Rachel & Sean

Rachel Evans & Sean Ollier • Wedding Details

Bride & Groom: Rachel Evans & Sean Ollier

Date: 1st November 2018     Photography: Claire Hirst Photography

Wedding Style: A Rustic, Autumnal Wedding With Lots of DIY Projects and Personal Touches

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

We were in the same year at school and knew each other a bit during A-Levels, after that is was just a ‘hello’ if we bumped into each other on a night out. I became good friends with one of Sean’s sisters and we actually ended up sharing a house together, she suggested I get in touch with Sean when I wanted someone to go out running with. I messaged Sean and we started going out for some runs and walks together and everything went from there…

We got engaged on holiday in South Africa. We were on a holiday travelling round to a new place every day and little did I know that Sean had an engagement ring hidden in his bag (it explained why he wouldn’t let it of his sight and got annoyed when I kept packing things in it!). He proposed on a beach in St Lucia, he’d done a very good job of convincing me that he wasn’t bothered about getting married so it was a big surprise – even to the point that I asked if he was joking several times even when he produced the ring – I did eventually say yes! It was quite a wet, breezy day so we do look a bit windswept in the photo’s!

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

As we were getting married in November we wanted to go with an ‘autumnal’ theme for the day and make as many of the decorations as we could. The venue also speaks for itself so we didn’t want to overload it with decorations. We acquired a variety of kilner jars which we filled with lights and conkers and pine cones, we also collected lots of different sized jars which we decorated and put tea lights in. We put these together with log slices and autumn leaves which looked great.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

We had to been to our friends wedding here a couple of years ago and thought the venue and the whole wedding was amazing. When we were looking to book a venue for our wedding we came back to have a look around and loved it. In fact we didn’t go and look anywhere else we just booked our date! As we were getting married in November we knew it would the perfect venue whatever the weather.

Did you do any DIY projects?

Yes! We made the table decorations ourselves (with help from our family). We acquired a box a Kilner jars from some friends and filled these with copper string lights, pine cones and conkers. We also collected a variety of glass jars and glass ramakins which we decorated and put tea lights in. A friend of a friend cut us log slices to use as table centres

Sean’s step-dad also made us some tea light holders out of the Silver Birch Tree which came from our garden. We had these on the ceremony table and along with a glass carafe which was filled with dried allium heads from our garden.

The table plan was actually made from some shelves which we stained so it looked like a pallet, my brothers mother-in-law wrote out all the table plans and we decorated it with copper string lights and garlands of autumn leaves.

Tell us about the details…

My dress was from Stately Brides in Belper. The best advice I got was to keep an open mind in regards to your dress, I ended up with the complete opposite of what I had said I wanted! I felt amazing in my dress.

The cake was our wedding present from our Maid of Honour and was made by her Mum. It was three tiers of different flavoured sponge cakes (chocolate, lime & coconut and lemon). It was decorated with Autumn leaves, all of which were made by hand. 

We just had bouquets and button holes for flowers and these were done by a friend of my parents. I had a chat with her about the style and colours I wanted and then she put them together. The bouquets had small spray roses mixed in with corn, thistles and they picjed out the Autumn colours we had elsewhere in the decorations.


What was on the Menu?

We supplied our own drinks for the drinks reception. We had Prosecco and bottled beer and then also had 2 beer boxes supplied by the local brewery Derventio – conveniently located opposite the West Mill! There was also bottles of coke and squash.

For the Wedding Breakfast we had goats cheese and red onion tart for starter, blade of beef served with creamy buttered mash, honey glazed carrots and seasonal vegetables for the main and dessert was chocolate brownie. We also had vegetarian mains and a full vegan menu. 

For the evening reception we has pork and turkey rolls. All of the food was amazing, we’ve had so many people commenting how much they enjoyed it and how much there was! There was red and white wine on the tables and the West Mill Team made the beer from the drinks reception available for anyone who wanted it.


What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Going outside with a small group of friends to have pictures taken with sparklers was good fun – a great suggestion from our photographer Claire.

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Enjoy the build up, don’t get too stressed on all the little details. Trust your West Mill Wedding Co-ordinator, they are amazing, everything was set up on the day just how we wanted it. The day goes so fast make sure you have 10mins alone together, just to take in the fact you have just got married!


Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

The perfect day!

The Dream Team

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