Sarah & Sean

Wedding Details


  • Bride & Groom: Sarah & Sean
  • Date: Friday 6th April 2018
  • Photography: Maryanne Scott
  • Wedding Style: A sophisticated April wedding with beautiful spring blooms and lots of cake!

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

Sean and I met in school, Sean was the year above me and although we did know each other we didn’t really spend any time together. A year after Sean left school I bumped into him and his best friend (Mike – the best man) at the cinema. I recognised them and asked what film they were going to see, when Sean told me I realised it was the same film I had just sat through. I asked Sean and Mike why they were sat outside and not in the theatre watching the film, they said it hadn’t started yet…I looked at Sean’s ticket and explained it had started nearly two hours ago and was nearly over. They didn’t know how the 24 hour clock worked so had sat outside the theatre for two hours waiting for what time they thought the film would start.

Sean then took me to the cinema a few weeks or months later, I was in charge of the timings and we have been together ever since (13 years ago).

Sean proposed to me 10 years into our relationship on holiday in Fuerteventura, Sean remembers this night for two reasons (neither of which he is admitting to being the top reason)

Reason 1: I agreed to marry him.

Reason 2: Ireland beat Germany in a football match.

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

The Wedding theme was ‘simple and sophisticated’ – two words that describe Sean and I (no particular order). The venue itself is beautiful and we were really careful not to take people eyes away from the beautiful of this building and to only accentuate.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

When Sean and I drafted our guest list we really struggled to ‘keep the numbers down’. We wanted to share our special day with everyone we loved, this meant looking for a larger venue. We are both from Birmingham and slowly expanded the search distance until we came across the West Mill.

I instantly fell in love with the venue when my mother and I went to visit and met Andrew.

I took Sean and his mum the following week and their reservations about the distance between Derby and Birmingham were banished as soon as they step foot through the front door.

Everything about the West Mill is perfect!!

Did you do any DIY projects?

My bridesmaid Vicki Higgs kindly designed all of the stationary for us and did a wonderful job.

Tell us about the details… 

The flowers were from Nadia, I was recommend Nadia by the West Mill as she often works with couples who are getting married at the West Mill. When I met up with Nadia she was incredible, she totally understood my vision and I whole heartedly trusted her to deliver…I was not wrong. The pictures speak for themselves.

The cake(s) were made by Hannah at Bake, what an incredible woman. I liken Hannah to Brian Cox (hear me out…) You know when someone is so passionate they bring excitement to their area of expertise. I always get this from Brian Cox, I do not claim to be a physician my any means but after watching a programme/ reading an article written by Brian Cox, I become engrossed and develop a whole new love for physics and space. Hannah does exactly the same, I explained I was looking for a variety of cakes rather than one ‘normal’ wedding cake and we threw around some ideas in a beautiful coffee shop in Ashbourne. Hannah rolled with my ideas and suggestions and this evolved into the 6 most beautiful cakes I have ever seen (and tasted).

Victoria Sponge: Two tiers sandwiched with strawberry jam & vanilla buttercream.  Exterior to remain naked, light dusting of icing sugar.  “Mr & Mrs” topper to finish.

Lemon Drizzle: layers of lemon sponge sandwiched with lemon curd & lemon buttercream.  White lemon glace icing drizzled over the top and dressed with fresh herbs & foliage.

Carrot Cake: layers of moist carrot cake filled & coated with cream cheese frosting. Decorated with either real or fondant carrot tops to appear as though they are ‘growing’.

Chocolate Fudge Cake: layers of chocolate cake filled & coated with chocolate fudge frosting combed around to give a ridged finish.  Personalised topper plus foliage around the base.

Black Forest Cake:  layers of Kirsh-soaked chocolate sponge layered alternately with vanilla buttercream and black cherry compote.  Semi-naked finish & purple glittered cherries to finish.

Salted Caramel:  layers of vanilla sponge filled with salted caramel buttercream and salted caramel sauce. Semi-naked finish with caramel drips and fresh wedding flowers to decorate.

The dress was the first one I tried on and I fell in love, I knew I wanted a full lace beaded dress however ever imagined I would have the style I chose. The dress was from True Bride and I left the dress buying to a lot later than everyone was comfortable with (I knew it would all work out in the end).

The magician Mark was our secret weapon, Sean and I went to a friends wedding (before we even got engaged) and Mark was there. We were a little unsure when a man we didn’t know walked up to us to show us a trick but WOW, Mark is amazing. Sean and I love magic and to see it in person was amazing, we were lost for words. After Sean and I got engaged we knew Mark had to be there, Mark was the first thing we booked after the venue and although he is from Dudley he was more than happy to travel up to Derby for our Wedding reception. As he did with us all those years ago he ‘wowed’ all of our guests and has been a lasting talking point.

What was on the Menu?

Drinks Reception:

Champagne with raspberries and strawberries, variety of bottled beers, ciders and soft drinks.

Canapés: Vegetable bon bons, mini fish and chips, yorkshire pudding with mini beef and staffordshire chipolata with cheddar mash.

Wedding Breakfast:

Starter: Chicken Liver, Brandy & Herb Pate served with Melba Toast with Red Onion Chutney

or

Baked Flat Mushroom topped with Pan Fried Red Onions, Balsamic Vinegar & Roasted Vine Tomatoes (V)

Sorbet: Champagne topped with Fresh Strawberries

Main: Breast of Chicken wrapped in Pancetta filled with Mushroom, Tarragon and Sundried Tomatoes with a White Wine & Tarragon Sauce served with Parmentier Potatoes, Seasonal Green Vegetables & Honey Glazed Chantenay Carrots

or

Asparagus & Broad Bean Risotto in a Baked Half Pepper served with Asparagus (V)

Dessert: Assiette of Desserts — Heart Shaped Chocolate Jaffa Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake & Vanilla Ice Cream

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Sean and I chose to get married at St Marys Catholic Church in Derby city centre. Favourite moment was meeting Sean at the aisle, however, my favourite moment at the venue was our initial arrival after the ceremony. We had two beautiful wedding cars from Cupids Carriages and we arrived slightly after our guests as we had stayed at the Church with our photographer to take some photos. We loved pulling into the West Mill and getting out the car seeing all of our friends and family enjoying champagne and beer in the sunshine (after a week of very unnerving weather).

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Pick suppliers that you trust – we had a few emails/ phone calls and meetings with suppliers who we just didn’t get great vibes from so we continued to search. Once we had chosen the fabulous people listed here we were so happy, we 100% trusted every single one of our suppliers and felt totally at ease with them. We knew in the run up to our wedding we had nothing to worry about because this wonderful group of people had our big day all in hand.

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Fun, laid-back and memorable

The Dream Team


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