Industrial Romance at Haarlem Mill
You may have spotted Haarlem Mill on our Cream of the Crop Wedding Directory and this really is one of our favourite industrial-inspired venues in the East Midlands. From the exposed brickwork to the styling opportunities, it's easy to see why couples are smitten with the setting. Abby & Sean chose the venue as the backdrop to their big day, which was fun and relaxed with oodles of quirky, special touches. The newlyweds simply wanted their friends and family to have best time ever...
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“We got married at Haarlem Mill in Wirksworth, it was fairly local for us but also a fantastic middle ground for our family that were travelling from all over the UK. We absolutely loved the industrial styling and the exposed red brick of the mill was the perfect back drop for the style of day we were looking for. Our tasting evening further sealed the deal as the homemade, locally sourced food is exceptional.”
HOW DID YOU STYLE YOUR WEDDING?
“We knew straight away that we wanted something quirky and different, industrial seemed to be the route to go down. Neither of us wanted a church wedding and personal taste led us away from the more traditional country house style wedding. The mill was perfect as it had so much history and character.
We then decided on colour schemes, we opted for the bridal party to wear navy blue with grey accents, and then chose the main decor colour to be grey, this was to achieve a frosty, wintery feel without going for traditional Christmas colours. We used a lot of botanical elements, foliage, eucalyptus, plants and succulents set among lots of candles but no traditional table flower arrangements.
We had some personal touches to help our guests enjoy the day such as a DIY tipi set up for the young children and we hired Booze Bath and Beyond to fill with drinks in the day… followed by ball-pit balls in the evening to make a fun photo prop.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“My wedding dress was as simple as you could imagine whilst also being completely over the top and dramatic. I always thought I’d have a super-detailed, lace wedding dress but when I started to try dresses on that style just didn’t suit me. My dress was an Anna Sorrano design from Wed2B, it was a strapless, sleek, fishtail dress with button detail all the way down the train, it’s made from mikado material which holds the fishtail shape really nicely. I also had a cathedral length veil, again very classic and plain but long enough to feel extra and amazing.
I had two bridesmaids and one maid of honour who were all blessed with amazing figures so I knew I wanted to show them off. We actually opted to shop at Missguided rather than a traditional bridesmaid store to find what we wanted. They all wore navy blue, cowl neck satin dresses which were floor length with a small train, they hugged their curves and made them all look stunning.
We looked for the perfect suits for a very long time… we were after a very specific navy blue, we found the perfect ones from M&S and the quality of the suits were just amazing. The men’s ties were from Next. We managed to dress the whole bridal party from high street stores.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT & DRINK?
“When everyone came out of the ceremony we had a drinks reception in the lounge, we provided canapés for all of the guests (brie & cranberry filo pastries, fish pakora, chicken goujons with smokey BBQ dip and mini chilli tortilla bowls) and offered drinks from our hired Booze Bath, we had a mixture of bottle beer, soft drinks and cans of cocktails and gin & tonic, we wanted to ensure there was something for everyone.
For our wedding breakfast we started with Wirksworth goats cheese, beetroot and rocket salad with candied walnuts (the best goats cheese you will ever taste), then we had a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings (including Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets and stuffing balls), and finally for pudding everyone got the choice on the day of sticky toffee pudding or bakewell pudding (both great winter warmers).
We had a drinks package provided by the venue so we had a mixture of wine on the table and a prosecco toast drink. Then in the evening we had a simple crowd pleaser of bacon cobs, something easy to eat whilst dancing that will still soak up the alcohol!”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN THE GUESTS?
“We had an acoustic singer (Matt Turner) who sang during our ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and first dance (he learnt our aisle walk and first dance songs especially for us which was amazing), in the evening we had a DJ take over from GC Events. During the drinks reception we had the amazing and very popular Paul Grundle (wedding magician) who our guests were absolutely amazed with.
In the evening we emptied the Booze Bath and filled it with ball pit balls to be used for a photo prop (and for the kids to play with). We did a DIY sweet wall with macarons from Macaron Bliss alongside homemade treats and traditional favourites. We also did a little DIY tipi corner for the young children which had games, toys, books as well as tipis, blankets and cushions. We did kids packs with games and activities for the wedding breakfast, Macaron Bliss also provided our guest favours.”
DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE COUPLES?
“Number one piece of advice would be to budget… and then have a little bit extra in a separate pot, no matter how organised you are there will always be something you forgot to budget for and this little pot of money allows you to have everything exactly as you wanted without any compromises if something crops up near the big day. (Take it from me, I am a wedding planner and we still managed to go over our budget)!”