Anne & Dave Alexander • Wedding Details
Date: 2nd December 2018 Photography: Mark Clayton and Julie Cavell
Wedding Style: A Winter Wedding filled with Pine Cones and a Dark Green Colour Scheme
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
I met Dave in Derby on a night out, he and his friends were behind me in a queue to get in to a bar we got chatting told me he was a Sergeant Major in the Army of which I said no you are not he then said I am why aren’t I ? I said because he didn’t look like one of which he said what do Sergeant Major’s look like? I replied they have moustaches and you haven’t got one he then said you have been watching too much dad’s army ……….. he made me laugh and the rest is history he was in fact in the army for 10 years although had left by the time I met him ……… He was never a Sergeant Major.
We got engaged on holiday in Turkey we had talked about getting engaged and we were looking in a Jewellery shop whilst on holiday I had always wanted a at square diamond ring but Dave saw a heart shaped diamond ring in the shop window and immediately said that ring it’s so unusual no one will have a ring like it and so he bought it.
He then proposed that evening over dinner we had gone on holiday with a couple of friends they thought he was joking at first when he proposed and thought it was going to be a pretend ring they were over the moon as was I when it was a proper proposal.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
I very much wanted a winter wedding with winter colours, pine cones, fir, ivy but not too Christmassy I knew I wanted dark green bridesmaid dresses and the groom and groomsmen in winter colours I knew exactly what I wanted it to be right from the start it was just a matter of finding the right dresses suits and décor.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
We wanted somewhere for our wedding that had an authentic feel somewhere that was old and had character.
We had looked at a couple of places before but when we visited the mill we fell in love with it.
We loved the fact that we could have the whole wedding in one place and that it was an exclusive use venue we loved that there was no waiting around while the room had to be changed from dinner to evening as you moved down each floor it was perfect and we booked straight away and then later when the Mill house opened that made it even more perfect.
Did you do any DIY projects?
I decided I would make my own table decorations and wedding favours / place settings as I felt this would give a personal touch and I could tailor make them to fit my winter theme.
I chose glass jars with pine cones with fern round the outside lit with a candle as my table decorations and the favour boxes were green boxes filled with gold tissue paper each with a snow tipped pine cone placed in the middle and attached to the cone was the guests name and a personalised chocolate.
My mum, bridesmaids and a couple of friends helped.
Tell us about the details…
I wore a champagne classic style wedding dress with a small train, beaded front with a lace back that buttoned up, one that I felt suited my winter wedding theme, I wore lace boots and a feather shrug which I felt added a more wintery feel.
My bouquet and top table flowers were red roses and calla lilies which are my favourite flowers the bridesmaids had a single cream rose with lots of greenery simple but effective, the groom and groomsmen had fern, red berries and pine cones which again went with my winter wedding theme.
My cake was a two tier sponge and one tier fruit wedding cake with red sugar crafted roses cascading down one side again roses are my favourite flowers, I had a 2nd cake made as a present for my husband to celebrate his love of Jaffa cakes both cakes were made by Sugar Sensation.
What was on the Menu?
For the drinks reception we had prosecco with raspberries, real ale, cider, lager and a selection of Gin and tonic served with raspberries.
Wedding Breakfast – Wow what delicious food and plenty of it ……. Think we over ordered ………
Minestrone Soup with a selection of bread rolls followed by breast of chicken filled with sage and onion stuffing wrapped in pancetta, served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and roast gravy, accompanied with bowls of pea and potato mash and bowls of roasted root vegetables. To finish we had an assiette of desserts; mini love heart shape jaffa sponge, mini lemon meringue pie and mini white chocolate and cointreau brioche pudding with coffee or tea.
The staff at the West Mill were fantastic! Nothing was too much trouble and the catering staff did a great job. Myself and David went into the kitchen to thank them all for a job well done.
A big thank you to all of you for making our day go so well.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Our favourite part of the wedding was all of it, we made sure we enjoyed every part of the day from beginning to end but if I had to pick a best bit it was when I walked down the aisle to Dave.
Can we rewind and do it all again !
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Just enjoy every single minute as the day goes so fast you just want to do it all again in slow motion !
Perfect winter wedding
The Dream Team
- Photographer Mark Clayton and Julie Cavell
- Dress Mark Lesley design from Bridal Affairs Rotherham
- Boots House of Elliot
- Feather Wrap Jenny Packham – Debenhams
- Headpiece Lindsay Jay from The Wedding Boutique Ilkeston
- Grooms Attire Moss Bros Derby
- Bridesmaid's Dresses The Wedding Boutique Ilkeston
- Cake Sugar Sensation
- Flowers Pipers Florist Heanor
- Photo Booth Oh Photobooth
- Decor & Props West Mills Own plus table decorations favour boxes and place settings made by myself with the help of family and friends.
- Stationary PDA Card and Craft my friend works there and helped design the invitations
- DJ Andrew Armstrong Bednall
- Band Doghouse