Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Lucy & Dave
Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Wedding Style: An Industrial chic wedding with a tea length dress and an abundance of roses.
Photography: Daffodil Waves
Your Love Story?
We met back in 2006 whilst working together; however, it was not until we celebrated my birthday where Dave gave me wine glasses and a child’s paddling pool (Maisie Mermaid), that I knew he was the one. He understands my sense of humour, we are both ambitious, and we care about the same things. Friends and family are important to us both. Back in early 2015, we had been looking at engagement rings, so the writing was on the wall for the pending proposal, however Dave still wanted to surprise me. Any significant gesture at this point would have been obvious, so he decided to hijack a pre-planned date night, booking a room at Malmaison in Birmingham, which he dressed with flowers and champagne in anticipation. It was a lovely evening with plenty of champagne and cocktails…oh and the perfect diamond ring.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
“Something Different”. We have been to many weddings in fabulous venues, from Country Houses, to Barns and all that is in between, and we wanted a day that both we and our guests had not experienced before. We loved the venue from the moment we viewed it back in November 2015. We didn’t want to overly dress it so our vision was very much industrial chic.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
We have been guests at many stunning weddings over the years so we had a lot to live up to! We wanted a venue with a difference that also met the practical requirements. We had 2 Grandparents with wheel chairs, and 3 children under the age of 3, so access was important. We also did not want to have rooms turned after each part of the day, which was surprisingly difficult to find. Our search for venues was quite substantial, and localised in and around the West Midlands. Then through the power of social media, and the technology gods knowing exactly what we are looking for, a link appeared on Facebook, ‘The West Mill’, it looked fantastic!
We arranged to view the venue, and although it is in Derbyshire and we have no links to that area, we thought it would not hurt to take a look. The venue had barely hosted a wedding when we viewed it for the first time, having recently been restored. We simply fell in love with the place; it ticked all of our boxes and then some. The sympathetic restoration left many of the original features, from the rusty iron ceiling to the 19th Century graffiti on the windows.
We also liked the idea of the different levels for each element of the day and the natural light that floods the building is stunning. The grounds, with the river as a backdrop were perfect for outdoor photographs. The West Mill has a very naturally laid back vibe about it and this is what we wanted for our wedding more than anything.
This was the place, all that was left was to show our parents, and this proved to be a formality, as they loved it too.
Did you do any DIY projects?
David made the invites, table plan and a wooden pallet itinerary which was placed on the ground floor for our guests. We used small chalkboards for the whiskey cocktails and pimp your prosecco station.
Tell us about the details…
Clair (Bella Lily Flowers) is a very close family friend, so there was never any doubt in our minds that she would be our florist. Unfortunately for Clair, we did no research on flowers at all and completely put our faith in her with a very vague idea as to what we wanted! We showed Clair around the venue a few weeks prior to the wedding and discussed it over tea and biscuits back at her home. She absolutely delivered, the flowers were stunning and received so many compliments from our guests!
We both felt that the cake was one area we could economise on so we chose a 4 tiered chocolate cake with white chocolate collars decorated with pink from Marks and Spencer’s. It fitted out colour theme perfectly, had rave reviews from our guests and was great value for money at £250.
For our two smallest bridesmaids we chose balloons rather than flowers to be carried down the aisle. This added an element of fun to the formal proceedings, which can be seen in some of the photos.
Lucy – I had a terrible time trying to find a dress! I knew I wanted a shorter tea-length dress and along with the Mom’s scoured various shops and boutiques for a number of months before finding ‘the one’ at Lisa Marie’s Boutique in Stourbridge. Lisa was amazing and made me feel at ease from the start. I had a couple of slight modifications made; the straight neckline was made into a sweetheart and detail was added to the waistband.
Dave – When choosing the groom and groomsmen suits, I wanted something in keeping with the venue and vintage style, which meant one thing…Tweed! I visited the normal high street brands, however none hired tweed, therefore we had to search wider and came across a local wedding hire company in Walsall, Duncan James (not the guy from Blue). They had a large choice of tweed waistcoats, twinned with tan brogues and a blue suit was perfect, we even managed to match the pink in Lucy’s dress for the tie and pocket square. My brother, who was also one of my Best Men, gave me a recommissioned silver vintage pocket watch handed to him from our late grandad, which complimented the suit perfectly, and was a special gift that will be treasured for years to come.
What was on the Menu?
It was very important to us that our guests had a great time, so we provided plenty of alcohol!
For our drinks reception there was Pimms, Peroni, Corona, Bathams bitter. We provided a ‘pimp your prosecco’ area with Chambord, peach liqueur and popaball rose gold shimmer and David mixed up two varieties of a whiskey cocktail called Old Fashioned served from Kilner barrels.
Canapes: Baked Sticky Honey and Mustard Seed sausages, Spicy Meatballs, Warm Cheese Twists, Staffordshire Cheesy Oatcakes
As part of our RSVP’s we asked our guests whether they would prefer Red, White or Rose wine, so we could get an idea on how many bottles of each to buy. Prosecco was served for the toast.
Starter: Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tart on Mixed Leaves with Onion Chutney
Main: Duo of Pork Wrapped in Serano Ham with a Pork Jus or Fennel Crusted Salmon Fillet served with Pineapple, Chilli and Spring Onion Salsa (for the vegetarians). Served with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Green Beans, Bowls of Fresh Seasonal Vegetables and Bowls of Minted Baby Potatoes
Dessert: Champagne and Strawberry Posset in Brandy Snap Basket Served with Pimms Infused Berries
Children’s Meals: Tutti Frutti, Roast Chicken Dinner, Ice Cream Treat
Evening Buffet: Bacon Baps, Mushroom and Halloumi Baps, Fries and wedding cake was also served
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
It is hard to pick a single favourite part of the wedding, as it truly was an amazing day from start to finish… although Nan dancing so hard to The Burgundys her teeth fell out on the dance floor will go down in family history!
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Relaxed, perfect, memorable
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
We asked our guests for their wine preference on our RSVP’s as this helped us to gauge the numbers of bottles required, making the most of the no corkage offer.
Choose your photographer wisely, once the day is over your photos are your memories. We chose Nicola as we love her ‘documentary’ style, capturing precious moments rather than lots of formal shots. Nicola is lovely, a true professional that put us at ease and many of our guests commented they didn’t notice that she was snapping away!
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Nicola Ferguson Daffodil Waves
Hair: Helen Sutcliffe
Make Up: Rochelle O’Brien
Groom’s Attire: Duncan James, Walsall
Page Boys Suits: Roco clothing Shoes: Converse
Cake: Marks and Spencer
Flowers: Bella Lily Flowers
Stationery: Table numbers and place names = VM Bespoke
Band/DJ: The Burgundy’s
Decor/Props: Bella Lily Flowers (Bike, bottles, candles, table settings) wooden pallet itinerary (placed on the ground floor for our guests) – made by David
Transport: Harrison Ford Travel – minibuses