Eaves Hall Wedding ~ Jane & Vinny ~ January 2019 - 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, Kirsty 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 own Tipi ? Get in touch ....

I had a great time photographing at Whalley church. Not only is the church very pretty and steeped in history the churchyard is equally impressive with beautiful mature trees which create a stunning backdrop for your group shots.

If you are planning a festival themed or tipi wedding then I'd love to chat with you about your plans.       

Eaves Hall Wedding ~ Jane & Vinny

January 2019

One Of Lancashire's Finest Wedding Venues

Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley is an awesome venue. A beautiful country house set in acres of stunning grounds, it is the perfect setting for a wedding. Jane and Vinny had booked their wedding for late January and Jane was wanting snow ! What we got was wind and rain but that didn't dampen the day a bit.

I arrived in the morning just after Jane and her bridesmaids had moved up to the main hall from the lodge where they had stayed the night before and the bridal prep was in full swing.

Groom Prep At The Spinning Block

Meanwhile over at Clitheroe at The Spinning Block Hotel part of Holmes Mill the groom prep was being covered by my second shooter and Vinny,his dad and his three best men were having a ball ! There was a general sense of lads, lads, lads ! 

The beers that Jane had sent over had been cracked open along with the fizz and they were all helping each other, tying ties and practising their speeches. The nerves didn't appear to be showing on Vinny's face ...yet.

Details & The Main Event

After getting some shots of the details, it was soon time for Jane to get dressed in her bridal gown and shoes and make her way down the fabulous staircase to meet her groom who had been waiting nervously for his bride to appear. 

Everyone Loves A Confetti Shower 

After Jane & Vinny had been pronounced man and wife and had shared their first married kiss it was time to head out for the confetti shower and some shots of them and their guests.

More or less as soon as we got outside the heavens opened which unfortunately put paid to the planned photographs in the grounds so we had to make use of the porch in front of the hall instead !

Speeches,Tears & Laughter

Portraits done it was soon time for the wedding breakfast and following that, the speeches. With three best men to have their say there was plenty of laughter to follow along with more than a few tears ..... hey .... what's a wedding without tears ? 

I love photographing the reactions of the bride and groom ( and the guests) during the speeches, it's raw emotion .......

Cake Cutting,First Dance & Party Time

After getting some romantic portraits of Jane and Vinny at the front of the hall, which always looks amazing lit up at night ( even the earlier rain played it's part by leaving a large puddle which gave us some great reflected light ) before long the evening "do" was upon us and it was time to cut the cake, catch the first dance then paaarrtay !!

Planning An Eaves Hall Wedding ?

I'm a huge fan of Eaves Hall, ever since my own son married the love of his life there in 2017 and I'd love nothing more than to help you make some awesome memories to look back on so if you're planning your wedding at Eaves Hall and you think I'm the one to capture all that is special about your big day then say hello and tell me all about your plans.

We can meet up for a brew and cake to chat about what's important to you both. 

Jane & Vinny's "Wedding Stuff" Suppliers

Flowers ~ Roses & Twine

Bridal Gown ~ Anna Sorrano at WED2BE

Suits ~  Slaters of Preston

Bridesmaids Dresses ~ Asos

Make Up ~ Sammie Warburton at Luciella & Co, Rawtenstall

Hair ~  Holly Trickett at ArtHouse Salon, Burnley



The History Of Eaves Hall

In 1866 John Burton was given a farm and land at Town Head near West Bradford by his father, James, who had been born in 1784 and became a partner in a successful calico printing business in Clitheroe. In 1827 James had moved to Tyldesley near Manchester where by the middle of the 19th century the firm of James Burton and Sons was operating several cotton spinning mills. Shortly after being given Town Head, John bought the adjacent Eaves House and Drake House lands and created the Eaves Hall estate of several farms and 275 acres of land. The name was taken from the earlier house that lay to the west of Town Head. The shortage of suitable established landed properties in Lancashire in the 19th century meant that it was common for men who had made their money in industry to establish a county estate by buying farms as they became available. Between 1867 and 1871 a new Eaves Hall was built on the site at Town Head, where an earlier house was demolished. It was a substantial sandstone house of two and a half storeys with some Tudorbeathan details. The symmetrical main front faced south and had gables to each side with bay windows, and a recessed centre with dormers. A garden front faced west. John Burton died in 1879. After the estate failed to sell at auction it was bought by his younger brother Edward, who lived at Eaves Hall until his death in 1898. Comparison of the 1886 and 1912 Ordnance Survey maps suggests that he was responsible for extending the west wing, adding a pheasantry to the south of the house and for some changes to the kitchen garden and outbuildings to the rear. After Edward’s death in 1898 the estate remained in the Burton family, although it was let to tenants for periods.

In 1918 Arthur Burton moved in as a tenant and in 1920 bought the freehold from the trustees of Edward Burton’s estate. He had begun work on creating the garden to the south of the Hall in 1919, and after completing the purchase began transforming the house into the red brick mansion that exists today. The spent over £200,000 on the work, a vast sum of money at a time when a three-bedroomed house could be bought for less than a thousand pounds. His architects were Hitchon and Pickup, a firm of Estate Agents, Architects and Valuers based in Burnley. The little information that is available about the firm suggests that they specialised in hotels and public houses and confined their work mainly to the Burnley area. Why Arthur chose to employ Hit- 4 chon and Pickup when he had the means to afford a more fashionable country house architect is unclear. In September 1922 he moved into the house with his wife Evelyn, but within two weeks she died unexpectedly aged 40. In 1924 he re-married Millie Edgecombe from Beckenham in Kent. At first they lived at Eaves Hall, but the recession in the cotton industry and Millie’s family connections in the south made them decide in 1928 to put Eaves Hall up for sale. It proved difficult to sell and was eventually bought in 1931 for £4,000 by a speculator, and then by the Kay family, who put it up for sale again in 1938.

The house remained empty, but in 1941 was bought by Brooke Bond Limited for use as their northern offices, safe from the London bombing. After the War Brooke Bond retained ownership and opened the Eaves Hall Hotel, which they ran until 1961. It was then bought by the Civil Service Motoring Association for use as a private member’s club and was operated by them until 2007, when it was bought by Richardson Hotels Ltd. In 2011 it was bought by the present owners and now operates as part of the James’s Places group.