Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Tansy & James
Date: Saturday 21st October 2017
Wedding Style: A laid back boho wedding with bright wildflowers and a handmade macrame backdrop.
Photography: Eve Photography
Your Love Story?
We met on a night out in Sheffield in 2010. I was out celebrating having just qualified as a teacher and James was still at university in the city. We moved in together in 2013 and had an incredible two years living in a lovely apartment in Kelham Island, before deciding to spend a year abroad travelling and working in Australia and New Zealand.
On our last day in Sheffield, James had planned for us to do all our favourite things, culminating in a meal at our favourite restaurant. However, when the day came we actually spent most of it packing boxes and cleaning – not as romantic as he’d planned! Whilst we were out, he organized for our friends to decorate our empty flat with candles and lights so it looked beautiful when we got back. James popped the question with a beautiful ring from Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and our friends joined us for some fizz to celebrate!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxed with lots of personal touches and good food. We didn’t have an overall theme but it was important to us that the day reflected our personalities and our relationship. James and I are both musicians and love to travel so we wanted to capture this in the details of the day, and after living in New Zealand we wanted to make sure there were a few nods to the Kiwis with our ‘Kia Ora’ welcome banner and kiwi bird cake topper.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
James stumbled across The West Mill on social media and we knew it was exactly what we wanted. On our return to the UK it was the only wedding venue we looked at and fell in love with the industrial features which had a similar to feel to where we lived previously in Sheffield. The West Mill is in between our home towns of Birmingham and Chesterfield so it’s an ideal location for both of our families and we really liked that the whole day could be in one building.
Did you do any DIY projects?
We wanted to include a lot of DIY details to make the day personal. Our friends and family spent about a year collecting bottles (any excuse for a party!) and I wrapped twine around them for our centrepieces and venue decoration. I made the macramé curtain using a Youtube tutorial for the backdrop for the ceremony, and used a Dymo label maker for our stationary to be in-keeping with the industrial feel. My dad spruced up some old step-ladders we found in my nan’s garage and we used them to display pictures of our grandparents’ and parents’ weddings. My dad also made us some large frames we could peg pictures on, and one of our lovely friends designed our blackboard signage.
Tell us about the details…
Whilst abroad I read lots of Aussie and Kiwi wedding magazines and really liked the laid back, boho style wedding dresses. When my mum came over to visit, we went to Rue de Seine’s flagship store in Auckland and fell in love with the Roxy gown from their Nomadic Love collection. My Maid of Honour also gave the seal of approval so I had the dress shipped over to the UK.
In-keeping with the relaxed style we opted for bright but autumnal wildflowers. Our florist made the beautiful bouquets and button holes and provided us with buckets of assorted matching flowers which my mum and I arranged in the bottles the night before the wedding.
James and I are very lucky to have talented and generous family and friends. Our gorgeous cake was made by Ann, my bridesmaid’s mum. She made us a 3 tier, semi-naked sponge cake decorated with edible flowers and it tasted amazing!
What was on the Menu?
For the drinks reception we made a pimp your prosecco station, and had kegs of James’ favourite beer from Kelham Island Brewery in Sheffield. Our canapes were mini sausages and mustard mash, Yorkshire pudding with beef and horseradish, and a whipped goats cheese and chive crostini. For our wedding breakfast we chose pumpkin ravioli, followed by stuffed chicken breast with mushroom, white wine and tarragon, and a trio of white chocolate and honeycomb cheesecake, rhubarb crumble & Bailey’s mouse chocolate cup for desert. We had pork and beef baps (or cobs for us Chesterfield folk!) for our evening food and cupcakes from Bake in Birmingham. We had so many guests comment on how wonderful the food was, one saying she never been to a wedding with so much food and booze! Exactly what James and I wanted!
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Our favourite part was definitely the ceremony. Again, our friends and family made this incredibly special for us. My Maid of Honour read Union by Robert Fulghum, and James’ sister Rachael wrote us a gorgeous poem for the occasion which we now have framed. Our family friend, Ian, played the piano as I walked down the aisle to his version of Electric Feel by MGMT (my favourite song) and accompanied our close friend Gareth as he sang The Book of Love by The Magnetic Fields whilst we signed the register. It was simply stunning!
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Fun, relaxed and windy!
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Relax and enjoy the planning process but don’t sweat the small stuff! We were engaged for over two years (a year of spent travelling) so had the luxury of time to make lots of DIY projects which made the day feel more personal. I would also recommend having a videographer. You only have one wedding day and it goes by so quickly, having someone there to capture the day means we can look back and relive the moment again and again.
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Eve Photography
Videographer: Tregoning Weddings
Bridalwear: Dress – Rue De Seine | Shoes – ASOS
Hair: Ryan Stockley | Dried flowers – Fokey Dokey
Groom’s Attire: Jacket & waistcoat – Ted Baker | Trousers – Next | Shoes – Cheaney
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ASOS
Cake: Homemade by my bridesmaid’s mum, Ann Goucher
Flowers: Of The Wild, Sheffield
Band/DJ: The Supernovas
Photo Booth: Oh! Photobooth
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.