisburn
Couples can choose to get married in this ancient and historic church with its churchyard still grazed by local sheep! This church provides an opportunity for the simple yet stunning wedding photography in Lancashire of a quintessential English country wedding.
Address – A59, Gisburn BB7 4HB. Tel – 01200 445 170.
This beautiful building was built as an ambitious parish church but has been officially known as the Cathedral since 1924. Built in stunning architectural detail, the Cathedral offers a historically-rich and imposing wedding photography backdrop for your special day.
Address – Balmoral Rd, Lancaster. LA1 3BT. Tel – 01524 384 820. Website – www.lancastercathedral.org.uk
Kirkby Lonsdale Church
Maybe not officially in Lancashire but this medieval church stands in the parish of Kirby Lonsdale which flanks Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Kirby Lonsdale is a very old town steeped in religious folklore with its “Devil’s Bridge”, and the church reflects and compliments its rich and varied history with architecture dating back to Norman times. A beautiful and unique setting for your wedding photographs in Lancashire.
Address – Church St, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth. LA6 2AX. Tel – 01524 271 320.
Fairhaven United Reformed Church, Lytham St Annes
“The White Church” is the unofficial name given to this stunning religious building that is made of white marble – yes marble! How many wedding photographs in Lancashire feature a church that matches the colour of the bride’s dress?! Oh – and it even appears to glow in the sunlight. There really is no more to say other than the wedding photography will be absolutely breathtaking.
Address – Lytham Saint Annes. FY8 1AX. Tel – 07776 157 549. Website – www.fairhavenurc.org.uk
St Walburge’s Church, Preston
This Catholic church stood in the heart of Preston has been described by many as the most beautiful church they have ever visited and so this tells you all you need to know regarding how stunning your wedding photographs are going to be! For those brave enough – a long, steep climb to the top of the steeple will reward you with incredible views over the city and beyond!
Address – Weston St, Preston. PR2 2QE.
With as many options as there are in Lancashire, narrowing down your search for venues for your wedding won’t be an easy task, but with an experienced Lancashire wedding photographer – i.e. me! – you’re sure to get beautiful wedding photography in Lancashire whichever venue you go for.
If you love the idea of getting married around Lancashire and would love more information, just get in touch! I would love to hear all about your wedding day plans!