Danielle & Ryan • Wedding Details
Date: Friday 16th March 2018 Photography: Lee Garland
Wedding Style: A boho themed wedding with copper accents & an incredible bespoke wedding dress
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
It sounds so cringy but it really was a love at first sight situation. We met over ten years ago in a club in our local town. I was out with a friend selling tickets for a student night and Ryan was out with some of his friends (he wasn’t meant to be going out that night so fate really did bring us together) I saw him from across the room and knew he was the person I wanted to be with. It turns out he thought the same and found me on Myspace! – We started dating each other three weeks later.
We got engaged 8 years later in Rome! On possibly the rainiest day we have ever seen Ryan insisted that we walk to the top of a VERY steep hill so that we could look across the whole city, by the time we got to the top we were absolutely soaking wet but none of that mattered when Ryan asked me to marry him! I now know why he made us walk so far in the rain – it really was a perfect spot.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
Our inspiration for the day defiantly came from the style of the venue. We loved the industrial look of the West Mill and wanted to work with that. We wanted our theme to be quite minimal and modern rather than rustic looking and to incorporate a slight bohemian twist with crystals, feathers and incense. We wanted to keep our colour pallet quiet simple and classy so chose black dresses and suits for the bridal party and a dusty rose colour for all other décor.
We wanted an informal and relaxed feel to our wedding. Our main goal was to make sure that everyone had smiles on their faces and enjoyed the day as much as we did.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
Before we had even got engaged a friend asked us what sort of venue we would like to have if we did get married – and it got us thinking. We wouldn’t describe ourselves as religious so a church wedding wasn’t for us. We didn’t see ourselves having a barn or marquee wedding and we didn’t want anything too traditional. One day I decided to search online for a venue that would suit our style so I ‘googled’ minimal industrial wedding venues – and The West Mill popped up! As soon as we got engaged we booked an appointment to view it and fell in love immediately. It was the perfect venue for us. We loved the industrial look, the brick walls, the exposed pipe work, the metal ceilings, the original features and everything else it had to offer. We also loved that the venue was a blank canvas and that we could dress it how ever we wanted to really give it a personal feel.
It was really important for us that which ever venue we did choose would allow us to bring our two dogs Poppy and Polly along to spend some time with us during our special day. The West Mill was more than happy to let them come along, which on top of everything else sold the venue to us!
Did you do any DIY projects?
Yes we ended up doing far more DIY projects than we had intended on doing, but I am so glad that we did. It gave the day a much more personal feel – and when we saw all our hard work come together it made it all worth it. I started by working with one of my bridesmaids to make our wedding invitations and from there we decided to make as much as possible. I made the entire wedding stationary from the order of service, individual menus with place names sewn on, a metal A-frame board which I had printed with a welcome message and order of the day, the seating plan, a bar menu and even all the favors for our guests.
I’m so lucky that I have such a creative sister as she was on hand when ever I needed her and she really pulled it all together for me! She helped to make all the candleholders we had as well as sealing all the invites with a wax seal, which wasn’t an easy task. My dad helped to make the 6ft wooden board that we had painted white at the end of the aisle and also a guest note board we had instead of a guest book.
Tell us about the details…
My dress was very special to me as I had it designed and made by Emma Beaumont Atelier. I saw Emma almost every month for over a year as we came up with the design together, chose the fabrics & embellishment and went to countless fittings until it was finished just two weeks before the big day. I knew I wanted my dress to have the wow factor and I wanted to keep the rest of my styling simple. I didn’t want a traditional dress and although I wanted it to make a statement I didn’t want anything too over the top. I think Emma really achieved that for me. I felt amazing on the day knowing my dress was completely unique. I think it can be overwhelming finding the perfect dress when there are so many styles to choose from. If there are any brides like me who have an idea in their heads and are struggling to find it go and see Emma – She is a total genius!
Lisa at the Melbourne Cake Company made the cakes and she did an incredible job! We decided to have individual cakes as centerpieces at the wedding breakfast as something a little different to flowers. We had a variety of sizes and flavors all on stands in the center of each table decorated with copper brush strokes and with copper wire number placed in the center! Not only did they look great but also they tasted like a dream – Especially the carrot cake! We also had a three-tier wedding cake that was decorated very minimally with ivory butter cream and crystals.
I was most looking forward to seeing the flowers on the day. Most of our budget went on them and we are so glad that it did. After following Louise at Number 27 Floral design on Instagram I knew we had to have her. I love how she described her style of floral design as ‘unstructured and wild’. We had a 25ft floral table runner for our top table, a 6ft garland that decorated our aisle back drop, a 5ft garland that decorated a chair in honor of my mum as well as all the beautiful bouquets, button holes and aisle ends! I loved everything that I had seen Louise do and after meeting with her I felt confident that she would create something beautiful for us. She chose the most beautiful colours and used lots of foliage, which worked well against the black of the bridal party.
We never let an occasion go buy in our family with out balloons. So balloons were a must as this was a very special occasion. We’ve seen balloon garlands become popular and thought that it would look so effective against the brick on the outside of the mill. We struggled to find some one local to Derby that could do it for a reasonable price until we found Jayne from Dottie&Love. We kept the colour simple and stuck to all white. They looked fabulous on the day and all our guest enjoyed taking photos in front of them
What was on the Menu?
Oh my goodness, the food! We were completely spoilt for choice at the food tasting as it was all SO good. At our drinks reception we had a choice of four different canapés that went down a treat. We served Prosseco and Peroni as well as three different cocktails – Raspberry Mojito, Elderflower Collins and Rose & Lychee Bellini’s. All the different cocktails got our guests in the party mood a little too early so it was good to sit down and have a three-course meal before the evening party began. We didn’t have a theme for our food so we chose the things we would most likely pick if we went out for a meal. We gave our guests a choice of three starters, mains and desserts to choose from which guaranteed them to get exactly what they wanted! The day after the wedding everyone said how delicious the food was.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
It’s too hard to choose one part of the day that’s our favourite! The whole day was perfect from start to finish. Actually becoming husband and wife was a very special and surreal moment for us. We loved the reception when everyone was relaxing, having fun listening to the singer, eating all the amazing canapés and drinking cocktails! We also loved the speeches and how they had us all laughing (and crying) together!
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Be organised, don’t stress and accept help off family and friends if they offer! Take as much time as you can to be together on the day, it’s so easy to get pulled away from one another for photos and to chat to guests. But remember it is your day. Most importantly enjoy it!!
(So Much) Love and Happiness
The Dream Team
- Photographer Lee Garland
- Videographer Lee & Dawn at Shutter Box Films
- Dress Bespoke wedding dress & Veil made by Emma Beaumont in Knutsford
- Shoes Aldo
- Earrings Swarovski
- Wedding Rings Chris at Argento Jewelers
- Hair Beth Whittaker hair (Ryan’s cousin which was nice)
- Makeup Lucinka Hodnett @ Make up by Lucinka
- Groom's Attire DKNY 3 piece suit, shoes from Kurt Keiger
- Bridesmaid’s Dresses John Zack from Silk Fred
- Cake The Melbourne Cake Company
- Flowers Number27floraldesign
- Stationary The Gold Letter for our Save The Dates, The rest were done by Bride
- Balloons Dottie&Love Balloons
- DJ Anthony Parella
- Singer Danny James