Here’s a little selection of Quarry Bank Mill Wedding photography from the recent wedding of Zoe and Chris. I really love to visit new venues and try to come up with unique and original photos for my couples. This wedding was so much fun, and the guests had such a ball. In the evening there was face painting, which wasn’t just for the kids! It was really great to see a wedding in a place where we’ve spent a lot of time as a family. I knew from the moment that Zoe and Chris booked me that their wedding would be a very special occasion. But as always it’s not the venue that makes the wedding, it’s the people. And what a lovely bunch they were!
From the Bride and Groom…
‘We got married on st George’s day (by accident not design!) in a small chapel in Styal village, Wilmslow. I arrived with my dad in a vintage navy rolls Royce, which Chris had been to put orange ribbon on the day before, and my bridesmaids rocked up in a vintage VW camper, complete with prosecco! When I walked down the aisle, my maid of honour heard Chris, the first thing he noticed were my orange shoes! I’d had them made to my design on shoes of prey, they were so important as my dress was tea length, the Louise by forget me not from agape in Altrincham, it was the first one I tried on!
The chapel was built for the workers of quarry bank mill, where we held our reception. We held the industrial theme close throughout, decorating the tables with vintage singer sewing machines and old cotton spools as a gesture to the old cotton mill, we wrapped all the spools in orange and navy cotton to tie in with our colour theme. We collected old bottles and bought mason jars (a reference to my maiden name), wrapped them in twine, and our florist, Alice Ferguson of Forage and Blossom, arranged beautiful orange and white wild flowers.
Our place names are shots of pimms in bottles that we bought from etsy, wrapped in twine and attached tags which we had stuck cogs to to reflect the industrial theme. Jugs of lemonade and fruit were put out on the tables and we left our guests to figure out that the bottles had pimms in! We also stamped little hessian bags with the logos we had been using on our stationery and filled them with Yorkshire mix, and Haribo for the kids. We designed menu cards to match out stationery, laser cut them at fab lab in Manchester and sanded and varnished them, and designed puzzles and games for the kids in personalized booklets that we printed ourselves.
Our cake was made by one of our closest friends, Helen Flynn, it was a white chocolate and raspberry base layer, with chocolate and cherry above, lemon and the a smaller white chocolate and raspberry, iced with white chocolate ganache and decorated with orange and navy wildflowers (which she grew herself!) and blueberries. We had a 3D print made of us in our wedding gear for the very personalized cake topper (we went and got scanned separately of course!).
Our special touches throughout the evening were a vintage looking open photo booth, competing playlists that Chris and I had been preparing in secret for months, and face painters, who weren’t just for the kids! Our photographer, Steven Rooney, did a great job of capturing our industrial theme and hid himself away in the background to get some beautiful natural shots of our friends and family.
Our pet project throughout was the stationery, which we designed ourselves to all fit together in a Kraft box that the invitation was sent out in. We also made a newspaper style order of service for the chapel, to tie in with the rest of the stationery.
We splashed out on the odd special touch, such as the 3D printed cake topper, but saved a lot of money and added our own personal stamp to everything by doing so much ourselves.’
Photography at Norcliffe Chapel, Styal.
The wedding took place at Norcliffe Chapel in Styal. This is such a picturesque setting, managed my the National Trust the building and surrounding land is like an oil painting. The wedding itself was beautiful and it was great to see this lovely couple together. The weather was great so it meant that the wedding party could walk from the church to the reception by way of footpaths across the fields.
Reception at Quarry Bank Mill
The wedding guests were greeted at the Mill and drinks were served in the gardens. A great time was had by all with music and bubbles for the children. We had a little time before the wedding breakfast to spend a few minutes in the mill itself among the bobbins and looms before returning to the festivities. The venue has two floors for weddings so there was plenty of space for guests to move about and enjoy the entertainment that Zoe and Chris had put on. Part of this included face painting, which was predominantly used by the grown up wedding guests! Check out the final image 😉
Quarry Bank Mill Wedding Photography
It was a real pleasure to photograph this wedding because of the way it was planned and because everyone including Zoe and Chris had an absolute blast! If you’re planning a wedding with a difference give me a call and I’ll be more than pleased to chat with you about your own Quarry Bank Mill Wedding Photography.