newly weds walking on jettey at brockhole nature reserve in the sunset

Brockholes Wedding Photographer

It is truly a beautiful place for a wedding. I have been to Brockholes Nature Reserve many times before, but this was the  first time going as a wedding photographer. And I loved it, there are so many good interesting places for wedding portraits. We had done a pre wedding shoot in Summer to scout out some locations and to have a chat about their plans for the wedding day. September is a great time of year for a wedding the evening light is warm and flattering and if you get a dry day it can be magical.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Brockholes is a nature reserve just off the M6 near Preston. Located in an old quarry on the banks of the River Ribble. The nature reserve was manage by Lancashire Wildlife Trust  and has matured into a stunning, peaceful place to enjoy the outdoors and nature. The visitor centre opened in 2011, a very unique floating island that sits on the lake with views of the reserve all around.  The buildings were made to be friendly environmentally . The modern look still sits and fits into the location perfectly and is a truly eye catching venue to get married. It has a real relaxing laid back feel to the place and if you are looking for a eco friendly wedding, Brockholes is perfect. They try and use local produce and reduce waste and CO2 footprints. As a wedding photographer its perfect for wedding portraits, with 100 acres of beautiful land to use.

Wedding Prep

I arrived to photograph the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready for the wedding, with the amazing Kathryn Farrington makeup Artistry  and Lisa Walker Hair. Beci looked amazing in her wedding dress from Wed2B. We then headed to Brockholes where Phil was waiting  with all the guests.

The Wedding

The ceremony room is amazing, with massive windows that blend onto the water. The ceremony had a good amount of laughs with the couple who are so relaxed with each other.  During the drinks reception we nipped off the island for some wedding portraits in the reeds and around the wetlands. I photograph the couple photographs in a very relaxed way, with no forced uncomfortable posing.

It was then back on the island for the wedding breakfast and speeches before the evening festivities with DFC providing the entertainment.

The way I shoot weddings is in a documentary style with a few natural portraits. Concentrating on capturing all the special moments of your wedding day and telling the real story of your wedding day.

Here are my favourites of the day.

wedding dress hanging on door
bride getting hair done
Bride getting make down at home in Preston
Makeup artist doing make up on bride
Makeup artist putting eyeliner on bride
Path leading to brockholes visitor centre
groom laughing by window in the meadow lake suite brockholes
wedding guests laughing at brockholes preston
walk bridge to brockholes visitor centre floating island
wedding cake that looks like tree bark
flower girl drinking coca cola bottle at wedding
meadow lake suite brockholes sign
bridesmaids with bouquets at brockholes
brockholes visitor island
bride and bridesmaids walking over bridge to brockholes wedding
bride and bridesmaids walking to wedding
groom waiting for brides entrance below bunting at brockholes wedding ceremony
wedding guests waiting for bride s entrance at brockholes
bride and groom at the alter at brockholes with witnesses
Couple holding hands whilst saying wedding vows at brockholes
Wedding guests looking at couple during wedding ceremony at brockholes
Bride placing ring on grooms hand at brockholes Preston
Bride and groom smiling during wedding ceremony at brockholes
Ducks swimming on lake at brockholes
Drinks reception at brockholes
Flower girl looking up at brockholes
Groom drinking beer during drinks reception
Meadow lake suite with reflection in water
Bride and groom walking across bridge on brockholes visitor island
Bride and groom on path between reed bed at brockholes
Wedding portrait of couple in between reed beds at brockhalls
Black and white photo of couple with reeds behind them at brockholes
Groom hugging bride surrounded by reeds at brockholes
Wedding couple with brockholes visitor centre and lake
Wedding couple with brockholes visitor centre and lake
Bride and groom walking back to brockholes
Wedding couple cuddling with heads together And lake behind them at brockholes
wedding guests on the brockholes island
wedding table decorations at brockholes
low angle of bride and groom on jetty at brockholes Preston
Newly weds with reflection of them and floating island at brockholes nature reserve
Bride and groom walking on jetty to brockholes floating island at brockholes nature reserve
Weddin guests laughing at speeches at brockholes
Groom saying his speech during wedding breakfast infront of wedding guests at brockholes
Mother of bride listening to speeches at brockholes wedding
Best man giving speech in the meadow lake suite at brockholes nature reserve preston
Brockholes floating island vistor centre with path leading to it
Roofs of brockholes buildings that are environmental friendly with sky and clouds
Purple and white lanterns decorating the restaurant at brockholes Preston
Children sitting in window with lake behind the at brockholes
Wedding couple cuddling on jetty through reeds with brockholes vistor centre and lake behind them
Wedding couple cuddling on jetty with brockholes vistor centre and lake behind them
Wedding couple cuddling on jetty with brockholes vistor centre and lake behind them
Wedding couple walking on jetty away from brockholes visitor island
Bride and groom hugging and smiling in front of reeds at brockholes
Bride and groom hugging and smiling in front of reeds at brockholes

Bride and groom light by flash at brockholes restaurant
Bride and grooms first dance at brockholes
Bride and groom laughing while dancing at brockholes wedding
Brockholes vistor island at night light by the moon


I absolutely loved photographing this wedding at Brockholes. If you are looking for a Brockholes wedding photographer please contact me below to discuss your wedding plans.

I am a wedding photographer bashed in Preston but I cover all of Lancashire and the North West.

Natural, unobtrusive, documentary wedding photography that tells the real story of your wedding day.

What the couple said;

” Si did an amazing job capturing our wedding day and we are so happy with our photographs. Si totally got the relaxed natural feel we wanted for our day. Very friendly and made us feel at ease. Would highly recommend Si. Thanks again!”

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