Aisling & Jack - Jane Ball Photography

Whalley Parish Church ~ Aisling & Jack

May 2019

A beautiful church wedding followed by festival style celebrations in a tipi.

I arrived mid morning at Aisling & Jack's home to find the bridal prep was well underway. Aisling and her bridesmaids were so chilled and relaxed and the fizz was flowing already.

The weather was perfect and things were still being prepared at the tipi in the field at the back of the house, the men were moving benches and hay bales and the florist Milly Davey had arrived with all the arrangements and buttonholes as well as the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids flowers.

A quick dash between bridal prep and the church

While bridal prep continued at the house Jack was under orders to get to the church in time to meet and greet the guests and my job was to capture as much of both as possible so it's a good job it's only a five minute jog between the house and the church !

Leaving the girls to carry on getting ready I hot footed it over to the church to grab some shots of Jack, his groomsmen and the arriving guests.

Meanwhile, back at the house ......

There was much fun and laughter going on as the girls were getting nearer to getting dressed for the main event

Aisling and her bridesmaids were ready to go ! Aisling's dad, Peter "doesn't do emotion" but he looked suitably stunned when he first glimpsed his daughter in her dress ( photo courtesy of my good friend and fellow photographer, Kirstie Garlick)

One last shot of Aisling through the window of the car before she heads off to the church to meet her love and to become Mrs Carruthers ...... and I get my running shoes on once more to try to beat her to it in order to get some shots of her bridesmaids waiting for her .. and a rather nervous groom waiting at the alter !

The Church of St Mary and All Saints, Whalley

Nestled behind the main street in the stunning Ribble Valley village of Whalley near to Whalley Abbey is the parish church of St Mary and All Saints, the beautiful setting for Aisling & Jack's wedding.

The church is a Grade I listed building dating back to the 13th century with large windows and a bright interior it is a beautiful place in which to photograph a wedding, although vantage points are restricted there is an amazing gallery at the back of the church, from where I got a great shot of the couple and their guests.

All the bridesmaids were outside the church waiting to see Aisling in her dress for the first time, what a cracking place for the "big reveal".

The kiss, signing the register and the walk back down the aisle

Cheered on by their friends and families Aisling & Jack are now husband and wife and after some emotional moments, listening to some readings it's down to the business of signing the register then heading back down the aisle, before stopping at the beautiful church doorway for a photograph and then outside to receive hugs and good wishes from loved ones ... plus a spot of spoof fun from the guys !

Don't spare the Shanks' pony

Some of the bridesmaids decide that the best way to get back to the reception is to walk.... barefoot....

Let the festivities begin ..... with the obligatory confetti shower

Once back at the house where the reception was being held in Aisling & Jack's field under the looming Whalley Arches, the fun began with the confetti shower and after grabbing a few shots of the floral details and some of the bridal party before the meal and speeches.


Romantic portraits ..... my favourite part of the day

For me this is what photographing a wedding is all about. I love capturing the love, the stolen glances and the fun & laughter between a couple on their special day .... it's pure magic and while not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera there are times when they just forget I'm there because they are so wrapped up in each other and so happy ... it just shines out of them.

Aisling & Jack had relaxed a little by this time and so I was able to get some beautiful portraits under the huge arches of the viaduct and amongst the leafy horse chestnut trees which border their field.

Party time .... and the first dance

Aisling & Jack had a very relaxed and festival themed reception. There was entertainment from a magician, a sax player and singing waiters. Plenty of fun was had by all ... and then it was time for their first dance.


The evening portraits

The weather hadn't been kind to us once we'd had the confetti shower and so I had to grab Aisling & Jack whenever there was a break in the rain.

Thankfully it stopped long enough for me to set up for some romantic evening portraits and although they were itching to get back to the party, when I showed them the back of the camera after I got this last portrait I think they were secretly glad I'd dragged them away.

Aisling & Jack's "Wedding Stuff" Suppliers

Tipis ~ Big Chief Tipis

Florist ~ Milly Davey

Balloons ~ Inflated Dreams

Aisling's Dress ~ Ava Rose Hamilton

Suits ~ Slaters of Preston

Make up ~ Bec & Co

Bar ~ Fizz and Flute

Catering ~ Wood Fire Smoke

Sax ~ Elara Sax

DJ ~ Paul Harrison

Singing Waiters ~ The Best Singing Waiters

Origins of the Parish Church - Brief History

Whalley is the oldest parish in Lancashire; there was a church here in 628 in the period when St. Paulinus was said to have preached at Whalley.

St Mary & All Saints was built on the site of an 8th Century church (known as 'the white church under the leigh')...and a later Norman (circa 1100) church.

This Parish Church had 13 chapels belonging to it, including Blackburn and Clitheroe, and the medieval Parish of Whalley was the second-largest in the whole of England and contained 45 Townships, extending from Clitheroe to Haslingden and from Accrington to Colne.

The present church building dates from around 1200 with the tower being added in 1440. The ancient village of Whalley sits in the middle of the Ribble Valley; in addition to the 13th Century Church there are the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey and the picturesque railway arches.

Christianity in Whalley can be traced back to Paulinus, the first Christian missionary who left Italy in AD 601, at the bidding of Pope Gregory the Great.

Legend has it that Paulinus visited Whalley as the Celtic crosses in the churchyard testify. However the monks came at a comparatively later date.

Planning a wedding at Whalley Church or in your very own tipi ?

I had an amazing day shooting Aisling & Jack's wedding. If you're planning your wedding either at the beautiful Whalley church with its history steeped building and pretty church yard full of laburnum trees that are the the perfect backdrop for your group shots or indeed in a festival themed tipi then please do get in touch. 

I'd absolutely love to hear about your plans and hopefully shoot your big day.