Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Emily & James
Date: Saturday 24th March 2018
Wedding Style: A confetti filled March wedding with antique blush roses and a Vintage Motorcycle.
Photography: Mr and Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography
Your Love Story?
We met on James’ 18th birthday through a mutual friend in our hometown of Watford. we went long distance through University and James’ additional year paired with Emily becoming a Flight Attendant for BA. After all studies were finished we moved to Sheffield.
James proposed in Central Park, NY, on valentines day; the coldest New York valentines day on record with a high of -8oC. so cold in fact Emily’s drink had started to freeze in its bottle as we walked to central park from our hotel.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We wanted the decor to be natural and elegant with a slightly vintage feel. We went for blush pink antique roses, eucalyptus, white veronica and there was Lilly of the valley in the bouquets and the mother of the brides’ corsage. Lilly of the valley was my Nan’s favorite flower and it was lovely way of making her part of the day.
We had a gorgeous backdrop behind the ceremony table. Debbie created the backdrop using hessian ribbon (some of which she sprayed with a gorgeous copper colour) with single stem roses woven through.
Our favour bags were also made of hessian and were filled with mini eggs (James volunteered to do the favors whilst testing many eggs for quality control!) and they were finished with a luggage name tag (written by my talented sister).
The table numbers were laser cut using wood and inserted into the copper coloured crackle vases filled with gorgeous flowers.
Everything tied in really well and had quite a natural feel whilst incorporating the copper accents from the Mil.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
The west mill is a stunning venue, the industrial background appealed to us as we both work within Engineering; Emily is the HR Advisor and James a Project Engineer both at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
Also, the multiple levels appealed to us as we would have guest travelling from all over the UK who are not familiar with the area so a single venue for the entire wedding was ideal. Moving from floor to floor ensured that the day flowed nicely and added an element of excitement as each floor had it’s own special features.
Another reason we chose the mill was because of the way we felt when we viewed the cotton quarter for the first time. I stood at the back of the room and imagined myself walking down the aisle, as i did i started to feel quite emotional and realised it was very special place.
Did you do any DIY projects?
We made the favours and our bridesmaid, Rachel, did all the wedding stationary & table plan etc
James also used the wedding as an excuse to buy a classic motorbike which he arrived on, this wasn’t running when he bought it.
Tell us about the details…
I found it quite difficult to choose my wedding dress. There is so much choice out there and so many different styles. I had seen the ‘Beckett’ dress on a mannequin and thought it looked beautiful and had a lovely vintage feel with the beading and lace. I almost talked myself out of trying it on as I thought it was more suited to someone who was very slim and petite. I tried it on, and to my surprise I fell in love with it. I’m now thinking of excuses to wear it again!
What was on the Menu?
Drink receptions we went for a ‘pimp your Prosecco’ but also some Peroni for the gents. Canapes of bar snacks including wasabi peas, olives, crackling etc.
Starter was brie and mango parcels taken straight from the taster session
main was a pork host a roast, we wanted to cater to the majority so went for a ‘safe’ choice but loved the fun and surprise of the host carving on each table.
trio of dessert, again, to try and cater for the majority. chocolate brownie, lemon meringue pie and apple crumble to cover all the bases.
Our guests loved the food and said how tasty and filling each course was. I even had friends catching my eye during the dinner and putting their thumbs up whilst mouthing ‘great food choices’.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Aside from the important act of actually getting married, the band were so, so good!!! Emily’s friends spoke to them and arranged for her to sing Proud Mary by Tina Turner which really got everyone on the dance floor.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
BEST DAY EVER
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’ll all come together on the day. Have trust in the team at the West Mill to put everything together.
Just remember what the day is about and enjoy yourselves.
Your Dream Team
Photographer & Videographer: Craig Goode – Mr and Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography
Dress – Sottero and Midgley – Beckett
Shoes – Rainbow Club, Twiggy
Feather Cape – Biba
Hair & Make Up: Julia Jeckell
Groom’s Attire: Fellini Tailor at Slaters Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Flowers: Passion Flowers
Stationery: Rachel Hallwood (Bridesmaid and Sister)
Band/DJ: The Royale
Other Entertainment: Pianist – Roger Davis
Transport: Groom arrived on his 1959 James Commodore motorcycle