Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Kassie & James
Date: Monday 29th May 2017
Wedding Style: A Laid back Spring Wedding with blush pink details and gorgeous blooms.
Photography: HBA Photography
Your Love Story?
We met on our first day of Sixth Form and have been together since 2007 after James asked me if I’d like to be his girlfriend in the not-so romantic location of Megabowl. Luckily he upped his romantic game over the years and in December 2015 he whisked me off to Copenhagen. It was a winter wonderland with huge weeping willow trees filled with twinkling fairy lights surrounding a lake, little wooden huts with mulled wine and snow in the air. Just before midnight he got down on one knee and popped the question and made me the happiest girl ever!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
Ultimately we wanted a big party with a relaxed and informal atmosphere and I think that’s exactly what we had! We wanted all our family and friends to enjoy a day of good food, free flowing drinks and non-stop evening dancing.
Décor wise our inspiration was the fact that The West Mill was originally a cotton mill so we wanted to incorporate that into our day. We used cotton reels for our table plan, place names and cake display as a link to the history of the building. As it was a spring wedding, I wanted lots of spring flowers and greenery to soften the industrial feel.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
The West Mill was the first venue we went to see and I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I stepped through the door. I just knew. I managed to persuade James to get a date penciled in before we left and although he loved the venue too he thought it would be sensible to at least look around some other places first. So the next weekend we went and viewed 5 more and it is surprising how many venues have ‘interesting’ carpets! Seeing those other venues confirmed why we loved the West Mill so much – not only does it have that amazing industrial feel (and no dodgy carpets in sight!), it has the four different floors for each part of the day. It’s like a new surprise for everyone at each stage and flows so well. The whole venue has a completely relaxed feel and you have so much freedom to make the day exactly how you want it.
We wanted our day to be personal to us so we asked two of our best friends to do readings during our ceremony and luckily one of our bridesmaids is an amazing singer so she sang for us too. The West Mill made all of this so easy to organise and the venue allows you to make the whole day as personalised as you want.
Did you do any DIY projects?
For the ceremony room I made a hanging floral display as a feature at the end of the aisle with the help of my dad. I used artificial flowers matching my bouquet and then added a hanging quote ‘It was always you’ made by the lovely Allie at Polly&Me. I used the leftover flowers to make a garland for the registrars table and some displays around the venue. My dad also made a Dessert Wall which was filled with delicious brownies and cookies made by my talented sister and her friend.
To tie in with our cotton theme I made some extra large cotton reels for the cake display with the help of my parents. James and one of his groomsmen made all of the stationery for the day including invitations, place names, menus, the table plan, order of the day programs, favours and lots of signs dotted around the venue. It was so lovely to see the venue all dressed on the day with our own personal things in there!
Tell us about the details…
I’d given my florist Laura from Avant Garden quite a general idea of what I wanted for my bouquet and just hoped that despite my serious lack of knowledge about flowers that she would somehow understand what it was I had envisioned. By some miracle she did! My bouquet was everything I wanted and more, she created my perfect bouquet without me even knowing what that really was before I saw it. My bridesmaids all had gyp bouquets which looked wonderful, she also put together some chair ends to line the aisle and made some garlands to go around our centerpieces which finished the tables off beautifully. I honestly can’t thank her enough, she did a fantastic job!
We didn’t want a traditional tiered cake for our wedding so instead had four drip cakes – Victoria sponge, chocolate and peanut butter, cookies & cream and mint aero which all complimented the industrial look of the venue perfectly. They were delicious and there was something for everyone!
I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to a piano piece so we decided to book Roger Davis, a local pianist. He is so talented and fabulous to work with. His music provided such a lovely atmosphere in the venue, he played all of our requested music for the ceremony and drinks reception including accompanying one of our bridesmaids whilst she sang and made us feel like nothing was too much trouble. For the evening we booked Plastic Pantomime, an amazing band who managed to keep the dancefloor full from start to finish, they were absolutely brilliant – we would recommend them to anyone!
Hiring Hannah and Ben from HBA Photography was one of the easiest decisions we made and they certainly didn’t disappoint. They were so professional and lovely throughout the whole day, we were completely at ease with them and we love our photos so much!
What was on the Menu?
Drinks Reception: Pimms, Prosecco, Gin bar and a selection of Beers, Ales and Cider.
Starter – Antipasti Sharing Platter of Prosciutto, Serrano Ham, Salami served with Red Peppers stuffed with Feta Cheese, Mozzarella Pearls and Parmesan
Main – BBQ Sharing Platter of Lamb and Mint Burger, Pork and Leek Sausage, Hickory Smoked BBQ Chicken Served with Burger Buns and Sausage Buns, Mustards and Relishes,Bowls of Sun Roasted Tomato & Pasta Salad, Bowls of New Potatoes in skins and Bowls of Mixed Leaf Salad
Dessert – Trio of Desserts – Mini Chocolate Brownie, Mini Banoffee Cheesecake and Mini Apple Crumble
Evening Food: Chicken and Ham, Steak and Ale, Leek and Potato Pies with Mushy Peas and Gravy
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
It’s honestly impossible to choose as I enjoyed every single second of it. I’m not too keen on lots of attention or public speaking so was wanting to get the ceremony over as quickly as possible but when it came down to it, I absolutely loved saying our vows. Walking out and seeing everyone that we love in the same room was so amazing!
As soon as we walked back down the aisle after saying our vows we were handed drinks and taken in to the bridal dressing room for a few minutes so we could just spend some time with each other and process that we had just got married. As we walked in to the room there was still some music playing from getting ready and it just so happened that it was the song we were having as our first dance. It all just felt so right and a little bit magical and I think I’ll remember that feeling forever.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Filled with love!
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Everyone says it but your wedding day goes by so quickly, enjoy every single moment. It’s really not worth worrying about the small things because you’ll still have the best day ever even if things don’t quite go to plan.
Your Dream Team
Photographer: HBA Photography
Videographer: StopMotion video by HBA Photography
Hair: Helen Sutcliffe
Make Up: Rochelle O’Brien
Your Partner’s Outfit: Peter Posh
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Essence Designs
Flowers: Avant Garden
Stationery: Made by the Groom
Band/DJ: Plastic Pantomime
Pianist: Roger Davies
Transport: Vintage Camper Hire
Other Items: Hanging Sign – Polly & Me
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.