{REAL WEDDING} Jodi & Matt – A Vintage DIY Wedding

Jodi & Matt - A Vintage DIY Wedding with tandem bikes and handmade embroidery details. | The West Mill, A No Corkage Wedding Venue, Derbyshire. | Reality Photography

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Bride & Groom: Jodi & Matt

Date: Sunday 18th February 2018

Wedding Style: A Vintage DIY Wedding with vintage bikes and embroidery details.

Photography: Reality Photography

Your Love Story?

We met whilst working for Loudmouth Education and Training. After a few years our friendship developed and it soon became apparent that we were more than just a great team at work. We made each other incredibly happy and slowly started to be more than just colleagues.

The proposal – it is an emotional one…

Unfortunately Jodi’s Grandfather passed away a couple of months before Matt planned to propose. Matt knowing how close Jodi was to her Grandfather wanted to ensure he was still part of our marriage. Jodi’s Grandfather was an engineer and spent many years designing and building parts for canal boats and in 2006 he designed and built a bridge for Calcutt Marina in Warwickshire. On 04/09/2016 when visiting her Grandad’s bridge; Jodi followed Matt up the stairs of the bridge to then find him on one knee. There were a lot of tears!

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

When we discussed what we wanted from our day, we came to the decision that we wanted people to walk away and say “all the décor was sooooo Jodi & Matt.” We wanted to have a relaxed, fun day and make everyone around us smile. When coming up with ideas for décor we used the beautiful venue as an inspiration, being an old cotton mill we tried to incorporate this throughout… embroidery hoops in our backdrop and table plan, vintage bobbins for table numbers and even cotton candy flavoured jelly beans as favours.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

The West Mill was the first and only venue we looked at. Of course it is quirky, industrial and an award winner. But it is sooooo much more! Our Event’s Manager Anna and all the other staff were fabulous the whole way through our wedding process. We trusted them with our big day and did not doubt once they would help make the day incredible. Jenkinsons (Caterers) were also fabulous. What is a wedding without amazing food!

Did you do any DIY projects?

We created a lot of our décor ourselves, this was important to us as we wanted the day to show who we were as a couple so putting so much time and love into these projects we hope that came through.

We revamped the old tandem and vintage bike, spent countless hours winding thread round vintage bobbins for our table number holders, we created the timeline, made our table plan and our biggest project was our backdrop!

The backdrop was an idea we had before we choose the venue and then when we booked the venue it was perfect! The industrial feel to the ceremony room allowed the delicacy of the backdrop stand out. We asked all our family and friends to donate lace for the backdrop, so peoples old net curtains featured in our big day!

Jodi’s Grandmother even made a piece of lace (it took her two years!) which was used on our registrar table and then our ‘Top Table’

The table plan was influenced by our back drop as we carried on with lace and embroidery hoops and had the names embroidered onto the material!

Tell us about the details…

Our flowers were incredible. We didn’t really know what we wanted when we had our first consultation with Nadia but it soon became apparent that we could just put complete trust in her to create something spectacular and she really did! Real flowers were important and we felt they made a big difference to ‘the look’ of our wedding.

Cake. Jodi loveeees puddings so having just a cake was not going to be sufficient. We had a ‘Nearly Naked’ Cake which was prosecco and peach flavour! Cookie Dough Brownies and Nutella Brownies. The Cookie Wall was a great addition we had four flavours, Toffee and Pecan, Oreo, Raspberry and White Chocolate and Hazelnut. All our sweet treats went down a storm. Nat at Yummy Little Cakes is A-mazing!

The dress was an interesting one; it was nothing like what I thought I would choose! I walked past it at the National Wedding Show and then couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was the only dress I tried on and didn’t want to change anything.

What was on the Menu?

We did a ‘Jodi’s Drink’ – Kir Royale; a ‘Matt’s Drink’ – Mulled Cider. Soft Drinks – Sparkling Elderflower and Raspberry Lemonade.

Our gorgeous Canapes:

  • Mini Beef Wellington
  • Belly Pork skewers with BBQ Glaze
  • Spiced Vegetable Bon Bon with Mint Raita
  • Cheddar Scones with Goats Cheese, Pickled Celery and Fig
  • Fish Finger and Chips

 Wedding Breakfast:

Brie and Mango Parcels – everyone loved these! Even Matt’s Dad that doesn’t like Brie or Mango!

Sausage and Mash – the first meal Matt ever cooked Jodi

De-constructed Passionfruit Cheesecake – we tried this at our taster evening and couldn’t stop talking about it for days so that was the decision made!

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

This question is too hard! To be romantic – marrying each other!

Just to mention a few things which we feel made a real difference to our day… spending and experiencing the day together, sitting on our own for the meal, doing a joint speech and just showing everyone how much we love and care for one another – even if this meant a lot of tears!

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Emotional, stunning and us!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

When people say “take 10 minutes to yourselves and catch up as you won’t see each other” don’t listen to that! Spend the whole day together! It is your day which celebrates your love for one another- we spent and experienced our day together and it was amazing! We told everyone in the speeches if you want to see us in the evening we would be on the dance floor. When we mingled in the day at the drinks reception again we did it together! We sat by ourselves for the meal this was really lovely and we spoke the whole time about the day so far (also an added bonus if you have ‘complicated families’ for a top table). Everyone praised us on this and many who had married before us said they will always regret not spending the day with their new married partner more.

Your Dream Team

Photographer: Reality Photography – Darren Stanbridge

Dress: Justin Alexander

Shoes: Jenny Packham

Earrings and Headpiece: Ivory & Co.

Hair & Makeup: Beau Hair – Saskia

Your Partner’s Outfit: Harry Brown

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: A mixture of designers and shops! All had dresses that they wanted and felt beautiful in.

Cake: Yummy Little Cakes

Cookie Wall: Ruby Lou’s Treat Co

Flowers: Nadia Di Tullio

Stationery: We designed these and then had them professionally printed.

Band/DJ: Beat Brothers

Photo Booth: Oh! Photobooth

Decor/Props: We made pretty much everything! Our backdrop; revamped the tandem and vintage bike; wound thread round vintage bobbins; and created our timeline.

Transport: The Groom arrived in our Best Man’s VW Camper, the Bride grabbed a lift from the photographer!


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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