Francesca & Jacob

Francesca & Jacob • Wedding Details

Bride & Groom: Francesca & Jacob

Date: Sunday 15th April 2018     Photography: Matt Brown Photography

Wedding Style: A fun, Spring wedding with touches of rose gold & a stunning bouquet

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

I (Francesca) added Jacob on Facebook 7 and a half years ago while we were both still at school. We had lots of mutual friends and went to schools close by but hadn’t met – I refused to meet him for about 6 months as I was too nervous! Just as Jacob was about to give up we bumped into each other in our local town and then that was it. From there we just became inseparable & fell in love! Through 6th form, university and full time jobs we just grew stronger and stronger, never drifting apart. We moved into our first home in September 2016 and then Jacob proposed Christmas Morning 2016 – our first in our home. The proposal was so chilled but Jacob was like a hyper child in the lead up to Christmas (I should have realised!). Jacob had put the ring inside a set of Russian dolls, inside about 5 present boxes all inside each other. Very fitting and meant we then saw all our loved ones over Christmas to share the good news!🎄

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

A very relaxed, pink, blue & rose gold theme, mixed with a great evening party & lots of booze! We wanted to let the venue do the talking so just kept it all simple and added a few bits.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

From the moment we walked in we felt it really reflected our personalities & our relationship. It enabled us to give a very modern twist to the traditional wedding theme. Another factor was the amount of space. Having different floors for different parts of your day was fab, something that no other venue could offer. The amount of space and room was miles better than anywhere else. Another big factor was that you got what you saw! No packages/ drinks options/ set menus – the venue was yours with all you saw, bring your own drinks & get Jenkinson’s Caterers to cook the food you want! Just perfect!

Did you do any DIY projects?

Neil (Jacob’s Dad) made 95 small sloe gin bottles as table favours! He brewed them for months in the garage, testing them & adding sugar when required to make it perfect for us. We got some glass bottles from Ebay & also some foil stickers from Ebay, labelled them up and they were good to go! Something a little different.

Tell us about the details… 

Hannah Lane did my flowers, and they were absolutely perfect! I wanted a loose bouquet with lots of greenery and free flowing flowers and Hannah did just that! So perfect. They were tied up with grey ribbon and I had a charm of my grandad hanging from them. I had a gypsophilia theme for the girls so my 4 bridesmaids has that as well as a flower crown for my flower girl Charlotte. One detail people loved was the laser cut place names for everyone (all thanks to Hannah – The Lanes). Everyone got to take their names home and we saw so many pictures people took of their own name places!

The cake was something we both weren’t too bothered about to be honest. So we left that to M&S, having a gluten free one for me & chocolate & also sponge for guests, Hannah put some flowers on in keeping with ours and I had a cake topper made with ‘Mr and Mrs Beechey’ on – again from ebay! My dress was everything I wanted. I wanted a long dress with a sweetheart neck with some kind of lace & when I saw this dress covered in Chantilly lace I just HAD to have it! The veil was edged also with lace which matched perfectly.

What was on the Menu?

Drinks reception- bar snacks – crisps, popcorn & nutty bits!

Wedding breakfast – Chicken terrine, lamb host a roast (the best idea to do something unique!), his & hers puddings (chocolate brownie & lemon posset)

Evening food – Pork Baps & pulled pork baps.


Reception – Peroni & Processco

Wedding Breakfast- Chateau nerf du pape & Viognier White White (plus prosecco & Peroni from drinks reception). Plus some rapsberry lemonade and elderflower presse.

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Being taken back to the dressing room together after the ceremony to have a private 10 mins together was great as we hadn’t spoken at all since the night before and it was our first few minutes married! And then when everyone was awaiting the confetti shot was magical!

The band GrooveZoo in the evening were ABSOLUTELY out of this world – they took the day to another level and made it a real evening/party to remember!!!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Be relaxed, you’ve done all the hard work/planning/organising before the wedding! Don’t focus too much on what you want, have an idea but let the rest just happen. We forgot the cake separators on the day so we just went with it & had them separately, there will always be something on the day not to go right, nobody is perfect! We loved how the cake turned out in the end!

More than anything – try to take a step back and just take it all in!

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Real, unique & joyful

The Dream Team

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