- Bride & Groom: Debbie & Liam
- Date: Saturday 17th February 2018
- Photography: Grace Elizabeth Photography
- Wedding Style: A relaxed winter wedding with gorgeous greenery and lots of DIY decor
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
We met over 13 years ago at Netherthorpe Sixth Form. We’re both from the same village in Chesterfield and went to university in Sheffield.
Liam proposed in October 2015 on holiday in Ravello, Italy on the Amalfi coast which was beautiful. We hired a car to drive along the coast and Liam had arranged to stop at a view point called the balcony of infinity to pop the question! The view was incredible and there weren’t many people around which made the moment really special. During this time we were preparing to move to Adelaide in Australia but not before having a big leaving/engagement party with all of our friends and family to celebrate which was so much fun and made us so excited for the wedding day.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We wanted our wedding day to be informal, fun and relaxed, celebrating with all of our friends and family together in one place. We decided quite early on that we wanted to embrace the cold by having a winter wedding at the West Mill in February. Our colour scheme was quite natural and simple, we used lots of foliage with accents of gold, green and grey.
Our main inspiration for the day was greenery and plants which we used to compliment the bare bricks and features of the venue.
We served hot winter pimms and made hot chocolate spoon favours, combined with lots of candles and lanterns around the venue to enhance the wintery atmosphere.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
We chose the West Mill because it was so different to everything else we had seen and seemed perfect for our idea of a winter wedding. We had seen photos online while we were researching venues in Australia but when we saw the place for ourselves we immediately knew we wanted to get married there. The view from the ceremony room was incredible and we thought the light from the windows would make for beautiful photos.
Did you do any DIY projects?
All of the wedding decor, stationary, signage, flowers, cake, Photo Booth etc were DIY projects and we had so much fun putting everything together! Particularly the giant wreath! It made such a statement in the ceremony room and looked amazing once hung in place covered in greenery. We also made small rosemary wreaths and clay place names for all the guests which were placed on each table setting, combined with stoneware bottles collected from antique and vintage shops down the centre of each table. The stationary was also a DIY project which made such a difference and we loved that everything coordinated. It was really nice to have signage around the venue that complimented our greenery theme and tied everything together. They were printed by a company called printed.com and we were so happy when they came! We used them on easels around the venue to direct guest and provide information about the day e.g. order of the day, table plan etc.
We used YouTube tutorials to teach ourselves how to put together the bouquets, button holes and a greenery garland.
Tell us about the details…
Liam’s mum made our naked wedding cake and decorated it in greenery to keep in with the theme. We were so happy with it and it went down very well with all the guests in the evening.
We used lots of foliage to create our bouquets, garland, table decorations and aisle backdrop. We ordered it all from triangle nurseries and we practically set up a flower shop in my mums garage the week before the wedding to prepare everything. We watched Youtube videos to help us create a table garland and bouquets which was so much fun! The bouquets were finished off, tied with long velvet ribbon and a white protea flower which we used as they reminded us of living in Australia. Our main feature was a giant wreath that hung at the back of the ceremony room which we later moved to the gallery so guests could have photos taken in front of it with the polaroid cameras. The wreath was made from wicker from a very talented lady called Christine Redstone from Redstone Willows. We then covered it in foliage and hung it from the ceiling.
I was so happy with my dress and being able to customise it was so much fun. We added pockets so it felt more casual and was a handy place to store lip balm and my phone! The detail of the lace was incredibly detailed with lots of intricate beading. The long sleeves matched the bridesmaids dresses which was great for the cold weather and came in useful when having photos taken outside!
Ruth Richmond at Studio One Walton did mine and my five bridesmaids hair and makeup. They were amazing and made our morning really fun and relaxed. We went for a natural look with makeup and our hair was a combination of soft curls, plaits and twists so we each had something slightly different. It lasted all day without touchups!
What was on the Menu?
We served hot Winter Pimms, a selection of gins and beer, so there was something for everyone!
The gin bar went down well with pretty much everyone! Maybe a bit too well haha! We created a gin menu that we put on a table top easel which showed what garnishes went well with the different gins which everyone enjoyed! For the wedding breakfast we had Pumpkin Ravioli for started, Pork with a cider cream sauce for main and toffee apple creme brûlée for dessert. The food went down really well with our guests and the guys at Jenkinsons were amazing at looking after everyone.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Its so hard to choose one part of the day but one of our favourite moments has to be our first dance! It felt like a huge celebration with all of our friends and family and it was so nice to see everyone dancing and having fun! We were so nervous as our chosen song was not a conventional first dance type of song but the band made it so lively and energetic and everyone joined in and made it such a fun, memorable part of the day.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Try to enjoy the planning as it goes by so quickly.
Also we found it really helpful to try to spend time with our guests during the drinks reception and wedding breakfast between courses. You will be so busy with all the wedding madness that its impossible to speak to everyone but we were so glad we went around the tables to have a quick chat with everyone.
We also asked some friends to record some of the important parts throughout the day with go pro cameras including walking down the aisle, the speeches and the first dance so we can keep watching the big moments from the day.
Emotional, Fun, Lively
The Dream Team
- Photographer Grace Elizabeth Photography
- Dress Custom made at Blushes Bridal Studio
- Shoes Dune
- Jewellery Wedding ring from Etsy. I also wore a blue topaz ring of my mums which was something old, borrowed and blue
- Hair & Make Up Ruth Richmond at Studio One Walton
- Groom's Attire Liam's suit was from Reiss.
- Bridesmaid’s Dresses ASOS
- Cake Liams mum made the cake and it got so many compliments!
- Flowers We ordered the foliage from Triangle nursery and made everything ourselves.
- Wreath Hanging The wreath was made from wicker from a very talented lady called Christine Redstone from Redstone Willows. We then covered it in foliage and hung it from the ceiling.
- Stationery I made our wedding stationary using photoshop and used a website called printed.com.
- Band The Distractions