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Stanley House Wedding Photographer

Sunset at Stanley House


Getting Married at the Stanley House Hotel


Stanley House Hotel and Spa is one of the most elegant luxury hotels in Mellor (in between Blackburn and Preston), Lancashire. As a wedding venue, it offers everything a bride and groom could ask for. There are several guest rooms to choose from and a stunning glass room that gives a full view of the rolling hills of Ribble Valley. The hotel offers a full spa where you are able to relax and be pampered as you prepare for your wedding day.

Stanley House Hotel is a 5-star wedding venue with a restaurant and beautiful gardens that set the stage for exquisite wedding photography. The restaurant relies on local farmers for the freshest produce and meat in the area to provide the most delicious food to your guests. Your wedding breakfast will be a meal you will never forget when shared with your closest family and friends.

Tell Your Wedding Story With More than Words, Images That Will Last A Lifetime

Having fun whilst spending a little time together

Bride and Groom at Formby Hall
Formby Hall Wedding Photography

“Everything You Need In One Place”

                                                                                                         ‘Paul Swift’

The reason I love going to STANLEY HOUSE…..




… for you and your wedding. I’ll go through all the reasons below but from my point of view and since my very first visit back in 2020 it’s remained a firm favourite.


But First…


The History of Stanley House Hotel


Stanley House was built in the 17th century and has had numerous owners since it was built. The hotel was allowed to fall into disrepair over the years, but with love and care, the current owners have turned it into a magnificent boutique hotel. The hotel sits on 54 acres, next to the gorgeous Ribble Valley. The Ribble Valley countryside is one of the most beautiful areas in Lancashire.

As a Lancashire wedding photographer, I know the best place for taking amazing wedding photos. When the Stanley House was built, very few decorative touches were added. During the last few decades, steps have been taken to create the luxury hotel you see today. The manor house and luxury spa are like no other in the area.

Emotional Bridesmaid at Mitton Hall


Emotion at Mitton Hall


Fun Family Time at Formby Hall


Beautiful Moments

laughter with the girls

A Quick Kiss on the fairway

Fabulous Staff


Stanley House has not long been a favourite venue of mine since my first visit was only back in 2020 (just before we all got told to stay at home). The staff are so welcoming and friendly. From arrival everyone is so welcoming and can’t do enough for you, they ensure that everything runs smoothly from start to finish. Attention to detail never falters and the kind of expert care you would expect for your special day is provided.


Stanley House Hotel Weddings and Events


Stanley House Hotel is an award-winning wedding venue that provides every amenity a bride, groom, groomsmen, and bridesmaids could ever want. It is ideal if you want to book an outside summer wedding or have your wedding performed in the ceremony room, the staff at the hotel will make sure that your perfect day goes smoothly. They have many years of experience and will help you plan every detail of your wedding ceremony.

Fred’s Brasserie offers a full menu of foods that have been prepared to perfection. The grounds of the estate are ideal for your wedding photographs. Many locations on the property show off the grand elegance of the house as well as the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. A picture of your flower girl skipping along one of the paths or the bride and groom sneaking a few private moments in the garden are examples of the special moments a Lancashire wedding photographer looks for.

Happy Brides and Grooms

We both love your work. We really feel you have captured the very essence of our day – with all the emotions that brought. From the candid shots of guests and detailed studies of important details like flowers and rings to the classic portraits, you have created a beautifully balanced wedding album that we will cherish.

You brought a sense of calm professionalism with you when you walked through the door, and just got on with the job. It was very reassuring. You have an ability to calm and relax people in very unfamiliar situations – we are not all-natural models! But your efforts produced beautiful natural-looking pictures. You were well organised, punctual, smartly presented – small details, but so important when it comes to the big day. You were helpful when it was time to select pictures for the album. With such a huge choice of great shots, it was a difficult task. Thank you for your patience!

We trusted Paul and he did us proud. Don’t hesitate – you are in safe hands.

Ange and Dave Nolan

Paul was very professional from start to finish. He made everyone feel so relaxed all day. Me and my husband had an amazing day and Paul helped make it so special.

Thank you Paul we would recommend you to any couple!

Stacy & Jonathan

Just received our wedding album back and couldn’t be happier. So pleased with the pictures and the memories he captured. Paul was fantastic on the day organising us all to get the best photos possible. We would highly recommend him to anyone and our guests also agree.

Thank you Paul

Michelle and Gareth

“We have not got the words”. Paul was exceptional from the start to the end of our special day. He supported and guided us when needed and made us both feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We both can not recommend Paul enough – Amazing.
Thank you so much Paul”
Emma & Dean

bridal preparations


Your preparations take place in excellent clean rooms. Some have large doors that open onto the patio, where you’ll meet the ducks and some are on the upper floors and simply huge.


Wedding Celebrations

The ceremony room is part of the main function room but is closed off with the magical partitions I mentioned earlier. It’s air conditioned and always immaculate. Lots of light floods through the many windows. After the ceremony we move downstairs for a group photo whilst the chairs are removed from the ceremony room to complete the setting up of the wedding breakfast room. A seamless operation that is done quick so that you can get back in to enjoy your drinks reception with your guests.

My Name Is Paul, and I Am Your Stanley House Hotel Wedding Photographer


My name is Paul Swift, and I am honoured to be your Stanley House Hotel wedding photographer! I am known for being a documentary wedding photographer. It is my job to tell the love story behind your wedding. I look for the bonds that tie your relationships together. The groom and best man and the bride and her maid/matron of honour are two of the strongest friendships you will ever have.

As your Stanley House Hotel wedding photographer, I will be looking for the pictures that will bring your memories to life. Throughout your wedding day, there will be moments that I can capture that will show the love you have for one another. I use my knowledge of the wedding venue to find the perfect places to capture your photos. There are areas at Stanley House that are perfect for taking wedding photographs.


Book Your Wedding Session Today!


The sooner you book your Stanley House wedding with me, the more time we will have to plan the details. I look for photo opportunities that are natural and unposed. I try to find the best locations that allow me to use natural light. Stanley House is nestled in the gorgeous countryside of Lancashire, allowing many unique photo opportunities around the property.

If you would like to see my work, you can check out the gallery on my website. Read a blog or two and get to know my style. I love meeting new people and learning about their “why”. Knowing my clients allows me to tell their stories as truthfully as possible. Call and schedule your appointment today so we can sit down and go over the details. Together, we can capture all the precious memories of your special day.


Jenny and David’s Story

Watch Jenny and David’s absolutely amazing Date Night Premiere video.

Featured Weddings


I have included lots of my favourite Formby Hall Wedding Photography on this page but you can view many more photographs from these weddings by viewing the individual blog posts below (more to come).


Here are a few more photos – click to enlarge

Beautiful Bride - Formby Hall Wedding Photography
The groom hiding at first dance time
Dancing at Formby Hall
Bride and groom on the fairway
Reception at Formby Hall
Bride & Groom portraits inside at Formby Hall
Speeches at Formby Hall
The Group Photo at Formby Hall
The Ceremony Room At Formby Hall
Candid wedding photography
The speeches at Formby Hall
Emotion during the ceremony

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