Sopley Mill Wedding Photographers
Documentary wedding photographers at Sopley Mill
We love working as Sopley Mill wedding photographers.
Situated in the rural village of Sopley, just outside of Christchurch, Sopley Mill is a Beautiful 18th Century watermill surrounded on both sides by the Avon River with uninterrupted views across the water meadows. It is easy to explain why we love working as Sopley Mill wedding photographers.
“Sopley Mill is a fantastic venue, it’s a beautifully restored mill, nestled on the outskirts of Bournemouth, when you hire Sopley Mill you have a blank canvas enabling you to add your own style, we are proud to be the recommended photo booth suppliers and work with this fabulous local venue.”
James from The Photo Booth Bournemouth
A Stunning Renovated Wedding Venue
We started working at Sopley mill seven years ago at Tammy & John’s incredible Sopley Mill wedding, most memorable for the Red Arrows practising sky painting love hearts in the sky behind the Mill.
So you can imagine that later in 2011 we were sad to see the tenant run Sopley Mill restaurant and wedding venue close. Fortunately the legend that is David Benton-Jones took over the running of the venue. Sopley Mill had been in his family for over 150 years and David stepped up to bring the passion and dedication needed to transform this stunning wedding venue. After months of hard toil we were elated to see Sopley Mill re-opened as a private, exclusive wedding venue with a dedicated team running under David’s expert eye.
Not only was the original architecture of the building incorporated throughout but outbuildings and gardens were lovingly restored. The addition of a bridal preparation room was a stroke of genius. The success story of this gorgeous venue is a combination of a wonderful building in a wonderful location being transformed and run by a wonderful team of wedding experts.
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Sopley Mill - The Perfect Wedding Destination
Being a dedicated, exclusive venue Sopley Mill offers a degree of privacy that we rarely seen at other venues, with on-site parking and even a church on the same road your entire wedding day can take place within the same site.
The mill offers separate floors for the various parts of a wedding day, which means guests are never displaced for room changes. The gardens and ground floor bar work perfectly for wedding drinks receptions and later chill out areas. The gardens are gorgeous, surrounded by the mill stream and the gorgeous Avon water meadows. The second floor is licenced for weddings (should you choose a civil ceremony) which can then be turned round for the evening whilst you are enjoying a wedding breakfast on the top floor!
Speaking of wedding breakfast, Sopley Mill even lets you bring your own drinks without charging corkage for the privilege! Working at Sopley in all seasons we have seen the fires lit in the warm and cosy bar as guests hunker down after bracing the elements in the winter. We have seen paella being served outside in the summer sun, fences and trees wonderfully decorated with flowers and ribbons to suit the season. When it comes to personalising your wedding Sopley Mill is truly a blank canvas to adorn with your choice of details and decorations.
Sopley Mill is a stunning rustic wedding venue that lends to our ‘country’ turnout (tweed and wagonette), which is ideal for such a rural wedding setting. Period properties and wedding venues such as Sopley Mill suit horse drawn transport, as the buildings were originally made for ye olde horse and cart!
Charlotte from Horse Drawn Occasions
Weddings at a Rural Water Mill
Our Sopley Mill Wedding Photographs
Photographing Sopley Mill Wedding Venue as Wedding Photographers in Dorset
Over the years working as Sopley Mill wedding photographers we have seen some particularly stunning yet very different weddings at this incredible venue. We started as Sopley Mill wedding photographers pre-renovation back in 2011 with Tammy and John’s colourful balloon filled summer wedding. Since then we have seen a variety of spectacular weddings in all seasons and all weathers. More recently we were proud to work as Sopley Mill wedding photographers for Carly & Charlie’s rustic country themed wedding.
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Catering at Sopley Mill Wedding Venue
Sopley Mill ask brides and grooms to select their wedding caterer from their extensive list, which in our experienced opinion includes some of the best of the best in Dorset. Beales Gourmet Catering, Signature Catering, Merlins Catering, Claret Catering and Idelica are all included and consistently produce the finest mouth watering food we have experienced at weddings. When speaking to our Sopley Mill couples all of these caterers deliver an exceptional quality of personal service, helping a wedding day become that little more special.
Sopley Mill has a magical and timeless aura as well as all the practical and flexible spaces for couples to make their wedding day truly their own. Whether the occasion calls for rustic and festive or fine and formal dining, we always find it flows beautifully.
Emma from Idelica
We love working at Sopley Mill. The venue is ideal for up to 100 guests, and our team love the gorgeous lawns to serve canapés on. The wedding breakfast is served in the main suite (Riverview) and whilst cosy, creates a fantastic atmosphere for wedding guests to enjoy. In the evenings, barbecues and hog roasts have become particularly popular in the summer months. Looking for something different? How about a gourmet afternoon tea wedding breakfast – something to match the quaintness of this superb venue.
Tony Beales from Beales Gourmet Catering
The Sopley Mill Weddings Team
Amongst Sopley Mill’s many strengths are its amazing resident management team. David and his wife Lucy have assembled a small team of wedding experts to run Sopley Mill. Between them they bring experience from Tom’s Bespoke Bartending Company, We Perform (DJ and entertainment suppliers) and Incabella Wedding Hire (stunning wedding accessories).
The restoration and reopening of Sopley Mill a few years ago was a jaw dropping experience. This is the perfect venue which just keeps improving which is a real testament to David and his team. We simply had to accept the offer to be their featured florist when asked and haven’t looked back.
Jem from Simply Flower
Sopley Mill is the prefect location for an evening reception, offering plenty of space for guests to demonstrate their dance moves in! The purpose built staging provides the band with an ideal setting to perform in and the bar areas ideal location at the opposite side of the room means that The Granary remains packed from the first note to the very last! With plenty of seating available around the dancefloor, guests always have the opportunity to catch their breath or to simply enjoy the music from a slightly less energetic view point!
Baz from The Benedicts