West Mill Wedding Photography - By Martin Cheung

Are you planning to get married at The West Mill in Derby? If you looking for a West Mill wedding photographer or just more information about this exclusive use wedding venue then I hope this page will help answer your questions.

The West Mill - No Corkage Venue

The West Mill is a riverside venue. It first opened in 2016 and can be found on the banks of the river Derwent in Darley Abbey. The old mill has been restored to a high modern standard whilst retaining many original features. The building is such an impressive site as you walk from the car park towards the courtyard.

Everything about this venue has been designed to make life simple for the bride and groom.  On the third floor, there is a dressing room for the bride and her wedding party to get ready in. Tastefully decorated with a rustic dressing table and vintage furniture.

Getting ready room at The west mill in derby
Bride putting earrings in her ears. Stood in front of a mirror in the dressing room at The West Mill

The Cotton Quarter, ceremony room is most impressive. With exposed brickwork, the cast iron beams and the original cast iron ceiling both being lovingly restored. This gives an industrial vibe that I think is unique in the entire country!

Cotton Quarter room where wedding ceremonies are held at West Mill in Derby
cast iron ceiling at West Mill in Derby

The ceremony room is the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. The natural light floods in through the Georgian paned windows. See how beautiful the room looks as Lianne walks down the aisle to see her groom, Andy.

Wide photograph of wedding ceremony at West Mill.
bride and groom exchange wedding rings during their wedding ceremony at West Mill in Derby

Stunning Wedding Photography at the West Mill

Years ago, a wedding photographer asked me where the best places were to take photos at The West Mill. My answer was simple. It's such a gorgeous venue that "...you can't take a bad photo here" I still think that's true!

Here are a few wedding photos which I have created around the venue.

I prefer to keep my portraits as natural as possible so this photo was as simple as asking the couple to stand and have a little chat whilst I took their photo. I find this gets much better results than both staring at the camera! To take this photograph, I just increased my shutter speed until I set the correct exposure for the window which instantly turned the couple into a silouhette.

silouhette wedding photo taken at West Mill

This next image is one of my favourites from Lianne and Andy's wedding. They are both sat on the bench outside the front doors. Again, I just hid behind the wall behind a large plant pot. I just waited and let them have a little time on their own without a camera being in their face. These are the natural moments, the little laughter and emotions which I love to capture at weddings.

Bride cuddles up to the groom on a bench at The West Mill, Derby

The reason I adore this wedding portrait is because it has the West Mill behind Rebecca and Robert. Bride and groom's fall in love with this beautiful exclusive use venue so it would be a crying shame not to have some wedding photos outside. Here I've also used the metal railings as leading lines to draw the viewers attention to the newlyweds.

Photo of Bride & Groom taken at West Mill after their wedding ceremony

In the evenings, the Cotton Quarter on the third floor is of course empty which offers a great opportunity for a wedding portrait. In the photo below, I have used a small flash to light up the brickwork to silouhette the couples profiles whilst at the same time bringing out the unique lights on the cast iron ceiling. I've used the candles as leading lines to draw the viewers attention to the couple.

Night time Bride & groom portrait at West Mill in ceremony room

My approach to photographing your wedding at West Mill

If you are getting married at The West Mill then I hope the above photos have given you a good idea of both the venue and my photography style.

For most of the day, I shoot in a very unobtrusive style. Preferring to let moments unfold naturally. I don't direct or get in the way. I never ask you to say "Cheese!" to the camera.

Of course, I would be more than happy to take some family photos for your loved ones. I'm sure your parents would be upset if they didn't get at least one photo with the happy bride and groom!

Hopefully you can see that even for the couples portraits. My preference is to keep things natural and let the moments happen. There's no posing (unless you want to!). All I ask is that you enjoy each other's company and let me create a visual legacy for you to reminicise the most special day.

Featured Wedding

Click to see more sample photos from Maisie & Joe's winter West Mill Wedding.

Find Out MOre

How to find West Mill Derby

West Mill can be found on Haslams Lane near the picturesque village of Darley Abbey. It is a short drive from Derby town centre and there is plenty of free on site parking.

Contact Details

The West Mill
Darley Abbey Mills
Haslams Lane
Darley Abbey
DE22 1DZ

Tel: 01332 229029

Website: The West Mill

Wedding Photography Prices

I hope you like the photos I have taken at various weddings at The West MIll. If you are looking for an experienced Derby or Nottingham wedding photographer who lives locally (15 minute drive) away then I'd love to be considered.

Full day coverage starts at £1495. Discounts may be available for off peak dates and/or midweek weddings. Please contact me for further details and to discuss.

Check if I am available for your date by filling the short form below and let's find out if I am the right wedding photographer for you!

Beautiful bride at a Nottingham Wedding


If you are getting married at the West Mill and looking for a Derby Wedding Photographer then I would love to speak with you. I’m looking for more great couples and opportunities to shoot at this stunning venue.

Drop me a message by using the form below and tell me more about your wedding plans. I’d love nothing more than to be part of your day and create wonderful memories which you will cherish forever.

Full day wedding photography start at only £1495.

High quality stunning photographs guaranteed!

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