Adam and Sarah Peasley • Wedding Details
Date: 7th August 2018 Photography: SWJ Photography
Wedding Style: A Quirky, DIY Superhero Themed Wedding Day with Purple Accents.
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
We met over Pi. That’s one of the few maths jokes that exist. We are both teachers and began working in the same school about 6 years ago. Adam had worked there since 2006 and to start with we were just colleagues. When Adam became single we started getting closer and found that we had a shared love of all things geeky and Meatloaf music. We started dating in January 2014 and quickly we were inseparable. We travelled the world together and then in April 2017 we took a trip to New York. Adam had planned to take me to the top of the Empire State Building for sunset but the queue was huge. Thankfully we found a tour guide who managed to slip us into the queue much further up after we slipped him 10 dollars! Eventually we made it to the top. It was chilly and so windy so we cuddled together and took in the view. Adam then got the most beautiful purple sapphire and diamond ring out and asked me to marry him. It was very romantic and very personal, we then went for a truly amazing meal at a restaurant called Marta. New York will forever be very special for us.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
To start with we were thinking about penguins being the theme as it’s my favourite animal and we were lucky enough to see little penguins in the wild in Australia. We went to Ruth (our invite maker) who is incredibly crafty and she took down our ideas and said she would make up some practice invites. A few weeks later we viewed her designs and the penguin ones were good but she had also done some comic book themed ones as she knew Adam was a huge comic book geek. She had used the Avengers symbol for Adam and the Superman symbol for Sarah. They were amazing and from that point on we knew we would be having a superhero themed wedding. We decided to add Harry Potter in to add some balance as they are my favourite books. We trawled through Pinterest and found as many different ways to get superheroes and Harry Potter into the wedding. We had paper flowers made out of Harry Potter pages, Harry Potter decoupaged bridal shoes, superhero button holes, table plan and table names, superhero decoupaged groom shoes, superhero symbol chocolate favours, comic book themed presents, the list goes on and on. We wanted our day to reflect us, we are both huge geeks and we knew the day should be full of the things we loved. This extended to walking down the aisle to Meatloaf, walking back up to a song from Guardians of the Galaxy, doing a first dance to a song about penguins and playing a cornet/piano duet with my dad in the evening. We also made sure there was lots of purple in the day (bridesmaids, Adam’s suit, ushers ties, flowers) as that is our favourite colour. We wanted everyone to know the wedding was us and to have a great time as well.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
The West Mill was the last place we viewed and to be honest we had already basically decided on another venue but thought we should go along still. We turned up and to start with couldn’t work out how to get in and very nearly turned around and left! We are so glad we didn’t. Once we got into the venue and were shown around by Andrew we fell in love with the place. It just ticks all the boxes. The building has been so sympathetically restored, it is truly a breathtaking venue. We loved all the original features and the fact that it had multiple floors really worked well for us. The no corkage aspect was also very appealing as it meant we could get exactly the drinks we wanted for the day. After going away and thinking about it we made the best decision ever and picked the West Mill for our special day.
Did you do any DIY projects?
As much as we could! Adam hand made a copper pipe archway and decorated it with purple ribbons and strings of hand made paper flowers. Each one was made out of 4 Harry Potter pages and took around 5 minutes each, I think we made about 200 of them in total. Adam made the button holes out of comic book pages and Lego superhero models. He also decoupaged both of our shoes, superhero for him, Harry Potter for me. We made all the bouquets out of Harry Potter flowers. Some of them were then spray painted purple to keep with the theme. We decorated up about 70 jars with hessian and purple ribbons. Adam spray painted 30ish wine bottles in purple and copper as part of the centrepieces. We built a dozen superhero micro Lego models to be part of the centrepieces. We designed the table plan with superhero names for the tables and had it printed at a local printers. Adam created Harry Potter letter stencils by hand and spray painted the order of the day onto a pallet and we used another pallet to display our photo booth prints on. Guests had to replace their name tag on it with a photo, worked out really well. We also made fortune tellers for every guest which had challenges inside as well as their food choices and finally we created and mounted crosswords onto purple card for each guest. I think that’s about it!
