Pip & Michael • Wedding Details
Date: 23rd August 2018
Photography: Humpston & Bull
Wedding Style: An Industrial August Wedding with Gorgeous Greenery
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
We met across a crowded bar, Revolution in Derby in fact! Michael had just returned from a couple of months away in Australia and New Zealand and we were introduced to one another by my (now) sister-in-law.
Michael proposed whilst on a camping holiday in Cornwall. He knew it was my favourite place and it means even more to the both of us now. Having just bought our first house together that year, I was convinced marriage was a way off yet (but was still hopeful it was at least in the pipeline!) How wrong I was; I was actually stunned into silence I think (for the first and only time since) and was super happy to learn that Michael had asked my Dad for his permission…over a round of golf!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
I think it’s fair to say we both wanted a fairly relaxed feel to the day, but with plenty of little touches that meant something to us as a couple. We loved the industrial feel of the venue; it really would still be a beautiful place to get married even if there hadn’t been any decor from us at all. I used Pinterest a LOT during the wedding planning, but also enjoyed seeing the venue dressed for each individual couple that morning, whilst on my (many) visits to the venue. It really helped me to visualise the space and how my rustic, homemade touches might fit into it.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
We actually used to live in Darley Abbey. We rented a period cottage just across the weir and up the road from the Abbey pub. I remember commuting to work and driving through the Mills complex during the renovation work to the West Mill and thinking to myself (not even engaged at this point) ‘I’m going to ring up and have a nosey at the venue when it’s finished!’ When we came home after our engagement in Cornwall, it was the first place we made an appointment to see because the location meant so much to us. Knowing that we didn’t want a religious ceremony made our choice even easier; I had to see the ceremony ‘space’ and actually imagine walking down the aisle to Michael. Following a few appointments elsewhere, we got the the stage where everything was being compared directly to the West Mill; if it wasn’t as good, then we discounted it! Until Michael actually asked a very sensible suggestion: ‘why on earth had we not booked it yet?!’
Did you do any DIY projects?
I’d salvaged a wooded pallet from the Internet which took me a couple of days to paint in the garden. I’d also collected large pieces of slate from a more recent trip to Cornwall which I painted with the names of Cornish beaches to form our table names. My siblings and I made the backdrop for our photo booth by tying ribbon to a larger piece of copper piping and then wiring on lengths of small white flowers using copper electricity wire. Because we were going on a years honeymoon back-packing around the world, I’d made a map highlighting our route with pins and string that greeted our guests when they arrived at the venue so that they could see what we would be getting up to!
Tell us about the details…
Regarding the flowers, I’d had a very strong idea of what I’d wanted from the outset. I was only ever after greenery, eucalyptus in particular, and knew I’d wanted a large/messy/hand-tied bouquet. I was also dreaming of a greenery backdrop that I’d seen on Pinterest/Instagram. My cousin very kindly had offered to do all of the flowers for me and following several meetings, we decided to add some scent (rosemary) texture (thistles and scabia) and a splash of colour (wax flowers and spray roses.) None of our boy’s buttonholes matched (which I loved) and other greenery came in the form of large hoops for our wedding breakfast tables, and wildflowers/greenery dotted around in jam jars, as well as our simple but gorgeous backdrop.
Cake-wise, my friend had floated the idea that he’d very much like to make it as his gift for us. I liked the idea of a rustic-looking semi naked cake, with lots of greenery. I also was quite keen for him to push the boundaries of traditional ‘wedding cake’ flavours. In the end, we settled for a four-tier cake that included flavours such as; sticky toffee with salted caramel, chocolate with Nutella and black cherries and lemon with raspberry and pistachio.
My dress is from Rococco in Melbourne and I came across it fairly early on in my search. I think I knew more about what I didn’t want (princess, strapless, anything that sparkled) and so was willing to try anything that didn’t match those descriptions. I had been drawn to looking at Pronovias dresses online and was also fairly confident that I wanted a lace, figure hugging number. When I had wiggled into it in the dressing room, I knew it was going to be the one to beat before I’d even had it done up. The first and only dress I tried where I literally didn’t want to change a thing about it. I’m secretly hoping I can wear it again at some point, maybe I can convince Michael to renew our vows in Cornwall…
What was on the Menu?
We didn’t actually serve any canapés during the reception, but drinks included a Gin & Tonic or Kir Royale after the ceremony, and then Pimms, Peroni or a Pint (Michael’s Dad had arranged a keg for us from his local Pub) to keep our guests watered until the Wedding Breakfast.
We chose a goats cheese and caramelised red onion tart for our first course. Following that, we’d opted for ‘Host a Roast’ (pork) for our main course and it was such a good decision! We’d had personalised aprons made for our nominated carvers and sous-chefs and it became such a fun talking point! It was amazing to sit at the top table and see our guests having fun and getting so stuck in. For dessert, we’d opted for a Belgian chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce, all washed down with a shot of homemade Limoncello.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
For me personally, walking down the aisle on the arm of my lovely Dad to meet Michael. I’m not a crier usually (having stayed dry-eyed during the engagement and even when I found THE dress) but I was in bits before I’d even rounded the corner from the Bridal Room. I’d organised our pianist to surprise Michael with a song that means something to both of us during my walk down the aisle (Tom Odell
’s ‘Grow Old With Me’) and when I hear that song now I can picture the walk all over again – goosebumps.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
It is very easy to say with hindsight how insignificant the little details are in the grand scheme of things. I’d like to think I was very organised at the time, but looking back I was trying to do so much in the run up to our big day that it had become less exciting and more stressful (tip two: delegate!) On the day, just go with the flow, what happens will happen. Any issues don’t matter at that point because you are about the marry your favourite person ever!
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Emotional, Personal, Perfect!
The Dream Team
- Photographer Humpston & Bull
- Videographer Those Girls (That Girl Emily)
- Dress Pronovias
- Shoes Benjamin Adams
- Veil My something ‘borrowed!
- Hair Slide Accessorize
- Jewellery Jenny Packham
- Hair Jessica Goodall
- Make-up Jessica Goodall
- Grooms Attire Moss
- Bridesmaid's Dresses TFNC
- Cake (friend made it)
- Flowers The Little Cutting Garden
- Stationery (friend designed and printed the invitations and orders of service) - Everything else was a DIY project
- Band The Wildcards
- Photo Booth DIY project
- Pianist Greg Barker
- Decor & Props All DIY
- Table Plan Booze Bath & Beyond