Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Ceri & Dave
Date: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Wedding Style: A Family filled summer wedding with peach roses, rustic details and outdoor games.
Photography: Lucy G Photography
Your Love Story?
We met at work (a local secondary school) in September 2009 and got together the following October, 2010. A few weeks in and we knew it was something special and I’d practically moved in to his before Christmas. Fast forward a few years (or 5!) and we had our little boy in January 2015. That Christmas Eve, I was wrapping Christmas presents and came downstairs to grab more cellotape to find our little boy fast asleep in the pram with a Christmas card on top of his blanket saying ‘Mummy.’ I opened it to read ‘To My Mummy, this Christmas, more than anything in the world, I’d love for you, me and Daddy to share the same name, so…….will you marry my Daddy?’ I burst out crying as my partner (now hubby!) pulled out a ring from behind the sofa, and our little boy slept through the whole thing!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
I love lace, candles, and all things pretty, and loved how it contrasted with the industrial style of the Mill. We also accented the bouquets/button holes with real cotton to reflect the traditional industry of the cotton mill. I wanted a personal feel to the day, so our table names were myself and my husband at different stages of our childhood, and I had wedding photos of our parents/siblings/Grandparents in the ceremony room which I loved!
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
The West Mill was like nothing we’d seen before. My husband found it on the internet before he’d even proposed and absolutely loved it in the photos, but we dismissed it as we figured we could never afford anything so unusual and beautiful! We researched so many venues online but nothing compared, so a few weeks after getting engaged we viewed the West Mill regardless and booked it there and then. We just knew it was perfect for us- we loved how each floor was so different, the abundance of character (such as names of the workers etched into the windows!) and the gorgeous setting- and best of all, it was within budget!
Did you do any DIY projects?
I did all of the save the dates/invites/signage/seating plan/confetti/menus etc and most of it I loved doing, but I massively underestimated how long some stuff would take! For favours we had chocolate Freddo’s (who doesn’t love a Freddo?!) and I made tags for them with our names and the wedding date- such a basic simple thing that took hours to do!! I also made our table numbers, and the hanging behind the ceremony table. Pretty much everything that I *could* make, I made. We also had a ‘kids table’ full of colouring books, stamps, animal masks etc for them to explore in between courses and for during the speeches, which went down really well!
Tell us about the details…
My bouquet was full of peach roses, fresh cotton, gypsophila and loads of wild plants/flowers from my florists garden. The bridesmaid bouquets were kept simple- just the gypsophila with ribbon in my colours of peach and pale green wrapped around the stems.
My cake was amazing- I still have loads frozen to drag out the enjoyment a little more! The three tiers were sticky toffee, white chocolate and raspberry, and my absolute favourite layer- cherry bakewell (obviously the biggest tier!) decorated with white chocolate drip icing and some real flowers. We also had a sweet table full of Haribo, Pretzels, and lots of our favourite sweets that went down really well (with adults and kids alike!)
The dress. I envisaged an A line loose lace number- possibly even a ball gown. After trying on a handful of dresses on a whim when I was visiting my parents, the lady in the shop asked for me to try something different and put me in a fish tail with a full tulle skirt at the bottom. I loved it straight away- I never thought I’d have gone for something like this but I felt like I could’ve walked into my wedding ceremony there and then, particularly with the cathedral length lace edged veil they put on with it. The dress had a key hole back, lace straps and drama on the bottom that I loved. And thankfully my hubby loved it too!
What was on the Menu?
For our drinks reception we served Pimms and Prosecco, and the beer was kept cool in a beer-barrow full of ice! Our canapés were mini fish and chips, honey and mustard belly pork and spicy meatballs.
For our wedding breakfast we had Mango and Brie parcels to start, Champagne and Strawberry/Cherry sorbet, mains of loin of pork wrapped in streaky bacon with a pine nut and sage stuffing, served with sweet potato mash, dauphinois potatoes, roasted root veg and fresh veg, with Bulmers cider gravy. For dessert we had sticky toffee pudding and ice cream- although I was way too full by that point to eat much of it. We then had pie, chips and gravy in the evening which went down very well! The food was amazing and definitely worth every penny- by far the best food we’ve ever eaten at a wedding!
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
My favourite part of the day was the actual ceremony, the moment where we were stood facing each other sharing our vows and the room was silent and still around us (apart from our toddler approaching us mid ceremony asking if he could go and play outside yet!) After the manic rush the hour before the wedding sorting out last bits and frantically getting ready, it was so nice to feel like it was just me and my husband, and to be so in the moment, when actually we were surrounded by all of our favourite people.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Immense, unforgettable, emotional
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Towards the end of the wedding one of my closest friends asked if we’d had a bit of time alone just the two of us and told us to escape for a few minutes. We walked away from the Mill and stood in the dark looking at the building lit up so beautifully, just the two of us, and reflected on the day. It was so nice to have that bit of time and space away from the music and busyness, and I’m so glad we listened! Definitely a must!
Also- as much as all of the extra touches were time consuming, they really pulled everything together and were definitely worth it. On the other hand though, I had bits and pieces to sort on the morning of the wedding -such as giant balloons for either side of the aisle- that just didn’t happen, and it really didn’t matter. We even forgot to bring the wedding gifts for family but it just didn’t matter. By that point you just want to walk down the aisle and start the day. So don’t stress about the small things because you really won’t be thinking of them when you look through your beautiful photos and reflect on your day!
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Lucy G Photography
Your Outfit: A beautiful Phoenix Gown wedding dress from wifetobe (Warrington), sparkly Kurt Geigers.
A cooper/rose gold beaded handmade hair vine from a jeweller in Jersey.
Mum’s Clogau necklace that my sister had also worn for her wedding in July 2014.
Hair: My hair (and the bridesmaids/my Mum’s hair) was done by one of my best friends and hairdresser Laura Hall, a casual loose curly up do.
Make Up: By the beautiful and very talented Penelope from Frangipani Tree
Groom’s Attire: A navy blue suit from Next with a grey waistcoat, pale green tie and brown shoes
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Pale green lace/tulle knee length dresses from ChiChi London.
Cake: A semi-naked 3 tier drip cake from Hello Cake – super talented lady!
Flowers: Peach roses, real cotton and gypsophila bouquets from Riverbank Floristry
Stationery: All done by myself- apart from our lovely wooden place names from VM Bespoke
Band/DJ: Fab indie/rock singer Kev Donaldson from ‘The Murmur’ followed by our own playlist
Photo Booth: Again a DIY job with a handmade giant frame and lots of props!
Other Entertainment: Pianist- Roger Davis
Decor/Props: Lace doilies, lots of candles, ribbon and a giant copper pipe hanging behind the ceremony table with ribbon, glass jars and gypsophila
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.