Adam & Amy • Wedding Details
Date: Wednesday 4th April 2018 Photography: Martin Cheung
Wedding Style: A vintage, DIY April wedding with lots of games and a cupcake tower.
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
We met each other as teenagers, in the ever-so romantic Wetherspoons, on a night out with mutual friends in Stoke-on-Trent. It rained so heavily we ended up taking shelter in a phonebox but we seemed to get on very well despite being squished into a tiny box with our closest friends. We both went our own ways at the end of the night but thankfully down to the power of Facebook we managed to meet up again a week later. And we’ve been together ever since!
Adam proposed in Disneyland Paris in October 2016. He had hidden the ring in the SD card case for the camera all week and looked super suspicious whenever going through the metal detector gates. On the walk back to the hotel after a long day in the park, Amy was freezing cold and moaning that she wanted to go back but despite this, Adam insisted on sitting on a bench overlooking the lake. He sat on the bench looking around like a criminal on the run then suddenly slid off the bench and down onto one knee. Amy thought he had fallen over so told him to get up. He responded with “You know what I’m doing!” and then popped the question! It was a perfect proposal for us and a funny story to tell everyone.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
When we discussed the plans for our day, we wanted it to truly reflect us as a couple – relaxed, fun and not too serious. We generally just wanted to be surrounded by everything and everyone we loved in a beautiful setting. We tended to lean towards a more eclectic, vintage style naturally but it wasn’t an intention decision.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
The West Mill was the first and only venue we looked at. We were so certain that it was where we wanted to get married that we booked the very same day. From first being shown around by Andrew to our wedding day being co-ordinated by Karen, the staff were nothing but helpful and supportive. The venue has endless spots for photo opportunities and the setting is completely unique. And now with the addition of the Mill House, it literally provides the whole wedding experience from the Bride getting ready in the Dressing Room on the morning of the wedding, to waking up for the first time as Mr and Mrs in the luxury of the gorgeous Alfred Grace Suite.
Did you do any DIY projects?
Lots! Amy created all the stationary from the invitations to the reserved seat signs. This included the table numbers for which she used rotating photo frames, named after the years which we have known each other. She collected photos from each year and placed alongside the menu and order of the day for the guests to refer to. Seeing photos across the years proved to be quite the talking point amongst guests! She also created the table plan using polaroid style photos of all the guests (lots of cyber stalking required!). The backdrop was a whole family project with everyone on the look out for decorative hearts for the past two years but we definitely think it was worth it; we love that each heart has a little story behind it! A highlight for the guests was the giant wordsearch Amy created with the names of all the guests hidden in. Some guests studied it intently for half an hour and still couldn’t find their names.
Tell us about the details…
We went to the florist with very little idea of what we wanted apart from a colour scheme and that we knew we didn’t want the flowers to be over the top. The florists worked their magic and we were so happy with the results. We especially love that Adam’s buttonhole was different to the groomsmen’s. We decided on having jars of flowers rather than large arrangements which made the flowers less formal and also meant that the jars could be moved around during the day which also saved us money.
Having Roger play the piano during the ceremony really set the tone and heightened the emotion! As soon as Amy heard her entrance music she began sobbing. Choosing the music was one of the most difficult decisions we had to make during the wedding planning and Roger was so accommodating.
Amy had really severe morning sickness when it was time for cake tasting so only Amy’s parents and Adam had tasted the cake prior to the wedding. It was a complete surprise for Amy to taste them at the wedding reception and she was not disappointed…they were absolutely amazing! We had two flavours of cupcakes (lemon with lemon curd and vanilla with raspberry jam) and then a strawberry and cream cutting cake. We had bought a cupcake stand but it was rather wobbly which resulted in some funny cake cutting photos!
One of our best decisions was to provide a box of games if the guests didn’t feel like dancing in the evening reception. Although we had a DJ, we did pre-empt that the majority of guests weren’t big dancers so having the games meant everyone felt included. And who doesn’t love a game of Jenga?!
What was on the Menu?
For a relaxed feel, most drinks were presented in bottles from the large, ice-filled bath. We served a range of beers, ales, ciders and soft drinks. Of course, the obligatory glasses of prosecco were also available. We chose not to serve canapes due to the timing of the ceremony – it turned out to be a good idea due to the huge amount of delicious food available at the wedding breakfast.
We went for an Afternoon Tea for our Wedding Breakfast which was served in courses.
To begin we had a selection of tiny sandwiches including: Honey Glazed Ham Sandwich with Grainy Mustard, Mature Cheddar Sandwich with Apple Chutney and Iceberg, Houmous Sandwich with Carrot and Coriander, Poached Chicken Sandwich with Honey and Mustard Mayonnaise, Open Mini Bagel of Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and a Mini Baguette of Rare Roast Beef and Horseradish on Watercress.
Followed by an assortment of mini individual quiche.
Then a selection of cakes: Victoria Sandwich Rectangle, Lemon Drizzle Cake Squares, Chocolate Fudge Cake Squares, Miniature Éclairs and Scones With Preserves and Clotted Cream.
Then a range of Macaroons and a variety of Shortbread.
And finally, Tea and Coffee.
Rolls filled with Roast Tender Leg of Pork, Sage & Onion Stuffing and Apple Sauce
Pork Sausages Served in Soft Rolls with Red or Brown Sauce
Rolls with Mushroom and Sundried Tomato
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Amy – Apart from the obvious ‘getting married’ bit, my favourite part of the day was the speeches. My Dad surprised me with producing a booklet of ‘The Life of Amy’ and based his speech around the photos included, it was really thoughtful and original!
I knew how nervous Adam was prior to his speech, so when I heard his beautiful speech it was incredibly emotional. It was also unintentionally hilarious as he ad-libbed about how we met and told everyone “…we kept each other warm in the phone box.” We both wanted to crawl under the table with embarrassment!
Adam – My favourite moment was immediately after the ceremony, we had a few minutes to ourselves and let it sink in that we were actually married (and to stop crying!!). Then we started all the photos and with Amy being a teacher, it was like a military manoeuvre. We got to spend time with all our loved ones while having a drink and a laugh. The fact that those moments were captured by Martin makes it even better.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Everyone told us beforehand that the day will go so quickly but neither of us understood how fast it would fly by! I think it’s quite hard to comprehend before your wedding. So really make the most of moments together. Mingle with your guests with your new wife/husband – don’t feel like you have to entertain groups of friends or family separately. Have a chat while your photos are being taken (they’ll look more natural anyway!) And don’t be afraid to disappear together for a private drink – it is your day after all.
Emotional. Intimate. Perfect.
The Dream Team
- Photographer Martin Cheung
- Dress Venus Bridal dress from Opulence Bridals
- Jewellery Jon Richard
- Shoes Amy broke her toes the week before the wedding so had to buy emergency shoes from Primark and bling them up as a very quick DIY project
- Hair & Makeup Nicola Hodgkinson
- Groom's Attire Suits from Youngs Suit Hire, Groom’s Waistcoat from Next
- Bridesmaid’s Dresses Showcase at Dorothy Perkins
- Cake Jane Elizabeths Cake Company
- Flowers Cottage Garden Florist
- Confetti Shropshire Petals
- Stationary DIY projects by Bride
- Photo Booth Magic Mirror (Martin Cheung)
- Pianist Roger Davis
- DJ Jackstar