Emily & Alex

Emily and Alex • Wedding Details


Bride & Groom: Emily and Alex

Date: 2nd February 2019      Photography: Tom Durn Photography

Wedding Style: A Winter Wedding with a Modern, Romantic Feel and an Awesome Doughnut Tower!

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

We first met back in 2010 at Worcester University. We technically met on a freshers night themed ‘Superhero Sunday’ – but with masks and fuzzy memories neither of us remember it!

However, it turned out we were on the same course and the next day Alex came and sat next to me on the first class of the year and we’ve been inseparable ever since. 

We got engaged in beautiful Barbados. We had the most amazing day snorkelling with the turtles and that night we went for a walk and Alex popped the question at my favourite spot on the beach.  

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

With the wedding being in February we wanted to use winter tones and lots of flowers to give it a romantic feel.

We of course tried to exaggerate the great copper and industrial theme of the venue and tied this altogether to make a modern magical wedding.  

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

The West Mill is so beautiful and like no other venue we visited. It was so great to have all the different floors for different parts of the day, this especially made it great for a winter wedding as people wouldn’t be spending much time outside.

It was also the perfect venue for us as it is round the corner from our house! 

Did you do any DIY projects?

We didn’t want to spend lots of money on the cake so Alex’s Mum kindly made a naked cake for us and we used this with a stand full of donuts and flowers to create something that looked and tasted amazing! 

We collected lots of bits and bobs from different shops to make signs, flower jars and decorations to fill the four floors with a little personal touch. 

Tell us about the details…

Our main flowers and props were all supplied by the amazing Avant Garden. They know the venue so well and Laura turned my dream visions from scraps of paper and drawings into a reality. 

What was on the Menu?

Reception drinks included homemade sloe gin, bottled beer and plenty of prosecco. 

We had hearty winter food for our wedding breakfast starting with individual camembert cheeses and bread, followed by roast pork and all the trimmings and finishing with warm apple crumble and custard.  

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Walking down the aisle and the confetti tunnel.

Seeing each other on the day was a feeling like no other and it was so amazing to be surrounded by everyone we love. 

We also weren’t sure we had enough confetti but it turns out we had more than enough and our photos look like heavy snow! 

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Enjoy the planning process! Most people will tell you this is really stressful but I must say we really enjoyed it!

Make lots of lists and take your time to do your research.

Social media, especially instagram tags, are really useful to look up previous work and weddings and give you lots of inspiration. 

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Relaxed, love and laughter

The Dream Team


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