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Martin and Paul’s unforgettably perfect vintage travel wedding at The West Mill, with Mike Plunkett Photography

Hey lovelies! I hope you’re all really well and avoiding today’s rain!! I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop this afternoon, but before I go I have something really special for you today – a gorgeous wedding with striking and beautiful styling touches in a fabulous old mill. Gorgeous grooms Martin and Paul were married in the autumn, and chose The West Mill Venue for their ceremony and reception – and it’s just perfect. Unforgettably perfect, as the guys told me… and from the pics I couldn’t agree more.

West Mill wedding in Derby with images by Mike Plunkett Photography (36)

These two rocked their day in the very best way imaginable. Their suits are from Australian tailors Oscar Hunt – and they’re gorgeous! I love the pale blue, teamed with autumnal brown and vibrant orange accents – they look amazing and the guys loved them! Styling touches include elegant vintage suitcases, vibrant autumn florals, effortlessly chic display areas with maps and the most adorable cake topper. I’d love to see Pinterest go crazy for this wedding – it’s a stunner and I hope you all love it as much as I do!

West Mill wedding in Derby with images by Mike Plunkett Photography (15)

West Mill wedding in Derby with images by Mike Plunkett Photography (16)

Images are by talented Manchester wedding photographer Mike Plunkett, who gets a glowing review from our grooms!

“Mike was already a friend. We’re delighted with our wedding photos – the guy is a total genius.

The moment you saw our wedding photos for the first time was one of those big deals where you get the email and prepare a cuppa, sit down, hold hands and take a deep breath. From the first we knew he hadn’t let us down. Outstanding.”

www.mikeplunkettphotography.com
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West Mill wedding in Derby with images by Mike Plunkett Photography (45)

Watch out for more of these little marvels coming to the blog soon – we’re writing our own review and loving our very own stash of personalised English Wedding My M&M’s®!

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Wedding venue:

The West Mill Venue, Darley Abbey, Derby.

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Utterly, completely, unforgettably perfect. Still have six words left!

Where did you find your suppliers?

Lots of web searches, some recommendations from friends and family.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Get creative with decoration – a lot of things can be made or designed yourself, and personal effort makes the reward even greater.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The suits. They were blummin amaze.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Invites came from Merge Studios, but most of the rest we did ourselves

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

Shoes came from Russell and Bromley

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

A friend of ours is stylist to the stars – Tim Furssedonn

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?

Alison Ferrier – another friend in Edinburgh. Autumn theme, lots of oranges and red.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No, the venue is perfect even without any

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Quiz for the tables (awesome), table plan was a world map (now framed at home – loved it). The guest book (another world map) didn’t really work though as my five year old nephew practised his Picasso impression on it!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

Three layers, each a different style, covered in icing to look like vintage suitcases and a globe on top. Looks gorgeous, was sad to get a knife to it. We don’t like fruit cake so went for chocolate and caramel.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Surprise karaoke boys vs girls, and we did a first dance mash up between Celine Dion (Paul’s favourite) and Kylie (Martin’s favourite).

On the day tips and advice:

Breathe deeply and absorb every single second, it flashes past in a blur, so don’t waste it getting stressed.

Favourite supplier list for other couples:

Mike Plunkett – photographer www.mikeplunkettphotography.com
Derventio String Quartet www.derventioquartet.co.uk
GC Events – www.gcevents.co.uk
www.thewestmillvenue.co.uk
Suits https://www.oscarhunt.com.au/

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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