Gabby & Paul’s Holmes Mill Wedding was just incredible. We first met Gabby and Paul on a warm spring afternoon in a packed beer garden. We were recommend by close friends of theirs who’s wedding we had photographed the year before. We was over the moon when they told us that they had chosen Holmes Mill in Clitheroe for their venue. Holmes Mill was a brand new venue at the time and part of the James Places wedding venues, so we knew how special this place was going to be.
A couple of months before the wedding, Gabby and Paul booked us in for a pre-wedding photo shoot (coming soon to the blog) to get some practice in front of the camera, and just to have a couple of hours to get to know each other a little more before the big day. We had such a laugh on the day and I knew then how much fun their wedding was going to be.
This was our first wedding of the year and oh my did it rain. I don’t think I have seen so much rain come down in one morning as I did traveling to the venue. Rivers had burst banks all over the motorway, I think we would of been better of traveling in a hovercraft rather than a car. Nothing to worry about though, as Holmes Mill is the perfect wedding venue whatever the weather. We met a very excited Gabby in her hotel room getting the finishing touches to her makeup. Paul was obviously in the bar area with the boys.
Gabby looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress and the look on her Dads face when he saw her wearing it for the first time said it all.
The main function room was decorated beautifully and soon filled up with family and friends. Gabby walked down the aisle linking her Dad with a huge smile on her face to be greeted by her husband to be at the bottom of the aisle.
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After the ceremony, everybody made their way down to the engine room for drinks and canapes. The light in this part of the building is a wedding photographers dream. We got a few formal, family group shots in the container outside the venue. It was only a few metres across from the mail building so nobody got drenched in rain.
Everybody then got called up to the main wedding function room for speeches and food so we had the whole engine room to ourselves to get some lovely, natural portraits of the newly weds together. After some hilarious speeches from the father of the bride, the groom and of course the best man, Gabby and Paul wanted some alone time in the cocktail bar next door. A couple of espresso Martinis and a rendition of chopsticks from Gabby on the piano that the piano man kindly let the newly weds sit at. We made our way back to the party through a shower of confetti. The rain had finally give us a little break.
Evening guests had arrived, the DJ had set up and everybody gathered around Gabby and Paul for the cutting of the cheese cake and first dance. The dance floor then soon filled up with merry family and friends throwing all types of shapes. I absolutely LOVE this part of the wedding. Everybody is relaxed and giving all they have. I love to get stuck right in there and capture some amazing moves and expressions. What a fantastic party!
Holmes Mill had everything we expected and more. Rain or shine this is the perfect venue for a wedding and it’s no surprise how popular it has become in such a short time of being open. A former textiles mill, it has everything. A beer hall, hotel, delicious food and of course a fantastic, unique function room for a wedding.
We just can’t wait to photograph a wedding here again.
Dress: Amelia’s Bridal Boutique
Suit: Whitefield & Ward
Hair: Zoe Waddington
Make up: Lucie MUA
Flowers: Sam Williams Flowers
Cake: Bowland Food Hall
Decor: Creative Cover Hire
Holmes Mill Wedding Photography
If you have recently booked your wedding at the amazing Holmes Mill and looking for a natural and unobtrusive photographer to capture your special day, I would love to hear from you!
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