Bickley Mill wedding photography
Bryn & Katy head west to south Devon
This lovely couple live near us (Hampshire) and found Bickley Mill with a random Google search. Looks like we are heading west for a Bickley Mill wedding day then Sarah… pack ya bags, this is an overnighter.
Bickley Mill is nestled in a quiet south Devon valley and is a lovely intimate wedding venue. Not local to us at all, but I managed to find a cracking Airbnb property a 5min drive away that suited Sarah and I perfectly for a couple of nights. Sorted. This was great for the morning as we were fresh as a daisy for their day and only 5mins up the road. Time for a second coffee and some breakfast for a change!
In the past, prior to being wise and experienced (and younger!) I would drive these epic distances on the wedding day itself. How ridiculous and risky, not to mention idiotic and unprofessional is that? Caffeine and energy drinks fuelled those days, and I’d get up and do it all over again the next day. Ridiculous behaviour. I shudder at the thought of doing that nowadays.
These days, I’m way more professional and prepared. A drive like this is a mooch down the day before and the chance to scout out the venue, noting spots and backdrops to shoot against.
Their entire day was relaxed…
Excellent, just how we like it. I dropped Sarah off with Katy to catch hair stuff and went to see Bryn and his gang busy decorating Bickley Mill for the day ahead. Everything was handmade by them and transported down there in a van! They had a fair bit of rustic details to assemble and decorate, so I stood back and clicked away. I dig shooting natural stuff as it’s wonderful memories to look back on. A wedding day isn’t just groups and couple shots y’know… well it shouldn’t be anyway.
Eventually, Bryn and his brother Tom (whose wedding we shot the previous year) went to get ready, so I tagged along to catch that happening. Meanwhile Sarah was with Katy and her squad catching their antics. All natural stuff of course.
The morning flew by, as did their ceremony, and before you knew it, t’was time to dance back down the aisle together, greet their guests properly and have a beverage. This is a perfect time to stand back, throw on a long lens and shark the perimeter, sniping natural moments of guests mingling and hugging.
Pulled together a few requested groups, dragged them both up the lane to capture some natural stuff of just the two of them, and release them back to their guests for feeding time. An epic bbq served buffet style was their choice and it was smokey heaven. Speeches followed, with a decent amount of heckling, which gave us some fantastic room reactions to shoot.
After all that was finished, we took them off to a derelict and barricaded-off barn for a sneaky guerrilla shoot. Risky stuff, but they were up for it, so we obliged. Back to the Mill for hacking at their cake and an evening of booze-fuelled dancing.
Bryn was in a band. He digs music. Katy was a Red Coat and loves a dance. Party Paul lived up to his name. And Luke might have smiled.
See more of their Bickley Mill wedding day by clicking here for one of our featured galleries… but have a few highlight memories to wet your whistle below. Enjoy.