Alison & Dave

Alison & Dave • Wedding Details


Bride & Groom: Alison & Dave

Date: 22nd May 2019     Photography: GJA Photography

Wedding Style: A Simple and Elegant Spring Wedding with a Vintage Theme

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

Dave and I are the classic cliche. He’s a firearms police officer and I’m a nurse. We first met when I was doing first aid for the police rugby team and I was stuffing cotton wool up his broken nose and doing a head injury assessment. He claims he saw stars and his head span when he saw me. I like to think it was love at first sight that caused that but it may have been concussion.

Dave proposed some eight years later in our room at the Beautiful Dukes Palace Hotel in Bruges. He got down on both knees and held my hands and asked me to be his wife. So romantic.

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

We wanted the day to be a reflection of us as a couple and the fact that we laugh together every single day. We wanted lots of details that our guests could identify with. We joked that we had a vintage theme, like us. We are both nearer 50 than 30. We also wanted it to be simple and elegant.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

We both fell in love with the West Mill when we were guests at my God Daughter’s wedding in the previous year. Dave proposed six months later and we both immediately knew that was where we wanted the wedding to be. 

Did you do any DIY projects?

We tried to tie all our props in with the existing pieces that were already at the West Mill. I added things such as vintage records to the gramophone, a poem on the old typewriter and vintage French magazines on the coffee tables. We dried our own petals from roses in our garden for confetti and made paper cones for this and also used the petals around the base of the lanterns down the aisle. I also used really high quality silk flowers and home made tea lights for the table centre pieces. We tried to pay a lot of attention to little details that meant a lot to us and also to our guests.

Tell us about the details…

My dress was a White Rose lace design called Ava with a beautiful puddle train and had a caramel under layer that made the lace really stand out. I changed the belt on it to add some sparkle.  I bought the dress and the crystal and pearl edged veil from Sammie Lou bridal. My shoes were ivory lace and were called Mabel by Perfect shoes. I couldn’t make my mind up and so had fresh flowers and a marquisate and pearl headpiece which was stunning and made by Vintage Headdresses. My jewellery was also a vintage, art deco style design and was from Lace and Favour.

Hair and Make Up were both done by the amazing Rachel Liney. As an older bride I was very conscious that modern makeup trends would not suit me and I wanted a subtle look. Rachel made the most amazing job of doing both a stunning up do with my air and beautiful makeup that made me feel I looked amazing.

My fiance bought his navy suit from Suit The Occasion in Hinckley. We hired the rest of the wedding party suits from there including the tweed waistcoats and claret coloured ties. They all looked amazing.

The bridesmaid dress was from Bradgate Brides in Anstey and was a beautiful Claret coloured lace and crepe de chine.

The cake was a combination of lemon drizzle and victoria sponge and was three tiers covered in buttercream icing, It was very simply decorated with fresh flowers, It was made by Bay Tree Cakes.

My flowers were by the amazing Nadia Di Tulio. I gave her free reign to create a wild flower bocquet with lots of foliage and herbs. She also created a stunning table garland for the register table and top table and also did button holes, corsages and flowers for the mums. 

Our invites, table numbers and Order of Ceremony were created by the very talented Sarah Wants.

The band was actually formed by a close friend of ours Nat Pierce. We knew Nat was an amazing singer and would fill the dance floor. The band were called Stixx and they were fantastic. 

For the photobooth we hired Limelight Photobooths – Nilesh and his team were amazing and were present throughout to help people chose props and also to encourage them to leave one copy of their photos in an album for us along with a message.

What was on the Menu?

We provided beer, prosecco, pimms and home made gins for the reception drinks. Then we had wine, beer and soft drinks with the meal and fizz for the toasts. The food was amazing and we had Brie and Mango parcels for the starter, Chicken with goats cheese wrapped in prosciutto and finally crème Brule with Lavender shortbread. For vegetarian guests we had Vegetable Wellington. All our guests commented on how amazing the food was and the catering team and waiters were fantastic.

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

We loved every minute of the day but the highlights were seeing each other for the first time as I walked up the aisle, listening to the readings done by my three sons and also having my eldest son and a friend playing the piano as the guests arrived and for part of the ceremony.

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Try to plan everything as a couple. It was so nice to agree everything together and then see all our ideas, plans and hopes come to fruition on the day. Don’t sweat the small stuff and wring every second out of the day as it is over so fast.

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Love, Laughter, Smiles

The Dream Team


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