What a fabulous wedding we have to share with you today! Caroline & Pat married with us back in December 2016 in The Cotton Quarter on a crisp winter’s day. The venue was full of handmade touches from fabulous hanging backdrops, to the stationery & copper centrepieces and let’s not forget the epic donut wall! We’ll hand you over to the new Mrs Carnell to tell you all about their big day!
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Caroline & Patrick
Date: Friday 9th December 2016
Wedding Style: A DIY winter wedding with an Enzoani gown and a donut wall!
Photography & Header Image: Chris Seddon
Your Love Story?
Pat proposed on a punt in Cambridge, where he grew up. He arranged for a hamper of malteasers and champagne to be hidden in the punt and the ring was nestled in amongst them. Pat was so nervous, we had only been on the punt for thirty seconds before he popped the question and for once in my life I was speechless.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We wanted to keep with the industrial theme and chose to decorate the West mill with different metals, cast concrete, candles and lots of foliage.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
My Dad found The West Mill online and as soon as he showed it to us, we loved it. We booked a viewing and it was love at first sight! We loved everything about it and knew immediately that we wanted to get married there. The fact you can get married there and have the reception in the same place was a massive bonus for us.
Did you do any DIY projects?
Yes, Pat loves a good project and wanted to avoid the ‘boring’ jobs as he calls them. He made a large copper cage sign and had a C and P logo laser cut from steel and attached it to the cage. He threaded copper wire fairy lights through the cage and it was hung from the ceiling in the ceremony room.
He also made a huge wooden parquet sign and attached the leftover laser cut C and P letters. He added two thick pieces of chain and this was hung in the breakfast room. He continued the industrial theme with the centerpieces; he made candelabras from copper pipe and cast several concrete bases to stand them in. For the evening reception, he made a giant copper donut wall that hung 140 donuts. Pat also made the invites, menus and the table plan using grey fonts and a chevron design. So many people commented on the decor that we have decided to start a little side line selling the candle sticks, signs and donut boards to other couples who want industrial style wedding props at their wedding!
Tell us about the details… My dress was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted. I said to Danielle at Emily Bridal in Sheffield that I didn’t want any lace or flowery bits and I ended up with a beautiful lace train! When she showed me the dress I said no straight away but she made me try it on and I loved it. I had a hip length veil to make sure the train wasn’t covered and a hair piece from ivory and co.
We wanted to keep the flowers quite simple as we wanted a lot of candles instead. Catherine at Petalis knew what we wanted straight away and put together a bouquet when we went to meet her, which I loved. I had a mixture of ivory roses, bouvardia, lysimachia, astrantia, eucalyptus, olive green and berried ivy in my bouquet and the flower girls had ivory rose wands. Catherine also made a long foliage arrangement for the ceremony room and the top table.
Our friend Shilpa made the three cakes for us. Shilpa makes amazing cakes and has made me a chanel handbag birthday cake in the past as well as a replica meadowhall shopping centre cake so she was the obvious choice for our wedding! We didn’t want a traditional wedding cake so she made a chocolate and salted caramel cake covered in malteasers, curly wurlies and chocolate biscuits!
What was on the Menu?
We are both massive gin fans so we had a Gin Bar at the drinks reception with twelve different gins to choose from and three different mixers. We also had a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ station where guest could add fruit and cordials. We ordered a keg of Ashby Pale Ale from the Tollgate Brewery and had a selection of bottled lagers too.
We had large kilner jars full of elderflower and blackcurrant cordial for the non-alcohol drinkers. We had mini bags of salted and caramel popcorn instead of canapés.
We had a duck and pork belly terrine to start followed by amazing individually encased steak and ale pies with honey glazed carrots, mash and seasonal vegetables. Dessert was warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Jenkinsons were great; the staff were so attentive and they made sure everyone’s glass was full!
In the evening we had hot roast beef and pork baps with mustard and horseradish with slices of wedding cake.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Our favourite part of the wedding was when we were taken up in the lift to the breakfast room and saw all our family and friends sitting waiting for us.
We also loved seeing The West Mill set up exactly as we had imagined for the first time. Our Event Planner, Mirlah, was amazing. She knew exactly what we wanted and made sure the whole day went smoothly. She even helped us untangle our photo booth back drop which was a bit of a challenge.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Best Day Ever!
Do you have any advice for future brides and grooms?
Book The West Mill! We saw so many venues and nothing compares to it. The staff are great and the whole operation is slick and well run. Also, do what you want to do. Don’t try to please everyone; everyone will have their own opinion but it’s your day.
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Chris Seddon
Videographer: Lara Elliot
Hair: Helen Sutcliffe
Make Up: Rochelle O’Brien
Groom’s Fashion: Slaters
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Debut
Cake: Made by our friend Shilpa Haridas
Flowers: Petalis, Sheffield
Stationery: Made by Groom
Band/DJ: DJ Clipboard and Andy H from Tuesday Club
Photobooth: Made by Bride’s sister in law, Ruth Mirams
Decor/Props: Donut wall made my groom, copper candle sticks made by groom, cage sign made by groom, parquet sing made by groom
The West Mill is a No Corkage Wedding Venue in Derbyshire. If you want to find out more about us, we’d love to hear from you. Simply download our brochure here or contact our events team to book a viewing.