Tim & Carrie-Anne

Tim and Carrie-Anne • Wedding Details

Bride & Groom: Tim and Carrie-Anne

Date: 7th December 2018     Photography: Ania Ames Photography

Wedding Style: A Vintage, Christmas Wedding with some Homemade Touches

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

We started dating the morning after Tim’s 30th Birthday Party where Carrie was working at the venue as a waitress whilst studying. We went to the local Cafe Nero and shared some laughs over a couple of coffees. 

5 years later we got engaged at home. Tim had got the lyrics of one of our favourite songs framed with the words ‘will you marry me?’ at the bottom and the ring mounted next to them, followed by dinner at Sat Bains 2 Michelin Star restaurant.


What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

The West Mill was our inspiration! As soon as we saw the venue we fell in love with it. The whole decor and feel of the building was exactly what we wanted for our Christmas wedding. Vintage, classy and full of character. We went quite minimal with the decorations, as the style of the venue and all of the original props were enough for us.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

Tim loves historical buildings, and anything with a story behind it. Aside from the fact that the venue is in itself beautiful, we loved the fact that this used to be a working factory. So many of the original features are still apparent and it has a gorgeous romantic feel. So many of our guests commented on how much they loved the venue after the wedding! Another great feature is that it is on 4 floors with each floor dedicated to a part of your wedding day. So unlike most other venues our guests would not have to vacate whilst the room is turned from a dining room into the evening reception.

Did you do any DIY projects?

We made little bottles of home made mulled gin for our wedding favours and place settings.  They had personal ‘Tim and Carrie-Anne’ labels on the bottles and the tags had an Alice in Wonderland style ‘Drink me’ to accompany the magic shimmer that we had added to the gin!  We kept the left over bottles to make shimmery gin cocktails on xmas day 🙂 

Tell us about the details…

The cake was made by the Grooms mum, Susan. It was a traditional Victoria sponge and each layer had different flavouring added to it. The cake was made to look like silver birch and decorated with pine cones. The cake topper was made by Carrie; 2 pine cones dressed as bride and groom – we picked an extra large cone for the groom to represent the huge height difference of the bride and groom! 😂

The flowers were made by Sally at Phoenix Flowers. She was asked to keep the bouquets relatively wild, with the main colour a beautiful berry pink to represent Winter. As well as the bouquets and button holes, she also created a hanging flower arrangement to sit behind the registrar table, later moved behind the top table at the wedding breakfast.

The dress… ‘True’ by Charlotte Balbier. Carrie bought her dress from the ‘Cherished Wedding Boutique’. She wanted something simple but elegant. The main detail was a beaded waistband to match the tiara and intricate detail of the veil.

The shoes by Charlotte Mills, had a wedding inscription on the bottom, with a silver sixpence for good luck in the left shoe. 


What was on the Menu?

In keeping with Christmas we had mince pie canapes served with mulled wine and prosecco. A keg of beer was provided by Totally Brewed, with personalised artwork; the beer was named ‘The Iron Dragon’ to pull together Carrie’s Northern roots and Tim’s Welsh ones. 

The wedding breakfast was a butternut squash and chorizo soup, champagne sorbet palette cleanser, lamb ‘host a roast’ and warm chocolate brownie. Each table was designated a carver to ‘host their roast’ – our guests really seemed to love this part!

The evening food was pie, peas, chips and gravy to keep all the Northerners happy!


What was your favourite part of the wedding?

We can’t choose, it was the best day EVER!!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Relax and have fun – remember it’s your day, so be selfish!

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Euphoric, emotional and fun

The Dream Team

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