Introduction

A colourful-meets-industrial wedding day for Lizzie & Tim at The West Mill

Lizzie & Tim wanted an informal, rustic, colourful and fun day for their wedding. Lizzie explains, "The venue is so full of character and we wanted to highlight that with our own personal touches of colour and homemade décor. We wanted everything about the day to represent us a couple and for all our guests to have a brilliant time." Take a look at their gorgeous wedding day, captured by Richard Murgatroyd Photography…

Details

The Need to Know
Venue
The West Mill
Location
Darley Abbey, Derbyshire
Ceremony
70
Breakfast
70
Reception
100
Dress
Brides and Gowns, Derby
Flowers
Family friend
Cake
The Pantry, Swanwick
Photographer
Richard Murgatroyd

WE KNEW THE WEST MILL WAS PERFECT FOR US

The moment we walked into The West Mill we knew it was perfect for us. The history and character of the building was just what we were looking for and the flexibility of the venue to do whatever you want with the décor, food and drink was perfect for us. We were able to theme the day around us whilst still showing off the beautiful building and grounds and that is a feature in itself. The staff were all so nice and helpful the whole package was perfect for our wedding.

Because the venue is so nice we just wanted elements to compliment this and still have a rustic, informal feel. There was no colour scheme as such so we went for bright coloured spring flowers in milk bottles each individually decorated by myself and friends all sat on logs cut by Tim’s brother. We had a photo display for family members who are no longer with us, a ‘wish you were here’ for loved ones we wanted to be a part of the day. Other décor such as candle lanterns and hanging flower pieces were all provided by The West Mill and just finished off each floor. The table plan reflected our love to travel so each table name was one of favourite places and a map for the plan all home made. As everyone knows Tim loves to cook we did homemade marmalade and chutney as the table favours; Lizzie’s Orange and Whiskey Marmalade for the ladies and Tim’s Vegetable Chutney for the gents. A friend made us hand drawn signs to welcome our guests and also for a ‘Bride & Groom’ bucket list for our guests to leave suggestions, she also helped us design the invitations and stationery for the day, all made by ourselves to tie everything together.”

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE MY BRIDESMAIDS FELT COMFORTABLE IN THEIR DRESSES

“I  wore a Sottero and Midgley gown, a fitted gown with stunning Chantilly lace with a beaded overlay and lace trim round the bottom. I wanted something with a dramatic back and this certainly did with a mesh beaded back and fabric buttons. I always knew I wanted to wear blue shoes and I found some royal blue suede court shoes, because the dress was so detailed I didn’t wear any other jewellery other than my engagement ring but wanted a piece for my hair; I found a halo lace beaded headband from the same shop I got my dress from and it matched the dress perfectly. The groomsman all wore Ted Baker navy suits with the three of them having the matching navy waistcoat and the groom and best man wearing a checked waistcoat. Each with a burgundy paisley print tie and they all had Tottenham Hotspur socks (Tim’s team). The bridesmaid wore beautiful V-neck cornflower blue chiffon dress with a beaded waistband from ASOS and silver shoes, I love blue and really wanted a colour to go with all the spring flowers. I also wanted a style that suited all my bridesmaids and they felt comfortable in the dress. My two year old niece lives in Australia and she was the cutest flower girl, I didn’t want the traditional white flower girls dress and we found a floral patterned monsoon dress with a blue satin sash which matched the adult bridesmaid dresses. She absolutely loved the dress when she saw it!”

INSTEAD OF WEDDING CAKE, WE HAD FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRAY BAKE PUDDINGS

“We had prosecco and a barrel of real ale brewed just for us from a local micro-brewery for the drinks reception with amazing canapés of mini fish and chips, BBQ glazed belly pork and tomato relish crostini. For the wedding breakfast we tried to pick food we love that would be really tasty, Jenkinson’s the caterers had so much choice but we went for brie and apricot parcels to start, sausage and mash served with seasonal vegetables and even roast potatoes for main and then a trio of desserts; crème Brule, strawberry tartlet and white chocolate cheesecake. In the evening we had roast pork and roast beef baps and as Tim doesn’t like cake and I don’t like icing we didn’t want a wedding cake so we had 4 different types of tray bake puddings from our local tea rooms which went down a treat; mars bar slice, lemon and coconut slice, treacle tart and treacle and sultana tart.”

WE HAD A PHOTO BOOTH FOR A BIT OF FUN WITH THE PROPS

“Whilst guests were taking their seats for the ceremony we had movie theme tunes playing, and I walked down the aisle to Jose Gonzales – Heartbeats. My sister-in-law is a wonderful singer from Australia and she honoured by singing an acoustic version of Madness It Must be Love whilst we were signing the register and we walked out to The Beach Boys -Wouldn’t it be Nice. During the wedding breakfast we had piano versions of modern songs playing which was a nice little game for the guests trying to work out what they all were. In the evening we had a DJ to get everyone on the dance floor and also a photo booth for a bit of fun with the props.”

ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?

“I would say do what is right for you. You can visit many wedding fairs and look online at some brilliant ideas and spend so much money but at the end of the day it is about the two of you sharing your love with your friends and family, you don’t have to spend a fortune or have all the latest trends so long as you have the people you love there. There are lots of things you can do yourselves but don’t over stretch, I had all sorts of plans of things I could do but reality is you need help whether it be from paid professionals or friends and family with unique skills and it was great fun getting together to make stuff. The night before the wedding I lost sleep going over every detail trying to go over everything I needed to do but as soon as I got to the venue I didn’t need to have worried. Everything went perfectly on the day the staff at the venue handled everything and no one would have noticed I missed one label because they were having too much fun… I really didn’t need to have worried.”

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