Emily & Ryan

Emily & Ryan • Wedding Details


Bride & Groom: Emily & Ryan

Date: 14th February 2018     Photography: Samantha Whiting Photography

Wedding Style: A Valentines Wedding with copper elements and so many DIY details

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

We met at a bus stop when were only 17 and 18 years old. It was complete fate as I wasn’t supposed to get that bus at that time or that day at all – but after seeing Ryan for the first time I decided to get that bus every single day at that same time until I plucked up enough courage to speak to him…in all honesty I effectively ‘stalked’ my ‘hot bus guy’ until we started to talking and the rest, as they say, is history!

Ryan’s proposal was amazing, we had managed to save up for a holiday of a lifetime to Bali and unbeknown to me, he had been planning his proposal for months – hunting down the right ring and traditionally asking my parents and brother if he could propose… 2 nights in I spotted an advertisement for a candle-lit dinner on the beach and suggested it to Ryan (he must have thought all his birthday’s had come at once as it was something I had suggested completely un-aware that was his plan all along) after a wonderful meal, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – just as fireworks were set off 200 yards behind us, he didn’t even know that a massive fireworks display was arranged that night or the exact time – it couldn’t have naturally gone better if he had tried!

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

All we wanted, was for everyone there to have a fantastic time. Valentine’s Day is obviously a day full of love, so we wanted to go with that idea, but as it was a Wednesday – it meant everyone making an extra effort to be with us on that day, with some travelling hundreds of miles mid-week, so we wanted to make sure everyone felt loved, included and appreciated as well as us! We love copper, so that had to be our metallic, my middle name is rose and I love botanics and florals – so we decided on dramatic florals and modern copper elements.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

Our personalities are polar opposites (which is why we work so well!). I’m very traditional and love all things vintage, and Ryan is very modern and contemporary – The West Mill just had everything we could have asked for and more! We walked in and our breath caught in our throats; it is such a stunning venue with so many beautiful elements to catch your eye on each and every floor – you could walk in and not dress the venue in any way and it would still be the most beautiful wedding. However we could instantly see how each floor could be dressed and just wanted to book it as soon as we could. We loved that everything was in one place, but set over separate floors so you don’t have any room changes, the weather on the day wouldn’t ever matter as the inside is just as good as the outside for photos, light and space – and every detail is thought of – the West Mill Team are amazing, as are Jenkinson’s Caterers!

Did you do any DIY projects?

Pretty much every element of the day was ‘DIY’, to the point that halfway through our period of wedding planning, my mum and I decided to set up our own wedding décor business as we realized how much we loved it; and Lily Rose Weddings and Events was born! All of the bouquets, button holes, corsages, table centre pieces, hair flowers and small arrangements were made by my incredible mum (I helped a bit, I’m learning!) and they were silk – meaning we could make them well in advance and keep them forever. All of the chalkboard signs, mini easel place settings etc were hand lettered by myself and 2 bridesmaids, all of the photobooth props, backdrop, stairway to heaven elements, table plan details, copper arrows, donut station items etc were created by my mum and I and I also hand-stitched 90 ‘No ugly crying’ handkerchiefs too!

Tell us about the details… 

Our gorgeous cake was lovingly made for us as a wedding present by our very talented bridesmaid Alice. We had a double chocolate layer, a red velvet layer and a top tier of lemon drizzle (the only cake Ryan likes), she hand painted each drip with copper pigment and then decorated it with some of the leftover silk flowers and a copper arrow made by mum – it looked better than we could have ever hoped for and was so tasty!

My flowers, as mentioned before, were created by my incredible mum and led to us setting up our new business. We had so much fun choosing each flower and colour and putting them all together. As we went with silk rather than fresh flowers, it meant we could have exactly the right shade, size and type of flower and foliage that we wanted and it could all be made well in advance so we didn’t have any stress close to the day, it also meant that my bridesmaids could keep their bouquets and our family could keep their button holes and corsages as a memento of the day.

We had lots of other details such as the ‘no ugly crying’ hankies, handmade copper arrows for place settings, a stairway to heaven featuring my two lovely uncles who were watching the day from a much higher place, cookies and donuts, our table plan of a huge copper map as all of our tables were named after a place we had visited, a photobooth etc – Pinterest was to blame for a lot of details and ideas but it all made such a difference!

What was on the Menu?

After the ceremony we served cookies and sweets alongside our champagne to keep everyone’s energy up during such a long day.

For our wedding breakfast we had:
Starter – Duck breast with orange jus and candied beetroot
Main – Host a Roast, leg of pork with ALL of the trimmings including heart shaped fondant potatoes – this was one of our favourite elements of the day as I had secretly chosen a host for each table to carve the meet in a very fetching hat and bright blue apron – it had everyone in stitches and the chosen carvers took it all in their stride!!
Desert – Heather honey crème brulee with lavender shortbread heart

For our evening food we had hot roast beef cobs with horse radish, a donut station and our gorgeous wedding cake!

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

It’s so hard to pick just one moment as a favourite, but seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle was indescribable – so much excitement! The ceremony was very ‘us’ and tradition was out of the window. The wedding breakfast was fantastic, especially with the host a roast element causing so many laughs, the speeches were amazing and made the nerves feel worth it! And the confetti tunnel finally being able to happen when we had a small break in the torrential rain that went on all day – was brilliant!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Try not to stress about the small things, they really don’t matter in the end! It’s your day, if you want to throw tradition out of the window – DO IT! Take as much time as you can to be together on the day; we had 5 minutes to be just us in the dressing room after the ceremony and let it sink in that we were married, and we took the time during dinner to hold each other’s hand and look around the room to watch all of our favourite people with the biggest smiles on their faces.

Invest heavily in your photographers and if you can – definitely get a videographer on board too; they captured EVERYTHING, the day goes so quickly and there is so much that you either miss or forget happened, so to look back and see everything again is amazing!

And finally, enjoy every second, take in all that you can, and don’t get too upset afterwards; it isn’t over – it’s just beginning!!! 🙂

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Love, Laughter, ‘Us’

The Dream Team


  • Photographer Samantha Whiting Photography
  • Videographer Sophie Hurry Film
  • Dress Lusan Mandongus - Bridal by Beau Belles
  • Shoes NewLook (Bride’s ‘something blue’ with jeweled backs added by the bride)
  • Earrings Bridal by Beau Belles (Brides ‘something new’ from brother and sister-in-law)
  • Rings Mother of the brides eternity ring (Bride’s ‘something borrowed’)
  • Bouquet Jewellery Grandparent’s wedding cake decorations on bouquet (Bride’s ‘something old’)
  • Hair Cut and Colour by Anna Lee at Toni&Guy Nottingham, styled by bride.
  • Makeup Beauty by LJM
  • Groom's Attire Moss Brothers bespoke tailored suit, Next shirt, ASOS shoes. Personalised pocket watch gifted by the bride and 100 year old silver sixpence in his inner pocket for good luck!
  • Bridesmaid’s Dresses ASOS
  • Wedding Party Suits Moss Brothers
  • Cake Lovingly made by Bridesmaid Alice
  • Flowers Lovingly created by Lily Rose Weddings and Events
  • Stationary Lily Rose Weddings and Events
  • Decor & Props Lily Rose Weddings and Events
  • DJ MC Productions
  • Pianist Rob Upton
  • Photo Booth Lily Rose Weddings and Events

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