Faith & Karl

Wedding Details


  • Bride & Groom: Faith & Karl
  • Date: Monday 19th February 2018
  • Photography: Rosie Kelly Photography
  • Wedding Style: A champagne and sparkles February wedding with an arrival in Delboy's van!

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

Karl and I met at University in 2012 in a good old exciting lecture. I was sat there waiting for the lecture to begin when, after being at University for two years already, a new face appeared in the doorway. Luckily for me, it was Karl and he was with a mutual friend at the time. Karl had suffered an awful injury which meant he had to retake a year at University (hence, our chance meeting on this particular day). Needless to say, he won me round straight away and I guess you could say, the rest is history! We spent all of our time together from there on end and moved in the following year. In 2016, we had purchased our first house together and had adopted our first baby (our little kitty Oreo) and so weren’t ready for children ourselves so this was our next step! On Christmas morning 2016, I was feeling slightly deflated due to thinking I would be proposed to (after finding a ring box weeks prior) but nothing had come through the rigorous opening of presents that morning. I went upstairs to change for the festivities of the day when Karl called me back down to the Christmas tree. Hanging on the top branch, was a hand knitted stocking which held the most beautiful engagement ring I could have ever dreamed of. It was magical and just perfect with our little family around the tree!

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

Being the picky person that I am, we struggled to find a particular theme or colour that we wanted. We decided to opt for quite neutral colours due to us not really liking a colour itself. Then, our florist introduced us to the ‘quicksand’ Rose which steered us in the direction of creams, green foliage and mink shades throughout the day. The candles that we too incorporated to the day, added a touch of class and elegance to our perfect day.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

Again, picky us! We just couldn’t settle on a venue and everywhere we seemed to look just wasn’t right. We heard about the West Mill from a friend of mine who had talked about a cotton mill that had been converted. We were dubious at first and didn’t know what to expect but as soon as we arrived, we fell in love! We hadn’t even booked a meeting on the first day we looked around, however after seeing everything the West Mill had to offer, we just couldn’t leave without speaking to someone. We fell in love with the exposed brick, the character of the building and for Karl, it was the historic graffiti etched into the upstairs windows. The team were so accommodating with us and then came the dreaded ‘can we even afford such a beautiful venue?’ The answer was yes! You get so much for your money at the West Mill and the team just cannot do enough for you. It is truly a magical place to get married and we loved every second!

Did you do any DIY projects?

As Karl and I are both teachers, we barely had time to respond to emails during the lead up to the wedding let alone create DIY projects ourselves. We had two years to organise ourselves from the day of booking our date yet still were as unorganised as usual (ask our friends and family). A lot of our décor came from our amazing florist and the artwork from the talented Mad Philomena and we didn’t want to add too much to the already spectacular venue so had limited adaptions to make.

We did however, create some of the aspects to our day. Our wedding favors were hand made with the women having wine charms in the form of angels and the men having personalised football accumulators (with the father of the bride being the only winning ticket!)

The handwritten labels and the pimp you drink station were my tireless efforts of trying calligraphy writing with a glass of wine in hand. Our pick and mix table and labels were also another project of ours. The gorgeous cupcakes were the talents of my Mum and tasted amazing albeit spoilt with the secrecy of adding Only Fools and Horses cake toppers to them (thank you to my husband there). Our sparklers, small signs around the venue and many floral frames were also created by myself.

Tell us about the details… 

The day I bought my wedding dress was never supposed to be the day I found my dream gown. It was a girl’s shopping trip when we decided to just have a wander into some shops. The excitement of the day was in full flow at this point and the wedding wasn’t for another two years at this time. I visited a few bridal shops in Derby before ending up in Brides and Gowns in the city. It was like walking into a Princess dream. Rails of sparkle and sequins stood before me and the whole experience was amazing. We chose a few dresses that I thought would be nice on me but they just weren’t right. Then, my Badgley Mishka dress appeared before me. I tried it on and my entourage just teared up. I felt like a movie star and knew straight away that this was the dress for me. We bought it there and then and wouldn’t see it for another year as it needed ordering from LA. It was far from what I expected to wear with its jewels, lace and endless detailing but I wore it throughout the entire day and never felt so beautiful.

Karl’s suit was from Slaters in Nottingham. He always wanted a tweed suit but when he saw his navy and checked suit in the shop, he wasn’t going to be swayed. Tailored to fit himself and the entire male entourage, the men had never looked smarter. On the day, I surprised Karl with a gold pocket watch to match with his suit (something he’s always wanted). It really set off the colour and detail in the suit and he looked fab!

