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Lillian West for Winter Wedding at Millhouse, Hull – Katie & Andrew

29th March 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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The site of a former windmill has got us flying high with bridal inspo on the blog today, as we prepare to whisk you away to Katie and Andrew’s special day at the Millhouse near Hull, which took place only last month.

Going for a perfectly chic winter rustic theme, the couple brought this vision to life with an assortment of pine cones, ivory petals, berries, pheasant feathers and romantic candles, as well as their very own motif, carried through from their save the dates to the big day itself! All supremely gorgeous and pin-worthy as you would expect.

Swapping traditional favours for sparklers and handing out personalised tissues – for all those happy tears of course – not to mention some lovely touches to remember loved ones – there’s plenty to inspire you today, so let’s get Katie to recount all the fabulous details.

With images by Kazooieloki

The proposal

Katie says: We got engaged on 15th February 2017, at Pipe & Glass in South Dalton, East Yorkshire. We had booked the restaurant as a belated Valentine’s treat. It was a lovely evening although I did think Andy was acting a little bit strange and was unusually quiet (which is very uncharacteristic of him!). I found out after that he had the large ring box squeezed into the pocket of his very skinny jeans which was causing him great discomfort throughout the meal! After our main meal, we were talking and Andy started to tell me that he’s never felt this way before and that I’m his best friend, he then walked around the table and got down on one knee, I can’t remember what he said after that, it’s all a blur! I just remember us both crying and me having to tell him which finger to put the ring on!

Setting

We chose 15th February 2019 to tie the knot, as it was two years to the date we got engaged. We really wanted something a little bit different, so February gave us the chance to plan a winter wedding (although the weather on the day was that beautiful it felt more like autumn then winter!).

After lots of deliberation between getting married in the UK or going abroad, we settled on the UK. We both have big families and a large group of friends, so it was important to us that they all had the opportunity to share our special day. Our wish was for one big party!

We knew we wanted quite a modern venue and having been to the Millhouse before we 100% knew it suited our taste. The venue itself is a wonderful restaurant and bar on the outskirts of Hull in a place called Skidby. It’s built on the site of an old windmill which we knew would look fantastic in our photos.

Getting married in February meant that we could plan a ‘winter rustic’ themed wedding. We used this theme throughout, starting with our save the dates and invites, in which we worked with our stationery company – Ivy & Gold – to design a rustic floral icon which was present throughout the day and set the tone of our theme. At the venue we had lots of candles, Kraft colours, pine cones and ivory petals to bring the theme together.

We chose colours in keeping with our winter rustic theme, including emerald green, ivory and mulberry. We featured little bits of colour across the day, mainly in the wedding breakfast room which was a large glass conservatory with lots of light. It was tough to decorate the ceremony room given the size and the volume of guests! So, we choose simple white chair covers with emerald green sashes on the aisle chairs with lots of candles, lanterns and a copper frame in emerald chiffon at the top of the aisle.

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Dress

Originally, I thought I wanted a ‘princess’ style dress, however when I started trying on dresses I knew that style of dress just wasn’t for me. I was keen to ensure that I looked and felt like myself on the day, therefore soon decided I should look for something quite fitted with lots of lace. I purchased my dress from Bridal Boutique in Hull. The ladies in there were wonderful and gave me lots of great advice on the best dress for my shape and style. My wedding dress was by Lillian West which I found during a trunk show. The second I tried it on I knew it was the dress for me. On the day, I really felt that my dress was in keeping with the venue, I just loved wearing it and didn’t want to take it off.

Groomsmen

Andrew wore a two-piece dark navy suit with a single-breasted tweed waistcoat. These were both purchased from Suit Direct in Hull. He also wore an emerald green paisley tie and pocket square with brown oxford shoes. He finished off his suit with my grandad’s vintage gold pocket watch which complemented the outfit and theme of the wedding day.

The groomsmen and our dads wore the same as Andrew – a two-piece dark navy suit and tweed waistcoat purchased from Suit Direct in Hull. They all added their own touches to their outfits.

Bridesmaids

We had three bridesmaids: my sister, sister-in-law and best friend, who wore dresses from ASOS. We knew we wanted something emerald green and floor-length with a spaghetti strap. As the autumn dresses came into season we were spoilt for choice. The girls were really happy with their dresses and commented on how comfortable they were on the day, and for dancing on the night, of course!

Beauty

I have used Samuel Johnson as my hair stylist for some time. He is amazing and so creative. Sam really helped me with finding the right hairstyle for the day, he also kept me calm on the morning of the wedding.

We used Meg Lindow as our makeup artist. Sam recommended Meg to me, and from the moment I looked at Meg’s work on Instagram I knew I wanted her for my wedding day, she is so talented and such a lovely person. All the girls loved their makeup on the day. I will definitely use Meg again in the future.

Transport

The bridal party had two cars, although the car I used was a last-minute booking. My mum and bridesmaid travelled in a Mercedes provided by Yorkshire Wedding Cars, and my dad and I travelled in a vintage Bentley provided by Simon at Hull Wedding Cars.

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Photography

Our photographers Richard and Christine of Kazooieloki, are some of the nicest and most talented people we’ve ever met. They put us at ease from the moment we met them back in January 2018. They seemed to ‘get us’ straight away and nothing felt contrived or forced, we were so comfortable with them, this really reflects in the photos.

