Brockholes Nature Reserve – Wedding Photographer


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 doorbride getting hair doneBride getting make down at home in PrestonMakeup artist doing make up on bride Makeup artist putting eyeliner on bridePath leading to brockholes visitor centregroom laughing by window in the meadow lake suite brockholeswedding guests laughing at brockholes prestonwalk bridge to brockholes visitor centre floating islandwedding cake that looks like tree barkflower girl drinking coca cola bottle at weddingmeadow lake suite brockholes signbridesmaids with bouquets at brockholes brockholes visitor island bride and bridesmaids walking over bridge to brockholes weddingbride and bridesmaids walking to weddinggroom waiting for brides entrance below bunting at brockholes wedding ceremonywedding guests waiting for bride s entrance at brockholesbride and groom at the alter at brockholes with witnessesCouple holding hands whilst saying wedding vows at brockholes Wedding guests looking at couple during wedding ceremony at brockholesBride placing ring on grooms hand at brockholes PrestonBride and groom smiling during wedding ceremony at brockholesDucks swimming on lake at brockholesDrinks reception at brockholesFlower girl looking up at brockholes Groom drinking beer during drinks receptionMeadow lake suite with reflection in waterBride and groom walking across bridge on brockholes visitor islandBride and groom on path between reed bed at brockholesWedding portrait of couple in between reed beds at brockhallsBlack and white photo of couple with reeds behind them at brockholesGroom hugging bride surrounded by reeds at brockholesWedding couple with brockholes visitor centre and lakeWedding couple with brockholes visitor centre and lakeBride and groom walking back to brockholes Wedding couple cuddling with heads together And lake behind them at brockholeswedding guests on the brockholes islandwedding table decorations at brockholeslow angle of bride and groom on jetty at brockholes PrestonNewly weds with reflection of them and floating island at brockholes nature reserveBride and groom walking on jetty to brockholes floating island at brockholes nature reserveWeddin guests laughing at speeches at brockholesGroom saying his speech during wedding breakfast infront of wedding guests at brockholesMother of bride listening to speeches at brockholes wedding Best man giving speech in the meadow lake suite at brockholes nature reserve prestonBrockholes floating island vistor centre with path leading to itRoofs of brockholes buildings that are environmental friendly with sky and cloudsPurple and white lanterns decorating the restaurant at brockholes PrestonChildren sitting in window with lake behind the at brockholesWedding couple cuddling on jetty through reeds with brockholes vistor centre and lake behind themWedding couple cuddling on jetty with brockholes vistor centre and lake behind themWedding couple cuddling on jetty with brockholes vistor centre and lake behind themWedding couple walking on jetty away from brockholes visitor islandBride and groom hugging and smiling in front of reeds at brockholesBride and groom hugging and smiling in front of reeds at brockholesBride with hand on grooms shoulder at brockholesBride and groom light by flash at brockholes restaurant Bride and grooms first dance at brockholesBride 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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