Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Laura & Dexter
Date: Friday 10th March 2017
Wedding Style: A DIY Fairytale Wedding with a Disney Twist.
Photography: Matt Brown Photography
Your Love Story?
Me and Dexter met in a local night club “Mosh” in Derby where Dexter worked whilst studying fine art at The University of Derby. I was a regular attender and would often demand to only get my drinks served by whatever bar Dexter was on. We soon got talking away from the nightclub and soon found we had much more in common then just our taste in music. This was our love of Disney and soon took our first holiday to Disneyland Paris and early on I know he was the one for me. We had been together for 5 years when what I thought was a normal Tuesday evening turned into another adventure for us. The Disney film ‘Up’ was a favourite of mine and I was picked up from work by Dexter as normal, however as I walked into our home it turned out Dexter had not been at work. The music from UP started to play and our whole lounge was filled with balloons, there was my own ‘adventure book’ with all the cards i’d ever given Dexter, tickets to concerts, train tickets and pictures of our time together. Then under my own wooden model of the ‘Up’ house was a ring and Dexter asked me to marry him! It was the most romantic thing ever and it did not end there with front row seats to Disney on ice and then a celebratory trip to London where we saw a Westend show, trip on the London Eye, finished with an evening of dinner and dancing at the Ritz! It was incredible.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
Our vision of the day was to make it personal to us but a relaxed occasion – we just wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and make it a rememberable day. We obviously had to throw in a Disney element to the day as that is what brought us together and was a big part of Dexters proposal. The love story in Up is based on an inspirational relationship that we wanted to bring to the day.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
As soon as we viewed The West Mill Venue we fell in the love with it straight away, it was the first venue we viewed and the only venue. We felt that nothing else would compare with it. The atmosphere was perfect for us and we just felt relaxed and at ease there. Due to having all the different floors for each part of the wedding we liked the fact that the day will just flow and that was a big aspect for us. It was also accessible for a member of the family with a wheelchair which was also a big thing when considering viewing venues. The staff there always so welcoming and helpful, it felt that there wasn’t anything more they could do to help us and make our day perfect. The West Mill also has lots amazing features that we felt we could use to help us with our inspiration off the day.
Did you do any DIY projects?
We attempted to do a lot of DIY projects due to trying to reduce spending. Dexter is very creative and designed all our stationary, including our Disneyland Map table planner. I found flowers were very expensive therefore I ordered gypsophila flowers from Morrisions and watched videos and used Pinterest to create the bridesmaids flowers. My Mum made the bunting herself which the staff at The West Mill were more then happy to put up. We made origami ‘fortune tellers’ for the plan of the day, which the children loved. We also created our own confetti cones out of paper doilies. We made the favours which were home made candles – and these all had a different charm on them depending on what table they were sat at. The West Mill has great features which really helped us be creative and stylish – such as the post box, swingers sewing machines, crates and candles. It felt that it helped with the DIY look.
Tell us about the details…
The cake was designed and made by Dexters Brother which again was really useful and it looked and tasted amazing!
The Father of the groom had an old Mercedes that they had recently done up, therefore we used this as our wedding car
My Dress was by Ronald Joyce and it really fit the ‘Disney Princess’ feel. With the wedding being in March I knew I wanted sleeves, however it was difficult to find a dress that was not fitted and with being 5 foot these did not suit me. However, when I found this dress with the princess feel I knew it was the one! The Bridesmaid dresses were Chi Chi London and I loved how the different colours worked well together and even though it was the same dress I felt it still gave each one some individuality. Gold was the only colour in the colour scheme that really was throughout the wedding therefore, the gold in the dresses really stood out.
In the breakfast room we had each table a different Disney film and in the centre piece would be something from the film, we loved being creative with this and finding things for the tables filled most of our weekends
The speeches were also very special and the breakfast room is perfect in that it allows everyone to be able to see the top table and the microphone is provided which is crucial to make sure all those one liners heard by the older members of the wedding party! I had my very own flash mob song of ‘say a little prayer for you’ which was a favourite scene of the film ‘My best friends wedding’
What was on the Menu?
Drinks Reception – White wine, Pimms and Budweiser. J20 for soft drinks.
Starter – Pumpkin Ravioli (which a lot of people were sceptical off, but everyone commented how delicious it was)
Main – Pork with stuff apple of pulled pork, dauphinoise potatoes, and seasonal veg
Dessert – Chocolate Orange tort which mango ice cream
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
The whole day was so special but I guess the favourite part of the wedding was the evening reception – the atmosphere was full of fun and laughter. The booths were perfect for those that wanted to soak it all in and the dance floor was big enough for the big band and for all us dancers. The dance floor was full all night and was lovely to have all our friends and family relaxed after all the speeches and pressures of the day over!
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Best Day Ever!
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Our advice would be – don’t be scared of a DIY project – we loved our weekend adventures looking for items that we could use for the table centre pieces and we would get a take away and make the favours together. It really helps make the wedding personal to both the bride and groom. The West Mill staff were brilliant for exploring different ideas and we trusted that whatever we gave them they found a place for it.
I know it is always said but doing what you both want to do is so important and not get consumed by what is expected of you or what others want. I was also really nervous the day before and the ‘what ifs’ started to be take over, however on the day I knew I didn’t want this to take over the feeling of happiness, therefore it is important to remember that what will happen will happen and you will not have control of it so just enjoy the moment!
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Matt Brown Photography
Hair: My hair was done by Tilly Carrington a friend of one of the bridesmaids who is a hair dresses by trade and offered to do hair whilst getting ready at home.
Make Up: Zoe Martin
Your Partner’s Outfit: Asos
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Chi Chi London
Cake: Oscar Bowring – Groom’s Brother
Flowers: Morrisons supplied these and the Grandmother and mother of the Bride created the bridesmaids flowers.
Stationery: Designed by Dexter the Groom
Band/DJ: Happy Hour
Decor/Props: Each table inspired by a different Disney film, myself and Dexter collected all the items ourselves for the table
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