Tom & Lucy

Thomas & Lucy Kate Moores • Wedding Details

Bride & Groom: Thomas & Lucy Kate Moores

Date: 22nd August 2017     Photography: Dan Evans

Wedding Style: A DIY Industrial Summer Wedding with an Epic Sparkler Shot!

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

It was the first venue we found! Tom found it online and straight away we knew that we wanted to get married here! We love the industrial style and the character of the building. Also, it made the day so much easier having everything in one venue!

Did you do any DIY projects?

We had wine bottles scattered around the venue spray painted in our colours, navy, grey and copper. I really wanted to make sure that our colour palette was reflected around the whole venue and this was a really easy and simple way to do it.

The wool backdrop in the ceremony room was also a DIY, and a labour of love! That thing can get SO tangled!

We also made the confetti ourselves. I couldn’t find any online that was’t ridiculously expensive and in the colours I wanted. Me and some of my bridesmaids sat and watched a couple of films and made it one afternoon. I brought bags from Etsy and then personalised stickers to seal the bags. I also had a couple of wooden crates around the building. One had the confetti in, and one of my bridesmaids painted onto the side of it. 

I had a wonderful family friend make a load of signs out of pallets. The two large ones were used as a seating plan, and the “Welcome to our beginning” sign by the entrance. We also had smaller ones which were used for the “Kids only” tipi sign, a “Cards & Gifts” sign, and also one which read “Don’t fancy dancing? Grab a game!” next to a wooden crate filled with packs of playing cards and board games. 

I saw a picture of Pinterest which inspired the seating plan, which had guests names down the side and a piece of sting which lead them to the table which they were seated at.

What was on the Menu?

We had cookies as snacks during the drinks reception after the ceremony, and kept it simple with Pimms, fruit juice and bottles of Corona. 
Tom used to be a Military Chef so the food was his area of expertise! We knew that we wanted everyone to really, really enjoy their meal. Someone gave us some really good advice – no one will remember whether your colours match etc, but they will remember if the food is good or not, and if there is enough wine! 
We love pizza and doughnuts, so that’s exactly what we had for our evening food. Completely us, simple and fun! We have had so many people comment on how much they loved the evening food, and what a good idea it was!
I really didn’t want favours which would be thrown away or put in a drawer and forgotten about. At a local food and drink market we found Darley Abbey Cider Co. and not only loved the taste of their cider, but the fact that it was made so locally, and actually has The West Mill on the label! We used this for all of our alcohol drinking guests, and then for everyone else a bottle of Fentimans Elderflower Presse which is the drink I ordered on our first date! There were a few guests who we knew wouldn’t like this, so they had glass bottles of Diet Coke. One of my bridesmaids wrote name tags and we doubled the favours up as place settings.
I always knew that there would be lots of children at our wedding and it was so important to us that they had things to entertain them, to make the day fun for them too (and their parents!). Each child got a paper bag as their favour filled with chocolate from Chococo in Swanage, (where my mum is from), bubbles and a make your own Tom or Lucy craft (wooden spoons with material and stickers to make a bride or groom).

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Other than the ceremony itself, the wedding breakfast! I loved having a relaxed environment where we could chat to our closest friends and family in between courses!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Your guests really don’t remember the details the same way that you do, and no one will notice what wasn’t there/what you saved on, as long as they have a good time! When it came to narrowing down guest lists, for the wedding breakfast we asked the question “who would we spend £x on if we took them out to dinner, and who wouldn’t we?” and for the evening, “who would we miss if they weren’t there?”. If the person/people in questions weren’t on that list, then we didn’t invite them!

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Best day ever!!

The Dream Team

  • Photographer and Videographer Dan Evans
  • Dress Gracie Bleu Bridal
  • Hair Saskia Bora at Beau Hair
  • Makeup Sarah Gray
  • Jewellery Debhenams
  • Shoes Asos
  • Groom's Attire Moss Bros, suit was tailor made and had a personalised lining with our names and the wedding date
  • Bridesmaid’s Dresses Asos (shoes from Primark!)
  • Cake Doughnuts, everywhere! My dad made some stands and we ordered hundreds from Morrisons
  • Flowers Maria at Blossom Yard (one of my bridesmaid’s incredibly talented mum!)
  • Stationery Designed by Siobhan Lloyd
  • Props Me!
  • Band Our church band for the ceremony, Emily Harris in the evening

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