Stillington Mill Wedding Photos – At The Mill Wedding, York

Woodland wedding ceremony at Stillington Mill in York

I was so excited to photograph my first Stillington Mill wedding this year!

Stillington Mill is a unique family-run wedding venue in the little village of Stillington, North Yorkshire. This brand-new wedding venue near York has so much to offer for couples who are looking for a relaxed outdoor woodland wedding.

This venue perfectly complements my colourful, natural wedding photography style.

Groom reading vows to bride at Stillington Mill wedding ceremony

About Stillington Mill

Stillington Mill is a family home and venue that offers space for weddings and other creative events in the summer months. Also known as ‘At The Mill’ you’ll find the cafe open to the public on Saturday mornings to the early afternoon.

If you’re planning on getting married at Stillington Mill in the summer, you’ll be able to have a relaxed start to your wedding day with a late ceremony and still not risk losing light for your photos.

Accommodation is also available at Stillington Mill. The Mill Cottage and traditional Shepherd’s Hut on site are available for short stays, meaning you’ll never be too far from your bed when the wedding party is over!

Bride laughing on dancefloor at Stillington Mill

Woodland Glade Ceremony

At the former corn mill, there is a dedicated area for outdoor ceremonies. The woodland glade is tucked away surrounded by trees and is such a beautiful area of the venue to get married in.

Currently, the mill does not hold a license for civil ceremonies, however, celebrant/handfasting ceremonies are possible. These types of ceremonies are often more personal and fun for couples and their guests.

I love celebrant-led weddings because they offer much more flexibility and fewer restrictions for wedding photography. Being able to capture the ceremony from multiple angles means that my couples get much more creative variety in their final wedding gallery.

Bride reacts to ceremony reading at Stillington Mill wedding

Marquee Wedding Reception At The Mill

Stillington Mill has plenty of outdoor space available for the drinks reception. There is also a large paved area which is the perfect base for a marquee for the wedding breakfast.

Marquees are great for DIY outdoor weddings as they serve as shelter from bad weather but they’re nice and bright inside so your wedding photos won’t look out of place compared to any that are taken outdoors.

Bride and groom marquee entrance at Stillington Mill wedding

Everything about this wedding day was very laid back, including the food. A burger van provided all the guests with a meal during the day and in the evening, pizzas were served courtesy of Stillington’s Mill’s own pizza oven.

Top tip to tackle food waste at your wedding:

Cut your cake before you sit down for your meal. Caterers can then serve up a slice to everyone for dessert and nothing will be wasted! One of my favourite images is of a family member dishing up the cake whilst the couple are eating. I love to include storytelling images like this in the final wedding gallery. I think it’s always interesting for the couple to know what was happening away from everyone else.

Wedding guest cutting the cake for dessert

Relaxed Wedding Portrait Photography at Stillington Mill

There are so many individual areas and cute photo spots at Stillington Mill for portraits. We made use of the gardens, plants and flowers in the bar area and by the entrance to the mill itself. I know that my couples book me for my relaxed style of wedding photography and that they don’t want to spend too much time away from their guests.

Bride and groom portrait outside Stillington Mill with flowers in the background

As an experienced wedding photographer, I know that 15 minutes is more than enough time to capture some fabulous photos of the happy couple without taking up too much time on their special day.

Evening Celebrations At The Mill

I love the evening atmosphere at Stillington Mill. The venue comes to life with festoon lighting and music, and guests can enjoy stone-baked pizza from their own pizza oven at the bar.

I also love photographing all the dancefloor and party antics. My couples just love those natural, fun photos of their guests.

Guests with arms around each other on the dancefloor

Here are more photos from this stunning wedding at the mill!

Stillington Mill Wedding Photographer

I had the best day at this incredible venue. If you’re looking for natural, colourful Stillington Mill wedding photography I’d love for you to get in touch!

Venue // At The Mill – Stillington Mill, North Yorkshire