Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Courteney & Andy
Date: Friday 3rd March 2017
Wedding Style: An elegant cotton themed wedding with DIY details and an Enzoani gown.
Photography: Elegant Memories Photography
Your Love Story?
My uncle was in a band with Andy, and he had been trying to get us together for a couple of months but for one reason or another we were never at the same place at the same time. Until one gig where we officially met in Derby. I was pretty impressed after i saw Andy play guitar behind his head, we spoke briefly but it wasn’t until after the gig that we got in contact and started talking. We became best friends and have been ever since. After two years of dating Andy proposed on a miserable, windy, rainy day on Alpoint Heights, one of the highest points in Derbyshire, apparently the views are amazing, but proposing in December, we didn’t have the best weather! It was completely unexpected and after the proposal Andy had organised a small get together with my close family and friends, it was the perfect end to a perfect day.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We wanted to embrace the fact that The West Mill was an old cotton mill, we wanted to incorporate fabrics, raw materials and other touches that really gave a nod to the Mills history, as well as that we loved the industrial feel to the place. I’ve always wanted long tables for the wedding breakfast, we loved the intimate feel it has and how it looks. And as soon as we knew that The West Mill allowed candles with naked flames, I knew I wanted them everywhere! Instead of flowers we had baby blue eucalyptus garlands on all the tables with candle sticks nestled in between.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
As soon as we got engaged I started googling wedding venues in Derbyshire, and The West Mill was the first one to come up, as soon as me and Andy saw the pictures, we knew we wanted to get married there. The whole concept of The West Mill, an exclusive wedding venue, with all the separate levels that have a different purpose for the day, as well as the beautiful industrial conversion, it was amazing – nothing like it! We had to see the place just to know it wasn’t too good to be true, and we weren’t disappointed, the venue was even more stunning in real life. On the meeting we had with Andrew, we could sense his enthusiasm and love for the place, we knew we would be looked after so we booked it there and then and have never regretted it since.
Did you do any DIY projects?
We did quite a few things ourselves, being quite an artistic and creative couple and family we wanted to do a lot ourselves and The West Mill were amazing about working with us to really bring our ideas to life. Because we were doing a fabric theme, myself and mum made a 3m long fabric backdrop for behind the altar, we collected all sorts of cream, white and Ivory ribbons and lace to use, and I have to say it did look good. Especially against the bare brick. And what was great was after the ceremony The West Mill team could move the back drop down to the breakfast floor. We also made the seating plan ourselves, using vintage fabric we sourced that was actually Victorian bedsheets from the 1800’s! Another thing we did was the name places, we used vintage wooden cotton reels with wire to hold the place names, and we managed to get much larger wooden reels for the table names. Also, the eucalyptus garlands we did ourselves the Thursday before the wedding!
Tell us about the details…
Flowers were some of the hardest things to decide on, I changed my mind so many times!! After being to a few florists, I found Sam at the Florist Gate, and she was fantastic! After showing her the bridesmaid dresses and the sorted of thing I wanted for my bouquet she was so enthusiastic and really brought what I wanted to life! I wanted lots of greenery, to match the garlands we had on the tables, and the bouquets looked amazing when they came! Sam had put in a rose that matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly, along with the greenery the bouquets looked absolutely stunning. We wanted the cake to be elegant and classy but with a modern twist, Andrea, who has known me my whole life and has been doing cakes just as long, was great to work with. I asked her for the modern twist so she hand painted pink and a pewter metallic on the cake, and as well she hand made beautiful flowers and eucalyptus to put on the cake, it looked fantastic! The perfect combination of elegant and modern. My dress was one of the first things I got sorted along with the venue. I wanted something classy and elegant, which is why I went for lace, the mermaid shape is something I didn’t initially want, I imagined myself in an a-line as I felt this would be more comfortable and flattering for my figure, but when I tried on the Enzonai gown it was perfect and I felt great in it! I didn’t want to just have strapless as I didn’t feel comfortable, that was when Pauline at the Bridal Rooms suggested I have a jacket made, they had done something similar previously and when they showed me it was perfect. I chose to have a diamanté belt and I felt this really finished the dress off with a little bit of sparkle!
What was on the Menu?
We decided not to have canapés, but instead we offered more drinks at the drinks reception, the fact that The West Mill does a no corkage charge is great! We took advantage of this by offering a ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ station with cordials and fruit, a Gin Bar, with various Gins & Tonics, and since Andy is a big ale fan, we had a cask of Swift Nick Ale by Peak Ales in Derbyshire. The food was amazing… we decided on Goats Cheese Tart to Start, Duo of Pork for main, and a Gnocchi option for vegetarians and a trio of mini deserts for pudding. The food went down a treat and we’ve had so many people say how much they loved it. Jenkinsons were great to work with and were both accommodating and helpful throughout the whole process.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Courteney: It’s so hard to decide on a favourite part, the day was so perfect and every part was my favourite, I guess if i had to pinpoint one part it was the wedding breakfast, the food was amazing and it was so great to see all the tables laid out and table decorations come together as well, it was like my vision brought to life.
Andy: I’d have to say the meal too, it was the point I felt most relaxed and just knew that all the months of planning was worth it, and the worrying a few months before about the table plan and decorations… there was nothing to worry about! It was all perfect. And I could see everyone else really enjoying themselves. Plus the food was so tasty and we were really look after by jenkinsons.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Unforgettable, Perfect, Epic – Best Day Ever!!
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Firstly – book The West Mill! Secondly, you can’t please everyone! Just focus on you two, as it’s your big day and you’re the priority. At first, I started to stress over other people but towards the end I realised that it’s our day and as long as we are happy, that’s the most important thing.
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Emily Bailey – Elegant Memories Photography
Hair: Georgia & Maddie at Lush Salon in Swadlincote
Make Up: Make up by Tabitha Glaze
Your Partner’s Outfit: Moss London
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Maya – Asos
Cake: Family Friend & Wedding guest, Andrea Tullet
Flowers: Florist Gate in Anslow
Stationery: Designed by myself and Maid of Honour (who is a graphic designer), Tabitha and printed myself
Band/DJ: Richie Muir
Photo Booth: Photo Fancies (Josh & Sarah Hanson)
Decor/Props: Done by myself and my mum
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.