Rachel & Josh

Rachel & Josh • Wedding Details


Bride & Groom: Rachel & Josh

Date: Saturday 17th March 2018     Photography: Chris Smith Photography

Wedding Style: A rustic March wedding with a garden theme and a surprise snowfall

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

Me and Josh met in 2014 when he interviewed me for a job at Five Guys. He trained me in Birmingham and we then both moved to the Nottingham store to open the new restaurant as managers. We spent so much time together at work that it was inevitable that we would become great friends. Once Josh moved on and got a new job in early 2015 we stayed in touch and then decided to start dating and the rest is history!

Josh proposed to me on our 1 year anniversary. He took me back to where we had our first date, we relived everything we did on that day and asked me to be his wife. It was so sweet and Josh was so nervous. I was just in shock 🙂

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

We both really enjoy spending time outside and Josh loves spending time making our garden at home look amazing. So we decided to follow a rustic theme for our wedding.

Once we decided that our colour scheme was sage green everything else seemed to fall into place. Instead of having table numbers we named them after herbs and each centre piece was the herb. Our favours were packets of wildflower seeds saying (Sew in Love). Our wedding invites had a herb wreath on them which we also used on our seating plan for our guests.

We tried to keep it nice and simple as neither of us like too much fuss but also put our own stamp on our big day. We also wanted to keep it personal by including little nods to our family and friends. We had photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, we also had a memorial table to remember all the loved ones that couldn’t be with us. We were really happy with how it all turned out in the end, it was exactly what we imagined.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

When we started looking for venues we wanted something a little different and unusual. The West Mill had not long opened when we came to visit for the first time. This was the first venue we came to see and we instantly fell in love with it. It really was everything we had imagined. Its just so beautiful and in a perfect setting we knew it was where we wanted our big day.

Did you do any DIY projects?

Most of the items we had for the wedding were hand made as we really wanted to put our own stamp on it but also keep it simple.

We had a DIY photo booth which had props on sticks, a Polaroid camera and guest book for the guests to stick the pictures in and leave us a note and my bridesmaids helped make our own selfie photo frame which we stuck flowers to which looked amazing.

All our place names were hand made, stamped and hand tied and our seed packet favours were made and filled by hand also.

We also made a large frame with string and pegs with pictures of family friend and myself and josh.

We also did our own sweetie table for the evening with lace decorated jars with all our favourite sweets in. This went down really well, there were hardly any sweets left at the end of the night!

Tell us about the details… 

Our cake was a beautiful naked cake which was decorated with herbs, gypsophila and fresh berries. We decided to have 4 different flavours on our tiers as our cake maker is so talented and makes incredible flavours! We had vegan chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache (Josh is a vegan so we wanted to make sure he would still be able to have cake), raspberry and madagascan vanilla, orange and passionfruit and the top tier was prosecco and elderflower.

Our flowers were chosen to go with our herb/rustic theme and we wanted to keep it really simple. My bouquet was made up of white flowers such as roses, lisianthus and gypsophila. It was also textured with herbs and lots of greenery to keep it natural. Our bridesmaids all had gypsophila and white roses and our button hole were small versions of my bouquet.

Our band ‘Saxy’ was chosen as they are a local band where we live and are really talented. They play a mixture of music, Richard plays the Sax and Honesty sings and they are brill. Great fun to dance and sing along to.

My dress was the second dress I tried on when shopping. I chose it because of its beautiful lace detail and train. I also loved that it had a bardot off the shoulder design which really suited my figure. Even after having a baby during the wedding process it still made me feel amazing on our day.

What was on the Menu?

Our drinks reception was proscecco and beers. I was really keen to have a pimp your presecco station, which had cordials and fruits to make your drink more fun. We had Morello Cherry, Elderflower and Lime and Ginger cordials and strawberries, Limes and raspberries. All our guests loved it and said it was a nice touch.

On the menu was Tomato, basil and orange soup. Followed by a host the roast of Beef with all the trimmings. We also had our own aprons made with our names on for our carvers to wear which was fun to see our guests having fun carving their tables dinner. For dessert we had a trio, which was chocolate brownie, Lemon meringuepie and creme brule.

We then had a cheese board with a selection of cheeses and port.

All our guests said the wedding breakfast was incredible and one of the best meals they have ever had at a wedding which was so nice to hear. So great work Jenkinsons!

The evening menu was roast pork baps with apple sauce and Spicy bean burgers for the veggies, these were served with wedges and salad.

We then had cake and sweets for pudding which went down well too.

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Even though at the time I wasn’t that impressed I would have to say that it was on a snowy day as we got the most incredible wedding photos from our amazing photographer.

I also loved that we had everyone we loved in one room together at one time, that was a great feeling.

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Enjoy every moment as it goes so fast and spend a few precious moments just you and your new husband. Everyone wants to talk to you and congratulate you and you soon realise that hours have gone by. I’d also say don’t worry too much on the detail, on the day you really don’t mind that much if something isn’t exactly how you wanted it. It’s just about sharing the love and enjoying your day.

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Snowy, Rustic and Perfect

The Dream Team


  • Photographer Chris Smith Photography
  • Dress & Headpiece Allison Louise Bridal
  • Jewelley Pandora charm bracelet, a gift from Josh. We add a charm every time something significant happens in our life. It tells a story of our life together :)
  • Hair Hair do, Swanwick - Danielle Ainsworth
  • Make Up Danielle Ainsworth makeup artist
  • Groom's Attire Jeff Banks
  • Cake The Pink Cake Box
  • Flowers Polka Dot Florist
  • Stationery Invites and seating plan created by Printscene
  • DJ Saxy
  • Other Entertainment Pianist - Roger Davis
  • Decor/Props All props & decor hand made by myself and my bridesmaids
  • Transport Josh's dads classic car

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