Our cake was made by two family members, Kevin and Graham who own ‘Feeling Peckish’ in Newark. We always knew we wanted a special cake and when asked about the flavours of the cake, I couldn’t believe Karl had asked for Battenberg! I had never heard of anyone having this flavor before but hey, it was his day too and went down a treat! It was a four tier cake with battenburg, fruit cake, chocolate fudge and carrot cake. The flowers which were draped around the cake were from our florist Amy at Bell’s Flowers and the champagne gold cake topper was from Ebay.

Our cupcakes in the evening were made by my talented Mum, Linda. She worked so hard the day before the wedding to bake, ice and decorate the white chocolate and raspberry cakes and I am so grateful for her amazing treats! I could have questioned the cake toppers that Karl decided to get my Mum to use without me knowing though. I always told Karl our theme was not ‘Only Fools and Horses’ no matter how much he loves the show!

Our flowers were from the amazing Amy at Bell’s Flowers, Derby. We met Amy after our previous florist that we had booked had to cancel her upcoming weddings due to the wonderful news of her pending baby arrival! Amy was a friend of hers and we were so happy when we met her. She always knew what I wanted in the wedding and even stopped me changing my mind with weeks to go, thankfully! I wanted lots of simple yet elegant flowers including roses, white Gypsophila and green foliage incorporated. Amy decided to show us a quicksand Rose too which has a slight mink/champagne gold look to it. This was a chosen focal colour for us from that moment and allowed us to see the vision for the rest of the day. Amy included champagne and mink votive candles which surrounded the base of our centre pieces which were blooms of white Gypsophila and also added floating white Gypsophila in tall vases to our top table.

What was on the Menu?

During the drinks reception, we served prosecco alongside a pimp your drink station where guests could add a variety of loveliness to their favourite fizz including fruit and cordials. As the wedding grew closer, we decided to add bottled beers for guests too and these went down a treat.

For our starter, we opted for the Mango and Brie parcels which were a favorite of Karl’s during our taster evening at the Mill. They were served with Mango Salsa and Rapeseed Oil. For the main, we went for the Breast of Chicken wrapped in Pancetta filled with Gruyere Cheese and Serrano Ham with a Creamy Leek Sauce. We did wonder whether we had gone cheese mad with our food but, we love cheese and we love to food! The main was served with a Love Heart Shape Fondant Potato and seasonal vegetables. The potato was a choice from my Mum as she fell in love with the shape of the potato and felt it was quite fitting to have a love heart on your plate for our special day.

We always knew what our dessert would be as we fell in love with the Warm White Chocolate and Cointreau Brioche Pudding served with Vanilla Crème Anglaise at the taster evening. It was the only decision were both agreed on straight away and went down a treat!

In the evening, we opted for a mixture of Roast Tender Leg of Pork and Roast Beef Baps. The Pork was accompanied with Sage and Onion Stuffing with Apple Sauce and the Beef, a creamed Horseradish Sauce. Karl also chose to have a Spicy Tomato Relish included here although, we didn’t come off the dance floor to have any of the evening food. We heard it was delicious though!

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

I think people always say that your wedding day is the best day of your lives and they are so right! I struggle to think of an exact ‘part’ of the day which was my favourite. Aside from actually marrying one another, having all of the people important to us there and having a great day, it has to now be reliving all of the moments from our day over and over again. The team at the West Mill and Nikki, our fantastic wedding planner made sure every aspect of our day was our favourite. Rosie Kelly, our amazing photographer assured that she captured every moment of our day and the talented videographers Trey and Kim from Sheridale Productions have created a video of memories that we will cherish forever.

Our sparkler tunnel towards the end of the night was probably the most surreal experience though. Having all of your guests let sparklers off for you, really showed us how much love was surrounding us throughout the entire day and was extremely emotional, for all of the right reasons. I don’t think my Dad stopped crying all day and I know Karl had his moments in the evening!

We really could relive this day so many more times. It was perfect!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Love every moment and be organised!

Although we didn’t ‘create’ a lot of our wedding ourselves, towards the end, we needed to be more organised with funds. It’s amazing how quickly two years can go by and before you know it, everyone wants paying! So, keep an eye on what you need to do and try to sort and finalise things as early as you can. This will help you to have a smooth and relaxing final few weeks run up to your special day. I don’t think I relaxed until the day before the wedding which isn’t always ideal but alas, worked for me 🙂

Also, I say that we could relive the day over and over but this is so right because it flies by so quickly! Everyone will tell you how fast the day goes but sadly, they are really telling you the truth. Enjoy every single moment with the people around you but also spend time with your new husband or wife! The West Mill will make your day magical and perfect and you won’t have to worry about anything but enjoying yourself with the people that matter! I know they did for us and we had the best day ever!

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Unforgettable, Magical, Perfect!

The Dream Team


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