A relaxed summer pub & marquee wedding at The Inn at Whitewell nestled deep in the countryside in the Forest of Bowland.
The Inn at Whitewell – the perfect country wedding venue
I can honestly say that I loved this wedding at The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe. As a wedding venue it’s pretty much perfect. Its primary function as a pub/restaurant means it has a super chilled and really warm and friendly atmosphere, perfect to make you feel relaxed in your photos. Don’t worry though you wouldn’t be sharing a tap with the locals of Whitewell on your wedding day! The Inn at Whitewell has a permanent marquee structure attached which is perfect for an awesome private wedding reception. You’d even have access to your own beer garden!
The Inn at Whitewell ticks so many boxes it actually makes it hard to find any faults at all. They are licensed to hold civil ceremonies which is perfect if you wanted everything to be held at one venue from start to finish. But maybe you were planning on a church wedding? No problem! They have a church LITERALLY right next door. What if you needed accommodation for your guests? They have 20 rooms available and a coach house off site! And nothing could be better than the Inn at Whitewell’s proper countryside surroundings and famous stepping stones over the river.
If you haven’t checked the Inn at Whitewell out already, make sure to add a viewing to your potential wedding venue list as you won’t regret it! Me and my partner visited in the summer with our dog, Jet (yes, the Inn is dog friendly too!) and had a quick drink before a walk across the stepping stones and through the fields. Jet gave the stepping stones a go and decided they weren’t for him so bumbled through the river instead, much to the amusement of the other walkers!
Relaxed pub and marquee wedding
Maggie and Rod married at the Inn at Whitewell in August. As it turns out they weren’t actually planning a wedding but being regular customers they discovered there was a last minute cancellation so it seemed like fate! They didn’t have far to travel either as Rod owns the farm right next door. There would not have been a more perfect option for these two.
Maggie got ready with her two daughters, Rebecca and Hannah in one of the rooms above the pub. She had the most amazing dress and hairpiece and her gorgeous bouquet was made by a *very talented* friend of hers. They had their ceremony in the Inn at Whitewell’s dining room, although once its dressed you wouldn’t even know people ate their Sunday lunch in there. Afterwards their wedding guests grabbed a pint from the bar on their way through to the marquee. The rest of the day consisted of food, drink, laughter, speeches, hugging (I know, crazy thought right) and dancing of course! The marquee really comes alive at night too – all the fairy lights in there make the perfect party atmosphere and an even better backdrop for photographing their first dance.
Maggie and Rod definitely stayed true to their country roots by having 2 huge wedding ‘cakes’ except one was made from cheese and one was actually just a tower of pork pies! I will say it’s still the most unique take on a wedding cake I’ve ever seen. They did have an actual cake as well for those like me (vegetarian) who wouldn’t quite fancy a meat cake… Speaking of pies however I can highly recommend The Inn at Whitewell’s cheese and onion pie. Hands down the best pie I’ve ever had! (Sorry mum).
All in all, The Inn at Whitewell isn’t one to miss and I’m dying to be back there photographing again soon so if you’re wedding planning and this peaks your interest, drop me a line and let’s chat about your day!
DRESS // Morilee from Amelia’s Bridal
BRIDESMAID DRESSES // from Amelia’s Bridal
HAIR // Alice Rose
FLORIST // Maggie’s friend, Lynda
STATIONARY // Papier
VENUE STYLING // Maggie
CAKE // Homemade
ENTERTAINMENT // DFC
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