{Real Wedding} Charlee & Jamie – A Relaxed Vintage Summer Wedding

{Real Wedding} Charlee & Jamie - A Relaxed Vintage Summer Wedding | The West Mill - www.thewestmillvenue.com | An Industrial, No Corkage Wedding Venue, Derbyshire | Images: Charlotte Jopling

We love sharing and reminiscing about the fabulous weddings we’ve held here and we’re excited to share today’s wedding with you. Charlee & Jamie married with us in the summer of 2016 and enjoyed a beautiful day full of love, laughter and DIY details. Here’s Bride Charlee to tell you all about their big day!

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Bride & Groom: Charlee & Jamie

Date: Thursday 25th August 2016

Wedding Style: A relaxed summer wedding with pretty vintage details and pastel blooms.

Photography: Charlotte Jopling

Your Love Story? 

We met about a year before we got together but at that point had separate partners. When we finally got together we had our first date at my local pub. I was that nervous my knees were physically knocking together as I walked through the doors.

We’ve now been together 8 years and I genuinely thought we’d be together forever and probably never get married which was absolutely fine. Jamie proposed a week before my 30th birthday in Barcelona at the top of one of the towers in the old Cathedral, La Sagrada Familia. The tower Jamie proposed in happened to be called ‘Passion Tower’ we found out afterwards.

After the proposal we had to make our way down a very windy exposed staircase. Jamie is terrified of heights and couldn’t decide whether his knees were knocking following his recent proposal or sheer terror of how high up he was.

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

My sister got married in Newquay last year. The whole day was very relaxed and fun. I wanted our wedding to be just like that. Neither I or Jamie felt the pressure to adhere to traditions with speeches, dances and cake cutting and The West Mill gave us free rein to do what we wanted with no need for formalities.

Instead of father of the bride, we had a mother of the bride speech, all our guests did a first dance with us and we shunned the cake cutting in favour of extra dancing time.

I like things to be pretty, girly and cozy without being over the top so pastel colours seemed perfect and fit in to the décor of The West Mill perfectly. Inspiration came from Pinterest and visiting the venue during open days to see how the space was used.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

Jamie’s Dad lives in Darley Abbey and before we got engaged we were taking a walk round and saw they were turning the old mill into a wedding venue, we always said if we were to ever get married we would look at it. Lucky for me, the engagement happened sooner than I thought. When we saw The West Mill, it was still a shell but Jamie was confident it would look amazing when complete so after seeing a couple more venues (to rule them out) we were sold. The location and the setup of the venue was perfect for us.

We’re not religious at all and loved the idea of everything being in one place.

Did you do any DIY projects?

I made everything myself. I got inspiration from websites such as Notonthehighstreet, Etsy and of course Pinterest then decided it would more cost effective to make things myself. Items made included a photo pin board. I asked my sister to save me an old pallet at work then pinned various photos old and new of everyone who attended the wedding. I also made a box which I lined and decorated with silk flowers to put our wedding cards and presents in. I made a ribbon backdrop to hang behind the table in the ceremony which was made from dowelling, different shades of pink and peach ribbon then flowers to decorate. I also spent some time decorating jars, jugs and vases for our centerpieces and candles.

Tell us about the details… 

We called in a lot of favours to help us on the day. Where I didn’t do something myself, I would rope in a friend or family member to help instead. My friend, Angela chose and recited a reading during the ceremony.

Always Love Each Other by Larry S. Chengges

 If you can always be as close and happy as today,

Yet be secure enough to grow and change along the way.

If you can keep for you alone your love as man and wife,

Yet find the time to share your joy with others in your life.

If you can be as one and walk through marriage hand in hand,

Yet still support the goals and dreams that each of you have planned.

If you can dare to always go your separate ways together,

Then all the wonder of today will stay with you forever.

My friend, Nikki made a beautiful wedding cake, her first wedding cake ever and I chose 3 different tiers and mini cupcakes for her first venture. My grandma, June completed our flower decorations which were used as centrepieces on the tables then scattered around the venue after. Our next door neighbour, Sue made us some beautiful bride and groom sweetie trees.

Our brother in law’s Dad, Michael surprised us by handmaking our wedding favours. Each guests had a granite coaster with their name on which double up as a place name. Jamie’s friend from work, Mike created our table plan. We bought a mixture of different sized frames and he wrote each table out in calligraphy.

What was on the Menu?

Prosecco, Prosecco and more Prosecco. The West Mill was great in that it offers no corkage up to 7pm. We didn’t do a booze cruise, we made the most of offers in the supermarkets, over Valentines, Mother’s day weekends etc. Jamie loves real ale so we offered beer and lager and pink Prosecco at the reception with a choice of 4 canapé’s being circulated.

For our wedding breakfast we had a choice of red, white and rose wine and then more Prosecco for the toast drink. Dinner was BBQ to your table (with a choice of chicken, wild boar burger and lamb skewers and all the sides you could dream of) which I really had to talk Jamie into. Jamie wanted a chicken dinner, with soup to start and a cheesecake pudding – “everyone likes that” he said. The BBQ to your table was something different and we couldn’t believe how much food you got. We had so many comments from our guests about how nice our food was.

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

So many favourite parts. We loved having 10 minutes to catch up with each other in the bridal suite after the ceremony. The speeches were fun and catching up with all our guests in between courses at dinner time. Unfortunately it rained out our wedding day which I’d anticipated and panicked about all week. I even bought some nifty pink umbrellas to have by the door so no one got too wet. On the day, the weather really didn’t matter. The venue is ideal for all scenarios and our photographer made the most of the indoor industrial setting.

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Smooth, happy and a whirlwind.

Do you have any advice for future brides and grooms?

Enjoy every minute of your day as it goes too quick. I’m desperate for someone we know to get married at The West Mill so we can experience it again.

Your Dream Team

Your Outfit: The dress was from a wedding dress factory outlet in Burton – I originally went to try on different styles and get an idea for what suited me but fell in love with this one so had to take it. I needed to it altered to fit and be shaped better. My shoes were Jenny Packham. I bought a freshwater pearl tiara from Anusha Boutique online through Notonthehighstreet.com. To finish off the outfit I wore my great grandma’s earrings. Jamie bought me a platinum bracelet which I received on the morning of the wedding and added to my outfit.

Hair: Analize Hobbs

Make Up: I’m really fussy with my make-up but know what kind of brands I like to wear so I went for a practice with a make-up artist at Space NK in Nottingham who used some of my favourite brands and colours and gave me some tips for the day. My sister then replicated this for the big day.

Your Partner’s Outfit: Dusky blue 3 piece suits from Next. The bow ties and pocket squares were handmade by Dawns of Linby.

Rings: Temprell jewellers in Nottingham designed and made our wedding bands. They were brilliant and took my engagement ring for a few days to exactly match the band of  my wedding ring.

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dusky pink knee length dresses from Coast.

Cake: Made by a friend Nikki Massey – see Just Cakes by Nikki on Facebook.

Flowers: Sally Pickard from Phoenix Flowers in Ruddington. I sat down with her once and showed her a few pictures of flowers and colours then gave her free rein. When they arrived on the day, they were more than perfect.

Stationery: Paperchase for invitations and matching thank you cards. Cheap and cheerful.

Band/DJ: Kezia Gill sung in the day and her husband Lloyd Dj’d in the evening. Danny Jackson played the piano during our ceremony. We found her from Foulds music shop in Derby.


The West Mill is a No Corkage Wedding Venue in Derbyshire. If you want to find out more about us, we’d love to hear from you. Simply download our brochure here or contact our events team to book a viewing.

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