Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Kerry & Will
Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017
Wedding Style: A DIY Spring Wedding with Pastel Blooms and lots of personal touches.
Photography: Emily Horton Photography
Your Love Story…
How we met…
Love blossomed over the Tesco checkouts. Will started working at Tesco in November 2005, and was paired up with me on his first day. After several months of winking at me, we finally went on a date to the cinema, followed by a very romantic McDonalds Happy Meal. And the rest is history…
After 9 years of waiting, we were in Edinburgh for my birthday. Will popped out the hotel to buy my ‘birthday present’. Having initially been turned away from the jewellers for wearing a hoodie (It’s chilly in Edinburgh at that time of year!), Will bought a ring, which was extravagantly wrapped by the helpful shop assistant. Will reluctantly stopped at Tesco on his way back to the hotel and paid 5p for a carrier bag to provide some disguise from what was inside. The Tesco bag was tucked inside a rucksack, which Will had strapped to his back for the entire day as they traipsed round the castle. He then insisted on giving me my ‘birthday present’ 1 day early, in the Princes Street Gardens, overlooked by the castle.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
We wanted our day to be all about our journey together over the last 10 years. Our tables were all named after street names of relevant places i.e. where we met, where Will proposed and where we bought our first house together. We also used the beautiful backdrop of West Mill as our inspiration for the rest of the day. We pulled on the Cotton Mill history, with homemade oversized cotton reels, and lots of natural fabrics i.e. lace, ribbon etc. Overall though, we wanted our day to be really unique to us, with plenty of personal details.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
How could we not choose West Mill?! We knew from the outset that we wanted somewhere unique, as we weren’t a fan of hotel weddings, but we didn’t know what. As soon as we went to look round West Mill, we were completely sucked in by the absolute beauty and raw finish of the place, as well as Andrews passion for the building. Coupled with the amazing brew and biscuits on arrival, we were sold pretty quickly!
Did you do any DIY projects?
Yes, so many! We have some very talented family members, so pulled on their skills to make a lot of the finishing touches ourselves. My dad made the table signs from broom handles, wall brackets, quarry tiles and spray paint, and they looked amazing! We really struggled with the table plan, so he threw together a wooden frame from bits of wood he had in the garage! We also had a ‘crafternoon’ with the bridesmaids and mums, where we made the pallets, ribbon curtain and cotton reels. All the stationery and peg place names were DIY.
Tell us about the details…
We’re both rubbish with flowers (Bridesmaid and florist Emma will agree!). I had seen some photos on pinterest of empty beer bottles with flowers in as table centerpieces, and knew I wanted them. But that as about all we knew! We left all the other flower details to our amazing florist, who did a fantastic job. We can’t thank her enough.
My mum had always said she would make our cake, which we were extremely grateful for. It was always going to be served as our dessert, so we knew we wanted a naked cake with a plain sponge, and plenty of cream and fresh fruit. She did the rest, and yes, it definitely tasted as good as it looked!
I was extremely lucky to win my dress for free. I entered a competition on facebook back in 2015, where I had to add a caption to a photo, and the comment with the most likes won. We went on a social media campaign, and I think I ended up with about 600, the majority of whom I didn’t even know! It was incredible. I was able to pick my dress from the entire collection, and loved the lace details, long train, straps and champagne colour of the one I chose.
What was on the Menu?
As our wedding was at 2pm, we figured most people would’ve eaten before they arrived, so we opted not to have canapes, but added some bar snacks to our package, just for people to nibble on. Will loves his beers, and a lot of our friends and family aren’t so keen on Prosecco, so we also had bottle of Peroni on offer for the drinks reception.
For the wedding breakfast, we went for a terrine for the starter, and our favourite Roast Pork for main, with all the trimmings of course! We also chose the Host a Roast from Jenkinsons, so we could nominate someone from each table to carve. This was a great decision, and definitely got people talking on tables where they didn’t know each other so well. Our wedding cake was our dessert, which meant it all got eaten, and didn’t end up wasted in a horrible mess at the end of the night! Jenkinsons served it up with fresh cream, fruit and a fruit coulis.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
We loved every minute but the singing waiters were definitely a highlight! Myself and my mum went to a wedding fayre in Birmingham and met these guys. I made an enquiry, and they were really dismissive with me. It turned out my mum and dad had already booked them as a surprise! They put on an act where they dropped things and had arguments in the middle of the room right the way through the wedding breakfast. Several different people had made comments to myself and Will, and the mother of the groom was marching up to one of them to put him in his place, as they burst into song. Our poor wedding planner Emily was cowering in the corner, trying to avoid being the target of the complaints! Once everyone worked out what was going on, the whole room was on its’ feet (including grandma!). It definitely started off the party as we meant to go on! I would highly recommend them to everyone!
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
SO MANY LAUGHS!
We didn’t stop smiling and laughing all day, just wish we could do it all again!
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Book The West Mill! They were amazing from start to finish.
Design a wedding website (we used a free temlate on gettingmarried.co.uk). It meant we could keep our invitations really simple, and all the other info was online. People could RSVP online and we got email notifications, which made things so much easier!
Try and take 10 minutes out on the day (even if it’s just during your photos), to take it all in. It’s the best feeling ever seeing it all come together, and watching all your friends and family in the same room, smiling and enjoying themselves!
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Emily Horton Photography
Hair & Make Up: Nicola Hodgkinson Weddings & Special Occasions
Groom’s Attire: Suitors of Buckingham
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jasmine Bridal
Cake: Sally Tyler (Mother of the Bride)
Flowers: Signature Flowers (Bridesmaid Emma)
Stationery: DIY (Bride)
Band/DJ: The Red Bullets
Other Entertainment: Your Singing Waiters
The West Mill is a No Corkage Wedding Venue in Derbyshire. If you want to find out more about us, we’d love to hear from you. Simply download our brochure here or contact our events team to book a viewing.