{Real Wedding} Tina & Adam – A Winter Wedding Inspired by an American Road Trip!

{Real Wedding} Tina & Adam - A Winter Wedding Inspired by an American Road Trip! | The West Mill Venue | Images: Matt Brown Photography

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Bride & Groom: Tina & Adam

Date: Saturday 11th February 2017

Wedding Style: A fabulous winter wedding inspired by an American road trip!

Photography: Matt Brown Photography

Your Love Story?

Tina:  Our love story began 4 years ago when we first met on a blind date. My mum and Adam’s sister set us up on a date after their matchmaking conversations in Platinum Hair Salon.  Adam made a perfect first impression on me by picking me up in his shiny Honda Civic Type R, he bought the drinks and then…declared his love for Michael Jackson when he heard Man in the Mirror playing in the taproom of the Carnarvon Arms (haha)!  He was so impressed when I mentioned that MJ History was my first ever CD…I think he knew right at that moment he needed to start saving up for a special ring 😉

Adam: Well it was 2015 and we were planning an American road trip, I knew Tina was the one and it was time to purchase that special ring.  Me being me, I wanted to get something out the ordinary and never seen before.  So, I found this supplier called ‘Le Vian’ – stunning rings – chocolate diamonds…what more could a girl want!?  Our road trip was planned on and around the west coast of California before moving on to Yosemite National Park, Death Valley and Las Vegas.  I wanted to ask Tina quite early on, so I didn’t have to panic about losing the ring!  It was our first stopover, San Diego, and we planned a trip to the famous Zoo where I popped the question.  It was amazing…especially when she said yes!

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

Our American road trip was our inspiration for the big day as this was where we got engaged and it was a holiday of a lifetime!  We wanted to bring back memories from this holiday to share with our family and friends.  Besides the travel themed décor, we chose Vegas style entertainment and used influences when choosing our food for the big day.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

We were looking for something out of the ordinary and needed a quirky backdrop for our American theme. I came across images of the ‘Spinning Room’ whilst trailing through the endless venues online.  The look of this room reminded me of an American saloon we visited with its authentic booths, low ceilings and nostalgic feel.  I knew instantly that I wanted to get married here.  It was the only venue we visited and we instantly fell in love with it!

Did you do any DIY projects?

We did lots of DIY projects!  It was a good job we had 18 months to prepare as I was busy making one thing or another almost every week leading up to the big day!

The first project we took on was the wedding stationary.  I spent many painstaking evenings designing, printing, cutting and sticking to make our vintage ticket style invites.  The hard work paid off though as they were loved by our guests and set the scene for the big day.  Other stationary projects included the table plan, table names, menus, confetti cones, order of service, chalk board signs and thankyou cards.

My mum was keen to get involved with our DIY projects and she kindly made all the hessian favour bags with drawstrings.  We filled them with our favourite American chocolate (Hershey’s Kisses) and added luggage tag name cards.

Tell us about the details… 

The flowers purchased from The Flower Monger were a DIY package so we spent months collecting jars to make the lanterns which we displayed these flowers in.  The arrangements were put together by me, my mum and Adam’s mum, two days before the wedding. This was my first experience of flower arranging but, with guidance from my mum and mother-in-law I was amazed at how well they turned out!

The Cake was a joint family effort.  Each tier baked by a different family member; my mum, Adam’s mum, Aunty Lynn and sisters Jodie and Bryony. We sourced the edible shell decorations and accessories to display with the cake.  The overall icing and decoration of the cake was done by Adam’s mum.  This was one of our favourite things made for the day as so many of our loved ones had an input, it looked amazing and tasted even better!

My life-long best friend and Maid of Honour, Helen, happily agreed to do a reading at the ceremony.  She came across ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton and decided to edit the words in the story to symbolise Adam and myself.  It turned out to be wonderful and I remember the proudness I felt as I watched and listened to the reading.  Such a special moment which I will cherish forever.

What was on the Menu? 

Drinks Reception: We took advantage of the amazing ‘no corkage fee’ and supplied our guests with prosecco, real ales, Corona, Budweiser and a selection of soft drinks.  We had a selection of 3 canapés inspired by food we ate on our road trip; Mini beef burgers, sesame coated king prawns and BBQ chicken skewers.

Wedding Breakfast:  For this meal we decided to go for some of our favourite winter warming foods due to the time of year.  The starter was a delicious goats cheese and fig tart.  We chose beef stew and dumplings for the main course followed by a trio of mini desserts; rhubarb crumble, chocolate brownie and limoncello cheesecake.  We chose a selection of Californian wines and also purchased several cases of our favourite red wine – Toro Loco.

Evening Reception:  We decided to go for a buffet selection in the evening and again selected American inspired foods; chicken wings, pretzels, pizza slices, hot dogs and ranch salad.  Dessert comprised of doughnuts, doughnuts and more doughnuts!  We decided to treat all our guests to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts so these were served along with our wedding cake after the savoury selection…they went down a treat!

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

We literally can’t pick one favourite part… the whole day was incredible from start to finish.  The most special moment however was being pronounced husband and wife, it was after all the reason why we were all there.

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

The American Dream!

Do you have any advice for future brides and grooms?

  1. Get married as early as possible so you have plenty of time as the day goes so quick.
  2. Have a videographer…. We both agreed this was the best money we have ever spent as we now get to re-live our big day and see parts of our wedding that we didn’t see on the day.
  3. Enjoy and cherish every moment as it will be the best day of your life!

Your Dream Team

Photographer: Matt Brown Photography

Videographer: Dave Bore – Cause and Effect Media Ltd

Your Outfit: My dress was ordered from America and it wasn’t until it was shipped that I discovered it was coming from San Diego where we got engaged…complete coincidence! My hair piece was from Etsy and shoes Kurt Geiger.

Hair: Jodie Thompson (Grooms Sister) – Xcision Hair Design.

Make Up: My amazing friend Chloe Hawkins.

Your Partner’s Outfit: Topman Tweed Suit, Jeffery West Shoes and an 1890’s full hunter pocket watch (gift from the bride) along with a silver chain and Great-Grandad’s medals (gift from Groom’s mum).

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: These were from various shops as all the bridesmaids had different styles in the same colour. The feather capes were from BIBA and Monsoon.

Cake:  A family collaboration!

Flowers: The Flower Monger. The bridal bouquet and button holes were from Flowers by Marcus.

Stationery: Made by us with help from the bridesmaids.

Singer: Rod Stewart Tribute Act from Warble Entertainment.

DJ: Trev’s Disco

Other Entertainment: Blackjack Fun Casino

Decor/Props: Calligraphy scroll from Polly & Me.  All other props supplied by us.

Transport: Vintage Camper Van kindly supplied and chauffeured by my dad’s work colleague.


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.

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1 Comment

  • Sue Sims says:

    wow wow wow such an amazing day had by us all, the venue and pictures now can remind us all forever
    Brides mum Sue x

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