Wedding Style: A Fun, Rock and Roll Themed Summer Wedding with a Gorgeous Statement Wedding Dress!
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
We met at the young age of 14 when Darren was just a name scribbled in a homework diary (Jo loves Darren), when 10 years later a catch up chat over social media resulted in a lunch date and we’ve been together ever since.
The proposal was shared idea between Darren and my sister who was also my maid of honour. At my sisters wedding a little over two years ago, my sister rounded all the girls up and tossed the bouquet, however, instead of throwing it, she ran over and gave it to me, I turned around and there was Darren down on one knee!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We love the industrial theme and we’re avid rock fans so wanted to try and incorporate a rock and roll theme infused with chic industrial (if there is such a thing!).
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
As soon as we walked in we fell in love with the place, tears were brought to my eyes when I saw the ceremony room and we knew right then that this was the venue for us. The West Mill incorporates everything we love and we’d move in if we could!
Did you do any DIY projects?
Yes! All the flowers were arranged by our lovely friend Jenni Bruce.
Darren built the cupcake step ladder and we created out own table centre pieces using cider bottles with copper piping and vinyl discs with copper mirror foil effects.
Tell us about the details…
The cake was made by my beautiful and wonderful sister Kelly, we decided to have loads of cupcakes as Kelly’s cupcakes always go down a treat.
The dress, i’m in love with my dress – I actually purchased it from the national wedding show at the NEC. It’s a gorgeous Ian Stuart dress called Rebel – apparently this is quite a fitting name for me :).
What was on the Menu?
We served mimosas for a drinks reception. Wedding breakfast consisted of butternut squash soup followed by the barbecue with chicken and beef burgers with potato wedges, cheesy garlic bread and salad, with brownie and ice cream for dessert!
Everyone was so happy with the food and commented on how nice it was to have a relaxed dinner rather than a more formal one which is what we wanted.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Aside from the ceremony, obviously, probably the wedding breakfast, having time to sit there and see everyone having a good time and getting up to mingle in-between sittings. It was nice to see it all come together.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Enjoy it, take time to sit back and watch everything that’s going on. Expect to not get around to everyone and know that that’s ok. For your photos, make sure you have a list of everything you want to ensure you get them all, the day goes so fast it’s good to know there’s a list somewhere someone has got to tick it all off.