Michaela & Dan

Michaela Wood and Dan Hallsworth • Wedding Details

Bride & Groom: Michaela Wood and Dan Hallsworth

Date: 5th August 2018     Photography: Charlotte Jopling

Wedding Style: A relaxed, Summer wedding with a burgundy and navy colour scheme.

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

We first met at secondary school when we were 15 years old. Dan was in the year below me and asked for my number from a friend. At first I was a little confused and annoyed that this random boy in the year below was messaging me, but this soon changed to frequent conversations and me looking forward to his messages. Fast forward through separate Universities, living together and buying a house in which Dan then proposed.

It was the morning of us venturing to Cambodia for four weeks. The sound of Sam Smith’s Latch played into the bedroom and I was told to go downstairs where roses and candles led the way. As I came face to face with Dan he was dressed in a tuxedo and handed me a book. Each page was filled with photographs and sentences from special times that we had spent together. As I reached the final page, Dan was already on one knee next to me.


What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

We wanted the day to incorporate our time together and to include our 6 month old daughter. We chose to have navy and burgundy as the colour scheme which we both really like and they were also the colours which were part of our school uniform.

Above all we wanted all of our friends and family to feel relaxed and to be able to have a really enjoyable time.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

For us Darley Park is a very special place and has been a part of our lives for a long time. When we first heard about The West Mill and its location, we decided straight away that was going to be where we got married.

Did you do any DIY projects?

Dan made the flavoured vodka which formed half of the favours on the tables. All the place names and signage were also handwritten by either myself, Dan or the Mother of the Bride. The vases for the table flowers were recycled jars with blue and burgundy ribbon tied around them.

Tell us about the details…

The flowers were beautifully arranged by Elodie Marsh (Flourish & Bloom) who incorporated burgundy, red and blue into them to fit in with our theme and colour scheme.

We opted for a minimal naked cake decorated with fruits and berries which was expertly created by the Father of the Bride’s partner (Karen). The dress which I chose to wear was a lightweight satin dress which was detailed with beading and included lace on the train. It fell low at the back and had buttons down the bottom. 

What was on the Menu?

For our drinks reception there was bottled beer, Pimms and lemonade, orange juice and blackcurrant squash.

For the wedding breakfast: mango and brie parcels to start, belly pork for the main and a passion fruit and chocolate torte for dessert. 


What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Getting married!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Try not to let the details of the day overwhelm you. You can do as much or as little as you want, just remember why you are doing it and who you are doing it for.

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Romantic, emotional, unforgettable.

The Dream Team

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