The West Mill Ceremony room

West Mill Wedding Photography


The West Mill is a stunningly unique wedding venue nestled in the heart of Derbyshire, UK. As a former cotton spinning mill, it combines rich industrial history with contemporary design to create an enchanting space for couples to exchange vows.

With the River Derwent flowing past its doorstep and four breathtaking floors of original brickwork, exposed beams, and cast-iron columns, The West Mill offers an unforgettable backdrop for any wedding photographer. This Grade I listed building, which dates back to the early 1800s, has been meticulously restored to retain its original features, providing a beautiful blend of old-world charm and modern elegance. It’s no wonder The West Mill is a much sought-after location for couples wanting a wedding that’s as unique and special as their love story.

West Mill Courtyard

The West Mill Wedding Photography

Capturing Unforgettable Moments in a Timeless Venue

If you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos, let me introduce you to The West Mill. Nestled in the heart of Darley Abbey Mills in Derbyshire, The West Mill is more than just a wedding venue. It’s a rich tapestry of history, industrial-chic aesthetic, and creative inspiration that makes every photographer’s heart flutter with excitement.

Once a bustling cotton spinning mill in the 1800s, The West Mill has been transformed into one of Derbyshire’s most beloved wedding venues. And it’s not hard to see why. With its retained industrial architecture – think exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and sturdy cast-iron pillars – this venue oozes character and charm that lend themselves beautifully to the lens. It’s like stepping into a different era, one where history, romance, and rustic elegance intertwine.

But what makes The West Mill a real gem of a wedding venue is its exclusive use policy. Imagine having this breathtaking location all to yourself on your special day, with no need to worry about another wedding being held at the same time. It’s just you, your loved ones, and the serene whispers of the River Derwent flowing past.

Let’s not forget about the countless opportunities for stunning wedding photographs. From The Cotton Quarter, with its raw brick walls and Georgian paned windows, to the south-facing courtyard offering sublime sunsets over Darley Park, every corner of The West Mill tells a unique story. Regardless of the weather, you’re guaranteed a diverse and beautiful collection of photographs that will bring your wedding memories to life.

As a wedding photographer, The West Mill gives us a playground to get really creative. Every nook and cranny is a potential canvas for capturing those candid moments and heartfelt emotions. It’s the kind of venue that makes us fall in love with our job all over again.

In short, The West Mill isn’t just a wedding venue; it’s a photographic experience waiting to be explored. And I would love to capture your love story in this remarkable setting.

5 Reasons for a West Mill Wedding

Beautiful bride standing in ceremony room at West Mill holding her bouquet

No Corkage Fee

One of the incredible perks of choosing The West Mill is their no corkage fee policy. This means you have the freedom to bring your own alcohol for your celebration without any additional charges. Whether you have a favourite wine you’d love to share with your guests or a signature cocktail you want to serve, The West Mill gives you the liberty to personalize your beverage offerings. This not only allows you to potentially save on your wedding budget but also adds a personal touch to your reception that your guests will surely appreciate.

exclusive use

One of the major advantages of The West Mill is its exclusive use policy. You won’t have to worry about sharing your venue with another wedding on your big day. The entire place is yours to enjoy with your loved ones, making your wedding experience more intimate and personal.

photographer’s dream

The West Mill offers endless opportunities for stunning wedding photographs. From The Cotton Quarter with its exposed brick walls and Georgian paned windows, to the south-facing courtyard with sunsets over Darley Park, every corner of this venue provides a beautiful backdrop for capturing your love story.

riverside location

Nestled next to the tranquil River Derwent, The West Mill offers a serene setting that adds a touch of nature to your wedding. The soothing sounds of the river and the stunning views it provides make for a truly picturesque wedding.

versatile spaces

The West Mill spans across four floors, each offering a unique environment for different parts of your celebration. From the ceremony to the reception, you’ll have a variety of stunning spaces to utilize throughout your day.

bride and groom cuddle on the bench outside The West Mill in the courtyard

“words cannot describe the exceptional work of martin’s photography….his photos do all the talking!”

Back of bride's dress as she's standing in the getting ready room at West Mill

choosing the right wedding photographer for your west mill wedding

Finding the perfect photographer for your wedding is a massive decision. Not only should you be head-over-heels with their images, but also know that having them around on the big day won’t leave you feeling uncomfortable or anxious! I’m here to put any worries at bay – my ten years of experience will guarantee an epic images no matter the weather all delivered in a natural, candid way without me becoming the centre of attention.

If this sounds like something right up your street, get in touch to find out more about my packages and how they might fit in perfectly with your wedding plans!

Beautiful evening portrait of bride & groom outside west mill with veil flowing as wind blows it

Featured Wedding

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

How to Find The 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

rainy wedding day photo at West Mill with bride and groom stood outside the front doors

next steps – get in touch

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 £1695. Discounts may be available for off peak dates and/or midweek weddings. Please contact me for further details and to discuss.

Click on the button to see if I am available for your date and let’s find out if I am the right wedding photographer for you!

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