Introduction

Industrial Autumnal Vibes

We think that everyone could do with a dose of wedding loveliness and Rachel & Scott's autumn-industrial celebration at The West Mill will offer you all the inspiration you need. They tied the knot on a sunny Monday in November with their closest friends and family, with a relaxed industrial vibe and plenty of DIY projects. It's time to feast your eyes on these gorgeous snaps from Shaun Taylor Photography...

Details

The Need to Know
Venue
The West Mill Venue
Location
Darley Abbey, Derbyshire
Ceremony
60
Breakfast
60
Reception
130
Dress
Debut at Debenhams
Flowers
Polka-Dot Florist
Cake
Emma at Hello Cake
Photographer
Shaun Taylor Photography

DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING...

“We didn’t want to dress the venue too much because it’s beautiful anyway. As it was an autumnal wedding, we had textured bouquets of dried foliage, pheasant feathers and eucalyptus. For the colour palette, we stuck to black, white and hints of gold leaf.

Apart from the bouquets and the cake, everything was DIY. The cotton stems were inspired by the history of the building, as it used to be a cotton mill. My mum and I made them from cotton balls and egg boxes – got to love Pinterest! The hanging honesty in the ceremony room was just from my parents’ garden. I used a label maker and gold leaf for all the names on the place cards, guestbook and invite envelopes.

As for the decorations around the venue, we only needed a few personal touches. We displayed photos of our deceased loved ones, childhood photos and parents’ wedding photos. We also displayed our upcoming honeymoon destinations. These all worked well as conversation starters! We wanted to keep the designs minimal, so they didn’t take away from the venue. We used IKEA frames with just the acrylic left in them to create the large decorations, such as the table plan.”

WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?

“The vision was to be autumnal in a non-traditional way. I wore a fitted, embellished dress that twinkled in the light, along with a chapel length veil. During the evening, I wore an ivory cape jacket. My bridesmaids wore blush, lace detailed dresses and fur shrugs. Scott wore a navy, checked suit and styled it with a rusty-coloured tie and handkerchief. His groomsmen and my Dad wore matching suits that were similar to Scott’s.”

WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT & DRINK?

“We started with canapés, prosecco and beers at the drinks reception. For the wedding breakfast, we had spicy butternut squash soup, a lemon sorbet palate cleanser, a roast beef dinner and an afternoon tea sharing platter for dessert. For drinks, we served our own selection of wines, beers and ciders. It was all delicious and the caterers were brilliant to work with!”

HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?

“We had an acoustic band who performed throughout the day and night. We’re so glad we opted for a band – from walking down the aisle to a piano playing, to seeing our guests dancing to the live sets. They were the perfect backdrop for our day.”

ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE COUPLES?

“Although you won’t believe it, if anything goes wrong on the day you won’t care or even notice. You’re just having a big party with your favourite people to celebrate your marriage – everyone enjoys a wedding! If you’re thinking of doing some DIY, you can do it! Just plan and do little but often. I’d also recommend searching the high street for your bridal pieces – my entire outfit cost less than our canapés!”

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