For this week’s #InOurShoes blog, we’re sent to the beautiful West Mill in Derby for Jen and Arran’s big day. Their theme saw splashes of coral on the floral arrangements, as well as on the bridesmaid’s dresses for which we were left taken away with, and it’s no surprise why!
How did they pop the big question?
Our son Tyler was born in May 2013 and daughter Amelie in September 2015. On my birthday in January 2017, Arran proposed after I’d had my presents, in the living room with our children and asked me to do them all the honour of becoming the fourth Whitehouse. It was very low key, but thoughtful and romantic, and was a reflection of our real lives with 2 young children! Arran had chosen and had the ring designed himself and it was just right.
When and where did you get married?
The West Mill, Darley Abbey, Derby on 22nd June 2018
Did you have a specific theme or colour scheme?
The West Mill is already a beautiful setting, and didn’t need much dressing to be as we wanted it. The bridesmaids wore coral, and we had coral picked up in the floral arrangements. Our table plan and table names & numbers were all football related as we are both big fans (Brighton & Hove Albion – Bride and Manchester Utd – Groom).
How did you feel when you said yes to the dress?
I thought I would want a fitted fishtail style, as that suits my body shape, although I did try on quite a few other styles to be sure. I really felt like the best version of myself in the dress, even without hair & make-up being done, which was how I knew it was the right one!!
How did you choose your shoes?
My dress had lace all over, so I wanted to pick this out with my shoes. I was struggling to find something comfortable enough from other brands, so decided to check out Rainbow Club as I know they had comfort padding built in from having a pair as a bridesmaid years ago. I found a lovely pair with just the right heel height and toe shape that I was after, with lace and satin ribbon – perfect!
Where did you buy your Rainbow Club shoes from?
Direct from the website.
What was the most favourite and memorable part of the day?
There are so many, it is hard to choose just one! I loved seeing the Mum’s and our children once I was ready before walking down the aisle. I loved hearing our friends read the readings we had chosen and ourselves saying our vows that we had written ourselves. Walking back down the aisle together with our children was not what we had planned so an unexpected lovely moment. Seeing all our family and friends together both when I was walking down the aisle and again for the confetti toss. Having 10 mins to ourselves just after the ceremony was about the only time we got alone on the day! I think if I had to choose just one bit, the speeches were fantastic. My Dad, Arran and the best man Jack had all clearly put a lot of effort into getting them just right and after all the hard work of planning, organising and executing, for me it was lovely to sit back and hear what they had to say about us and the marriage.
Do you have any advice for brides to be?
Try to have some time together just the two of you in the run up to the wedding that is not to talk about wedding plans. With both of us at work and two young children, this was hard to achieve, but definitely worth the time to connect with each other and remember what it’s all about – not just the wedding day but a lifetime commitment.
Book key things early – I lost out on my first choice for a few suppliers despite looking over a year ahead. Thankfully I found others’ which were just as high quality, but it was more time researching and finding them, which was difficult with how busy we were with work and the children.
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Photographer // Ben Connell of Field Lane Photography
Videographer // Geoff Davies of Our Wedding Videographers
Hair/Make-Up Artist // Emma O’Regan at Make-up Artist Midlands
Bridal Boutique (Dress) // Lucie D by Enzoani from Mimi Toko, Duffield
Wedding Shoes // Ashleigh by Rainbow Club
Wedding Venue // The West Mill, Darley Abbey
Florist // Cathy at Riverbank Floristry, Milford
Cake // Nat O’Dowd at Yummy Little Cakes
Is there anyone else you would like to mention?
Stationery // Maddie Howarth at Little Stationery House
Pianist // Eugene Portman
Cheese Wedding Cake // House of Cheese
Garden games // M B Events
Sweet cart // Sweet-a-fayre
Band/DJ // Hipster