Given how often I work at this venue, I’m amazed I haven’t yet done a proper blog post about it!
Because Priston Mill is a fantastic wedding venue literally down the road from me. Barely a 5-minute drive away, I could walk to this venue if I didn’t have to carry a bunch of photography kit too. To date, I’ve shot 18 weddings here! So, here’s everything I know about having a Priston Mill wedding from a photographer’s perspective.
A little history
I do love to start with a bit of history. Priston Mill doesn’t disappoint. It’s been a wedding and events venue for more than 20 years now. But it’s history goes back much further. In fact, it has some of the oldest history of a wedding venue I’ve seen!
The actual site dates back to the 10th century, with the watermill standing there since 931! The land and mill were gifted to the monks from Bath Abbey. Later, in the 1700s, a new mill was built, which is when Tythe Barn was added. Since then it’s been a working mill and farm, and the first wedding took place in 1991 when I was barely out of my school uniform!
At Priston Mill, there are two buildings to choose from. The Watermill, first of all, is a beautiful 3-storey building. It has the smaller capacity of the two buildings, but it’s full of quirks and charms, and you can even see the working mechanism of the old mill. There’s a great atmosphere here, and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years afterwards.
Tythe Barn is possibly the grander option with its vaulted ceilings and beautiful walled gardens. It’s also the larger space, which is worth remembering if you’re planning a bigger do.
Both these stunning spaces are finished to a very high standard, and there are so many gorgeous spots for your wedding photos.
Bridal Prep and Accommodation
So, where will you get ready and where can you and your guests stay? There are some great places in the local area, and I’m sure a quick Google search will give a long list. But I have a couple of favourites I love to recommend. Remember, I know this neck of the woods!
The Pig Hotel, near Bath, is a relaxed country house with rustic, cosy charm. Radford Villa is nearby. It’s a gorgeous little B&B with incredible, attentive owners. Avon Farm House is a new venue with bags of luxury – a pool and hot tub for starters! And the Gardener’s Cottage at Parish’s House is another stunning place to consider.
First off, I’ll come and photograph you getting ready. If your other half is nearby, I can get some shots of them too. Otherwise, I’ll stay with you and then shoot off, just before you, to the venue. I know those roads well, so I can whip through them with no fear of getting lost.
Once at Priston Mill, I’ll photograph your other half and your guests arriving, then wait for you to arrive.
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