Real Wedding: A Gorgeous Dove Grey Wedding Day in Derbyshire
The stunning bride looked flawless in an elegant strapless Pronovias gown, accessorised with a glittering pair of gold Jimmy Choo shoes.
They tied the knot in romantic and rustic venue The West Mill, adorning the location with personal touches and individual ideas, creating a truly unique big day that both they and the guests will remember forever.
Photographer | SMD Photography
How they met
Adam and Louise had an unconventional start to their relationship, meeting in March 2008 while they were both working at Alton Towers, on the super-fast ride Rita. <br /><br />"Adam was a ride operator and I was a messy haired, constantly hungover ride host," says Louise.
Beautiful bride Louise knew the proposal was coming, due to the two men in her life being too excited to keep the secret.<br /><br />"Adam and I had been to London for the weekend to see my dad and I knew Adam had asked his permission," Louise says. "My dad and Adam both told me separately that it had happened, thinking that the other wouldn't have mentioned it."<br /><br />Despite knowing a proposal was on the cards, Louise was caught off guard when Adam dropped down on one knee in their home on a Monday evening.<br /><br />"He put together a slide show of photo memories of us throughout the years, and the last slide simply said 'will you...?' with a photo of my ring," explains Louise.<br /><br />"He then sent me on a treasure hunt around the house looking for the ring, but it was right next to him, hidden just behind the corner of the sofa the whole time."
Choosing the venue
Louise and Adam held their ceremony at St Edward King and Martyr Church, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, followed by a reception at <a href="http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/the-west-mill_6263.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The West Mill</a>, Derby.<br /><br />"The West Mill was a wildcard venue for us as we were initially looking for a traditional country venue," says Louise.<br /><br />"There were so many benefits to The West Mill, though, that we couldn't possible consider anywhere else," she continues.<br /><br />"We loved how every part of the day was hosted on different floors so there was no awkward waiting around for rooms to be transformed between the wedding breakfast and the evening event."
Saying yes to the dress
Louise's classically beautiful taffeta silk trumpet gown came courtesy of <a href="http://www.pronovias.com/gb/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pronovias</a>; the style is named Alma.<br /><br />Louise added a sparkly belt to her gown, creating a flawless and flattering dress that made her look absolutely perfect on her wedding day. <br /><br />She bought the dress from <a href="http://www.rococoweddings.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Rococo Weddings</a> in Melbourne, Derbyshire
Louise added a cathedral length veil to her simple yet stunning wedding dress, creating a delightfully dramatic look that wowed her guests and groom alike - we can't imagine there was a dry eye in the house!
Jimmy Choo wedding shoes
Louise kept her wedding day jewellery subtle, simply wearing a necklace given to her by Adam on her 21st birthday, but she went all out glamour when it came to her wedding shoes - gold sparkly Jimmy Choo heels.<br /><br />
The bridal bouquet
Adam and Louise went for predominantly white flowers with hints of green, keeping it clean cut to reflect the rustic nature of The West Mill.<br /><br />"The bouquets had white roses, hydrangeas and jasmine in," Louise shares. "The table arrangements were smaller version of the same flowers as well as collections of roses in jam jars, accompanied by green foliage laid on the tables, to make the look a little less regimental."<br /><br />Their florist for the big day was Kerry at <a href="https://www.theblossomtree.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Blossom Tree</a> in Melbourne.
The wedding stationery
The majority of Louise and Adam's wedding stationery was created by Hannah at <a href="http://www.yellowstonepaperworks.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Yellowstone Paperworks</a>.<br /><br /> "Hannah created a bespoke line drawing of our two venues that was printed on all of the stationery," says Louise. "We kept the invites black and white in keeping with the overall theme."
The table plan
In a super personal style, the tables were named after every year in Louise and Adam's relationship so far, 2008 to 2016, as well as their birth years, 1986 and 1988.<br /><br />"Each table was accompanied by pictures of us from that year and a humorous caption," explains Louise.<br /><br />"Adam made the physical table plan; it was a CAD drawing of the room," she continues.
