Introduction

Quirky meets Industrial

We're super excited to be sharing this gorgeous Derbyshire wedding with you today! The West Mill is a striking converted industrial mill with plenty of character and quirky spaces, making it an epic backdrop for a wedding. Becki & Martin chose this as the setting for their special day after thirteen years together, enticed by its cool industrial vibe and photo opportunities. Captured on camera by Hannah & Ben at HBA Photography (you'll find them on our Cream of the Crop Wedding Directory), their wedding day was full of stunning details, fabulous florals and wonderful memories. Let's find out more...

Details

The Need to Know
Venue
The West Mill, Darley Abbey
Location
Derbyshire
Ceremony
100
Breakfast
100
Reception
100
Dress
Flora Bride
Flowers
Nadia di Tullio
Cake
Knot & Bird
Photographer
HBA Photography

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY...

“The guys at HBA Photography were always going to be the one non-negotiable! Ben’s work is stunning and his creativity gives me goose bumps. We love their approach to photography and they are so friendly, passionate and professional that you can’t help but feel at ease. We wanted natural images that captured all the emotion of the day. We had complete trust in Ben to do just that and he produced the most incredible, beautiful images that we will treasure forever.”

ABOUT THE AISLE STYLE...

Becki opted for the ‘Melanie’ gown by Flora Bridal. This exquisite gown featured an open back with a lacy bodice and the prettiest pearl detailing. “Phoebe and Rach at ‘The Ivory Chapter’ (which very sadly closed in 2019), made it such an easy, relaxed and fun process. Phoebe and Rach were so accommodating; they listened to what it was that we wanted in terms of style but it was equally important to them how we felt in our dresses and we felt amazing!

My shoes were the first thing I bought! I fell in love with the colour and textures! I’m not a glitter-y girl but if you can’t have a bit of shoe dazzle as a bride then I don’t know when! I loved the simplicity of the design but that they made a statement at the same time.

My hair and earrings were both something I spent ages looking for. I knew what I wanted but couldn’t find it. I came across Victoria Fergusson by accident on Instagram. I loved the beautiful embellishments and that these were handmade. I wore a ring that belonged to my mum (it was a gift from my dad). It was one of her favourite pieces of jewellery and Ben of HBA Photography captured it beautifully.”

The bridesmaids’ dresses were modern but minimalist which really made the ‘unstructured’ bouquets ‘pop’. The low back and small train were similar to the style of my own dress.”

Martin wore a Ted Baker suit with a matching waistcoat and tie and pocket square from Swagger & Swoon. “I gave Martin a TAG Heuer watch as a wedding gift, which he wore on the day.”

ABOUT THE FLOWERS...

We can’t get enough of Becki & Martin’s wedding flowers, courtesy of Nadia Di Tullio! “Nadia’s style is stunning and, following her on Instagram, I loved her statement bridal bouquets. Her style is definitely ‘flowers less ordinary’. We knew that we wanted a style that was unstructured and that I wanted lots of greenery. I was keen that the bouquets were textured but muted and, as succulents and proteas were a favourite of my mum’s, it was important to us that these were included. We also included these in other parts of the wedding too.”

ABOUT THE CEREMONY...

Becki walked down the aisle with her father Colin with ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson playing in the background.

“We had ‘Love is Friendship Set On Fire’ by Laura Hendricks. We wanted something untraditional but something that reflected us, our relationship and how we view love.

Martin surprised me with my engagement ring, which he had designed himself. We chose our wedding bands from the same supplier as we both wanted plain bands and for mine I wanted a plain band of the same profile type and width as my engagement ring.

We were grateful for the few moments that we got to ourselves throughout the day just to savour the moment. We enjoyed looking down on our guests enjoying themselves in the courtyard before joining them for the confetti tunnel. It’s a lovely feeling knowing that all these people were there simply because the two of us fell in love.”

ABOUT THE VENUE...

“We love the industrial style and the feeling of space that the mill gives. The décor paired so easily with our own personal tastes and style. It such an effortlessly cool and relaxed space plus it gave us goose pimples every time. We also loved that the space was split across separate levels for different parts of the day. It was different. That’s why we loved it. Oh, and that light. WOW! We wanted the day to feel relaxed with a laid-back, modern vibe plus, style-wise, I like clean lines and simplicity.”

I spent a lot of time on the finer detail and styling of the day, which all too often people will say, ‘Oh, people won’t notice that!’ but we actually had so many compliments on the day, and since, about the décor and the detailing so it was worth those sleepless nights.

We had concrete and copper tea lights and candle holders hired from Copper + Solder. There were grey chiffon table runners, tall brass and glass lanterns, filament bulb holders and bulbs, a glass and metal card box, and glass mirrored terrariums (used to display the macarons) hired from Mad Philomena. The copper frame, copper place name holders, copper menu holders and A-frame were hired from Rose Press and we had a booze bath and copper frame with a ‘Drunk in Love’ sign plus hire of smoked glass vases from Booze Bath and Beyond.”

ABOUT THE CAKE...

“We wanted to do something a little different with the cake and so chose to have flavoured sponges. We had the best tasting afternoon and decided eventually on banana sponge with salted caramel and cream cheese frosting as well as a vanilla sponge with passionfruit and vanilla buttercream. They tasted delicious! We also had pistachio and rose favoured macarons with a copper brushstroke-splatter effect.

We wanted to make a feature of the cakes so opted for smaller cakes styled as single and two tiers displayed at varying heights. Philippa incorporated a few tones of grey from our colour scheme into the buttercream complete with macarons and succulents.”

WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS...

“Stick with your original decisions particularly around the style of your day… try not to overthink it and get caught up with current trends and themes. I started to question whether everything was ‘too plain’ in the later stages and it wasn’t at all. Don’t make room for doubt, just trust yourselves.”

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