Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Bride & Groom: Rosie & Dan
Date: Friday 16th February 2018
Wedding Style: A relaxed DIY wedding with lots of personal touches, red bridesmaids dresses and a 1920s beaded gown.
Photography: Family Friends – Mark Woods & Laura Hutton
Your Love Story?
Dan was a friend of my friend’s boyfriend, so I knew of him but hadn’t really met. One night we were all out in a bar, I got very drunk and went up to him and said how “cool” I thought he was. Needless to say we didn’t speak for a year….until he added me on Facebook and we started chatting! We talked Chinese food and the series Lost and never looked back.
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
I wanted it to be understated, with a careful balance of love and humour. I liked the idea of a pop of colour with the red bridesmaid dresses and then the rest of the colours to be neutral (green, black, grey etc) so it would compliment the exposed brick and industrial decor. I also didn’t want it to be too traditional, which you can tell with the dresses choice!
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
Stylish, different, tasteful. We loved the idea of the different floors per different stage of the day.
Did you do any DIY projects?
We created the welcome board, photo board (Polaroid images on a pin board), all the bouquets (my Dad’s eucalyptus tree came into full use!), centrepieces, favours (homemade fudge, baking parchment and rosemary out the garden!) and our invitations – I work in a brand agency so one of our talented designers designed a double sided A5 with a dusky pink watercolour effect – in keeping with the paired back style. We also created some bespoke artwork for the beer tap in memory of Dan’s Dad who sadly passed away just after we got engaged.
Tell us about the details…
We were determined to not buy anything, as the venue speaks for itself. But we wanted to add some personal touches. Someone close to us works at a printers, so we managed to get everything printed for free, including the huge backdrop in the ceremony – we were very lucky!
The cake was made by a friend of ours, and it was exactly as I had briefed and absolutely delicious – she outdid herself
My dress was non-bridal but had the 20s style I was envisaging, whilst being understated and not too traditional.
My mum and I put the bouquets together – we just bought gyp and white roses and arranged with eucalyptus – we were going for the “just grabbed” look so worked really well!
Centrepieces were nice and simple and paired with the breakfast room really well – some cheap terracotta pots from Homebase, green and white heathers and some fairy lights, jobs a good’un! We also used a lot of the plants we have round our house to be dotted around the venue, which worked well.
What was on the Menu?
Duck and Foccacia Bread.
Roast Pork “Host a roast”
White Chocolate Brioche.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
We have both said seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony. We also specifically remember looking around at all the tables during the breakfast and seeing everyone’s happy faces.
Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?
Perfect, happy, stylish
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Don’t get caught up on the little details (or fads) as everything will go to plan, and if it doesn’t, people don’t care! Everyone is just happy to celebrate with you (even happier with a glass of wine in hand!).
Our aim was to make sure everyone had more wine on the table, rather than a photobooth or sweet cart, and we’ve had so many comments that it was the best wedding they’ve been to!
Your Dream Team
Photographer: family Friends – Mark Woods & Laura Hutton
Hair: Lucille Needles
Make Up: Ruth Purdy
Cake: Family Friend – Debbie Block
Flowers: DIY – Mother and Bride!
Band/DJ: The Killer Bees