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West Mill Wedding Photographer

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.

Bride walking down the aisle for her wedding at West Mill in Derby

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.

Bride and groom photo at The West Mill

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.

At a glance

Ceremony Capacity: 160
Reception Capacity: 170
Catering: in-house
Accomodation: Yes
Exclusivity: Yes
License: 12am

How to find West Mill Derby

Contact Details

The West Mill

Darley Abbey Mills

Haslams Lane

Darley Abbey

Derby

DE22 1DZ

Tel: 01332 229029

Website: The West Mill

Next Steps

If you like what you see and want to hire a trusted West Mill Wedding Photographer then I’d love to hear from you.

Check my availability by using the form below. Or click on the ‘View Portfolio’ button to see more of my work around the Derby & Nottingham area.

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 wedding photographer who lives locally (15 minute drive) away then I’d love to be considered.

Full day coverage starts at £1395. Discounts may be available for off peak dates and/or midweek weddings. Please contact me for further details and to discuss.

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