The West Mill in Derby is one of the area’s most popular places to get married. As a former working cotton mill which has been painstakingly renovated to exacting standards, the West Mill offers a wedding experience you simply cannot find anywhere else in the Derbyshire area. In fact I’d go as far as to say that there isn’t a place quite like it anywhere in the country!
Many original features have been restored and kept. The rust filled iron roof, the original brick flooring. All add to the sense that you are getting married somewhere special. My first visit to The West Mill in Derby was last year for Shona & Ollie’s wedding. However, this time I returned for Lianne & Andy’s special day.
Lianne started the bridal preparations at her parents home along with her bridesmaids. The finishing touches were done at the West Mill itself in the beautiful getting ready room which is on the top floor next to the wedding ceremony room. Andy arrived in good time and after greeting guests spent a bit of time playing on one of the piano’s with his son.
The wedding ceremony sailed by and soon we came outside for the confetti photographs as well as the all important formal group photos. Once they were complete, we spent a bit of time using some of the nooks and cranny’s of the West Mill for the bride & groom wedding portraits. We had plenty of time which is always nice to have. So we took a bit of a walk around the other side of the Derwent and near Darley Park. It is a place I know very very well since I used to do boot camp in the park. So I spent many evenings doing exercises in the park and coincidentally used to often run past the West Mill. Sadly I’m too busy with my wedding photography nowadays to commit to the boot camp on a regular basis.
I left Andy & Lianne shortly after their amazing choreographed first dance routine which they’d rehearsed in advance. It’s always an absolute pleasure to be able to create West Mill wedding photographs. I’ve a few more visits planned this year to this stunning venue and can’t wait to be back.
Here are a few of my favourite photographs from their day.