Ponden Mill is a brand new venue set in the heart of the picturesque Yorkshire countryside. Its deconstructed beauty layered with luxury details is giving us life. From the bride's lace peplum wedding dress by, Recommended supplier, Felisiti Greis, to the orange flowers and chandelier light installation. Prepare to be wowed by every detail planned and capture by, Recommended suppliers, Hannah Rachael Weddings and Emma Ryan Photography. Happy Sunday!

Ponden Mill wedding inspiration with luxe details including a chandelier light installation.

The concept for the shoot was based solely around Ponden Mill, its newfound life and regeneration. I wanted to showcase its deconstructed beauty and how each layer, both old and new, combined to bring together a new sense of life and purpose. It was paramount to me that we illustrated how an industrial venue doesn't have to automatically fall into the category of rustic or boho and that there are so many ways in which it can be styled. I wanted to demonstrate how luxe, detailed and sophisticated a venue like this can be.

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When it came to developing the concept for the shoot at Ponden Mill it was important to me that we showcased the mill's original features, highlighting its newfound sense of life. I wanted the focus of regeneration and transformation to be at the forefront of everything we did, focusing on layering and the deconstruction of layers throughout. I chose a rich palette of burnt orange, green and whites in order to emphasise the natural colours found both inside and outside the mill. It was important that the shoot contained lots of loose, sporadic cascading foliage and florals in order to help build on the detail and texture. Gold hints were added to create a luxe quality. I wanted to illustrate that an industrial venue did not have to automatically fall into the category of rustic or boho and that there are so many ways in which it can be styled.


Lighting was crucial when developing the concept. Typical Type created a bespoke beam of 5 hanging chandeliers in two different styles all at varying heights which sat beautifully above the top table. Another key detail was the florals. I worked with Emma to design beautiful meadow boxes full of terracotta’s, whites and forest greens. We wanted these to almost seem as if they were growing naturally from the table, which is why you do not see any vases or bowls. Every single detail from the candle holders to the cutlery were considered in order not to over adorn the table. I commissioned bespoke wooden taper candle holders in order to match the dark wood tabletop and made sure every tea light complemented one of the shades presented within the colour palette.

Ponden Mill was one of the first textile mills built in Stanbury and has since been lovingly converted into one of Yorkshire's most up and coming modern industrial wedding venues.

Our bride wore a custom-made dress by the wonderful Felicity of Felisiti Greis. Felicity took the concept of layering and incorporated this beautifully into the gown by adding delicate lace appliques, hand beading and tulle details. These soft, subtle touches really created a sense of depth and texture to an otherwise simplistic and refined silhouette. This sophisticated gown worked effortlessly against the natural and industrial backdrop of the mill, adding a luxe quality to the whole shoot.

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It was also crucial that we echoed the sense of refined and effortless detailing at Ponden Mill within our choice of hair and makeup styling. Unity used Binta's natural afro hair, while Pamela kept the makeup natural and subtle with a bronze eyeshade and gloss lip. This allowed for us to go more detail-heavy with the accessories, tying in the gold and white palette seen throughout the rest of the styling of the shoot. Jo at Amore Headwear did a great job at achieving this with a bold floral hair comb and statement hoop earrings, perfectly complementing the detail on our custom gown.

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Everything at this Ponden Mill wedding inspiration concentrates on natural beauty and minimal details. If you're thinking of having a minimalist wedding, you'll love this inspiration shoot in an old barn with whitewashed walls and a high ceiling.

Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

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Emma Ryan Photography: Photographer | Venue: Ponden Mill Weddings | Concept, Planning & Styling: Hannah Rachael Weddings | Videographer: Matthew Laraway Weddings | Florist: The Petal Studio | Lighting: Typical Type | Wedding Dress: Felisiti Greis | Hair Stylist: Unity Rhodes Bridal | Makeup Artist: Aminaa Beauty | Headpiece & Earrings: Amore Headwear | Cakes & Desserts: Where The Ribbon Ends | Stationery & Seating Chart: Raspberry Toast | Cutlery, Crockery, Glassware: Whitehouse Event Crockery | Model: Binta Diop

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