The bridesmaids' outfits
Louise's two bridesmaids wore dove grey maxi dresses from <a href="http://www.asos.com/women/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ASOS</a>, accessorised with shoes of their choice.<br /><br />"I gave both of my bridesmaids a bracelet with a heart charm on from <a href="http://www.goldsmiths.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Goldsmiths</a> on the morning of the wedding, which they wore throughout the day," says Louise.
The groom and ushers
Adam and his ushers all wore three-piece <a href="http://www.tedbaker.com/uk/Mens/c/category_mens" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ted Baker</a> suits in a lovely blue shade.<br /><br />The ushers wore tan shoes and blue ties, while Adam rocked a grey tie to set him apart from the crowd.
The wedding theme
"I am known among my friends for always wearing white and grey, so in keeping with this we went for a traditional white wedding theme with hints of dove grey," shares Louise.<br /><br />The chairs were all adorned with beautiful white bows, while the tables were decorated with dove grey runners and tea lights in mercury holders, all delightfully laid out by Jemma at <a href="http://www.vintagefare.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Vintage Fare</a>.
The wedding cake
Emma at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/emma.hellocake/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hello Cake</a> created the wedding cake of Adam and Louise's dreams; a tower of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream swirled icing.<br /><br />They finished off the cake with a glittering gold cake topper spelling out 'eat me' - a lovely addition to the simple yet stylish bake.
As a nod to Louise's London roots, the couple hired a double decker red London bus to transport their guests from the church to the reception.<br /><br />Their photographer captured this fun shot of all of the wedding guests, creating a perfect memory of the joy of Adam and Louise's big day.<br /><br />"Gary Summers at <a href="http://smdphotography.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SMD Photography</a> was our photographer," says Louise. "We loved his ability to capture moments at their purest; we didn't want to be directed too much and be left with a set of staged photos. We were so sure we wanted him that we wouldn't confirm a date with the venue until we knew he was free."<br /><br />They also hired Matt and Mark from <a href="http://jumpingspiderfilms.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jumping Spider Films</a> as their videographers. "Booking them was the best decision we made for our wedding," says Louise.<br /><br />"Watching the films back again and again is so precious." <br /><br /><br />
Special wedding day touches
We absolutely love this cute set up that Louise and Adam had at their wedding - so adorable!<br /><br />"I saw the idea on Pinterest; one couple had invited their childhood toys along, so I replicated this for our big day," explains Louise.<br /><br />"We took my beloved Furby toys and Adam's cuddly dog to the reception, they sat in a vintage suitcase provided by the venue and watched over the celebrations."
A social media savvy wedding
Adam and Louise embraced social media on their wedding day, in one of the most genius ways we have ever seen.<br /><br />"Adam is known as a bit of a tech whizz, so we installed a 95-inch television on the ground floor at our venue," explains Louise. "It was linked to a live Twitter feed which we asked our guests to contribute to throughout the day using our wedding hashtag."<br /><br />"It meant that everyone could see how the day was unfolding as it happened and it was great for us to look back on the next day too."
Wedding flip-flops for guests
A self-confessed planning pro, Louise made sure to think of everything on her big day, right down to comfy gold flip flops for guests to change into, if dancing the night away in their highest heels left their feet a little worse for wear.
The most memorable moments
"The ceremony was the most special part of the day for both of us," says Louise. "I cannot explain the sheer joy and happiness I felt as I walked down the aisle. It was the actual highlight of my life!"<br /><br />The DJ also provided a truly memorable moment for the happy couple, as Louise explains: "We wanted the last dance to be All About You by McFly, but as soon as it finished our DJ unexpectedly dropped into No Problem by Chase and Status which sent everyone wild."<br /><br />"I would never ever thought my wedding would end with a drum and bass rave, it was absolutely ridiculous!"
Advice for other couples
"Enjoy every moment, not just of the day, but the whole planning process," says Louise.<br /><br />"It is such a special and exciting time in your life, and it will seem like you've just got engaged, blinked and suddenly you're married and it's all over."<br /><br />"Be sure to embrace everything that comes with wedding planning so you can look back with nothing but happy memories."