Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Juliette & Dean
Date: Sunday 10th December 2017
Wedding Style: A Fairytale Winter Wedding with a red bridal cape and snow.
Photography: Ian Dearman Media.
Your Love Story? How did you meet, the proposal!
DEAN: We met at work, a recruitment company based in Meriden. I worked in IT and Juliette worked in Marketing the floor below. Our paths didn’t cross that often for work, but I used to catch glimpses of this beautiful redhead walking around the building. During a lads weekend with another work colleague I admitted to taking a shine to Juliette! Since then it was my colleagues mission to set us up!. After a few dates it was clear we were both on the same wacky wavelength and things blossomed from there.
In August 2016 we took a summer holiday to Marmaris in Turkey. During one of the evenings I had arranged to have a private jetty setup with a private table with a candle lit meal. That was the moment I got down on one knee!
All went perfectly other than the swarm of local wasps that joined us for dinner! But Juliette battled through as it really was a special moment!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
JULIETTE: Our inspiration and vision came from The West Mill and its history. We wanted to create an environment where all our guests would feel relaxed and included. The unique and quirkiness of the west mill meant there wasn’t an organza bow on the back of the chairs anywhere in sight! And the natural feel of the building showed through. We asked my auntie to do a reading at the ceremony, in which she wrote an amazing poem that had people giggling in the aisle and we dressed people in aprons and chefs hats to carve the ‘host a roast’.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
DEAN: We actually did a lot of initial research and couldn’t seem to find anywhere locally that suited us. We didn’t want the usual manor country house. The West Mill was the first venue we went to see and even though we had other viewings booked we reserved the date there and then. It just ticked every box and more. Perfect for a winter wedding filled with cosy candles and decor, no ‘turnaround’ of rooms and no corkage fee.
Did you do any DIY projects?
JULIETTE: I am a graphic designer, so I always knew that I would create all the invites and stationery for the wedding. The only problem being; I was my own worst critic, so many late nights were spent gluing on cogs and painting brick work onto card. I created all the invites, menus, place names, fingerprint guest book and table plan. It was a lot of work but it really meant we could put our ideas and personality into it.
DEAN: We also decided that we would create a video for our first dance. The song we chose really meant a lot to us, and we wanted our guests to hear and see every word accompanied by photos and videos of our journey from when we first met.
Tell us about the details…
JULIETTE: Oh my days the cake! Tracey from ‘Little Cherry’ managed to create an absolute masterpiece for us, that even had LED’s to light up the middle tier. Everybody couldn’t get over how great it looked and tasted.
My dress ‘Amelie’ was from Sottero & Midgley design, which I bought from ‘La Belle Boutique’ in Nottinghamshire. I had been searching for one I saw online and they were literally the only place that had one. They were so helpful and Pinterest being my best friend for many months – I found these gorgeous vintage lace boots from ‘House of Elliot’
My hair and makeup was created by my good friend ‘Nina Creative Styling’ I had recently been inspired while watching the TV series ‘Vikings’ and was thinking of crimping my hair. I challenged her to come up with something similar and she blew me away with what she was able to do.
The 3 piece suits were a lovely tweed called ‘Henry’ from Cavani. We had the groom in beige and the groomsmen in grey so it really made a great contrast, topped with mustard yellow tie’s.
My mom has always enjoyed floristry as a hobby and when I asked her if she would do my flowers, she was so worried about them not being professional enough. She did an unbelievable job and all those 5 am visits to the Birmingham flower market was well worth it in the end. Ha!
What was on the Menu? Drinks Reception (Canapes & Drinks) & Wedding Breakfast
JULIETTE: Being a no corkage venue and also having Polish family, obviously there was going to Vodka! It’s a tradition to sing and toast and also for the word “gorzkie gorzkie” to be shouted out by guests, which means ‘the wine is bitter’, so the bride and groom have to kiss to make the wine ‘sweet’ again. There was a lot of kissing!
The food by Jenkinsons was fabulous. We had brie and mango parcels for starter and then we decided to have a ‘Hoast a roast’. Everybody loved this, and we had created some special aprons and chef’s hats. We really wanted to make everyone feel involved and not to have such a formal sit-down meal. The beef was like eating a piece of heaven! For desert we had a beautiful bread and butter pudding. All the guests still to this day, say how tasty the food was and we even had people say it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten!
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
DEAN: Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony its self. It was the culmination of a years worth of planning and excitement. Having the family explore the grounds of the West Mill only built up their excitement for the day and you could feel it in the room. The dim lights of the cotton quarter, the aisle candles and the snow falling outside, set a wonderful mood for the ceremony.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Snowy – Homley – Magical
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
JULIETTE: The best advice I was given, was that the day goes faster than you think. Take time throughout the day, where you can stand back and just take it all in together. You are often separate talking to all your guests, so find a minute to come together and appreciate the moment. The West Mill were actually great on this. Straight after the ceremony we were taken to the bridal suite, where we could spend some time together. They also brought up some champagne and canapes so we didn’t miss out.
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Ian Dearman Media – who was absolute legend and came within an hours notice as our original photographer got stuck on the M6 due to all the snow! He said if we had called 30 minutes later, we would have missed him, as he was about to take his kids sledging!
Videographer: Our wedding videographers. Geoff was amazing on the day and was it was great to see a real passion for what he does. He was such a great help on the day in finding Ian for us at such short notice.
Your Outfit: My dress ‘Amelie’ was from Sottero & Midgley design, which I bought from La Belle Boutique in Nottinghamshire.
Hair & Make Up: Nina Creative Styling
Your Partner’s Outfit: Cavani.
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: These were also from La Belle Boutique
Flowers: Bride’s Mother
Stationery: Bride Juliette
Band/DJ: We were looking for a band that got people on the dance floor and we certainly had that with ‘Wildcard’. They had been a regular at a great club in Birmingham so knew we would be in great company. Despite the heavy snowfall they still made it and gave us a brilliant party to end a fantastic day.
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.