Flash forward 18 years and teacher Karly and wedding photographer Matt tied the knot in a gorgeous spring wedding at Holmes Mill.
We had an initial interest with the venue as Matt also freelances for a local brewery doing their pump clip and website design (Wily Fox Brewery, Wigan). They had liaised with Holmes Mill selling ales and so we had heard about it on the grapevine.
As Matt gets to see a lot of venues due to his job, we knew we wanted something a little different to the norm, and so HM suited us perfectly. From the minute we opened the blue wooden doors we fell in love with the space. It offered everything we wanted, cool décor, amazing food and fantastic real ales!
The opening of the Spinning Block was also a reassurance as we knew our guests would have somewhere to stay.
We used feathers as the main theme.
As a family we always collect white feathers we find whilst out and about as it symbolises an absent loved one is nearby. It’s something we’ve always done. My Dad collected loads of white feathers from his journey’s at work and we kept them to decorate the absent friends table. It was from here the feather theme expanded. My Mum and I decorated white feathers by painting them in bright colours in an Aztec style, these were used as part of the table settings. I made my own table plan using feather material in embroidery hoops, I then used a Dymo label maker to place the guest’s names on top. I had a lady I know make me three dreamcatchers with gorgeous natural feathers for the top table. These were later re-boxed and given to my bridesmaids as an extra keepsake. My cousin baked us some gorgeous feather biscuits to use as favours, and Matt also created little paperweights by setting some feathers in resin. My Aunty made our amazing wedding cake which was draped with delicate feathers made from icing. The bridesmaids and I wore feather jewellery and the groomsmen wore a small feather pin on the lapel of their suit.
The flowers were also a major part of setting the look of the room. We used local florist The Rose Boutique. Sarah is a good friend of ours and listened intently to what we wanted. I knew I wanted to include hoops and I knew I wanted them on a grand scale. She suspended hoops vertically and horizontally from the ceiling and dressed them with all of our favourite flowers. We wanted a wild, purposefully messy look. She absolutely nailed it, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more. The flowers were one of the main things people talked about after. The function room just looked incredible.
We used Elbow ‘One Day Like This’. It just has something atmospheric about it, gets my heart strings every single time!
We chose the Pimp your Prosecco option in the Engine Room and had ales from The Wily Fox Brewery. We also had Wily Fox ales on cask in the function room. This was important to us and we were grateful the staff at HM accommodated it for us. We had canapes including glazed sausages, mini pies and mozzarella sticks. We had a traditional wedding breakfast and a buffet in the evening which had lots of popular small bites that went down a treat with the guests!
After the ceremony, we had singer Alex Birtwell do a set in the Engine Room. Alex was fantastic and talked through the song choices to create the right vibe. He even got me up singing a song with my bridesmaids which was fun. At the same time, we also had magician Carl Royle which really helped to ‘warm-up’ the guests and help them mix together. He was brilliant. During the evening we had local indie band ‘The Watch’. They were amazing and kept the dance floor full from start to finish. We also had The Old School Photobooth which were a little bit different from the usual photobooths, they brought their own backdrop which we could choose and used a vintage camera set up as opposed to an actual booth. Again, this went down really well with the guests!
For our first dance we chose Lulu’s ‘Boom Bang a Bang’ which is the theme tune to our favourite sitcom ‘Him and Her’. We love the song and the lyrics are also very apt!
Choosing the photographer was the hardest part of planning due to Matt being a photographer himself. We used Emilie May Photography. We chose Emilie after seeing some of her photos that she was tagged in on our videographer’s Facebook. To see their styles complement each other was great and after meeting Emilie for a chat at Starbucks we knew she would be right for us. We were both pleased with her relaxed, bright and natural style, she did such a good job we were thrilled with the photos she returned to us.
Stacey Cooper was our wedding co-ordinator from Holmes Mill. She was there throughout to reassure us and be a good port of call if we ever needed her. Nothing was ever too much trouble and she always went the extra mile to find out about things if she was unsure. Communication with Stacey was excellent, and she really helped to make us feel special throughout the whole experience. We cannot thank her enough.
We made our own wedding rings at The Quarter Workshop, Birmingham, would highly recommend this for anyone, it was such a great experience!
We nipped to Clitheroe Castle for a few posed photos in between the ceremony and wedding breakfast, it’s a great location that you can quickly nip to without your guests noticing you’re gone for too long.
The staff on hand throughout the actual wedding day were just fantastic. We were both made to feel so special and nothing was too much trouble. They consulted us constantly and made our day the best it could possibly be. We will forever be grateful.
We were a little worried about using the Engine Room with it being so close to the public. This actually turned out to be such a nice experience. We barely noticed the public around us, but when we did interact we had such lovely complements and it was nice to be made a fuss of.
Wedding date: Spring 2018
Venue: Holmes Mill
Photographer: Emilie May
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