Inn at Whitewell

If a countryside setting is high on your list of qualities for your wedding venue, you could well feel totally at home at the Inn at Whitewell.

Sitting high above the river Hodder there are fantastic views into the heart of the Forest of Bowland from all three of its ceremony settings (the Orangery, Main dining room and the Marquee). Think rugged fells rather than manicured lawns, fishing and walking instead of cricket and afternoon tea, a holiday house called “The Piggeries” and you’ll have the right kind of feel.

Lancashire wedding venue Inn at Whitewell

An old-fashioned welcome

Still part of the Duchy of Lancaster estate, The Inn at Whitewell prides itself on being old-fashioned and rural. So if you can’t live without Facebook its maybe not for you – mobile signal is definitely erratic! In similar vein confetti is discouraged and fireworks are a no-no (too disturbing for nearby livestock, of which there is plenty). What they do offer is a touch of luxury without airs and graces, award-winning food produced from local ingredients, an extensive wine list – and that gorgeous scenery, a perfect backdrop for your wedding photography.

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn Samuel Johnson

Hodder Valley in Trough of Bowland,setting for the Inn at Whitewell

Sarah and Pete were married in summer at nearby Waddington, and chose the Inn at Whitewell for their reception. On arrival they were ushered through the old corridors of the Inn and into the marquee overlooking the river for a champagne drinks reception. Whilst the guests mingled and children played in the adjoining gravelled garden we took reportage shots, capturing the atmosphere and fun.

stepping stones over river Hodder


A short distance from the Inn are stepping stones across the river, which could be a great setting for romantic photographs, especially in the early evening. Sarah and Pete had a more fun purpose in mind and set off with the family, including Gran, in tow. After some slightly hair-raising (and potentially very wet!) shots we rejoined the wedding party, taking in the gardens at the Piggeries en route for some relaxed portrait photos.


wedding party on steppingstones at Inn at Whitewell

Relaxed portrait photos of bride an groom, Inn-at-Whitewell

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Your wedding photography should reflect the individual character of you and your day, and not be a repeat of shots that worked for other couples. So Kate and Billy’s December wedding photos are quite different.

bride arriving at St Michaels church in Whitewell


wedding ceremony at St Michaels church Whitewell in Lancashire

St. Michael’s Church


Their church ceremony took place at St Michael’s, right next door to the Inn, but a torrentially wet day didn’t allow for outdoor photography.  So after their wedding breakfast we toured the Inn with them, and made use of its character – wood panelling, fireplaces with roaring fires and wooden beams – as backdrops for their portrait shots.


St Michaels was built in the late medieval period, and will hold blessings or services. 






bride and groom in dining room at Inn at Whitewell

Back in the marquee twinkling fairy lights announce the first dance, and when the party is finally over, 23 individually decorated bedrooms await you and your guests.

first dance in marquee at Inn at Whitewell

We hope you enjoy the photos below of two very different weddings.  And if you are thinking about The Inn at Whitewell for your wedding , do get in touch – we would love to hear about your plans.

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