Monica married Alex whilst wearing a stunning Sophia Tolli gown. They had their wedding day over the 4 floors of the West Mill venue in Derby. With nods to both their British and Asian heritages throughout the day they had the time of their lives with personalised music, commemorative favours and a menu that encompasses British and traditional Asian flavours.

A Sophia Tolli gown for a multicultural wedding at The West Mill

I wore a strapless satin wedding dress by Sophia Tolli. It had a crystal beaded lace bodice with corset lacing and a train at the back. The details were intricate but on a simple and elegant gown.



We wanted to embrace the fact that we’re a multiracial couple and as much as I identify as being British, we really wanted to combine two different cultural heritages and have gentle nods to those throughout the day. The food was heavily influenced by Asian flavours as food isso important in our culture. One of our wedding favours were homemade teabags which had whole spices mixed with tea leaves from Bangladesh. We also changed into evening outfits and I wore a beautiful red and gold Lehenga and Alex wore a Kurta suit both were made in Bangladesh too. The Sophia Tolli gown was bought from KMG Bridal.

Finding our suppliers

Suppliers were chosen in various ways, some came recommended and others were found reading many blogs and Instagram posts, just like Rock My Wedding, they really are useful tools for newly engaged couples to access. We also wanted to try and stay local to both Lincolnshire where we’re from and to Derby where the venue is located.

Trust your suppliers, they're experienced and absolutely know what to do (even in a crisis!). It then allows you to both be fully present in every moment on the most wonderful day.

Architecture and wedding flowers

It was full of so much joy and laughter, we made sure as a couple that we felt relaxed, which in turn made our guests feel the same. There is nothing like having as many of your loved ones as possible in one place. We both have architectural backgrounds, so the venue was our inspiration. The Georgian windows and industrial styled touches are what drove our theme. I paired this with a gorgeous and soft colour scheme of dusky pinks, greens and deep wine reds. These were the colours I passed on to our florist and she worked her magic!

Sophia Tolli, commemorative music, charity pins & a dream menu

We love music, both the pianist in the day and the band at night created the exact atmosphere we hoped for. The music was so special as the band was the same one my inlaws had at their 25th Wedding Anniversary. Sadly Alex's mum is no longer with us. It was our private way of commemorating her along with some other special details throughout the day. I also had white roses in my hair for her and we had charity pins made as another wedding favour.


The catering was done by Jenkinsons Catering who is an in house team at the venue. The food was sublime, from the selection of canapes to the naan bread pizzas to soak up the day of drinking at the end of the night!

The West Mill is a no corkage venue so Monica and Alex loved the fact that they were able to provide all the favourites of their guests; also providing a pimp your prosecco and jazz up your gin stations.

We love the sweetheart neckline and swooshing skirt on Monica's Sophie Tolli gown and her gold Lehenga was the perfect evening outfit. If you loved Monica and Alex's multicultural wedding then make sure you check out our article that's full of advice for how to successfully plan your own multicultural wedding.


Becky Sappor

Written by Becky Sappor

Venue: The West Mill | Photography: Louise Anna Photography | Videographer: Will Selby | Entertainment: The Soul Solution | Singer and Pianist: Emily White | Florist: Flourish Floristry | Catering: Jenkinsons Catering | Hair stylist: Mon Amie | Makeup Artist: Charlotte Eden | Brides dress: Sophia Tolli | Boutique: KMG Bridal Studio | Grooms Suit: Moss Bros | Brides Shoes: Nine West


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