a wedding at the inn at whitewell, lancashire
When I say Lorna and Lawrence’s beautiful wedding at The Inn at Whitewell in Lancashire was a bit dramatic – I mean that in the nicest possible way. After all this lovely pair first set eyes on each at drama school in Bristol and their love of literature, music and the arts featured throughout the wedding day. Although they no longer live in the area, The Inn at Whitewell in the Ribble Valley was first on the list when it came to wedding venues. Lorna’s Mum had chosen the pub as her wedding venue just a few years before and Lorna and Lawrence had happy memories of the beautiful day. Sadly, Lawrence lost his Mum just a few years later but choosing the same wedding venue meant that she was very much at the heart of the celebrations and it was lovely hearing some tales of her throughout the day.
It’s not hard to see why Lawrence and Lorna, and his Mum before them, chose The Inn at Whitewell as their wedding venue. A gorgeous country pub, in the heart of the Ribble Valley with a huge marquee that gives you a blank canvas for your own decorations. From the outset Lorna had a vision of a very relaxed, very green, very homely type of wedding day filled with friends, music, good food and fun. Well let me tell you, it was a complete triumph.
Lorna hired the Flower Farm to realise her floral ideas.
” I wanted the flowers to be as lush and herbaceous as possible and punctuated with crisp white Ranunculus. We wanted it to look very organic- as if they had been collected for a botanical study. I love how the ranunculus looked like they had been crafted out of paper; so unique and romantic and popped stunningly against the varying shades of green. Our names are both derivate of ‘olive’; so we had masses of olive leaf, bay and rosemary running through the bouquets, centrepieces, buttonholes and arrangements. The Church and the inn smelt amazing!” The results were certainly amazing – I think Lorna’s beautiful bouquet might be one of my all time favourites.
I joined Lorna and her bridesmaids at The Inn at Whitewell for some bridal prep loveliness in the morning. When you walk in to find your bride in the most ridiculous face mask posing for pictures – you know you’re going to have the most fun! Hanging the corner of the room was Lorna’s jaw droppingly beautiful Kate Halfpenny gown. Once everyone was ready it was just a short walk from the pub to the beautiful little village church where the couple were tying the knot. As the guests made their way to their seats, members of the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band, led by Lawrence’s step-father Graham, played for their enjoyment. There’s nothing like having a live band accompanying a whole load of drama students! It was probably the most enthusiastic example of hymn singing I’ve ever seen.
After the ceremony we headed outside so the guests could greet and congratulate the newlyweds. Cue lots of hugs, laughter and sooooo much confetti. We even managed to pinch Lorna and Lawrence away for some beautiful images of just the two of them before they headed into The Inn at Whitewell for their drinks reception and wedding breakfast.
I could talk all day long about this awesome wedding – how welcoming everyone was, how good drama students are at dancing, how many times I cried during the speeches and basically how I’m completely smitten with this couple. But instead I’ll just share with you some (lots) of my favourite images from the day.
Big thanks to Matthew from Matthew Grainger Photography for being my second photographer on the day and to the staff at Inn at Whitewell who were absolutely brilliant and looked after us like we were guests.
But of course my biggest thanks go to Lorna and Lawrence for arranging this complete triumph of a wedding day and inviting me along to capture it. Huge congratulations to the both of you.