Wedding stories

Phill and Nikki’s Gin-Themed Wedding at Holmes Mill

© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
Venue Why did you choose Holmes Mill?

We got married at Holmes Mill as we wanted something quirky and different. We wanted an informal, untraditional wedding that was still a traditional wedding – if you know what I mean.

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© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
Theme Did you have a theme?

Our theme was gin and tonic as we have always loved it. Plus, we are (and part of a group of) runners who enjoy a drink or two!

Our favours were hangover kits for the men, and gin and tonic toiletries for the ladies. Fairy light-lit gin bottles were the décor, along with gin quotes and flowers in gin and tonic bottles.

We also had gin at the drinks reception, along with bottles of Hen Harrier which has been brewed on site (Bowland Brewery).

Ceremony What did you walk down the aisle to?

A friend’s daughter and her friend played Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” for me to walk down the aisle to. It was chosen as we loved the words.

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© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
Food How was your wedding breakfast?

We wanted a relaxed affair, so had ice creams for canapes, afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast, and then sausage/bacon butties and chips for the evening. There was also a sweetie bar and Phill organised a birthday cake for me!

At the wedding breakfast, guests were also provided with a selection of bottles of rose wine, red wine, and Hen Harrier beers for each table.

Entertainment Tell us about your entertainment

Arthur Geldard sang at the drinks reception in the engine room, and then Mojomatics provided live music in the evening. Our first dance was James Arthur’s “Say you won’t let go”. All the guests also sang happy birthday to me during the speeches!

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© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson
Photography Your photos are amazing, who was your photographer

Howard Wilkinson was our photographer. We chose him as he was highly recommended, and we instantly got on with him when we first met.

Wedding Coordinator Did you have a wedding coordinator?

Stacey at Holmes Mill was the coordinator. She helped to ensure everything ran smoothly.

Additional Details What else would you like to add about your wedding?

Hair, for me and seven bridesmaids, was done by Fiona Longshaw and April Berry. Make up, for all eight of us, was done by Sonara Parker.

My Mum made our wedding cake and it was decorated by a family friend, Amy. My Dad made the copper pipe wedding arch and the board for the seating plan. I made all the invites and table plans. Flowers were all artificial and we did them ourselves – apart from my bouquet which was arranged by my friend’s nan. All table flowers were also arranged by us and put in the gin bottles that we had collected.

The groom’s suits came from Moss Bros, and my wedding dress was from Bridal Italia in Bolton. They were absolutely amazing and went above and beyond to make my dreams come true. My shoes were electric blue boots from Marks and Spencer, and my hair piece matched! The car was an old-fashioned VW camper van, hired from Chase the Sun

© Howard Wilkinson
© Howard Wilkinson

Wedding Details

  • The Couple: Phill and Nikki
  • Wedding Date: 2nd April 2018
  • Venue: Holmes Mill
  • Photographer: Howard Wilkinson

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