Dunkenhalgh wedding photography
Lisa and James tied the knot at the Dunkenhalgh hotel
The Dunkenhalgh hotel holds very special memories for me as it is where I chose to get married myself. As a wedding photographer, I love going back here and occasionally get the opportunity to shoot some fabulous shots of the building throughout the day.
It is steeped in history dating back to the early 13th century when William de Dunkanshalgh rented the estate. From the early 14th Century the de-Rishton family owned the estate, though it is unknown how this came about. Judge Thomas Walmsley acquired the hall from Thomas Talbot during the early 16th century. He rebuilt most of the manor during this time to how a lot of it looks today. The beautiful staircase is also not original. This was taken from Hacking Hall, another manor house in Billington as was the oak panelling in the ‘Oak Room’. The judge owned Hacking Hall and brought these in for his renovation. He also planted the lime trees on the driveway. There is also visible evidence of another driveway in an adjoining field though no record of this exists.
The Petre family who inherited the hall through marriage from the Walmsley’s during the 18th century were the last family to own and live in the hall. They also renovated the hall to how it looks today.
The hall was sold in 1947 and soon after became a hotel. This is when the last big alteration to Dunkenhalgh was made; in the 1950′s when the gardens were removed and the new complex of extensions were added for the hotel. There was a beautiful gatehouse / lodge at the entrance to the driveway which was dismantled as the large cars could not fit through.
If you are interested in the history of the building you can see much more detail here: Dunkenhalgh History.
The Dunkenhalgh is a great venue at any time of year but autumn can be really special, the limes trees on the driveway look fantastic when the leaves begin to drop.
I met James with his men for a few set up photos outside of the Dunkenhalgh before meeting Lisa with her bridal party. A laughter filled ceremony was held in the Pendle suite – the larger of the suites. From here I left the newlyweds to mingle with their guests whilst I documented all the happenings. Next up was the group photos, this can be laborious so I always add some fun to this, usually at my expense. We managed a set of bride and groom photos outside of the hall before the heavens opened and hit us with a thunderstorm. No matter, the Dunkenhalgh is rich in features inside with really interesting light which helps with capturing beautiful portraits of brides and grooms.
All in another fab wedding day with an even faber (did I make that word up) couple at the Dunkenhalgh.
Please enjoy the selection of photos.
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