Tell us about the details…
We had made loads of paper flowers so we only requested a few little real flower details. We had a few stems of white and purple flowers in the centrepiece jars that we decorated up. They also created an amazing long and low arrangement of purple and white flowers for the ceremony table which was transferred to the top table for the wedding breakfast. The cake took inspiration from something we found on Pinterest, from one side it looked like a normal wedding cake with purple flowers and on the other side it had superhero characters, Harry Potter logos and a Harry Potter quote. Unfortunately on the way to the venue the cake had an accident so our cake maker had 2 hours to put together a decorated replacement, she did a brilliant job. Adam’s suit was a big challenge as he wanted something he wouldn’t wear everyday. He really wanted the suit to be purple so after a lot of searching he found a website that custom makes suits to your specifications called The Drop. The suit turned out brilliantly; a subtle purple suit that he was really happy with and fitted like a glove. The copper pipe arch complete with 130 ish hanging Harry Potter flowers made a great wedding back drop. It took us countless hours to make but it was worth it. Sarah’s dress was a lovely A line ivory dress with a lot of lace detail throughout and an illusion top. It was bought from Berketex Bride in Nottingham, the fourth shop I tried but well worth the wait. I also wore a veil to go with the dress, which just added the final detail to make me feel like a bride.
What was on the Menu?
We chose three lovely canapes for our drinks reception; pork bon bons, mini beef wellingtons and baby mushroom with mushroom brunoise, all were delicious. All of this was washed down with glasses of Pimms, bottles of lager and pints of beer from the Derby Brewing Company. We chose two great real ales from them; Quintessential and Hop Till You Drop. For the wedding breakfast we wanted to give people a choice. We are both big foodies so the meal was very important to us. Jenkinsons were brilliant with all of our requests which included a totally different meal for Sarah’s gran! Starters were a choice between goats cheese and red onion tart or wood pigeon with golden beetroot. This was followed by either duo of pork with sage and apple dauphinoise, duck with rouge poached pear or asparagus and broad bean risotto. To finish we went for a trio of desserts; banoffee cheesecake, salted caramel tart and a brownie. All the food was delicious and got lots of positive compliments. We sent Sarah’s dad over to France and he chose some amazing wines and fizz. The meal was finished off by the chocolate favours that we had made in the shape of the Avengers and Superman logos to represent our initials. In the evening we wanted the food to be casual so we served pizza and the wedding cake was served up as well.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Adam: Seeing Sarah walking down the aisle was incredible. A friend doing a dramatic reading of ‘I believe in a thing called love’ by the darkness was hilarious. Everyone being on the dance floor together and I really loved our first dance to your personal penguin complete with penguin waddles.
Sarah: The ceremony and the pure emotions of it are hard to sum up in words. Playing the cornet with my dad accompanying me on piano was a special moment. I agree about the first dance, it was so us.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Put your own stamp on the day, our wedding was all about us. We had as many of our interests included as we could and that made the day special and memorable. Make sure you spend some time together on the day alone to catch up. Don’t expect everything to run smoothly, things might go wrong but ultimately they don’t matter as you are marrying the love of your life. Just enjoy the day and it’ll be amazing.
Geeky, fun, love.
The Dream Team
- Photographer SWJ Photography (Stephen Williams, a good friend)
- Dress Berketex Bride in Nottingham. It was an A line ivory dress featuring a lot of lace and an illusion top neck line. Back was a simple zip with a lovely lace detail. Dress was then finished off with a lovely long veil.
- Hair An 'up do' style done by my wonderful hairdresser Angie at Technique Centre in Long Eaton
- Makeup Applied by my sister, Becky.
- Jewellery Aside from obviously the rings, I wore silver droplet earrings with a little purple stone in, made by the same company who did our wedding rings.
- Shoes Personalised by Adam himself, patent leather shoes covered in Harry Potter books and HP references.
- Groom's Attire Suit bought from The Drop website, shoes decorated by the groom in comic book style, button holes all made by us
- Best Man & Ushers Moss Bros suits with button holes made by us.
- Bridesmaid’s Dresses Sexyher website for adult bridesmaids and Debenhams for the children.
- Cake Wassana's Cakes of Wonder
- Flowers Flints Florist
- Stationery Invites made by Sarah's cousin Ruth, fortune tellers, crosswords and table names made by us
- Photo Booth Props, frame and display made by us
- Props Run of the day pallet, centrepieces, wedding arch and paper flowers all made by us
- Band Phil Rostance and the Marshall band