Stacey & Sarah • Wedding Details
Date: 5th November 2018 Photography: Sharon Trees Photography
Wedding Style: Remember remember, the 5th November! A gin themed Bonfire Wedding
Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire
Your Love Story?
Sarah proposed on Christmas eve 2016. I surprised Stacey at home by allowing her to open one of her Christmas presents. The present was a photo album full of pictures of our life together. On the last page was a picture of a bauble with a comment saying “look on the tree”.
On the tree was the bauble which Stacey had to find. Inside the bauble was her engagement ring and a wooden heart which said “will you marry me?”
She said yes!!
What was your inspiration and vision for your day?
Remember, remember the 5thof November. Stacey and I should have no problem in remembering our anniversary for the rest of our lives!
We wanted a winter wedding, November is usually perfect early on for crisp bright days and we thought getting married on Bonfire night would be perfect. It meant we could see nearby fireworks and use sparklers with our guests.
We mixed this, the industrial style of the venue and our love of Gin to come up with the plan for our day. We both love winter and love the colours so focused on Blues, Reds, Plums and Copper. The colours matched the venue perfectly too and brought everything together.
Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?
Stacey found information about the West Mill on Hitched.co.uk. As soon as we saw the pictures we fell in love and made an appointment. The venue is just magical and takes your breath away when you see it. It was the first and last venue we saw. The decision was made.
The West Mill is simply stunning. The building is an old cotton mill that has been lovingly converted into an amazing wedding venue. The styling of the venue is gorgeous. If you didn’t want to add your own touches to the venue you wouldn’t need to, it looks amazing as it is.
The staff are brilliant. Andrew Rose, the owner, makes you feel so welcome. We met Andrew on our first visit to The West Mill and every time we’ve met him since he goes out of his way to talk to you and make you feel welcome. The West Mill is a very popular venue but the time and effort they put into your special day makes you feel like it’s the only one. The event management team are also amazing. Karen Eggleton was our event manager, she helped us plan the details for our day and made our day run smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without her.
Did you do any DIY projects?
We used a number of peg board signs through the day which we got for a bargain from Primark. The copper frames matched our colour theme and the boards were easy to create.
We also made a photo pallet board. We used an old pallet, sanded and painted. We decorated it with old photos of us from our childhood, right through to pictures of us during our relationship. We decorated it with fairy lights for that extra sparkle.
To continue our Gin theme, we set up a gin bar for our guests in the evening. We used a Gin light, purchased from Next and provided fruit and spices for our guests to ‘pimp their gin’.
Tell us about the details…
I knew I wanted to wear a vintage style dress and used Pinterest for inspiration. I had heard of a dress designing shop in Sheffield called Ruffles and Lace, which sounded perfect. A lot of their styling is 40’s and 50’s inspired. I wanted a mid-calf length dress with long sleeves. They brought my dress to life. It fit perfectly and was the exact style I had in mind. I finished it off with some ruby red sparkly Irregular Choice shoes, followed by some homemade Red Glitter pumps.
Stacey wanted to wear a suit, but trying to find a wedding suit for a woman is quite difficult as there isn’t a lot on the market. Stacey found King and Allen on social media and we went across to Wilmslow for an appointment. Stacey had a bespoke suit made. It was perfect, exactly the style and colour she wanted. She went with a blue suit and contrast red waistcoat. Her brogues were handmade women’s brogues from Trickers. A shoemaker located in Northampton. Finishing touches included a collar pin from Joe Browns and a pocket watch from Etsy.
I wanted a striking winter bouquet with plums, reds, greens and pheasant feathers. It was huge and stunning. Twisted Willow also provided our button holes, the backdrop to our ceremony and our table decorations. For the button holes we had a mixture of plum and blue flowers with pheasant feathers. The backdrop to our ceremony was gorgeous. It featured a mixture of my bouquet flowers with festoon lights hanging down. The mixture of colour and light was perfect. The theme for our wedding breakfast tables was ‘Gin’. For our dining table decorations, we had a wood slice, with a gin bottle (we provided) with gypsophila and copper candle sticks.
Our bespoke Gin seating plan was created by Amy Bailey Design based in Kirkby in Ashfield.
For our cake we went with a 3 tier marble icing effect cake. 1 layer was Victoria Sponge, 1 Red Velvet and 1 Chocolate. We used Cakes by Cherry Pie in Sheffield. We also had cake pops with a bonfire theme, from Torte Cakes in Sheffield. We finished the ‘sweet table’ with Toffee Apples, from Stud Farm Fruit in Staffordshire.
We had a string quartet to play whilst we walked down the aisle, during the ceremony and for our guests during the drinks reception. The string quartet were called Classic Strings. They played a mixture of pop and classical music.
In the evening we had a band play, The One Step. The One Step are fantastic and lots of fun. They did a stripped back version of Adele’s ‘Sweetest Devotion’ for our first dance and then had our guests up dancing the entire night. We found both the band and string quartet via Warble Entertainment online.
In the evening we had a photo booth. We used OH! Photobooth from Derby who were recommended by our venue. Oh! Photo use an old style camera for the pics and have guests running around grabbing different costumes. It’s so much fun and our guests loved it. It’s the best photo booth we’ve ever experienced at a wedding.
What was on the Menu?
Food: We had canapes during our drinks reception consisting of mini Yorkshire puddings, mini fish and chips and a spicy veggie bon-bon.
For our wedding breakfast we had a mango and brie parcel to start, sausage and mash for main and chocolate brownie with raspberry ice cream for dessert. The food at the venue was provided by Jenkinsons caterers.
One of the big perks of our wedding venue is zero corkage from the drinks reception up until the end of the wedding breakfast. For our drinks reception we used a vintage tin bath as our ‘booze bath’, filled with a mixture of lagers and ales. We also had plenty of prosecco flowing.
For our meal we had red, white and rose on each table. Plus, guests still had access to the booze bath beers.
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Sarah: Marrying my lovely wife, of course!!
Other than that if I had to pick I would say the 10 minutes after the ceremony. Karen (our event manager) had arranged for some fizz to be waiting for us in the dressing room. It meant Stacey and I had 10 minutes to ourselves straight after the ceremony to collect our thoughts. It’s just what was needed after saying ‘I do’.
Stacey: Marrying my best friend and having my friends and family there to celebrate with us.
Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Try and relax in the run up to the wedding, maybe plan a trip away if you can. We found that a couple of weeks before the wedding we were both getting nervous and a little stressed. We had to force ourselves to relax so that we could enjoy every second.
Spreadsheets, spreadsheets, spreadsheets. We had a lot of plans on the go to help us with check lists and also keep a tab on the budget.
If you’re not having a videographer get someone to record the speeches. We had a family member record them and we’re so glad we did!
Best Day Ever
The Dream Team
- Photographer Sharon Trees Photography
- Sarah's Dress Ruffles and Lace
- Shoes for the daytime Irregular Choice
- Pumps for the evening Homemade Red Glitter pumps
- Stacey's Bespoke Suit King and Allen
- Brogues Trickers
- Collar Pin Joe Browns
- Pocket Watch Etsy
- Bridesmaid Dresses Lindybop
- Make-Up Beauty by Taisya
- Hair Sarah Fox
- Florist Twisted Willow
- Cake Cakes by Cherry Pie
- Cake Pops Torte Cakes
- Stationary Amy Bailey
- String Quartet Classic Strings
- Band The One Step
- Photobooth Oh! Photoboth