Abbey & Adam • Wedding Details
Date: 14th April 2019 Photography: Maytree Photography
Wedding Style: Inspired by Vintage Hollywood Glamour with A Rose Gold Colour
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
We both work in advertising, and met nearly six years ago when I started working at the same company as Adam. After our first meeting he added me on Facebook, we started chatting and the rest, as they say, is history!
Adam proposed in June 2017 whilst we were on holiday in Lindos, Rhodes, which is one of my favourite places in the world. He booked us a table at a lovely restaurant on the beach, with a table right on the sand with beautiful views of the bay. He proposed on our balcony right before we left for dinner, which was so romantic – though we spent most of the meal calling and texting our family and friends to tell them all the happy news!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
Lots of copper! I absolutely love copper and rose gold, and it ties in so well with the industrial feel of the Mill. We went quite simple with our decorations, letting the venue and all of its beautiful original features do the talking. I knew I wanted quite bright flowers though – pinks and reds with pops of greenery, that were perfect for spring – and matched my red lipstick very well!
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
The West Mill was the first venue I saw when I searched on Google for “wedding venues in the midlands” and I just knew straight away it was the one! We wanted somewhere quirky and a bit different, and The West Mill certainly delivers! When we went to view the venue we absolutely loved all of the original features and cute little details and props, such as the vintage typewriter and gramophone. We also loved that each part of the day took part on a different floor, making everything flow seamlessly – no waiting around whilst a room got changed over. To top it off, all of the staff were so friendly and welcoming, which made the decision to choose The West Mill even easier!
Did you do any DIY projects?
Neither of us are the crafty type so we shied away from DIY, however we did a lot of spray painting! We bought metallic copper spray paint from Amazon and sprayed tin cans that we used as vases for our centrepieces, I’d seen this on Pinterest and it was a really cheap yet effective way to display our beautiful flowers. We also bought a large white photo grid for about £8 that we sprayed copper and displayed our table plan on, and we also sprayed photo-frames that we used to display our copper-foil signs from Etsy.
Tell us about the details…
Ah, the dress! I must have tried on about 25 dresses in total, across 3 different bridal shops. I am a very indecisive person – I agonise over what food to order in a restaurant – so as you can imagine I found picking a wedding dress quite tricky! I was very set on what I wanted – tea-length, lace and with sleeves – and had spent months looking on Pinterest at my dream dress. So, I was as shocked as anyone that I ended up picking a full length, fitted satin gown with only a tiny bit of lace!
Despite going against everything I thought I’d choose, I absolutely loved my dress and felt amazing in it – and it still tapped into the vintage Hollywood glamour look I was going for.
I got my dress from Butterflies Bridal Outlet in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees – the staff were so friendly and attentive which made the whole experience relatively stress-free!
My flowers were by the amazing Kath at Of The Wild – again, I had quite a strong idea of what I wanted and she absolutely exceeded my expectations – the flowers looked absolutely amazing! As well as the bouquets and centrepieces, Kath created beautiful copper floral hoops that hung behind us during the ceremony and wedding breakfast. They looked so striking and really complemented the venue.
Finally, the cake! Our cake was made by my wonderful bridesmaid Liv, who is very talented at making beautiful cakes! We had two tiers of lemon (my favourite) and one tier of raspberry and white chocolate – delicious!
What was on the Menu?
I love my food, so this was one of my most favourite parts of the planning! For drinks, we had beer, Pimm’s and Fentimans soft drinks, plus a selection of bar snacks – the pork scratchings in particular went down very well.
For our starter, we had salmon tart with a hollandaise dressing – we had this tart at the taster evening, so we already knew it was going to be delicious! For the main, we had pot roasted lamb shank with gratin potato, seasonal veg and a rosemary and honey jus. Finally, we had alternate desserts (so I could have half of each, of course!) of white chocolate and cointreau brioche pudding with vanilla crème anglaise, and warm chocolate brownie with Ferrero Rocher ice cream. All of our guests commented on how delicious the food was, and how generous the portions were!
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Adam’s face for the first time, I couldn’t help but feel emotional! A close second was the evening party – our band, Captain Atlantic, were amazing and it was so great to see all of our family and friends together in one room dancing and having fun.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! It really doesn’t matter if things don’t go completely to plan – everything will just all come together on the day and you’ll be having too much fun to notice if a centrepiece is not quite how you imagined it. Also, hire a videographer! We decided very last minute (5 weeks before the big day!) to get one, and we are so pleased we did – our photos are amazing, but being able to relive our vows, speeches and first dance is invaluable.
Full of love!
The Dream Team
- Photographer Maytree Photography
- Videographer Harry Ward
- Dress Ronald Joyce
- Shoes Rachel Simpson
- Headpiece Debenhams
- Hair & Make-up Nicola Hodgkinson
- Grooms Attire Youngs
- Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Packham
- Cake My lovely bridesmaid, Liv – Honey Bee Bakery
- Florist Of The Wild
- Stationary Peachy Prints on Etsy
- Photo Booth Oh! Photobooth
- Band Captain Atlantic