On the day they both went above and beyond to ensure that things ran smoothly. We knew that we didn’t want a traditional photographer as we’ve been to lots of weddings and weren’t keen on staged photos; we wanted photos of our guests enjoying themselves and having fun!

They captured the story and the magic of our wedding day better than we could have ever imagined. The sunset shots are amazing

Styling

Our flowers were supplied by The Flower Garden in Barton. My bouquet was a wonderful mix of winter flowers, with berries and pheasant feathers. The bridesmaids’ posies were really cute and simply a smaller version of my bouquet.

Our buttonholes and corsages also featured pheasant feathers which brought together our theme wonderfully.

The Flower Garden created and designed our lovely centrepieces which featured winter flowers, candles, pinecones and petals all placed on the top of rustic wooden log slices. The arrangement on our top table was simply stunning. They also supplied all the emerald green sashes with flowers placed in the bow.

Belle Bijoux provided the rest of our decorations. We had lots of lanterns and hurricane vases and wooden trees with tiny tea lights hung from them. They also provided gold mirrors for us to use for our order of the day and seating plan. They are really creative ladies and they did a great job with lots of the little details to help the day come together.

We also had some personalised light-up balloons which looked amazing on the evening, these were provided by our friend Erin at Airy Fairies. We had a fantastic wooden sign made for our head table by our good friend Ricci at the Muttbox.

Our amazing light-up dancefloor was supplied by Dancing Diamond Events. This really got the party started and kept people up and dancing all night long.

We also did some little bits ourselves, such as our personalised tissues (for the happy tears!), photos of our loved ones that are no longer with us, wedding advice cards…there’s way too many to mention!

We didn’t give favours per se, but on each table we gave our guests sparklers to use later on in the evening and we also had little wooden love hearts made instead of name cards. This meant people could take them home as a keepsake from our day.

Cake

The Mad Alice Cakery in Hull made our cake. We wanted something a little bit different so went for a three-tier cake with a bottom tier of ruffled icing and a gold glitter middle tier. We had vanilla sponge, lemon and raspberry and white chocolate. It was delicious. So much so that we caught our little nieces devouring it in secret during the evening reception!

Dining

Following the ceremony we served canapes of goats cheese on parmesan crisps, chicken wrapped in parma and smoked salmon blinis. Just enough to hold off people’s hunger before the wedding breakfast!

The Millhouse has an outstanding restaurant and they provided all of our food. For our wedding breakfast we chose salmon and dill fishcakes for starters, chicken with mozzarella and tomatoes for mains and a salted caramel cheesecake for dessert. So many people have commented on how lovely the food was, especially the cheesecake!

Entertainment

During the ceremony and drinks reception, Steven Heath sang and played guitar. We found Steven after furiously searching the web for months. Steve comes very highly recommended and has won a number of wedding awards, and after watching his YouTube videos we knew he was right up our street! Steven is amazing and really worked with the crowd, taking requests and letting some of Andy’s friends duet with him! We wanted a lively party atmosphere and Steve really helped us to create that! It got quite loud when practically all 75 of our guests were stood around the bar singing Don’t Look Back In Anger!

The evening was one big party, we used a local DJ on the night – Gary Read of Gazza Entertainments.

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Special touches

On my bouquet I chose to carry my grandad’s signet ring and nana’s wedding ring. Both are no longer with us unfortunately and it was really important to me that they were close on my wedding day.

During the evening reception we used a few local companies to help get the party started! Imagine Selfie Mirror provided a fab touch screen mirror with lots of props to help capture the craziness of the evening. We also had two lovely ladies from Good Vibe Tribe who ran a glitter station, with all our guests getting jewels and glitter painted on their faces. This was such fun and everyone had a laugh, especially all the guys getting their beards glittered!

Thanks to

If you want a modern venue that specialises in good food and drink then we would definitely recommend the Millhouse. The staff on the day were fantastic, especially the two Steves! They made sure that we were looked after all day. If you want a contemporary venue in a beautiful surrounding then the Millhouse is a great choice, the pictures outside speak for themselves.

Best bit

Marrying Andrew, obviously! But having everyone we love in one place celebrating with us was an amazing feeling.

For Andrew, his bet bit was having all our friends and family stood around the bar singing Oasis at the top of our voices, which was awesome, he’ll never forget that.

Honeymoon

For our honeymoon we chose a Sandals resort in Jamaica. We both have busy jobs and often work away from home so for our honeymoon we just wanted to relax and unwind after the wedding. It was such a luxurious resort with lots to do and a fantastic spa. Plus, they had champagne on tap which was a bonus for me!

As gifts to each on our wedding day we both surprised one another with post wedding trips. So, we have Rome and Dubai to look forward to in the next few months (hopefully this should help us get through the post wedding blues!).

Advice

In the run up to the wedding I was so stressed and panicking about every little detail, but on the day it just comes together seamlessly. So, my top tip would be: try not to worry too much on the day. Everybody will look after themselves. As long as there is food and wine, people are happy, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself for perfection.

During the planning, I read all of the blog posts and took inspiration from both the Brides Up North website and the Facebook page. This helped make my vision a reality, which is why it’s totally surreal and amazing that we are being now featured on the site!

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