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Guest blog with wedding photographer Martin Dabek

This month we have invited Martin Dabek, one of our recommended wedding suppliers to guest blog for us. We've worked with Martin for many years and so he knows Priston Mill wedding venue like the back of his hand, which always shines through in his imagery. 

Autum bride and groom at wedding venue Priston Mill in Bath

Bride and Groom at night time at Priston Mill Bath 

So Martin, over to you...


Hi, I'm Martin Dabek, a documentary, Bristol & Somerset wedding photographer, who loves photographing weddings at Priston Mill wedding venue.

Let me tell you why returning to shoot wedding photography at Priston Mill in Somerset is always a pleasure...

The venue describes itself as an idyllic countryside wedding venue, with far-reaching views and the utmost care and attention to every detail (which comes with over 20 years' experience of hosting weddings and events). Having shot many weddings at Priston Mill over the years, I couldn’t agree more with their description. I absolutely love it! The atmosphere is wonderful, the food is outstanding, and the staff are always so welcoming.

Outside ceremony at the watermill 

Bridal Party at Priston Mill Wedding Venue

Priston Mill's philosophy is simple: " We want both you and your guests to have the time of your lives". This is so true, every time I visit the wedding venues at Priston Mill I am blown away by the lengths that the team there go to making each wedding day a total success.

Below are 5 reasons why I love photographing weddings at Priston Mill in Bath, this beautiful countryside wedding venue. 


Firstly, I really like that the couple has a choice to host a wedding either in The Watermill or The Tythe Barn, or even use both venues on your wedding day! Both have a unique character and are very picturesque. 

Just married at Priston Mill near Bristol and Bath 

Bride walking to the Tythe Barn at Prison Mill

Imagine exchanging your vows in an ancient, yet still working, Mill, and dance the night away in a spacious stone-walled barn under the high beams! The option of using two different venues adds to the variety of photographs for sure. During the warmer months, you can opt for an outdoor ceremony and exchange your vows under the attractive pagoda. A very romantic option indeed.

Couple just married outside at the Watermill wedding venue near Bath 

Party in the Tythe Barn


Secondly, there are plenty of stunning backdrops. My couples love the sunset pictures on the rolling hills in the Somerset countryside, and the well-kept, distinctive gardens are perfect for group photographs. The pergola, with its fairy lights, looks especially stunning in the evening and is my go-to place for some romantic and creative night portraits. They really are beautiful wedding venues in Bath! 

Priston Mill countryside wedding venue near Bath 

Couple walking at wedding in Priston Mill wedding venue


Priston Mill, which is located just outside of Bath, and only 10 miles from Bristol, takes great pride in their long-standing reputation for excellent cuisine. I have had a chance to experience this many times - thank you very much!  The unique presentation, taste and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, really stand out - and I always hear lots of positive comments from guests after their meal. Very often I witness the wedding couple or guests coming to the kitchen to thank the chef and the kitchen team in person. Enough said!

Food at Priston Mill wedding venue 

Food at Priston Mill Wedding Venue


The Watermill and The Tythe Barn come together effortlessly to create a rustic charm. Both have retained their elegant, historic character, and yet are furnished in a comfortable contemporary style. I really like to capture the ancient waterwheel at The Watermill and photograph the ceremony and party from the Tythe barn's mezzanine (a great vantage point).  So in case, the weather doesn't play ball, the spacious interior of both wedding venues give you an alternative for some creative wedding photography.

Watermill wedding venue Bath 

First dance in the Tythe Barn


The team really look after all suppliers and are very professional. Not only from a photographers point of view, as I get the same feedback from the florist, DJs, bands, and the list goes on.  It really makes my job even more enjoyable when I know that I will be working with a team who are brilliant at what they do and really care about their couples and all their guests. Great to see that the same values, and professionalism, was passed on to Priston Mill sister wedding venues: Coombe Lodge and Rockbeare Manor (where I also photograph on a regular basis).

The team at Priston Mill 

To sum up, over the ten years I have been working as a Priston Mill wedding photographer, I have witnessed and captured lots of fabulous weddings. If you are still looking for a wedding photographer, please get in touch - I have a great midweek offer for Priston Mill weddings!

Night time photo of Bride and Groom 

Bride and Groom kissing at Priston Mill


Thank you so much Martin we really appreciate your insight. 

For all wedding enquiries please get in contact with our team we would love to show you around our stunning exclusive use wedding venues in Bath. 

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