Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Bex & Christian
Date: Saturday 8th April 2017
Wedding Style: A Relaxed Spring Wedding with a Literary Theme and a lace tea-length dress.
Photography: Greg Jackson Photography
Your Love Story?
Christian and I were neighbours; we lived in an apartment complex and his flat overlooked mine. We used to say hello in passing, and then one day over the patio gate struck up a proper conversation….and that was that! As I am a massive fan of the Beatles, Christian took me to Liverpool for the weekend, and proposed over dinner in the Hard Day’s Night Hotel. Super sweet of him as he isn’t a massive fan of the Beatles!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We wanted it to be pretty laid back, and in terms of colour schemes and decorations, we knew that the venue spoke for itself. We decided on a literary theme pretty much immediately; I am an English teacher/book lover so it was a no-brainer for me, but we integrated both of our favourite books into the cake, table plan and bookmarks. We wanted everything to be personal to us; from the dress down to the name cards, so it was important to us that we didn’t buy in stationary etc and that we designed and made as much as we could, and we are really pleased with how it all looked on the day!
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
We looked around many venues of all different styles and periods but weren’t blown away, and then when we came to look around the West Mill we fell in love with it immediately! Even though it wasn’t complete when we saw it, we saw the vision that Chrissy and Andrew had for it and loved how they took the time to show us around and explain to us how the venue was going to look and how they had bought it back to life. We found that really special and decided pretty much straight away that it was the venue for us.
Did you do any DIY projects?
As above! Christian made the name cards, invitations, table number frames and book covers, and, what he is most proud of, the table plan itself! It was a labour of love, and we were so pleased with the end result! A friend cut our bookmark favours, which we were also dead pleased with!
Tell us about the details…
A friend of mine who is a florist arranged our beautiful flowers- she did an amazing job with the bouquets, centre pieces, button holes, ceremony room flowers. We didn’t want to go over-the-top with flowers but wanted something simple and elegant to compliment the venue, and we were so pleased with what she produced for us.
The cake was made by a baker in Plymouth (where my family are from) and my mum arranged everything. We told her what books we wanted on the cake, and she went away, did all of the arranging, and arrived on the morning with the BEST cake- it blew us away with how amazing it was (and tasty!). Each individual cake was a different flavour: Vanilla and Raspberry, Ginger, Chocolate, and Lemon. It was yummy!
My dress was made by a family contact in Nottingham who is a wonderful designer called Emma Ojapah. We had an initial conversation about a year and a half ago about what sort of dress I wanted, and she produced a number of bespoke designs. I tried so many dresses on at bridal shops and nothing really wowed me, so I felt that getting it made was the best option for me. Emma was a pleasure to work with- she was a complete perfectionist and put 150% into ensuring my dress was exactly what I wanted.
What was on the Menu?
It was such a sunny day that guests had a prosecco on arrival from the horsebox. After the ceremony we served ‘his n hers’ cocktails; a ‘Gin Eyre’, and a ‘Last of the Mojitos’ for the guests. Jenkinson’s offered so many amazing options in their menus, but in the end we went for salmon as a starter, stuffed chicken with a herb jus for the main, and a brandy snap nest with Pimms infused fruit for the desert. The veggie and vegan options were equally as tasty….everyone seemed to enjoy is as there weren’t many empty plates!!
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Probably the ceremony, as that is the point where you see all of your loved ones there in one room- it was quite overwhelming but such a lovely moment. The breakfast was also brilliant- my sister performed a rap in the style of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’- it was definitely a highlight of the day! Everyone is still talking about it now!
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words
Exciting, emotional, fun!
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Everyone says this I know, but just enjoy it! It goes so quickly that you blink and it’s over! Make sure that you take time to stop and look around you, to absorb everything. You spend so much time ensuring that everyone is having a good time that you forget to just relax and join the party! The guests will have a great time no matter what, so don’t worry about them, be selfish for the day!
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Greg Jackson Photography
Your Outfit: Bride: Dress custom made by Emma Ojapah, Shoes by Charlotte Mills.
Hair & Makeup: Chess Hair and Beauty, Beeston
Your Partner’s Outfit: Paul Smith
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Skirts from Zara, tops from Topshop, shoes from Zara.
Flower girls: Dresses online, boots bespoke Dr Martens
Cake: Bride’s mum
Flowers: Jenny Blundell at Jennifleurs
Stationery: Designed and made by the Groom
Band: The Blue Jeans
Other Entertainment: Pianist Cam Gow
Decor/Props: Medicine Bottles, books and vases provided by the florist, book covers and frame/table plan designed and made by the groom, bookmark favours designed by the groom.
Transport: Hired a hackney cab!
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