Yolandie & Aidan

Yolandie and Aidan Richardson • Wedding Details

Bride & Groom: Yolandie and Aidan Richardson

Date: 17 March 2019     Photography: Andy Gilbert Photography

Wedding Style: A Simply Elegant March Wedding with a Burgandy and Navy Colour Scheme

Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Your Love Story?

We met 11 years ago at university when Aidan lived next to one of my friends, although we were never an item at that point. Fast forward 6 years and we were reacquainted at our friends wedding (she ended up being one of our bridesmaids) and have been together ever since. 

Aidan proposed one evening on holiday in Crete, after we had been together for three years, having acquired a house and 2 guinea pigs along the way!   

What was your inspiration and vision for your day?

We went for a burgundy and navy colour theme throughout the day, from the bridesmaids and groomsmen to table setting and confetti.

My dress was a chiffon dress by Diane Legrand with a a full veil and tiara, I loved it as soon as I tried it on for it’s simplicity and sparkle! 

The venue is so stunning that we didn’t want lots of props or DIY projects but instead, invested our money in flowers to personalise the venue and lots of good quality alcohol for our guests.

Music was very important to us, so we hired a pianist for the main ceremony who played contemporary songs and I walked down the aisle to ‘Make You Feel My Love’. We had a 80s and 90s music theme for the evening disco which included songs we loved and had chosen in advance with the DJ.

We wanted to spent lots of time with our guests and had a great photographer who allowed us to do that and captured lots of natural shots throughout the day as well.

Why did you choose The West Mill Venue?

We loved the authenticity of the building and the fact that each part of the day would be on different floors, as it was March there was no guarantee the weather would be good but we knew the venue would be stunning and big enough if it rained.

We also loved the outside of the venue and view of the weir. An added bonus was that it was easy for guests to stay in Derby and get to the venue as a lot of guests didn’t live locally.

Did you do any DIY projects?

Only a homemade photo board with pictures of us through the ages, there were enough props supplied by the West Mill that we didn’t need to add much. 
We were fortunate enough that family members were able to do the flowers, so we invested in flowers which were moved to the different rooms during the day. 

What was on the Menu?

For the drinks reception we had 3 types of canapes; mini fish and chips, beef in a mini yorkshire pudding and tomato salsa crostini with mozerella. We had prosecco to drink, as well as orange juice and elderflower cordial. We also paid for the bar on the 1st floor to be open for guests to use. 

The wedding breakfast menu was minestrone soup for starter, pork loin with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables for main course and apple crumble for dessert. Our guests loved the food and commented that it was some of the best wedding food they’d had. 

We got all of the alcohol for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast from a French wine warehouse in Calais (a good excuse for a weekend away!). I am Australian so we went for an Australian wine and had plenty of it, which kept the guests happy!

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

It was raining so we couldn’t do the confetti outside, instead our guests threw confetti as we walked out of the Cotton Quarter, with the piano playing, in to the dressing room for a few moments alone. The realisation that we were now married, as well as being surrounded by all of our family and friends, made this such a special moment. We got some great pictures of this moment as well. 

Also, the fact it was on different floors made it feel really unique and meant the day flowed seamlessly, with the help of Kathryn our wedding planner, so many guests commented on what a great venue it was. 

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?

Don’t compare your day to other people’s weddings as everyone is different. As we got nearer the date we worried that we didn’t have enough props or DIY projects but on the day that didn’t matter at all as the venue is so unique and full of character. 

Can you sum up your wedding day in 3 words?

Joyous, authentic and fun

The Dream Team

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