Wedding stories

Sammi and Liam’s Celestial Wedding at Holmes Mill

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© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
VENUE Why did you choose Holmes Mill?

We visited Holmes Mill with some friends for a meal and instantly fell in love with the engine room, we were torn between Holmes Mill and another venue, but after attending a friends wedding at Mitton Hall we were so impressed with how James’ Places coordinated the day, which is what made us sure we wanted Holmes Mill.

THEME Did you have a theme?

We had an autumnal colour scheme, the bridesmaids all wore different coloured outfits in shades that matched the theme – baby pink, burnt orange, burgundy etc. For the decor we had a celestial/moon & stars theme, with giant gold stars hanging from the roof to a moon photobooth and little moon lamps on the tables.

© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
CEREMONY What did you walk down the aisle to?

A cover of Yazoo –  Only You sung by Becky Hill.

FOOD How was your wedding breakfast?

We went for the Temple of Beer buffet, we wanted a really hearty, casual meal and the selections on this menu fit the bill perfectly. Our friends still talk about the yorkshire pudding wrap!

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© Paul Waring Photography
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© Paul Waring Photography
ENTERTAINMENT Tell us about your entertainment

Our only entertainment was a sound system and Spotify playlist. Our wedding was the first major event for a lot of our friends and family since Covid, so everyone was just happy to have time to chat and catch up, over drinks and dancing. We also took some photos with our guests  in the alleyway with some sparklers, everyone seemed to enjoy a sparkler!

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© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY Your photos are amazing, who was your photographer

Our photographer is Paul Waring – he is a great documentary style photographer. Liam, myself and our family and friends are all quite awkward and camera shy, so we loved his documentary style as he captured the most amazing moments without us even realising he was taking our photo at the time. He is also super friendly and knows his stuff, we were so happy with our choice!

WEDDING COORDINATOR How did you find your wedding coordinator?

Our on the day coordinators were brilliant. We had Tom and Curtis and couldn’t fault them. They gave us the feeling all day that they had everything thought out and covered. We just had to turn up, they looked after everything, it was fantastic.

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© Paul Waring Photography
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© Paul Waring Photography
Planning Who helped plan your wedding? Did anyone in particular bring your wedding to life?

I think Liam really brought my vision to life! We decided we would make a lot of our own props like a moon photobooth, custom neon sign etc, and Liam made all of it. We were also very lucky to have Sarah from Stories Of Events and Emma from Emma Cox Floristry who made the whole day absolutely beautiful! They went above and beyond!

Extra's Tell us about the little things that made your day personal?

Instead of a guest book and favours, we had all our guests draw a little picture of themselves which we then had made into a school-style tea towel. We ordered enough to post them out to our guests as favours with the thank you cards. Being from art backgrounds we thought drawings were much more fitting than having our guests write messages or advice, and we got some hilarious drawings.

© Paul Waring Photography
© Paul Waring Photography

Wedding Details

  • The Couple: Liam & Sammi McCarthy
  • Wedding Date: 10th October 2021
  • Venue: Holmes Mill
  • Photographer: Paul Waring Photography

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