Holmes Mill Wedding Photography – Michaella & Richard

Apr 28, 2019

Holmes Mill is somewhere we’ve been just a little bit in love with for a couple of years now. When we were choosing a venue to host our wedding photography workshop, Shoot & Hustle, we fell in love with the charm and character, location and stunning food at Holmes Mill.

We’ve wanted to go back and photograph a real wedding there since. So, when Michaella & Richard asked us to photograph their big day at Holmes Mill, we got more than a little excited.

Holmes Mill is the home of Bowland Brewery. It’s set in the beautiful Lancashire village of Clitheroe. Although they’ve expanded massively in recent years. They have a beer hall, fabulous farm shop and even a boutique hotel on site. However, they haven’t lost the original charm and hospitality that makes it such a pleasure to visit. The wedding ceremony and reception room is one huge pillared expanse in the main brewery building. It even has a full glass wall behind the bar. You can see the mash tuns and fermentation tanks of the working away on the brewery floor below! Rustic touches abound. From folding wooden seating to a full Victorian beam engine in the aptly named Engine Room where Michaella & Richard had their drinks reception.

We asked Michaella and Richard a bit about their planning process. And, if they had any tips to share with you if you’re planning your own wedding. They did!

It’s great to have a unique and experienced perspective, especially from someone capable of planning such an awesomely personal, fun wedding. 

‘This probably isn’t the most popular answer. But, I actually think you can do too much research. There’s so much choice out there nowadays. You can get caught up in all the options. Get a clear idea of what you’re after for your wedding. Be smart with your research.

I followed vendors on social media as we booked them. So, when it came to more difficult decisions, I had easy access to trusted experts. For example, I know next to nothing about flowers. However, picking a florist that knew Holmes Mill meant I could rely on her expertise as to what would work in the space and the season.

We have spent the last few years telling our friends to do it their way and ignore what everyone else was telling them. Now it was our turn! We worked out what was important to us. (good food, good drink and good company) and which traditions we were happy to ignore and stuck to our guns. Despite any objections!’

After Michaella & Richard’s beautiful ceremony finished with a military guard of honour. Their friends Wayne and Justin provided entertainment in the Engine Room while drinks and canapés were served.

They’re an incredibly talented guitar duo and it fit the mood of the day perfectly. As guests were taken upstairs to the wedding breakfast, we kept this gorgeous pair back for a few minutes of alone time. And to make some portraits for them in the Engine Room. It’s such a unique space and feature. Such an incredible scale and like nothing else, that it’s hard to know where to start shooting in this place. It was all about the beautiful light and the connection between Michaella & Richard that stole the show however.

We followed the action right into the evening. Dancefloor Couture entertained us into the night! Michaella & Richard’s first dance was joined by friends and family, and the party continued into the evening. We sneaked out for one last portrait under the strings of lights outside the brewery, before saying goodnight to this beautiful place and this awesome party of fantastic people.

Thank you SO much for involving us in your big day, we had an amazing time at Holmes Mill – enjoy the blog! 

We LOVED photographing at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe! If you’re planning your wedding here and need a photographer or videographer then get in touch here to check our availability and packages. 

Thanks to the suppliers who helped to make the day so special: 

Venue: Holmes Mill

Flowers: Sam Williams

Dress: The Bridal Collection of Lancaster

Hair and Makeup: Nala and Knot

Stationery: Jenny Lei Design

Entertainment: Dancefloor Couture

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