Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Naomi & Matt
Date: Thursday 20th April 2017
Wedding Style: A laidback rustic wedding with pastel colours and spring blooms.
Photography: Victoria Amrose Photography
Your Love Story?
We met on an online dating agency! After meeting in person things moved quickly as we moved in together within 6 months and found out we were having a baby a month later. The proposal however took years to come. 5 and a half years after we met we went to London and Matt popped the question on bended knee beside the River Thames.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
Our vision was pastel colours, rustic, an relaxed laidback feel. We picked West Mill as it fitted our vision completely. Matt came upon it during an internet search. We didn’t want a traditional church or hotel, we were looking for something a little different, a little quirky and West Mill jumped out at us. Online I loved it, but it was only seeing it in person that Matt was sold. It ticked every box we needed and so we cancelled other venue visits. The team at West Mill were fantastic throughout, which made us feel at ease, that our wedding was in safe hands.
Did you do any DIY projects?
We didn’t make as much ourselves as I’d initially planned, but we made our own stationary, put together the centre pieces ourselves, set up a love ladder where we displayed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents and did our own sweet table with the help of Polly & Me in decoration.
Tell us about the details…
The Dress: My dress was by Maggie Sottero. In truth I didn’t pick out this particular dress, I was looking for a tea length style, but the bridal assistant put it in the selection of dresses to be tried on and I just fell in love with it. It was just perfect. Understated, but not boring, not too big, but just enough. My shoes however I knew exactly what I wanted. Being Disney fans, my daughter and I looked for something a little different and I found someone who could make just what we wanted. Our daughter (age 6 at the time) just loved that we had matching shoes! As not to leave out our son (and the other page boys) we got them made some marvel avenger converse.
The Cake: We met Natalie from Yummy Little Cakes and a local wedding fayre and just seeing her cakes and trying a taster we stopped looking. We opted for a naked cake to fit with our vision. It was made up of 3 tiers, a lemon sponge, a carrot cake and a peach and prosecco sponge tier. She also supplied the cookies to go alongside our milkshakes for the children as arrival drinks and the macarons, which no sweet tooth can resist. Again in pastel colours, the flavours included salted caramel, bubblegum and oreo.
The Flowers: Our flowers were a more difficult decision as I wasn’t as clear on what I actually wanted. I took some great ideas and inspiration from Michele herself who despite my vague criteria created fabulous bouquets. Adding a personal touch, I did add 3 photo charms to my bouquet each with a photograph of my 3 grandparents who are no longer with us.
Little Touches: There were small details that Matt wasn’t aware of, one of which was the song that I would walk down the aisle to him. I See the Light from Disney’s Tangled was just perfect. It was a song we’d both heard so many times before, yet when I was looking for that perfect song, the lyrics were just beautiful. The joint decision on what song we’d walk out to and even our first dance was much more difficult being that our tastes in music are rather different.
What was on the Menu?
Picking our menu was made harder after the tasting day given that everything we tried was delicious, however the tasting day was key in our final choice of our main meal. Matt particularly saw the Host a Roast and ran with it. It was one detail no one else knew, not a guest nor anyone in the bridal party. It was a fantastic choice and made great conversation both on the day and after. We opted for a ham and mint tea terrine to start, something we’d sampled on the tasting day and something we both thought tasted wonderful. The host a roast meat was pork, followed by chocolate and orange torte with mango cheesecake ice cream. The dessert again was sampled on the taster day and it sounded a strange mix of flavours. Unsure of what to expect, it was just superb. Our decision of dessert was made on that same day and despite questions from families about the decision, they too agreed once they’d tried it.
Neither of us wanted an evening buffet and so fish and chips was a great choice. My only negative of the whole day was not going back for seconds!
Arrival drinks were a prosecco bar for the ladies, complete with purees and fruit to add, and bottled beers for the men, alongside the milkshakes and cookies for the children.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
We both agree that the whole day was fantastic. Everything went without a hitch and we wouldn’t have changed a single detail, but the one part of the day which will forever stay with me is walking down the aisle to meet Matt. Just fixed on his face, I barely noticed our guests. For Matt it was the 10 minutes we had just us in the Bridal Preparation room after we’d got married and then heading downstairs to see everyone waiting for us.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Perfect, amazing, relaxed.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Our advice: Enjoy the day, take your time to take it in and treasure it. The day itself goes so fast and we enjoyed the time that we had by ourselves before the wedding reception. Spend time on the planning and setting a budget and stick to your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or go outside the box.
Your Dream Team
Photographer: Victoria Amrose Photography
Videographer: Abigail Grace Videography
Bride’s & Flower Girl Shoes: Comic Book Shoe Zone, Etsy
Headpiece & Jewellery: Debenhams
Hair & Make Up: Caro Millington
Grooms’ Attire: Tickled Pink, Doncaster
Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Mistress
Flower Girl Dress: Tickled Pink
Cake: Yummy Little Cakes
Flowers: Michele Gledhill
Band: Richie Muir
Photobooth: Oh! Photobooth
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.